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Schrödinger's cat: a cat, a flask of poison, and a [[radioactive source are placed in a sealed box. If an internal monitor (e.g. Geiger counter) detects radioactivity (i.e. a single atom decaying), the flask is shattered, releasing the poison, which kills the cat. The Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics implies that after a while, the cat is simultaneously alive and dead. Yet, when one looks in the box, one sees the cat either alive or dead, not both alive and dead.  This poses the question of when exactly quantum superposition ends and reality collapses into one possibility or the other.]]
 
Schrödinger's cat: a cat, a flask of poison, and a [[radioactive source are placed in a sealed box. If an internal monitor (e.g. Geiger counter) detects radioactivity (i.e. a single atom decaying), the flask is shattered, releasing the poison, which kills the cat. The Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics implies that after a while, the cat is simultaneously alive and dead. Yet, when one looks in the box, one sees the cat either alive or dead, not both alive and dead.  This poses the question of when exactly quantum superposition ends and reality collapses into one possibility or the other.]]
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薛定谔的猫:将一只猫,一瓶毒药和放射源放置在密闭容器里。如果盒内监测器(例如盖革计数器)检测到放射性(即单个原子衰变),则烧瓶会破碎,释放出毒药,从而杀死猫。量子力学的'''<font color="ff8000">哥本哈根诠释Copenhagen interpretation</font>'''表明,一段时间之后,这只猫既是死的又是活的。然而,当人们往盒子里看时,猫不是活着的就是死了,而不是既活着又死了。这就提出了一个问题,即量子叠加具体何时结束而现实何时塌陷成一种或另一种可能性。
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薛定谔的猫:将一只猫,一瓶毒药和放射源入密闭容器。如果盒内监测器(如盖革计数器)检测到放射性,即单个原子衰变,烧瓶会破碎,毒药释放,杀死猫。量子力学的'''<font color="ff8000">哥本哈根诠释Copenhagen interpretation</font>'''表为,一段时间之后,猫既活着又死了。但是,人们看向盒内时,猫不是活着就是死了,不可能既活着又死了。这就提出了一个问题,量子叠加具体何时结束,现实何时塌陷成一种或另一种可能性。
       
'''Schrödinger's cat''' is a [[thought experiment]], sometimes described as a [[paradox]], devised by Austrian physicist [[Erwin Schrödinger]] in 1935, though the idea originated from [[Albert Einstein]].<ref name="Schrodinger1935"><br>
 
'''Schrödinger's cat''' is a [[thought experiment]], sometimes described as a [[paradox]], devised by Austrian physicist [[Erwin Schrödinger]] in 1935, though the idea originated from [[Albert Einstein]].<ref name="Schrodinger1935"><br>
</ref>薛定谔的猫是一个'''<font color="ff8000">思维实验thought experiment</font>''',有时被称为'''<font color="ff8000">悖论paradox</font>''',由奥地利物理学家埃尔温·薛定谔于1935年提出,但该想法起源于阿尔伯特·爱因斯坦。
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</ref>薛定谔的猫是一个'''<font color="ff8000">思想实验thought experiment</font>''',有时被称为'''<font color="ff8000">悖论paradox</font>''',由奥地利物理学家埃尔温·薛定谔于1935年提出,但该想法起源于阿尔伯特·爱因斯坦。
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</ref> It illustrates what he saw as the problem of the [[Copenhagen interpretation]] of [[quantum mechanics]] applied to everyday objects. The scenario presents a hypothetical [[cat]] that may be simultaneously both alive and dead,<ref name="Moring">{{cite book<br>
 
</ref> It illustrates what he saw as the problem of the [[Copenhagen interpretation]] of [[quantum mechanics]] applied to everyday objects. The scenario presents a hypothetical [[cat]] that may be simultaneously both alive and dead,<ref name="Moring">{{cite book<br>
</ref>该实验说明了他所认为的将'''<font color="ff8000">量子力学quantum mechanics</font>'''的哥本哈根诠释应用于日常物品所产生的问题。这个场景中有一只假想的猫,它可能同时活着和死去。ref name"moring"{ cite book<br>
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</ref>该实验表明了薛定谔认为的将'''<font color="ff8000">量子力学quantum mechanics</font>'''的哥本哈根诠释应用于日常物品所产生的问题,提出了一只可能同时活着且死去的猫。ref name"moring"{ cite book<br>
 
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}}</ref> a state known as a [[quantum superposition]], as a result of being linked to a random [[Subatomic particle|subatomic]] event that may or may not occur.
 
