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Delayed-Choice Experiments and the Metaphysics of Entanglement

Egg, Matthias (2012) Delayed-Choice Experiments and the Metaphysics of Entanglement. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Delayed-choice experiments in quantum mechanics are often taken to undermine a realistic interpretation of the quantum state. More specifically, Healey has recently argued that the phenomenon of delayed-choice entanglement swapping is incompatible with the view that entanglement is a physical relation between quantum systems. This paper argues against these claims. It first reviews two paradigmatic delayed-choice experiments and analyzes their metaphysical implications. It then applies the results of this analysis to the case of entanglement swapping, showing that such experiments pose no threat to realism about entanglement.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
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Egg, Matthiasmatthias.egg@unil.ch
Keywords: Delayed-choice experiments; double-slit experiment; entanglement swapping; quantum eraser; realism
Subjects: General Issues > Experimentation
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Matthias Egg
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2012 14:08
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2013 18:14
Item ID: 9427
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9427

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