Foundations of Physics

, Volume 25, Issue 1, pp 145–158 | Cite as

The modal interpretation of quantum mechanics and its generalization to density operators

  • Pieter E. Vermaas
  • Dennis Dieks
Invited Papers Dedicated to Jean-Pierre Vigier


We generalize the modal interpretation of quantum mechanics so that it may be applied to composite systems represented by arbitrary density operators. We discuss the interpretation these density operators receive and relate this to the discussion about the interpretation of proper and improper mixtures in the standard interpretation.


Quantum Mechanic Composite System Density Operator Standard Interpretation Modal Interpretation 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Pieter E. Vermaas
    • 1
  • Dennis Dieks
    • 1
  1. 1.Foundations of Science UnitUtrecht UniversityTA UtrechtThe Netherlands

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