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Identical Quantum Particles and Weak Discernibility

Dieks, Dennis and Versteegh, Marijn (2007) Identical Quantum Particles and Weak Discernibility. [Preprint]

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Abstract

We examine a recent argument that ``identical'' quantum particles with an anti-symmetric state (fermions) are weakly discernible objects, just like irreflexively related ordinary objects in situations with perfect symmetry (Black's spheres, for example). We conclude that the argument uses a silent premise that is not justified in the quantum case.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Dieks, Dennis
Versteegh, Marijn
Keywords: Quantum statistics, indistinguishable particles, weak indiscernibility, Leibniz's principle
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Depositing User: Dennis Dieks
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2007
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:14
Item ID: 3208
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3208

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