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Quantum experiment lends support to alternative theory

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The ESSW argument “was a striking philosophical objection” to the Bohmian view, said Aephraim Steinberg, a physicist at the University of Toronto. “It damaged my love for Bohmian mechanics.”

But Steinberg has found a way to rekindle that love. In a paper published in Science Advances, Steinberg and his colleagues ... describe what happened when they actually performed the ESSW experiment. They found that the photon trajectories aren’t surrealistic after all — or, more precisely, that the paths may seem surrealistic, but only if one fails to take into account the nonlocality inherent in Bohm’s theory.



https://www.quantamagazine.org/pilot-wave-theory-gains-experimental-support-20160516/

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Steinberg points out that both the standard interpretation of quantum mechanics and the De Broglie-Bohm interpretation are consistent with experimental evidence, and are mathematically equivalent. But it is helpful in some circumstances to visualize real trajectories, rather than wave function collapses, he says.

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2016-02-quantum-surrealism.html#jCp
 

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Steinberg points out that both the standard interpretation of quantum mechanics and the De Broglie-Bohm interpretation are consistent with experimental evidence, and are mathematically equivalent. But it is helpful in some circumstances to visualize real trajectories, rather than wave function collapses, he says.

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2016-02-quantum-surrealism.html#jCp

The results counter a longstanding criticism of an interpretation of quantum mechanics called the De Broglie-Bohm theory. Detractors of this interpretation had faulted it for failing to explain the behaviour of entangled photons realistically.



It's a bit rich relativists setting "realism" as a requirement for a theory. :chuckle:

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