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Disjoint representations and particle ontology

There is a beautiful paper by Clifton and Halvorson [1], which discusses the ontology of particles in quantum field theory using the famous example of Minkowski vs. Rindler quantizations of a free bosonic field. What is especially nice about this … Continue reading

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Hawking pairs and ontic toys

The most widely known picture of Hawking radiation involves the creation of a particle-antiparticle pair at the horizon. At face value, this seems natural enough: we know from QFT that the vacuum is hardly vacuum at all, but instead a … Continue reading

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