Synthese

, Volume 102, Issue 1, pp 61–97 | Cite as

Decoherence in unorthodox formulations of quantum mechanics

  • Vassilios Karakostas
  • Michael Dickson
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Abstract

The conceptual structure of orthodox quantum mechanics has not provided a fully satisfactory and coherent description of natural phenomena. With particular attention to the measurement problem, we review and investigate two unorthodox formulations. First, there is the model advanced by GRWP, a stochastic modification of the standard Schrödinger dynamics admitting statevector reduction as a real physical process. Second, there is the ontological interpretation of Bohm, a causal reformulation of the usual theory admitting no collapse of the statevector. Within these two seemingly quite different approaches, we discuss in a comparative manner, several points: The meaning of the state vector, the status of quantum probability, the legitimacy of attributing macro objective properties to physical systems, and the possibility of retrieving the classical limit. Finally, we consider aspects of non-locality and relevant difficulties with formulating a relativistic generalization of the two approaches.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vassilios Karakostas
    • 1
  • Michael Dickson
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of History and Philosophy of ScienceUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of Notre DameNotre DameUSA

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