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Against Field Interpretations of Quantum Field Theory

Baker, David (2008) Against Field Interpretations of Quantum Field Theory. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    I examine some problems standing in the way of a successful ``field interpretation'' of quantum field theory. The most popular extant proposal depends on the Hilbert space of ``wavefunctionals.'' But since wavefunctional space is unitarily equivalent to many-particle Fock space, two of the most powerful arguments against particle interpretations also undermine this form of field interpretation.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Additional Information: Forthcoming in British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
    Keywords: quantum field theory, wavefunctional, symmetry breaking
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
    Specific Sciences > Physics
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
    Depositing User: David Baker
    Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2008
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:17
    Item ID: 4350
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/4350

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