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Foundations of Physics

, Volume 35, Issue 2, pp 299–312 | Cite as

The Reality in Bohmian Quantum Mechanics or Can You Kill with an Empty Wave Bullet?

  • Lev Vaidman
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Several situations, in which an empty wave causes an observable effect, are reviewed. They include an experiment showing ‘‘surrealistic trajectories’’ proposed by Englert et al. and protective measurement of the density of the quantum state. Conditions for observable effects due to empty waves are derived. The possibility (in spite of the existence of these examples) of minimalistic interpretation of Bohmian quantum mechanics in which only Bohmian positions supervene on our experience is discussed.

Keywords

Bohmian quantum mechanics empty waves surrealistic trajectories protective measurements many-world interpretation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Physics and Astronomy, Raymond and Beverly Sackler Faculty of Exact SciencesTel-Aviv UniversityTel-AvivIsrael

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