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On the Nature of Measurement Records in Relativistic Quantum Field Theory

Barrett, Jeffrey A. (2000) On the Nature of Measurement Records in Relativistic Quantum Field Theory. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    A resolution of the quantum measurement problem would require one to explain how it is that we end up with determinate records at the end of our measurements. Metaphysical commitments typically do real work in such an explanation. Indeed, one should not be satisfied with one's metaphysical commitments unless one can provide some account of determinate measurement records. I will explain some of the problems in getting determinate records in relativistic quantum field theory and pay particular attention to the relationship between the measurement problem and a generalized version of Malament's theorem.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: relativistic quantum mechanics, measurement problem, field theory, Malament's theorem
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
    Depositing User: Jeffrey Barrett
    Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2001
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:10
    Item ID: 197
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/197

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