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A modal-Hamiltonian interpretation of quantum mechanics

Lombardi, Olimpia and Castagnino, Mario (2008) A modal-Hamiltonian interpretation of quantum mechanics. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    The aim of this paper is to introduce a new member of the family of the modal interpretations of quantum mechanics. In this modal-Hamiltonian interpretation, the Hamiltonian of the quantum system plays a decisive role in the property-ascription rule that selects the definite-valued observables whose possible values become actual. We show that this interpretation is effective for solving the measurement problem, both in its ideal and its non-ideal versions, and we argue for the physical relevance of the property-ascription rule by applying it to well-known physical situations. Moreover, we explain how this interpretation supplies a description of the elemental categories of the ontology referred to by the theory, where quantum systems turn out to be bundles of possible properties


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Additional Information: Forthcoming in Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics.
    Keywords: quantum mechanics; modal interpretation; Hamiltonian; quantum measurement; decoherence; classical limit; quantum ontology.
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
    Depositing User: Prof. Olimpia Lombardi
    Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2008
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:16
    Item ID: 3875
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3875

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