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A Philosopher Struggles to Understand Quantum Theory: Particle Creation and Wavepacket Reduction

Maxwell, N; (1995) A Philosopher Struggles to Understand Quantum Theory: Particle Creation and Wavepacket Reduction. In: Ferrero, M and van der Merwe, A, (eds.) Fundamental Problems in Quantum Physics. (205 - 214). Kluwer Academic: Netherlands.

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Abstract

In order to develop a fully acceptable version of quantum theory, we need to specify precise quantum mechanical conditions for wavepacket collapse to occur. I propose this occurs when new particles, or new bound systems, are created.

Type: Book chapter
Title: A Philosopher Struggles to Understand Quantum Theory: Particle Creation and Wavepacket Reduction
Keywords: quantum theory, probabilism, realism, wavepacket collapse, particle creation
UCL classification: UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Science and Technology Studies
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1345056
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