Quantum Histories in the Modal Interpretation

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We present a formulation of the modal interpretation in terms of quantum histories and their probabilities as these are defined in the decoherent histories approach to quantum mechanics. A special role is given in our formulation to the notion of dynamical decoherence which we discuss in detail. We derive transition (or conditional) probabilities by a specific application of the Born rule, but no dynamics in addition to the Schrödinger equation is required. Certain links to the Everett interpretation and to the Gell-Mann and Hartle interpretation are briefly discussed with special emphasis on the notions of probability and records.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Modal Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics
EditorsDennis Dieks, Pieter E. Vermaas
Place of PublicationDordrecht
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)978-94-011-5084-2
ISBN (Print)978-94-010-6135-3
StatePublished - 1998


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