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The Construction of Quantum Reality
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics.
2012 (English)In: Foundations of physics, ISSN 0015-9018, E-ISSN 1572-9516, Vol. 42, no 1, 86-97 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper recognizes that quantum theory is not satisfactorily formulated; in spite of its empirical success, we may wish to consider the possibility to find more intuitively acceptable foundations. It is emphasized that the difference between classical physics and quantum theory lies in the fact that the latter depends in an essential way on classical descriptions of the observations from preparation to recording. In addition, only statistical predictions are possible. We discuss the case of entangled quantum systems. Performing an experiment on one subsystem, we move a realized prediction to be a precondition for subsequent observations. The quantum features presented do not fit into a unified interpretation, they are found to be incompletely defined but pragmatically applied. No uniquely well defined interpretation is adequate for all cases.

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2012. Vol. 42, no 1, 86-97 p.
Keyword [en]
Interpretation of quantum physics, Quantum interference, Correlated quantum systems, Entanglement, Conditioned observations, Consistency of theory
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Physical Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-75533DOI: 10.1007/s10701-010-9519-yISI: 000298609400009ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84655164963OAI: diva2:490814
QC 20120206Available from: 2012-02-06 Created: 2012-02-06 Last updated: 2012-02-06Bibliographically approved

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