Statistics, Symmetry, and the Conventionality of Indistinguishability in Quantum Mechanics

Research paper by Darrin W. Belousek

Indexed on: 01 Jan '00Published on: 01 Jan '00Published in: Foundations of Physics


The question to be addressed is, In what sense and to what extent do quantum statistics for, and the standard formal quantum-mechanical description of, systems of many identical particles entail that identical quantum particles are indistinguishable? This paper argues that whether or not we consider identical quantum particles as indistinguishable is a matter of theory choice underdetermined by logic and experiment.