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Compatibility between environment-induced decoherence and the modal-Hamiltonian interpretation of quantum mechanics

Lombardi, Olimpia and Fortin, Sebastian and Castagnino, Mario and Ardenghi, Juan Sebastián (2010) Compatibility between environment-induced decoherence and the modal-Hamiltonian interpretation of quantum mechanics. In: [2010] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 22nd Biennial Mtg (Montréal, QC) > PSA 2010 Contributed Papers.

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    Abstract

    Given the impressive success of environment-induced decoherence (EID), nowadays no interpretation of quantum mechanics can ignore its results. The modal-Hamiltonian interpretation (MHI) has proved to be effective for solving several interpretative problems but, since its actualization rule applies to closed systems, it seems to stand at odds of EID. The purpose of this paper is to show that this is not the case: the states einselected by the interaction with the environment according to EID (the elements of the “pointer basis”) are the eigenvectors of an actual-valued observable belonging to the preferred context selected by the MHI.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: quantum mechanics, modal interpretations, decoherence
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
    Conferences and Volumes: [2010] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 22nd Biennial Mtg (Montréal, QC) > PSA 2010 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: Olimpia Lombardi
    Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2010 08:03
    Last Modified: 12 Nov 2010 08:03
    Item ID: 8389
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/8389

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