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Entropy 2018, 20(5), 353; https://doi.org/10.3390/e20050353

Quantum Trajectories: Real or Surreal?

Department of Physics and Astronomy, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK
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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)
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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
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Hiley, B.J.; Van Reeth, P. Quantum Trajectories: Real or Surreal? Entropy 2018, 20, 353.

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