The Construction of Quantum Reality

Stig Stenholm*

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    Abstract

    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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)86-97
    Number of pages12
    JournalFoundations of Physics
    Volume42
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Keywords

    • Conditioned observations
    • Consistency of theory
    • Correlated quantum systems
    • Entanglement
    • Interpretation of quantum physics
    • Quantum interference

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