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The Dissipative Approach to Quantum Field Theory: Conceptual Foundations and Ontological Implications

Oldofredi, Andrea and Öttinger, Hans (2020) The Dissipative Approach to Quantum Field Theory: Conceptual Foundations and Ontological Implications. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Many attempts have been made to provide Quantum Field Theory with conceptually clear and mathematically rigorous foundations; remarkable examples are the Bohmian and the algebraic perspectives respectively. In this essay we introduce the dissipative approach to QFT, a new alternative formulation of the theory explaining the phenomena of particle creation and annihilation starting from nonequilibrium thermodynamics. It is shown that DQFT presents a rigorous mathematical structure, and a clear particle ontology, taking the best from the mentioned perspectives. Finally, after the discussion of its principal implications and consequences, we compare it with the main Bohmian QFTs implementing a particle ontology.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Oldofredi, AndreaAndrea.Oldofredi@unil.ch
Öttinger, HansChristian
Additional Information: Accepted for publication in the European Journal for Philosophy of Science
Keywords: Quantum Field Theory; Ontology;
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
Depositing User: Dr. Andrea Oldofredi
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2020 00:19
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2020 00:19
Item ID: 18344
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
Date: 31 October 2020
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18344

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