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Quantum propensiton theory: a testable resolution of the wave/particle dilemma

Maxwell, N; (1988) Quantum propensiton theory: a testable resolution of the wave/particle dilemma. The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science , 39 pp. 1-50.

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Abstract

In this paper I put forward a new micro realistic, fundamentally probabilistic, propensiton version of quantum theory. According to this theory, the entities of the quantum domain - electrons, photons, atoms - are neither particles nor fields, but a new kind of fundamentally probabilistic entity, the propensiton - entities which interact with one another probabilistically. This version of quantum theory leaves the Schroedinger equation unchanged, but reinterprets it to specify how propensitons evolve when no probabilistic transitions occur. Probabilisitic transitions occur (...) when new "particles" are created as a result of inelastic interactions. All measurements are just special cases of this. This propensiton version of quantum theory, I argue, solves the wave/particle dilemma, is free of conceptual problems that plague orthodox quantum theory, recovers all the empirical success of orthodox quantum theory, and at the same time yields as yet untested predictions that differ from those of orthodox quantum theory

Type: Article
Title: Quantum propensiton theory: a testable resolution of the wave/particle dilemma
Location: UK
Publisher version: http://bjps.oxfordjournals.org/content/39/1/1.full...
Keywords: micro realistic probabilistic quantum theory, solution to quantum wave/particle dilemma, particle creation, quantum propensities, experimental test
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1348969
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