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Events and covariance in the interpretation of quantum field theory

Dieks, Dennis (2002) Events and covariance in the interpretation of quantum field theory. UNSPECIFIED. (In Press)

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    Abstract

    In relativistic quantum field theory the notion of a local operation is regarded as basic: each open space-time region is associated with an algebra of observables representing possible measurements performed within this region. It is much more difficult to accommodate the notions of events taking place in such regions or of localized objects. But how can the notion of a local operation be basic in the theory if this same theory would not be able to represent localized measuring devices and localized events? After briefly reviewing these difficulties we discuss a strategy for eliminating the tension, namely by interpreting quantum theory in a realist way. To implement this strategy we use the ideas of the modal interpretation of quantum mechanics. We then consider the question of whether the resulting scheme can be made Lorentz invariant.


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    Item Type: Other
    Keywords: ARQFT, quantum field theory, interpretation of quantum theory, events, Lorentz invariance
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
    Depositing User: Dennis Dieks
    Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2002
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:10
    Item ID: 554
    Public Domain: No
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/554

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