A survey of Bohmian mechanics

K. Berndl, M. Daumer, D. Dürr, S. Goldstein, N. ZanghÌ

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Abstract

Bohmian mechanics is the most naively obvious embedding imaginable of Schrödinger's equation into a completely coherent physical theory. It describes a world in which particles move in a highly non-Newtonian sort of way, one which may at first appear to have little to do with the spectrum of predictions of quantum mechanics. It turns out, however, that, as a consequence of the defining dynamical equations of Bohmian mechanics, when a system has wave function ψ its configuration is typically random, with probability density ρ given by |ψ|2, the quantum equilibrium distribution. It also turns out that the entire quantum formalism, operators as observables and all the rest, is a consequence of Bohmian mechanics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)737-750
Number of pages14
JournalIl Nuovo Cimento B
Volume110
Issue number5-6
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1995

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

Keywords

  • 01.30.Cc
  • 03.65.Bz
  • Conference proceedings
  • Foundations
  • miscellaneous theories
  • theory of measurement

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