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A new indeterminacy-based quantum theory

Pipa, Francisco (2023) A new indeterminacy-based quantum theory. [Preprint]

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I propose a novel (interpretation of) quantum theory, which I will call Environmental Determinacy-based or EnD Quantum Theory (EnDQT). In contrast to the well-known quantum theories, EnDQT has the benefit of not adding hidden variables, and it is not in tension with relativistic causality by providing a local causal explanation of quantum correlations without measurement outcomes varying according to, for example, systems or worlds. It is conservative, and so unlike theories such as spontaneous collapse theories, no modifications of the fundamental equations of quantum theory are required to establish when determinate values arise, and in principle, arbitrary systems can be in a superposition for an arbitrary amount of time. According to EnDQT, at some point, some systems acquired the capacity to have and give rise to other systems having determinate values, and where this capacity propagates via local interactions between systems. When systems are isolated from the systems that belong to these chains of interactions, they can, in principle, evolve unitarily indefinitely. EnDQT provides novel empirical posits that may distinguish it from other quantum theories. Furthermore, via the features of the systems that start the chains of interactions, it may provide payoffs to other areas of physics and their foundations, such as cosmology.

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Item Type: Preprint
Additional Information: This is a version with significant improvements in content and presentation. It presents important new arguments and addresses some major objections.
Keywords: Quantum indeterminacy, extended Wigner's friend scenarios, quantum causal Models, measurement problem
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Francisco Pipa
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2024 18:32
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2024 18:32
Item ID: 23267
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 2023

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