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Relativistic Quantum Mechanics through Frame-Dependent Constructions

Barrett, Jeffrey A. (2004) Relativistic Quantum Mechanics through Frame-Dependent Constructions. In: UNSPECIFIED. (In Press)

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This paper is concerned with the possibility and nature of relativistic hidden-variable formulations of quantum mechanics. Both ad hoc teleological constructions of spacetime maps and frame-dependent constructions of spacetime maps are considered. While frame-dependent constructions are clearly preferable, they provide neither mechanical nor causal explanations for local quantum events. Rather, the hidden-variable dynamics used in such constructions is just a rule that helps to characterize the set of all possible spacetime maps. But while having neither mechanical nor causal explanations of the values of quantum-mechanical measurement records is a significant cost, it may simply prove too much to ask for such explanations in relativistic quantum mechanics.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
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Barrett, Jeffrey A.
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Depositing User: Jeffrey Barrett
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2004
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2016 20:34
Item ID: 1887
Public Domain: No
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/1887

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