Accession Number : AD0605531

Title :   MACROSCOPIC BODIES IN QUANTUM THEORY.

Descriptive Note : Scientific rept.

Corporate Author : TECHNION - ISRAEL INST OF TECH HAIFA

Personal Author(s) : Peres,A. ; Rosen,N.

Report Date : 07 MAY 1964

Pagination or Media Count : 14

Abstract : It is shown that if the wavefunction of a massive body is u= c sub n u sub n where the sub n are macroscopically distinguishable states, then the observation of interferences between the various u sub n requires inconceivable laboratory conditions (e.g., the experiment may last longer than the life-time of the universe). It is therefore proposed to interpret c sub n u sub n as a mixture of states, and not as a superposition. This new interpretation of wavefunctions is consistent with experience and is free from the paradoxical features of the 'orthodox' measurement theory. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*QUANTUM THEORY, QUANTUM STATISTICS), (*SOLIDS, QUANTUM THEORY), EXPERIMENTAL DATA

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE