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Delayed-Choice Experiments and the Metaphysics of Entanglement

Egg, Matthias (2012) Delayed-Choice Experiments and the Metaphysics of Entanglement. In: [2012] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 23rd Biennial Mtg (San Diego, CA) > PSA 2012 Contributed Papers.

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    Abstract

    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)
    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
    Conferences and Volumes: [2012] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 23rd Biennial Mtg (San Diego, CA) > PSA 2012 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: Matthias Egg
    Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2012 09:08
    Last Modified: 20 Sep 2013 14:14
    Item ID: 9427
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9427

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