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bhobba
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Feb5-12, 03:58 AM
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Hi :)I recently read a book that states that most scientists believe the wave function represents a real field (i.e., one that possesses energy and momentum). I think this is part of the transactional interpretation of QM but not sure... can anyone confirm whether the book I read is right about this or not?
Most probably believe it has a real existence like say an electric field does - not as an actual field - but as something that exists out there because they think a wave-function collapse is an issue. The interpretation that probably demands it is one based on quantum decoherence for that collapse and its variants - don't know about the transactional interpretation.

I personally don't believe it does - I think its like classical probability theory - its simply a device for calculating statistical outcomes. Check out:
http://arxiv.org/pdf/quant-ph/0111068v1.pdf

Thanks
Bill