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Identical Particles in Quantum Mechanics: Against the Received View

Dieks, Dennis (2020) Identical Particles in Quantum Mechanics: Against the Received View. [Preprint]

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Abstract

According to the "Received View" concerning "identical particles" in quantum mechanics, quantum particles of the same kind are physical objects of a previously unknown sort, namely objects without identity. Against this Received View we will here defend an alternative analysis, according to which
a collection of ``identical particles that are in exactly the same state'' should rather be seen as one object, not consisting of individual parts. Under certain circumstances it will happen, though, that a particle picture becomes applicable. In these cases identical particles of the same kind turn out to be distinguishable and possess their own identity.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Dieks, Dennisd.dieks@uu.nl0000-0003-4755-3430
Additional Information: Draft of chapter to appear in "Individuals and Non-Individuals in Quantum Mechanics" (Springer)
Keywords: identical particles, bosons, fermions, Received View
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
Depositing User: Dennis Dieks
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2021 21:15
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2021 21:15
Item ID: 18684
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
Date: 31 March 2020
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18684

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