Foundations of Physics

, Volume 37, Issue 11, pp 1540–1562 | Cite as

Typicality vs. Probability in Trajectory-Based Formulations of Quantum Mechanics

  • Bruno GalvanEmail author


Bohmian mechanics represents the universe as a set of paths with a probability measure defined on it. The way in which a mathematical model of this kind can explain the observed phenomena of the universe is examined in general. It is shown that the explanation does not make use of the full probability measure, but rather of a suitable set function deriving from it, which defines relative typicality between single-time cylinder sets. Such a set function can also be derived directly from the standard quantum formalism, without the need of an underlying probability measure. The key concept for this derivation is the quantum typicality rule, which can be considered as a generalization of the Born rule. The result is a new formulation of quantum mechanics, in which particles follow definite trajectories, but which is based only on the standard formalism of quantum mechanics.


Typicality Trajectory-based formulations of quantum mechanics Bohmian mechanics 


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  1. 1.TrentoItaly

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