Foundations of Physics

, Volume 37, Issue 1, pp 159–168

Time-Symmetric Quantum Mechanics

Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10701-006-9089-1

Cite this article as:
Wharton, K.B. Found Phys (2007) 37: 159. doi:10.1007/s10701-006-9089-1

A time-symmetric formulation of nonrelativistic quantum mechanics is developed by applying two consecutive boundary conditions onto solutions of a time- symmetrized wave equation. From known probabilities in ordinary quantum mechanics, a time-symmetric parameter P0 is then derived that properly weights the likelihood of any complete sequence of measurement outcomes on a quantum system. The results appear to match standard quantum mechanics, but do so without requiring a time-asymmetric collapse of the wavefunction upon measurement, thereby realigning quantum mechanics with an important fundamental symmetry.

Keywords

quantum mechanics time reversal symmetry time reversal operator 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsSan José State UniversitySan JoséUSA

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