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The physical origin of the uncertainty theorem
Author(s): Albrecht Giese
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Paper Abstract

The uncertainty principle is an important element of quantum mechanics. It deals with certain pairs of physical parameters which cannot be determined to an arbitrary level of precision at the same time. According to the so-called Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics, this uncertainty is an intrinsic property of the physical world. - This paper intends to show that there are good reasons for adopting a different view. According to the author, the uncertainty is not a property of the physical world but rather a limitation of our knowledge about the actual state of a physical process. This view conforms to the quantum theory of Louis de Broglie and to Einstein's interpretation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 September 2011
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8121, The Nature of Light: What are Photons? IV, 81210E (28 September 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.895294
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Albrecht Giese, Consultant (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8121:
The Nature of Light: What are Photons? IV
Chandrasekhar Roychoudhuri; Andrei Yu. Khrennikov; Al F. Kracklauer, Editor(s)

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