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Identical Particles in Quantum Mechanics: Against the Received View (version 2022)

Dieks, Dennis (2022) Identical Particles in Quantum Mechanics: Against the Received View (version 2022). [Preprint]

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Abstract

According to the “Received View” identical quantum particles are a previously unknown kind of objects that do not possess individuality. In this Chapter we discuss this view, criticize it, and propose an alternative. According to this alternative view so-called “identical quantum particles” should in many cases not be seen as objects —particles— at all. However, there are situations in which a particle
picture does become applicable. But the particles that emerge in these cases are distinguishable individuals, unlike the particles of the Received View.


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Dieks, Dennisd.dieks@uu.nl0000-0003-4755-3430
Keywords: identical particles, individuality, indistinguishability, fermions, bosons
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
Depositing User: Dennis Dieks
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2022 14:47
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2022 14:47
Item ID: 21391
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
Date: 10 November 2022
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21391

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