What is the meaning of the wave function?
Jean Bricmont: University of Louvain, Belgium (NOTE: SPECIAL TIME!!)
Location: Hill 705
Date & time: Friday, 10 March 2017 at 2:00PM - 2:11PM
In quantum mechanics, the wave function or the quantum state has a perfectly well defined meaning as an instrument to predict results of measurements. But what does it mean outside of measurements? To this question, no clear answer is given in quantum mechanics textbooks. We will first give a naive interpretation of what the wave function could mean outside of measurements and show that it is mathematically inconsistent. Then, we will briefly explain how the de Broglie-Bohm theory solves that problem.