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Are quantum particles objects?

Saunders, Simon (2006) Are quantum particles objects? [Preprint]

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    Particle indistinguishability has always been considered a purely quantum mechanical concept. In parallel, indistinguishable particles have been thought to be entities that are not properly speaking objects at all. I argue, to the contrary, that the concept can equally be applied to classical particles, and that in either case particles may (with certain exceptions) be counted as objects even though they are indistinguishable. The exceptions are elementary bosons (for example photons).

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    Item Type: Preprint
    Additional Information: published in Analysis, 66 (2006) pp.52-63.
    Keywords: particles, indistinguishability, quantum, identity of indiscernibles, permutation, symmetry, quantum field
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
    Depositing User: simon saunders
    Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2006
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:13
    Item ID: 2623

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