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Protective Measurement: A Paradigm Shift in Understanding Quantum Mechanics

Gao, Shan (2013) Protective Measurement: A Paradigm Shift in Understanding Quantum Mechanics. [Preprint]

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This article introduces the method of protective measurement and discusses its deep implications for the foundations of quantum mechanics. It is argued that protective measurement implies 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; expectation value; physical state; mass and charge distributions; ergodic motion of a particle; random discontinuous motion of particles; measurement problem
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Dr. Shan Gao
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2013 18:36
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2013 18:36
Item ID: 9627
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 16 March 2013
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9627

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