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Bohmian trajectories and the ether: Where does the analogy fail?

By L Marchildon


Once considered essential to the explanation of electromagnetic phenomena, the ether was eventually discarded after the advent of special relativity. The lack of empirical signature of Bohmian trajectories or other interpretative schemes of quantum mechanics has led some to conclude that, just like the ether, they could be dispensed with, replaced by the corresponding emergence of the concept of information. Although Bohmian trajectories and the ether do present important analogies, I argue that there is also a crucial difference, related to distinct explanatory functions of quantum mechanics

Topics: General Theoretical Physics
Year: 2005
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