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On Time in Quantum Physics

Butterfield, Jeremy (2012) On Time in Quantum Physics. [Preprint]

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First, I briefly review the different conceptions of time held by three rival interpretations of quantum theory: the collapse of the wave-packet, the pilot-wave interpretation, and the Everett interpretation (Section 2).

Then I turn to a much less controversial task: to expound the recent understanding of the time-energy uncertainty principle, and indeed of uncertainty principles in general, that has been established by such authors as Busch, Hilgevoord and Uffink.

Although this may at first seem a narrow topic, I point out connections to other conceptual topics about time in quantum theory: for example, the question under what circumstances there is a time operator (Section 4.3).

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Item Type: Preprint
Additional Information: To appear in 'The Blackwell Companion to the Philosophy of Time', edited by A. Bardon and H. Dyke.
Keywords: time, quantum mechanics, uncertainty principles, Busch, Hilgevoord, Uffink
Subjects: General Issues > Determinism/Indeterminism
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
Depositing User: Jeremy Butterfield
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2012 15:27
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2012 15:27
Item ID: 9287

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