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The New Possibilist Transactional Interpretation and Relativity

Kastner, R. E. (2011) The New Possibilist Transactional Interpretation and Relativity. [Preprint]

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    A recent ontological modification of Cramer’s Transactional Interpretation, called “Possibilist Transactional Interpretation” or PTI, is extended to the relativistic domain. The present interpretation clarifies the concept of ‘absorption,’ which plays a crucial role in TI (and in PTI). In particular, in the relativistic domain, coupling amplitudes between fields are interpreted as amplitudes for the generation of confirmation waves (CW) by a potential absorber in response to offer waves (OW), whereas in the nonrelativistic context CW are taken as generated with certainty. It is pointed out that solving the measurement problem requires venturing into the relativistic domain in which emissions and absorptions take place; nonrelativistic quantum mechanics only applies to quanta considered as ‘already in existence’ (i.e., ‘free quanta’), and therefore cannot fully account for the phenomenon of measurement, in which quanta are tied to sources and sinks.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Additional Information: This version corrects some editing errors in the previous version. Comments welcome.
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
    Depositing User: Ruth Kastner
    Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2011 08:26
    Last Modified: 19 Dec 2011 08:26
    Item ID: 8959
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/8959

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