Symmetry 2011, 3(3), 524-540; doi:10.3390/sym3030524
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Action Duality: A Constructive Principle for Quantum Foundations

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Received: 6 July 2011; Accepted: 17 July 2011 / Published: 27 July 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Quantum Symmetry)
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Abstract: An analysis of the path integral approach to quantum theory motivates the hypothesis that two experiments with the same classical action should have dual ontological descriptions. If correct, this hypothesis would not only constrain realistic interpretations of quantum theory, but would also act as a constructive principle, allowing any realistic model of one experiment to generate a corresponding model for its action-dual. Two pairs of action-dual experiments are presented, including one experiment that violates the Bell inequality and yet is action-dual to a single particle. The implications generally support retrodictive and retrocausal interpretations.
Keywords: quantum foundations; path integral; time symmetry; entanglement; sum over histories; retrocausality
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Wharton, K.B.; Miller, D.J.; Price, H. Action Duality: A Constructive Principle for Quantum Foundations. Symmetry 2011, 3, 524-540.

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Wharton KB, Miller DJ, Price H. Action Duality: A Constructive Principle for Quantum Foundations. Symmetry. 2011; 3(3):524-540.

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Wharton, Ken B.; Miller, David J.; Price, Huw. 2011. "Action Duality: A Constructive Principle for Quantum Foundations." Symmetry 3, no. 3: 524-540.

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