Foundations of Physics

, Volume 41, Issue 8, pp 1318–1330 | Cite as

Quantum Interference and Many Worlds: A New Family of Classical Analogies

  • M. J. RaveEmail author


We present a new way of constructing classical analogies of quantum interference. These analogies share one common factor: they treat closed loops as fundamental entities. Such analogies can be used to understand the difference between quantum and classical probability; they can also be used to illuminate the many worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics. An examination of these analogies suggests that closed loops (particularly closed loops in time) may have special significance in interpretations of quantum interference, because they allow probabilities to remain classically additive.


Berry’s phase Quantum interference Quantum probability Decoherence Closed timelike curves 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Chemistry and PhysicsWestern Carolina UniversityCullowheeUSA

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