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Program for the Special State Theory of Quantum Measurement

Physics Department, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY 13699-5820, USA
Entropy 2017, 19(7), 343;
Received: 1 May 2017 / Revised: 26 June 2017 / Accepted: 5 July 2017 / Published: 8 July 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Foundations of Quantum Mechanics)
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Establishing (or falsifying) the special state theory of quantum measurement is a program with both theoretical and experimental directions. The special state theory has only pure unitary time evolution, like the many worlds interpretation, but only has one world. How this can be accomplished requires both “special states” and significant modification of the usual assumptions about the arrow of time. All this is reviewed below. Experimentally, proposals for tests already exist and the problems are first the practical one of doing the experiment and second the suggesting of other experiments. On the theoretical level, many problems remain and among them are the impact of particle statistics on the availability of special states, finding a way to estimate their abundance and the possibility of using a computer for this purpose. Regarding the arrow of time, there is an early proposal of J. A. Wheeler that may be implementable with implications for cosmology. View Full-Text
Keywords: special states; arrow of time; foundational experiments; statistics special states; arrow of time; foundational experiments; statistics

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