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Observations on Unstable Quantons, Hyperplane Dependence and Quantum Fields

Fleming, Gordon N. (2009) Observations on Unstable Quantons, Hyperplane Dependence and Quantum Fields. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    There is persistent heterodoxy in the physics literature concerning the proper treatment of those quantons that are unstable against spontaneous decay. Following a brief litany of this heterodoxy, I develop some of the consequences of assuming that such quantons can exist, undecayed and isolated, at definite times and that their treatment can be carried out within a standard quantum theoretic state space. This assumption requires hyperplane dependence for the unstable quanton states and leads to clarification of some recent results concerning deviations from relativistic time dilation of decay lifetimes. In the course of the discussion I make some observations on the relationship of unstable quantons to quantum fields.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Additional Information: Final version of invited paper presented at UWO workshop on quantum field theory, 04/26/09
    Keywords: unstable particles, quantons, hyperplane dependence, quantum fields
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
    Depositing User: Gordon N. Fleming
    Date Deposited: 29 May 2009
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:18
    Item ID: 4667
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/4667

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