An axiomatic formulation of the Montevideo interpretation of quantum mechanics

Rodolfo Gambini, Luis Pedro García-Pintos, Jorge Pullin

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Abstract

We make a first attempt to axiomatically formulate the Montevideo interpretation of quantum mechanics. In this interpretation environmental decoherence is supplemented with loss of coherence due to the use of realistic clocks to measure time to solve the measurement problem. The resulting formulation is framed entirely in terms of quantum objects without having to invoke the existence of measurable classical quantities like the time in ordinary quantum mechanics. The formulation eliminates any privileged role to the measurement process giving an objective definition of when an event occurs in a system.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)256-263
Number of pages8
JournalStudies In History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies In History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
Volume42
Issue number4
Early online date20 Nov 2011
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011

Bibliographical note

21 pages, RevTex, final version to appear in Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics

Keywords

  • quant-ph
  • gr-qc
  • hep-th
  • physics.hist-ph
  • Measurement problem
  • Interpretation of quantum mechanics
  • Decoherence

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