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Does quantum time have a preferred direction?

Roberts, Bryan W. (2011) Does quantum time have a preferred direction? [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    This paper states and proves a precise sense in which, if all the measurable properties of an ordinary quantum mechanical system are ultimately derivable from position, then time in quantum mechanics can have no preferred direction. In particular, I show that when the position observable forms a complete set of commuting observables, Galilei invariant quantum mechanics is guaranteed to be time reversal invariant.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Additional Information: This work benefited from a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant #1058902.
    Keywords: quantum, mechanics, time reversal, ontology
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
    Depositing User: Bryan Roberts
    Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2011 09:11
    Last Modified: 08 Mar 2012 14:34
    Item ID: 8811
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/8811

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