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Reality of mass and charge and its implications for the meaning of the wave function

Gao, Shan (2022) Reality of mass and charge and its implications for the meaning of the wave function. [Preprint]

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What is the ontological status of mass and charge in a realist quantum theory? This has been an important but debated issue in the foundations of physics. In this paper, I present a new analysis of the reality of mass and charge and its implications for the ontological meaning of the wave function. First, I argue that mass and charge should be included in the ontology of a psi-ontic theory. In particular, for an N-body system, there are N different physical entities with respective masses and charges in three-dimensional space. Next, I argue that a field ontological interpretation of the wave function such as wave function realism or the multi-field interpretation, which usually regards mass and charge as constants of nature, cannot accommodate mass and charge in its ontology. Third, I argue that in order to include mass and charge in the ontology for entangled states, the physical entities must be particles whose motion is discontinuous. Finally, I introduce the RDM of particles interpretation of the wave function, according to which a quantum system is composed of particles with mass and charge which undergo random discontinuous motion (RDM) in three-dimensional space, and the wave function represents the propensities of these particles which determine their random discontinuous motion.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Gao, Shansgao7319@uni.sydney.edu.au
Keywords: quantum theory; ontology; wave function; mass; charge; field; particle; random discontinuous motion
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Prof. Shan Gao
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2022 14:57
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2022 14:57
Item ID: 21317
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 26 October 2022
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21317

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