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Four tails problems for dynamical collapse theories

Kelvin J. McQueen

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The primary quantum mechanical equation of motion entails that measurements typically do not have determinate outcomes, but result in superpositions of all possible outcomes. Dynamical collapse theories (e.g. GRW) supplement this equation with a stochastic Gaussian collapse function, intended to collapse the superposition of outcomes into one outcome. But the Gaussian collapses are imperfect in a way that leaves the superpositions intact. This is the tails problem. There are several ways...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015-02
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/13379
Source: Studies in the History & Philosophy of Modern Physics
DOI: 10.1016/j.shpsb.2014.12.001

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