Next Article in Journal
Entropic Uncertainty Relations for Successive Measurements in the Presence of a Minimal Length
Next Article in Special Issue
Experimental Non-Violation of the Bell Inequality
Previous Article in Journal
Exponential Strong Converse for Source Coding with Side Information at the Decoder
Previous Article in Special Issue
What Constitutes Emergent Quantum Reality? A Complex System Exploration from Entropic Gravity and the Universal Constants

Quantum Trajectories: Real or Surreal?

Department of Physics and Astronomy, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK
Authors to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Entropy 2018, 20(5), 353;
Received: 8 April 2018 / Revised: 27 April 2018 / Accepted: 2 May 2018 / Published: 8 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Emergent Quantum Mechanics – David Bohm Centennial Perspectives)
The claim of Kocsis et al. to have experimentally determined “photon trajectories” calls for a re-examination of the meaning of “quantum trajectories”. We will review the arguments that have been assumed to have established that a trajectory has no meaning in the context of quantum mechanics. We show that the conclusion that the Bohm trajectories should be called “surreal” because they are at “variance with the actual observed track” of a particle is wrong as it is based on a false argument. We also present the results of a numerical investigation of a double Stern-Gerlach experiment which shows clearly the role of the spin within the Bohm formalism and discuss situations where the appearance of the quantum potential is open to direct experimental exploration. View Full-Text
Keywords: Stern-Gerlach; trajectories; spin Stern-Gerlach; trajectories; spin
Show Figures

Figure 1

MDPI and ACS Style

Hiley, B.J.; Van Reeth, P. Quantum Trajectories: Real or Surreal? Entropy 2018, 20, 353.

AMA Style

Hiley BJ, Van Reeth P. Quantum Trajectories: Real or Surreal? Entropy. 2018; 20(5):353.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Hiley, Basil J., and Peter Van Reeth. 2018. "Quantum Trajectories: Real or Surreal?" Entropy 20, no. 5: 353.

Find Other Styles
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Access Map by Country/Region

Back to TopTop