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Protective Measurement and the Meaning of the Wave Function

Gao, Shan (2011) Protective Measurement and the Meaning of the Wave Function. [Preprint]

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This article introduces the method of protective measurement and discusses its possible implications for the meaning of the wave function. It is argued that the results of protective measurements as predicted by quantum mechanics imply that the wave function of a quantum system is a representation of the physical state of the system, and a further analysis of the mass and charge distribution of the system, which is measurable by protective measurements, may also help determine what physical state the wave function represents.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Gao, Shansgao7319@uni.sydney.edu.au
Keywords: protective measurement, wave function, mass and charge density, ergodic motion, random discontinuous motion, propensity
Subjects: General Issues > Determinism/Indeterminism
Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Dr. Shan Gao
Date Deposited: 29 Dec 2013 17:36
Last Modified: 29 Dec 2013 17:36
Item ID: 10154
Subjects: General Issues > Determinism/Indeterminism
Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 3 August 2011
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10154

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