An axiomatic formulation of the Montevideo interpretation of quantum mechanics

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Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, ISSN: 1355-2198, Vol: 42, Issue: 4, Page: 256-263

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2011
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http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9927
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10.1016/j.shpsb.2011.10.002
Author(s):
Gambini, Rodolfo, Garcia-Pintos, Luis Pedro, Pullin, Jorge
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Elsevier BV, Elsevier
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Arts and Humanities, Physics and Astronomy
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We make a first attempt to axiomatically formulate the Montevideo interpretation of quantum mechanics. In this interpretation environmental decoherence is supplemented with loss of coherence due to the use of realistic clocks to measure time to solve the measurement problem. The resulting formulation is framed entirely in terms of quantum objects. Unlike in ordinary quantum mechanics, classical time only plays the role of an unobservable parameter. The formulation eliminates any privileged role of the measurement process giving an objective definition of when an event occurs in a system.

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