'Seismic' New Quantum Theory Says a Wavefunction is a Real Physical Object


  • 'Seismic' New Quantum Theory Says a Wavefunction is a Real Physical Object

    Eugenie Samuel Reich
    Nature

    At the heart of the weirdness for which the field of quantum mechanics is famous is the wavefunction, a powerful but mysterious entity that is used to determine the probabilities that quantum particles will have certain properties. Now, a preprint posted online on 14 November reopens the question of what the wavefunction represents — with an answer that could rock quantum theory to its core. Whereas many physicists have generally interpreted the wavefunction as a statistical tool that reflects our ignorance of the particles being measured, the authors of the latest paper argue that, instead, it is physically real.

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