Volume 2, Issue 3, pages 121-126
Ruth E. Kastner [Show Biography]
Ruth E. Kastner received her B.S., cum laude with high honors in physics, and after picking up an M.S. in physics from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1992, decided to pursue her interest in the foundational aspects being studied at the UMCP Philosophy Department. She received her Ph.D. in Philosophy (History and Philosophy of Science) with J. Bub as her dissertation advisor in 1999. She has won two National Science Foundation awards for her study of interpretational issues in quantum theory, and is Research Associate in the Foundations of Physics Group at UMCP. She wrote the first book-length treatment of the Transactional Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics (Cambridge, 2012) and followed that with a conceptual presentation of TIQM for the general reader (Understanding Our Unseen Reality: Solving Quantum Riddles, Imperial College Press, 2015). She serves as Editor (with Jasmina Jeknic’-Dugic’ and George Jaroszkiewicz) for a forthcoming collection, Quantum Structural Studies (World Scientific, 2016). She has over two dozen peer-reviewed publications and regularly attends international conferences on Foundations of Physics, where she is often an invited speaker. She currently resides in upstate New York.
It is shown that violation of the Born Rule leads to a breakdown of the correspondence between the quantum electromagnetic field and its classical counterpart. Specifically, the relationship of the quantum coherent state to the classical electromagnetic field turns out to imply that if the Born Rule were violated, this could result in apparent deviations from the energy conservation law applying to the field and its sources (Poynting’s Theorem). The result, which is fully general and independent of interpretations of quantum theory, suggests that the Born Rule is just as fundamental a law of Nature as are the field conservation laws.
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