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Collapse Models: A Theoretical, Experimental and Philosophical Review

Bassi, Angelo and Dorato, Mauro and Ulbricht, Hendrik (2023) Collapse Models: A Theoretical, Experimental and Philosophical Review. Entropy, 25. pp. 1-16.


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In this paper, we review and connect the three essential conditions needed by the collapse
model to achieve a complete and exact formulation, namely the theoretical, the experimental, and
the ontological ones. These features correspond to the three parts of the paper. In any empirical
science, the first two features are obviously connected but, as is well known, among the different
formulations and interpretations of non-relativistic quantum mechanics, only collapse models, as
the paper well illustrates with a richness of details, have experimental consequences. Finally, we
show that a clarification of the ontological intimations of collapse models is needed for at least three
reasons: (1) to respond to the indispensable task of answering the question ’ What are collapse models
(and in general any physical theory) about?’; (2) to achieve a deeper understanding of their different
formulations; (3) to enlarge the panorama of possible

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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Ulbricht, Hendrik
Keywords: collapse models; experimental validation of collapse models; the ontology of collapse models
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Dr Mauro Dorato
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2023 20:42
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2023 20:42
Item ID: 22670
Journal or Publication Title: Entropy
Publisher: MDPI
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Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: May 2023
Page Range: pp. 1-16
Volume: 25

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