Document Type

Article

Media Type

Text

Abstract

Contrary to the widespread belief, the problem of the emergence of classical mechanics from quantum mechanics is still open. In spite of many results of the standard approach, it is not yet clear how to explain within standard quantum mechanics the classical motion of macroscopic bodies. In this paper, we shall formulate the classical limit as a scaling limit in terms of an adimensional parameter ε. We shall take the first steps toward a comprehensive understanding of the classical limit, analyzing special cases of classical behavior in the framework of a precise formulation of quantum mechanics called Bohmian mechanics which contains in its own structure the possibility of describing real objects in an observer-independent way.

DOI

10.1023/B:IJTP.0000048817.79384.2a

Publication Date

8-1-2004

Comments

Based on the talk given at the Biannual IQSA Meeting in Cesena, Italy, March 31 - April 5, 2001. Submitted to the volume collecting the proceedings of the conference.

Department

Department of Philosophy

ISSN

0020-7748

Language

eng

Publisher

Springer Netherlands

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