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Foundations of Physics

, Volume 41, Issue 3, pp 299–304 | Cite as

Individuation in Quantum Mechanics

  • Gregg Jaeger
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Abstract

It has been claimed that the Principle of the Identity of Indiscernibles (PII) is incompatible with quantum mechanics, considered as a complete theory. Van Fraassen has argued specifically that a conflict between the two arises due to the requirements of Bose-Einstein statistics when imposed on two-particle quantum states. It is shown here that this apparent contradiction of the PII with quantum mechanics can be removed by the introduction of a natural criterion of individuality.

Entanglement Quantum systems Local realism 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Quantum Communication and Measurement Laboratory, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Division of Natural Sciences and MathematicsBoston UniversityBostonUSA

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