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A modal-Hamiltonian interpretation of quantum mechanics

Lombardi, Olimpia and Castagnino, Mario (2008) A modal-Hamiltonian interpretation of quantum mechanics. [Preprint]


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The aim of this paper is to introduce a new member of the family of the modal interpretations of quantum mechanics. In this modal-Hamiltonian interpretation, the Hamiltonian of the quantum system plays a decisive role in the property-ascription rule that selects the definite-valued observables whose possible values become actual. We show that this interpretation is effective for solving the measurement problem, both in its ideal and its non-ideal versions, and we argue for the physical relevance of the property-ascription rule by applying it to well-known physical situations. Moreover, we explain how this interpretation supplies a description of the elemental categories of the ontology referred to by the theory, where quantum systems turn out to be bundles of possible properties

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Item Type: Preprint
Lombardi, Olimpia
Castagnino, Mario
Additional Information: Forthcoming in Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics.
Keywords: quantum mechanics; modal interpretation; Hamiltonian; quantum measurement; decoherence; classical limit; quantum ontology.
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Prof. Olimpia Lombardi
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2008
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:16
Item ID: 3875
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: January 2008

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