}}</ref> a state known as a [[quantum superposition]], as a result of being linked to a random [[Subatomic particle|subatomic]] event that may or may not occur.
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}}<nowiki></ref></nowiki> a state known as a '''<font color="#ff8000">量子叠加quantum superposition</font>''', as a result of being linked to a random subatomic event that may or may not occur.<br>
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<nowiki>}}</nowiki><nowiki></ref></nowiki> a state known as a '''<font color="#ff8000">quantum superposition</font>''', as a result of being linked to a random subatomic event that may or may not occur.<br>
这种状态被称为量子叠加quantum superposition,是与可能或不可能发生的随机亚原子事件相联系的结果。
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这种状态被称为量子叠加quantum superposition,是与可能发生也可能不发生的随机亚原子事件相联系导致的结果。
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The thought experiment is also often featured in theoretical discussions of the interpretations of quantum mechanics, particularly in situations involving the measurement problem. Schrödinger coined the term Verschränkung (entanglement) in the course of developing the thought experiment.
 
The thought experiment is also often featured in theoretical discussions of the interpretations of quantum mechanics, particularly in situations involving the measurement problem. Schrödinger coined the term Verschränkung (entanglement) in the course of developing the thought experiment.
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该思维实验也经常出现在量子力学诠释的理论讨论中,特别是在涉及测量问题的情况下。薛定谔在提出该思想实验的过程中创造了“量子纠缠”这个术语。
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该思想实验也经常出现在对量子力学诠释理论的探讨中,特别是在涉及测量问题的情况下。薛定谔在提出思想实验的过程中创造了“量子纠缠”这个术语。
          
==Origin and motivation==<br>
 
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[[File:Schroedinger cat.jpg|thumb|left|A life-size—and moveable—cat figure in the garden of Huttenstrasse 9, Zurich, where Erwin Schrödinger lived 1921–1926. A visitor to the house cannot know in advance where the cat will be.<ref>{{cite web |last1=Suarez |first1=Antoine |title=The limits of quantum superposition: Should "Schrödinger's cat" and "Wigner's friend" be considered "miracle" narratives? |url=https://www.researchgate.net/publication/334031988 |website=ResearchGate |accessdate=27 February 2020 |page=3 |date=2019}}</ref>|链接=Special:FilePath/Schroedinger_cat.jpg]]
 
[[File:Schroedinger cat.jpg|thumb|left|A life-size—and moveable—cat figure in the garden of Huttenstrasse 9, Zurich, where Erwin Schrödinger lived 1921–1926. A visitor to the house cannot know in advance where the cat will be.<ref>{{cite web |last1=Suarez |first1=Antoine |title=The limits of quantum superposition: Should "Schrödinger's cat" and "Wigner's friend" be considered "miracle" narratives? |url=https://www.researchgate.net/publication/334031988 |website=ResearchGate |accessdate=27 February 2020 |page=3 |date=2019}}</ref>|链接=Special:FilePath/Schroedinger_cat.jpg]]
埃尔温·薛定谔1921年至1926年间在苏黎世所居住的Huttenstrasse 9号的花园里有一个真人大小、可移动的猫形雕像。来这里拜访的客人是无法提前知道猫的位置的。
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埃尔温·薛定谔于1921年-1926年居住在苏黎世的胡特大街 (Huttenstrasse) 9号,屋子花园里有一座真实大小、可移动的猫形雕像,参观房子的人不会提前知道雕像的位置。
 
A life-size—and moveable—cat figure in the garden of Huttenstrasse 9, Zurich, where Erwin Schrödinger lived 1921–1926. A visitor to the house cannot know in advance where the cat will be.
 
