Foundations of Physics

, Volume 10, Issue 3–4, pp 217–236 | Cite as

A modified set of Feynman postulates in quantum mechanics

  • V. K. Thankappan
  • P. Gopalakrishna Nambi


Certain modifications, by way of improvement, are proposed for the Feynman postulates in quantum mechanics. These modifications incorporate a criterion for the applicability of the principle of superposition. It is shown that the modified postulates, together with certain assumptions regarding the trajectory of a particle, lead to an expression for the position-momentum uncertainty relationship which is broadly in agreement with the conventional expression. The time-energy uncertainty relationship is, however, found to have a likely place only in the relativistic theory. A criterion, in the form of a ratio involving the linear dimensions of the particle, is obtained for the validity of the classical mechanics approximation. The modified postulates are suggested to favor the statistical interpretation of quantum mechanics over the Copenhagen interpretation.


Quantum Mechanic Classical Mechanic Linear Dimension Relativistic Theory Statistical Interpretation 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • V. K. Thankappan
    • 1
  • P. Gopalakrishna Nambi
    • 2
  1. 1.Physics DepartmentUniversity of CalicutKeralaIndia
  2. 2.Physics DepartmentMalabar Christian CollegeCalicutIndia

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