The reality in Bohmian quantum mechanics or can you kill with an empty wave bullet?

Lev Vaidman*

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Abstract

Several situations, in which an empty wave causes an observable effect, are reviewed. They include an experiment showing ''surrealistic trajectories'' proposed by Englert et al. and protective measurement of the density of the quantum state. Conditions for observable effects due to empty waves are derived. The possibility (in spite of the existence of these examples) of minimalistic interpretation of Bohmian quantum mechanics in which only Bohmian positions supervene on our experience is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-312
Number of pages14
JournalFoundations of Physics
Volume35
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2005

Keywords

  • Bohmian quantum mechanics
  • Empty waves
  • Many-world interpretation
  • Protective measurements
  • Surrealistic trajectories

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