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Quantum theory as a description of robust experiments: application to Stern-Gerlach and Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen-Bohm experiments
Author(s): H. De Raedt; M. I. Katsnelson; H. C. Donker; K. Michielsen
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Paper Abstract

We propose and develop the thesis that the quantum theoretical description of experiments emerges from the desire to organize experimental data such that the description of the system under scrutiny and the one used to acquire the data are separated as much as possible. Application to the Stern-Gerlach and Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen-Bohm experiments are shown to support this thesis. General principles of logical inference which have been shown to lead to the Schrödinger and Pauli equation and the probabilistic descriptions of the Stern-Gerlach and Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen-Bohm experiments, are used to demonstrate that the condition for the separation procedure to yield the quantum theoretical description is intimately related to the assumptions that the observed events are independent and that the data generated by these experiments is robust with respect to small changes of the conditions under which the experiment is carried out.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 September 2015
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 9570, The Nature of Light: What are Photons? VI, 957002 (10 September 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2185704
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H. De Raedt, Univ. of Groningen (Netherlands)
M. I. Katsnelson, Radboud Univ. of Nijmegen (Netherlands)
H. C. Donker, Radboud Univ. of Nijmegen (Netherlands)
K. Michielsen, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH (Germany)
RWTH Aachen Univ. (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9570:
The Nature of Light: What are Photons? VI
Chandrasekhar Roychoudhuri; Al F. Kracklauer; Hans De Raedt, Editor(s)

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