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About the nature of the wave function and its dimensionality: the case of quantum chemistry

Fortin, Sebastian and Jaimes Arriaga, Jesús Alberto (2018) About the nature of the wave function and its dimensionality: the case of quantum chemistry. [Preprint]

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The problem of the 3N dimensions of the wave function is of particular interest in the philosophy of physics. In this work, we will recall the main positions about the nature and dimensionality of the wave function and we will introduce a new perspective, coming from quantum chemistry. For this, we will bring to light the formal operations that underlie the Independent Electron Approximation. We show that the concept of orbital is closely linked to this approximation. We show that the concept of the orbital is closely linked to this approximation. Therefore, its characterization as an approximation must be questioned. On this basis, we will point out how quantum chemistry can offer new arguments that contribute to the debate about the ontology of wave function.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Fortin, Sebastiansfortin@conicet.gov.ar
Jaimes Arriaga, Jesús Albertoja.jaimes@conicet.gov.ar
Keywords: Wave function; dimensionality; quantum chemistry
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Dr. Sebastian Fortin
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2023 00:01
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2023 00:01
Item ID: 22740
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: June 2018
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/22740

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