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Measurements according to "Consistent Quantum Theory"

Okon, Elias and Sudarsky, Daniel (2013) Measurements according to "Consistent Quantum Theory". [Preprint]

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Abstract

We critically evaluate the treatment of the notion of measurement in the Consistent Histories approach to quantum mechanics. We find such treatment unsatisfactory because it relies, often implicitly, on elements external to the provided formalism. In particular, when dealing with measurement scenarios, the formalism, in order to be informative, needs to assume that after measurements measuring apparatuses are always in states of well defined pointer positions. The problem is that there is nothing in the formalism to justify this assumption. We conclude that the Consistent Histories approach, contrary to what is claimed by its proponents, fails to provide a truly satisfactory resolution to the measurement problem of quantum mechanics.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Okon, Eliaseokon@filosoficas.unam.mx
Sudarsky, Danielsudarsky@nucleares.unam.mx
Keywords: Consistent Histories; Consistent Quantum Theory; Measurement Problem.
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Dr. Elias Okon
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2013 14:03
Last Modified: 24 Aug 2014 15:52
Item ID: 9979
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 3 September 2013
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9979

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