PhilSci Archive

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)

[img] Tex/LaTeX

Download (54kB)


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.

Export/Citation: EndNote | BibTeX | Dublin Core | ASCII/Text Citation (Chicago) | HTML Citation | OpenURL
Social Networking:
Share |

Item Type: Other
Dieks, Dennis
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 15:10
Item ID: 554
Public Domain: No

Monthly Views for the past 3 years

Monthly Downloads for the past 3 years

Plum Analytics

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item