Contexts, Systems and Modalities: A New Ontology for Quantum Mechanics

Foundations of Physics 46 (2):121-137 (2016)

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In this article we present a possible way to make usual quantum mechanics fully compatible with physical realism, defined as the statement that the goal of physics is to study entities of the natural world, existing independently from any particular observer’s perception, and obeying universal and intelligible rules. Rather than elaborating on the quantum formalism itself, we propose a new quantum ontology, where physical properties are attributed jointly to the system, and to the context in which it is embedded. In combination with a quantization principle, this non-classical definition of physical reality sheds new light on counter-intuitive features of quantum mechanics such as the origin of probabilities, non-locality, and the quantum-classical boundary
Keywords Quantum ontology  Non-locality  Probabilities in quantum mechanics  Quantization  Born’s rule  Contextual objectivity
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DOI 10.1007/s10701-015-9952-z
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The Physical Principles of the Quantum Theory.Werner Heisenberg - 1930 - Chicago: Ill., The University of Chicago Press.
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