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Reeh-Schlieder defeats Newton-Wigner: On alternative localization schemes in relativistic quantum field theory

Halvorson, Hans (2000) Reeh-Schlieder defeats Newton-Wigner: On alternative localization schemes in relativistic quantum field theory. [Preprint]

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Many of the &quot;counterintuitive&quot; features of relativistic quantum field theory have their formal root in the Reeh-Schlieder theorem, which in particular entails that local operations applied to the vacuum state can produce any state of the entire field. It is of great interest then that I.E. Segal and, more recently, G. Fleming (in a paper entitled &quot;Reeh-Schlieder meets Newton-Wigner&quot;) have proposed an alternative &quot;Newton-Wigner&quot; localization scheme that avoids the Reeh-Schlieder theorem. In this paper, I reconstruct the Newton-Wigner localization scheme and clarify the <em>limited</em> extent to which it avoids the counterintuitive consequences of the Reeh-Schlieder theorem. I also argue that there is no coherent interpretation of the Newton-Wigner localization scheme that renders it free from act-outcome correlations at spacelike separation.


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Halvorson, Hans
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Depositing User: Hans Halvorson
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2001
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:10
Item ID: 98
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/98

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