A minimalist pilotwave model for quantum electrodynamics
Abstract
We present a way to construct a pilotwave model for quantum electrodynamics. The idea is to introduce beables corresponding only to the bosonic degrees of freedom and not to the fermionic degrees of freedom of the quantum state. We show that this is sufficient to reproduce the quantum predictions. The beables will be field beables corresponding to the electromagnetic field and they will be introduced in a similar way to that of Bohm's model for the free electromagnetic field. Our approach is analogous to the situation in nonrelativistic quantum theory, where Bell treated spin not as a beable but only as a property of the wavefunction. After presenting this model we also discuss a simple way for introducing additional beables that represent the fermionic degrees of freedom.
 Publication:

Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series A
 Pub Date:
 December 2007
 DOI:
 10.1098/rspa.2007.0144
 arXiv:
 arXiv:0707.3487
 Bibcode:
 2007RSPSA.463.3115S
 Keywords:

 Quantum Physics;
 High Energy Physics  Theory
 EPrint:
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