Quantum Observables and Ockham’s Razor

Por • 16 feb, 2021 • Sección: Leyes

J.M. Picone

For the paradigm of the quantum double-slit experiment (DSE), we apply Ockham’s Razor to interpret quantum observations and to evaluate terminology often associated with wave-particle duality. One finds that the Correspondence Principle (CP), combined with classical wave DSEs, e.g., Young [1804], is sufficient to predict the observed quantum particle and wave phenomena. The empirical approach of Ockham infers that observed individual quanta are whole particles only; an individual quantum has no observed wavelike character. The observed, so-called wave nature of quanta emerges only in the limit of large numbers of particle observation events. That is, the «measurement problem» is no problem at all; «particle» and «wave» derive from separate and different aspects of the observations. Such artificial constructs as wave function collapse are irrelevant to the observation of individual quanta, each of which is a «particle» from emission to measurement. The histogram of detected events is a collective property identical to a classical interference pattern in the limit of large numbers, as the CP decrees. For a specific individual quantum, the mystery of what happens in the region between emission and detection has so far been inaccessible to direct observation in coincidence with detection of the same quantum on the DSE screen and is therefore inessential to interpreting the extant database. To analyze actual data and predict future DSEs, therefore, the Correspondence Principle is sufficient. True scientific progress can only follow from new, relevant experiments and not via mathematics or imagination.

arXiv:2102.04893v1 [physics.gen-ph]

General Physics (physics.gen-ph); Quantum Physics (quant-ph)

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