The Quantum Mechanical Path Integral: Toward a Realistic Interpretation.
In this paper, I explore the feasibility of a realistic interpretation of the quantum mechanical path integral - that is, an interpretation according to which the particle actually follows the paths that contribute to the integral. I argue that an interpretation of this sort requires spacetime to have a branching structure similar to the structures of the branching spacetimes proposed by previous authors. I point out one possible way to construct branching spacetimes of the required sort, and I ask whether the resulting interpretation of quantum mechanics is empirically testable.
||This is an updated version of a paper that appeared previously on the author's website.
||path integral, path integration, branching spacetime, non-Hausdorff, many worlds interpretation
||Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
||17 Jan 2008
||07 Oct 2010 15:16
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