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5 - The Relativistic Transactional Interpretation

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  22 April 2022

Ruth E. Kastner
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University of Maryland, Baltimore
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In this chapter, the fully relativistic form of the transactional interpretation is presented in terms of the Davies quantum direct-action theory (QDAT). Aspects of the QDAT are clarified and reinterpreted. Specifically, the coupling constant (charge) is identified as the basic amplitude for the generation of offers and confirmations, which herald the onset of non-unitarity constituting the measurement interaction. Thus, the QDAT has both unitary and non-unitary processes, the former being force-type interactions mediated by virtual photons and the latter being radiative processes in which energy is transferred via real photons. The nature of the so-called light-tight box condition for the quantum level is clarified, and it is noted that no particular cosmological structure is required for this to be fulfilled. It is argued that RTI has advantages over another relativistic collapse-type theory, rGRWf.

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The Transactional Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics
A Relativistic Treatment
, pp. 88 - 116
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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