A persistent particle ontology for QFT in terms of the Dirac sea

Publication Year:
2016
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http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12375
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Dirk-André Deckert, Michael Esfeld, Andrea Oldofredi
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We show that the Bohmian approach in terms of persisting particles that move on continuous trajectories following a deterministic law can be literally applied to QFT. By means of the Dirac sea model – exemplified in the electron sector of the standard model neglecting radiation – we explain how starting from persisting particles, one is led to standard QFT employing creation and annihilation operators when tracking the dynamics with respect to a reference state, the so-called vacuum. Since on the level of wave functions, both formalisms are mathematically equivalent, this proposal provides for an ontology of QFT that includes a dynamics of individual processes, solves the measurement problem and explains the appearance of creation and annihilation events.

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