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The state of a system is a vector, j i, in a Hilbert space (a complex vector space with a positive de nite inner product), and is normalized: h j i= 1: II. But beware: a moment later, it may sneak up from behind and whack you over the head with some thoroughly mind-boggling questions. Because the time-dependence of a quantum state is not the continuous dependence on time of an evolving state but a dependence on the time of a measurement, we must reject this assumption. ��z����܊7���lU�����yEZW��JE�Ӟ����Z���$Ijʻ�r��5��I ��l�h�"z"���6��� Watching this video, you can jot down quick notes. There are two kinds of things that can be represented by a vector (or a 1-dimensional subspace) in a Hilbert space: possible measurement outcomes and actual measurement outcomes. If a system’s being in an eigenstate of an observable is not sufficient for the possession, by the system or the observable, of the corresponding eigenvalue, then what is? Matrix mechanics was constructed by Werner Heisenberg in a mainly technical eﬁort to explain and describe the energy spectrum of the atoms. If so, the only sufficient condition for the existence of a value o of an observable O is a measurement of O. Observables have values only if, only when, and only to the extent that they are measured. : Silesian Univ., Katowice, Poland OSTI Identifier: 4678437 NSA Number: Axioms of non-relativistic quantum mechanics (single-particle case) I.
In short, to be is to be measured. 2. Quantum Physics and the Philosophical Tradition, MIT Press. There is a widely held if not always explicitly stated assumption, which for many has the status of an additional axiom. axioms of quantum mechanics. Quantum Mechanics: axioms versus interpretations. Abstract. American Journal of Physics 52, 644–650. What cannot be asserted without metaphysically embroidering the axioms of quantum mechanics is that v(t) is (or represents) an instantaneous state of affairs of some kind, which evolves from earlier to later times. This is the so-called eigenstate-eigenvalue link, according to which a system “in” an eigenstate of an observable O — that is, a system associated with an eigenvector of O — possesses the corresponding eigenvalue even O is not, in fact, measured. Saying that the state of a quantum system is (or is represented by) a vector (in lieu of a 1-dimensional subspace) in a Hilbert space, is therefore seriously misleading. There is much here that is perplexing if not simply wrong. What cannot be asserted without metaphysically embroidering the axioms of quantum mechanics is that v(t) is (or represents) an instantaneous state of affairs of some kind, which evolves from earlier to later times. [↑] Jammer, M. (1974). [1] Moreover, the usual statistical interpretation of quantum mechanicsasks us to take this generalized quantum probability theory quiteliterally—that is, not as merely a formal analogue of itsclassical counterpart, but as a genuin… Introduction 1.1. The properties of a quantum system are completely deﬁned by speciﬁcation of its state vector |ψ). (If the Hamiltonian is not zero, this probability is ||2, U being the unitary operator that takes care of the time difference between the two measurements.). The reason why this question seems virtually unanswerable is that probabilities are introduced almost as an afterthought. A further axiom stipulates that the state of a composite system is (or is represented by) a vector in the direct product of the respective Hilbert spaces of the component systems. (1984). Crucial to the development of the theory was new evidence indicating that light and matter have both wave and particle characteristics at the atomic and subatomic levels. Because the probabilities assigned by the rays of a Hilbert space are nontrivial, the quantum formalism does not admit of such an interpretation: we may not think of (quantum) states as collections of possessed properties. endstream
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