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Time reversal symmetry and collapse models

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Collapse models are modifications of quantum theory where the wave function is treated as physically real and the collapse of the wave function is a physical process. This appears to introduce a time reversal asymmetry into the dynamics of the wave function since the collapses affect only the future state. This paper challenges this conclusion, showing that in three different examples of time asymmetries associated with collapse models, if the physically real part of the model can be reduced ...

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10.1007/s10701-017-0084-5

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Oxford, HUM, Philosophy Faculty
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Foundations of Physics Journal website
Volume:
47
Issue:
5
Pages:
670–696
Publication date:
2017-04-17
Acceptance date:
2017-03-20
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1572-9516
ISSN:
0015-9018
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pubs:671377
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uri:889d5cde-ad92-44ac-9592-a9c5dbdc84b6
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