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Time in Quantum Mechanics

Hilgevoord, Jan (2001) Time in Quantum Mechanics. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    Time is often said to play in quantum mechanics an essentially different role from position: whereas position is represented by a Hermitian operator, time is represented by a c-number. This discrepancy has been found puzzling and has given rise to a vast literature and many efforts at a solution. In this paper it is argued that the discrepancy is only apparent and that there is nothing in the formalism of (standard) quantum mechanics that forces us to treat position and time differently. The apparent problem is caused by the dominant role point particles play in physics and can be traced back to classical mechanics


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
    Depositing User: Jos Uffink
    Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2001
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:10
    Item ID: 368
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/368

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