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Observables, disassembled

Roberts, Bryan W. ORCID: 0000-0003-0548-1280 (2018) Observables, disassembled. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, 63. pp. 150-162. ISSN 1355-2198

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.shpsb.2018.02.002


How should we characterise the observable aspects of quantum theory? This paper argues that philosophers and physicists should jettison a standard dogma: that observables must be represented by self-adjoint or Hermitian operators. Four classes of non-standard observables are identified: normal operators, symmetric operators, real-spectrum operators, and none of these. The philosophical and physical implications of each are explored.

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Additional Information: © 2018 Elsevier
Divisions: Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2018 15:37
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2024 00:48

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