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Doesn't the Many Worlds Interpretation violate Lorentz symmetry when the universe splits?

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In summary, the conversation discusses the issues of Lorentz symmetry in different interpretations of quantum mechanics. It is noted that both the Many Worlds and collapse interpretations violate Lorentz symmetry in some way, and that a proper relativistic version of QM can only be found in quantum field theory. The conversation also touches upon the importance and limitations of using non-relativistic theories, and the need for an interpretation of specially relativistic quantum mechanics.

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Doesn't the Many Worlds Interpretation violate Lorentz symmetry when the universe splits?

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If this is so.. why do we keep discussing about non-relativistic version of Copenhagen or many worlds and whether there is collapse.. why didn't the community go directly to quantum field theory and the many worlds and Copenhagen version of QFT?

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For the same reasons that we still study and use Newtonian mechanics instead of going directly to relativistic mechanics:oquen said:why didn't the community go directly to quantum field theory?

1) There is no "go directly"; you can't learn the relativistic theory until you understand and can use the simpler non-relativistic theory.

2) There are many important problems in which the relativistic effects are negligible. Using the relativistic theory for these adds enormous amounts of mathematical complexity and obscures the underlying physics without producing better answers or additional insight into the underlying physics.

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Splitting is a result of continuous unitary evolution, so splitting as such does not necessarily violate Lorentz symmetry unless unitary evolution also violates it.Nickyv2423 said:Doesn't the Many Worlds Interpretation violate Lorentz symmetry when the universe splits?

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Why do you say that? The Dirac and Klein-Gordon equations do not require field theory. Neither does S-matrix theory. Or Wigner's prescription for a Lorentz transformation. I understand that there are plenty of good reasons for quantum field theory, but I don't see how Lorentz invariance requires it.Nugatory said:You won't find a proper relativistic version of QM until you step up to quantum field theory.

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The Dirac and KG equations don't require QFT, true, BUT (and this is a big BUT) interpreting the wave function in these equations in terms of Copenhagen interpretation (and its Born rule) of **non specially relativistic **quantum mechanics is wrong (leads to the possibility of negative probabilities). One needs therefore an interpretation of specially relativistic quantum mechanics. The currently accepted one is actually a reformulation in terms of quantum fields and their regrettable mathematical problems.

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MWI stands for Many-Worlds Interpretation, which is a theory in quantum mechanics that suggests the existence of multiple parallel universes. This theory has raised concerns about its compatibility with the principle of Lorentz Invariance, which states that the laws of physics should remain the same for all observers regardless of their relative motion.

Some critics argue that the existence of multiple parallel universes in MWI would require a preferred reference frame, which goes against the principle of Lorentz Invariance. This is because the presence of a preferred reference frame would imply that the laws of physics are not the same for all observers.

Yes, there are a few proposed solutions to this conflict. One is the "Many-Minds Interpretation," which suggests that the multiple universes in MWI are not physical but rather represent different states of consciousness. Another solution is the "Many-Histories Interpretation," which suggests that the multiple universes in MWI are not parallel but rather branching off from each other due to quantum interactions.

Currently, there is no empirical evidence to support or refute the violation of Lorentz Invariance in MWI. The theory remains a subject of debate and further research.

If MWI is found to violate Lorentz Invariance, it would challenge our understanding of the fundamental principles of physics. It could also have implications for other theories, such as general relativity, that are based on Lorentz Invariance. However, until there is concrete evidence, the impact of this potential violation remains speculative.

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