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A New Class of Retrocausal Models

Department of Physics and Astronomy, San José State University, San José, CA 95192-0106, USA
Entropy 2018, 20(6), 410; https://doi.org/10.3390/e20060410
Received: 27 April 2018 / Revised: 21 May 2018 / Accepted: 24 May 2018 / Published: 26 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Emergent Quantum Mechanics – David Bohm Centennial Perspectives)
Globally-constrained classical fields provide a unexplored framework for modeling quantum phenomena, including apparent particle-like behavior. By allowing controllable constraints on unknown past fields, these models are retrocausal but not retro-signaling, respecting the conventional block universe viewpoint of classical spacetime. Several example models are developed that resolve the most essential problems with using classical electromagnetic fields to explain single-photon phenomena. These models share some similarities with Stochastic Electrodynamics, but without the infinite background energy problem, and with a clear path to explaining entanglement phenomena. Intriguingly, the average intermediate field intensities share a surprising connection with quantum “weak values”, even in the single-photon limit. This new class of models is hoped to guide further research into spacetime-based accounts of weak values, entanglement, and other quantum phenomena. View Full-Text
Keywords: Retrocausation; weak values; Stochastic Electrodynamics Retrocausation; weak values; Stochastic Electrodynamics
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