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The Modal Interpretation of Algebraic Quantum Field Theory  [PDF]
Rob Clifton
Physics , 2000, DOI: 10.1016/S0375-9601(00)00364-9
Abstract: In a recent article, Dieks has proposed a way to implement the modal interpretation of (nonrelativistic) quantum theory in relativistic quantum field theory. We show that his proposal fails to yield a well-defined prescription for which observables in a local spacetime region possess definite values. On the other hand, we demonstrate that there is a well-defined and unique way of extending the modal interpretation to the local algebras of relativistic quantum field theory. This extension, however, faces a potentially serious difficulty in connection with ergodic states of a field.
Locality in the Everett Interpretation of Quantum Field Theory  [PDF]
Mark A. Rubin
Physics , 2002,
Abstract: Recently it has been shown that transformations of Heisenberg-picture operators are the causal mechanism which allows Bell-theorem-violating correlations at a distance to coexist with locality in the Everett interpretation of quantum mechanics. A calculation to first order in perturbation theory of the generation of EPRB entanglement in nonrelativistic fermionic field theory in the Heisenberg picture illustrates that the same mechanism leads to correlations without nonlocality in quantum field theory as well. An explicit transformation is given to a representation in which initial-condition information is transferred from the state vector to the field operators, making the locality of the theory manifest.
Covariant many-fingered time Bohmian interpretation of quantum field theory  [PDF]
H. Nikolic
Physics , 2005, DOI: 10.1016/j.physleta.2005.09.025
Abstract: The Bohmian interpretation of the many-fingered time (MFT) Tomonaga-Schwinger formulation of quantum field theory (QFT) describes MFT fields, which provides a covariant Bohmian interpretation of QFT without introducing a preferred foliation of spacetime.
Completely local interpretation of quantum field theory  [PDF]
Roman Sverdlov
Physics , 2010,
Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to come up with a framework that "converts" existing concepts from configuration space to ordinary one. This is done by modeling our universe as a big "computer" that simulates configuration space. If that "computer" exists in ordinary space and is ran by "classical" laws, our theory becomes "classical" by default. We have first applied this concept to a version of quantum field theory in which elementary particles have size (that is, a theory that does not yet exists). After that, we have also done the same with Pilot Wave model of discrete jumps, due to D\"urr et el.
(3+1)-dimensional topological quantum field theory from a tight-binding model of interacting spinless fermions  [PDF]
Mauro Cirio,Giandomenico Palumbo,Jiannis K. Pachos
Physics , 2013, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.90.085114
Abstract: Currently, there is much interest in discovering analytically tractable (3+1)-dimensional models that describe interacting fermions with emerging topological properties. Towards that end we present a three-dimensional tight-binding model of spinless interacting fermions that reproduces, in the low energy limit, a (3+1)-dimensional Abelian topological quantum field theory called BF model. By employing a mechanism equivalent to the Haldane's Chern insulator, we can turn the non-interacting model into a three-dimensional chiral topological insulator. We then isolate energetically one of the two Fermi points of the lattice model. In the presence of suitable fermionic interactions, the system, in the continuum limit, is equivalent to a generalised (3+1)-dimensional Thirring model. The low energy limit of this model is faithfully described by the BF theory. Our approach directly establishes the presence of (2+1)-dimensional BF theory at the boundary of the lattice and it provides a way to detect the topological order of the model through fermionic density measurements.
General boundary quantum field theory: Foundations and probability interpretation  [PDF]
Robert Oeckl
Mathematics , 2005,
Abstract: We elaborate on the proposed general boundary formulation as an extension of standard quantum mechanics to arbitrary (or no) backgrounds. Temporal transition amplitudes are generalized to amplitudes for arbitrary spacetime regions. State spaces are associated to general (not necessarily spacelike) hypersurfaces. We give a detailed foundational exposition of this approach, including its probability interpretation and a list of core axioms. We explain how standard quantum mechanics arises as a special case. We include a discussion of probability conservation and unitarity, showing how these concepts are generalized in the present framework. We formulate vacuum axioms and incorporate spacetime symmetries into the framework. We show how the Schroedinger-Feynman approach is a suitable starting point for casting quantum field theories into the general boundary form. We discuss the role of operators.
Interpretation and resolution of pinch singularities in non-equilibrium quantum field theory  [PDF]
Carsten Greiner,Stefan Leupold
Physics , 1998, DOI: 10.1007/s100529901095
Abstract: Ill-defined pinch singularities arising in a perturbative expansion in out of equilibrium quantum field theory have a natural analogue to standard scattering theory. We explicitly demonstrate that the occurrence of such terms is directly related to Fermi's golden rule known from elementary scattering theory and is thus of no mystery. We further argue that within the process of thermalization of a plasma one has to resum such contributions to all orders as the process itself is of non-perturbative nature. In this way the resummed propagators obtain a finite width. Within the Markov approximation of kinetic theory the actual phase space distribution at a given time of the evolution enters explicitly.
Modal Hamiltonian interpretation of quantum mechanics and Casimir operators: the road towards quantum field theory  [PDF]
Juan Sebastián Ardenghi,Mario Castagnino,Olimpia Lombardi
Physics , 2010, DOI: 10.1007/s10773-010-0614-9
Abstract: The general aim of this paper is to extend the Modal-Hamiltonian interpretation of quantum mechanics to the case of relativistic quantum mechanics with gauge U(1) elds. In this case we propose that the actual- valued observables are the Casimir operators of the Poincar\'e group and of the group U(1) of the internal symmetry of the theory. Moreover, we also show that the magnitudes that acquire actual values in the relativistic and in the non-relativistic cases are correctly related through the adequate limit.
The de Broglie-Bohm pilot-wave interpretation of quantum theory  [PDF]
W. Struyve
Physics , 2005,
Abstract: In this thesis we study the de Broglie-Bohm pilot-wave interpretation of quantum theory. We consider the domain of non-relativistic quantum theory, relativistic quantum theory and quantum field theory, and in each domain we consider the possibility of formulating a pilot-wave interpretation. For non-relativistic quantum theory a pilot-wave interpretation in terms of particle beables can readily be formulated. But this interpretation can in general not straightforwardly be generalized to relativistic wave equations. The problems which prevent us from devising a pilot-wave interpretation for relativistic wave equations also plague the standard quantum mechanical interpretation, where these problems led to the conception of quantum field theory. Therefore most of our attention is focussed on the construction of a pilot-wave interpretation for quantum field theory. We thereby favour the field beable approach, developed amongst others by Bohm, Hiley, Holland, Kaloyerou and Valentini. Although the field beable approach can be successfully applied to bosonic quantum field theory, it seems not straightforward to do so for fermionic quantum field theory.
Equations of Motion with Multiple Proper Time: A New Interpretation of Spin  [PDF]
Xiaodong Chen
Physics , 2005,
Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to show that: when a single particle moving under 3-proper time (three-dimensional time), the trajectories of a classical particle are equivalent to a quantum field with spin. Three-proper time models are built for spinless particle, particles with integer spin and half-integer spin respectively. The models recreate the same physical behavior as quantum field theory of free particles -- by using pure classical methods with three proper time. A new interpretation of spin is given. It provides us more evident that it is possible to interpret quantum physics by using multiple dimensional time. In the last part of this paper, Bose-Einstein statistics and Fermi-Dirac statistics are derived under classical method.
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