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What is more fundamental and why, the postulated time symmetry of QM tie evolution or the time asymmetry of the CPT theorem?
Wouldn't this suggest counterintitively that QM is more fundamental than QFT? or does it rather point to some discrepancy between the two since after all QFT from wich the CPT symmetry is derived is based on QM with unitary time evolution.The time reversibility of QM is more fundamental - it is basically guaranteed by unitary evolution of the wave function. The time asymmetry of CPT is more a matter of definition as to what we mean by time reversibility. It is not so much different from the fact that in classical physics, to reverse time, one has to also reverse the direction of velocity.
Wouldn't this suggest counterintitively that QM is more fundamental than QFT? or does it rather point to some discrepancy between the two since after all QFT from wich the CPT symmetry is derived is based on QM with unitary time evolution.
That was my point when saying "after all QFT from wich the CPT symmetry is derived is based on QM with unitary time evolution".By QM I included QFT. Unitary time evolution holds in QFT also.
That was my point when saying "after all QFT from wich the CPT symmetry is derived is based on QM with unitary time evolution".
So Carroll's argument is that the important symmetry is the whole CPT and there's no point splitting it into CP violations and T-violation?
I see. That makes sense.No, he just means that for the purposes of the second law arrow of time, unitary time evolution guarantees that the second law is not fundamental within the quantum mechanical framework.
I see. That makes sense.
Is that in general seen like a problem for QM or for the second law? I mean, is the second law as fundamental as it used to be(I'm thinking of the famous Eddington quote on the second law)?
Sorry, I'm not following what you mean by this.For a long time the second law has not been fundamental.
Sorry, I'm not following what you mean by this.
Ok, thanks.In classical mechanics and in quantum mechanics, the dynamics are deterministic in a way that given full knowledge of the state at any one time, the entire past and future are known. In contrast, the second law tells us that the future is more uncertain than the past. So the second law and classical and quantum mechanics are in contradiction if we consider both to be fundamental. The majority point of view has been to take the classical and quantum dynamics as fundamental, and consider the second law to be emergent or an accident of the initial conditions.
(Here we ignore the Copenhagen interpretation, in which a definite or irreversible macroscopic outcome is fundamental.)
So on this particular point you think the majority pov differs from the Copenhagen pov that highlights the contradiction, right?
Is the time parameter in the time evolution operator required to be continuous? It would seem that for interacting systems is not required.No, it just means that all the statements hold only for the part of quantum mechanics in which the time evolution is completely governed by unitary time evolution.
Is the time parameter in the time evolution operator required to be continuous? It would seem that for interacting systems is not required.