Location and Causality in Quantum Theory

UoM administered thesis: Master of Science by Research

  • Authors:
  • Robert Dickinson


An operational development of quantum theory is presented, from general correlations through single-particle theories to elementary quantum field theory, with a focus throughout on causal relations. The objective is to establish the extent to which quantum theories are consistent with the principle of relativistic causality (that no two events separated by a distance greater than their separation in time multiplied by the speed of light may have a causal influence on each other) and to examine the assumptions that this analysis requires. To do this, it is necessary to pay particular attention to the notions of spatial location and measurement. It is found that in a relativistically causal theory, any measurement made in a finite spatial region must have the capacity for particle creation. A number of derivations are presented, including some relativistic single-particle propagators and a Hamiltonian based on the square root of the Klein Gordon equation.


Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Jeffrey Forshaw (Supervisor)
Award date31 Dec 2013