On the classical limit in Bohm's theory

Gary E. Bowman

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The standard means of seeking the classical limit in Bohmian mechanics is through the imposition of vanishing quantum force and quantum potential for pure states. We argue that this approach fails, and that the Bohmian classical limit can be realized only by combining narrow wave packets, mixed states, and environmental decoherence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)605-625
Number of pages21
JournalFoundations of Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2005


  • Bohmian mechanics
  • Classical limit

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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