On conservation laws in quantum mechanics

Yakir Aharonov*, Sandu Popescu, Daniel Rohrlich

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We raise fundamental questions about the very meaning of conservation laws in quantum mechanics, and we argue that the standard way of defining conservation laws, while perfectly valid as far as it goes, misses essential features of nature and has to be revisited and extended.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere1921529118
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number1
StatePublished - 5 Jan 2021


FundersFunder number
German–Israeli Project Cooperation
John Templeton Foundation1190/13, 43297
Chapman University
European Research Council
Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich
Israel Science Foundation1311/14
Israeli Centers for Research Excellence


    • Conservation laws
    • Fundamental aspects of quantum mechanics
    • Quantum mechanics


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