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Ontological Issues in Quantum Theory

Krause, Decio and Bueno, Otavio (2010) Ontological Issues in Quantum Theory. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    In this paper, we examine the concept of particle as it appears in quantum field theories (QFT), focusing on a puzzling situation regarding this concept. Although quantum ‘particles’ arise from fields, which form the basic ontology of QFT, and thus a certain concept of ‘particle’ is al- ways available, the properties ascribed to such ‘particles’ are not completely in agreement with the mathematical and logical description of such fields, which should be taken as individuals.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Additional Information: Forthcoming in Manuscrito.
    Keywords: Particles in quantum physics. Indiscernibility of quantum ob- jects. Ontology of quantum theories.
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
    Depositing User: Décio Krause
    Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2010
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:20
    Item ID: 5526
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/5526

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