The Wave Function and Quantum Reality

  title={The Wave Function and Quantum Reality},
  author={Shan Gao},
  journal={arXiv: General Physics},
  • Shan Gao
  • Published 4 August 2011
  • Physics
  • arXiv: General Physics
We investigate the meaning of the wave function by analyzing the mass and charge density distribution of a quantum system. According to protective measurement, a charged quantum system has mass and charge density proportional to the modulus square of its wave function. It is shown that the mass and charge density is not real but effective, and it is formed by the ergodic motion of a localized particle with the total mass and charge of the system. Moreover, it is argued that the ergodic motion… 
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