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Examining a Hidden Assumption of Bell's Theorem and Counterexamples to Bell's Theorem in the Space of All Paths for a Quantum System

By Warren Leffler

Abstract

This paper implements in a simple but rigorous fashion a model of particle interaction involving all paths within a quantum system, both for configuration space and for spin. The model, which we call the space of all paths, leads to a locally explicable conceptual framework for quantum mechanics. Using it we present two counterexamples to Bell's theorem. Moreover, we show that the result places severe constraints on possible viable interpretations of quantum mechanics: Either an interpretation must in some form represent a quantum system in terms of all paths within the system or, alternatively, the interpretation must harbor "action at a distance." We take action-at-a-distance as a reductio ad absurdum argument for our framework for quantum foundations, since any mechanism in which causal effects can operate instantaneously across vast distances would be completely unknown and magical, a near absurdity

Topics: Quantum Physics
Year: 2011
OAI identifier: oai:arXiv.org:1104.4327
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