A life-size—and moveable—cat figure in the garden of Huttenstrasse 9, Zurich, where Erwin Schrödinger lived 1921–1926. A visitor to the house cannot know in advance where the cat will be.
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埃尔温·薛定谔1921年至1926年间在苏黎世所居住的胡特大街(Huttenstrasse) 9号的花园里有一座真实大小、可移动的猫形雕像,拜访者不会提前知道猫的位置。
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埃尔温·薛定谔于1921年-1926年居住在苏黎世的胡特大街 (Huttenstrasse) 9号,屋子花园里有一座真实大小、可移动的猫形雕像,参观房子的人不会提前知道雕像的位置。
    
Schrödinger intended his thought experiment as a discussion of the [[EPR paradox|EPR article]]—named after its authors [[Albert Einstein|Einstein]], [[Boris Podolsky|Podolsky]], and [[Nathan Rosen|Rosen]]—in 1935.<ref>[http://prola.aps.org/abstract/PR/v47/i10/p777_1 Can Quantum-Mechanical Description of Physical Reality Be Considered Complete?] {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20060208145129/http://prola.aps.org/abstract/PR/v47/i10/p777_1 |date=2006-02-08 }} A. Einstein, B. Podolsky, and N. Rosen, Phys. Rev. 47, 777 (1935)</ref> The EPR article highlighted the counterintuitive nature of [[quantum superposition]]s, in which a quantum system such as an [[atom]] or [[photon]] can exist as a combination of multiple states corresponding to different possible outcomes.
 
Schrödinger intended his thought experiment as a discussion of the [[EPR paradox|EPR article]]—named after its authors [[Albert Einstein|Einstein]], [[Boris Podolsky|Podolsky]], and [[Nathan Rosen|Rosen]]—in 1935.<ref>[http://prola.aps.org/abstract/PR/v47/i10/p777_1 Can Quantum-Mechanical Description of Physical Reality Be Considered Complete?] {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20060208145129/http://prola.aps.org/abstract/PR/v47/i10/p777_1 |date=2006-02-08 }} A. Einstein, B. Podolsky, and N. Rosen, Phys. Rev. 47, 777 (1935)</ref> The EPR article highlighted the counterintuitive nature of [[quantum superposition]]s, in which a quantum system such as an [[atom]] or [[photon]] can exist as a combination of multiple states corresponding to different possible outcomes.
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Schrödinger intended his thought experiment as a discussion of the EPR article—named after its authors Einstein, Podolsky, and Rosen—in 1935. The EPR article highlighted the counterintuitive nature of quantum superpositions, in which a quantum system such as an atom or photon can exist as a combination of multiple states corresponding to different possible outcomes.
 
Schrödinger intended his thought experiment as a discussion of the EPR article—named after its authors Einstein, Podolsky, and Rosen—in 1935. The EPR article highlighted the counterintuitive nature of quantum superpositions, in which a quantum system such as an atom or photon can exist as a combination of multiple states corresponding to different possible outcomes.
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1935年,薛定谔提出该思维实验是对'''<font color="#ff8000">EPR佯谬</font>'''论文(以其作者爱因斯坦、波多尔斯基和罗森英文首字母命名)的讨论。EPR文章强调了量子叠加的反直觉性质,在量子叠加中,一个量子系统,比如原子或者光子,可以作为对应不同可能结果的多个状态的组合而存在。
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1935年,薛定谔本来想将该思想实验作为对'''<font color="#ff8000">EPR佯谬</font>'''论文(以其作者爱因斯坦、波多尔斯基和罗森英文首字母命名)的讨论。EPR论文强调了量子叠加的反直觉性,在量子叠加中,一个量子系统,比如原子或者光子,可以处于多个状态,对应不同的结果。
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The prevailing theory, called the Copenhagen interpretation, says that a quantum system remains in superposition until it interacts with, or is observed by the external world. When this happens, the superposition collapses into one or another of the possible definite states. The EPR experiment shows that a system with multiple particles separated by large distances can be in such a superposition. Schrödinger and Einstein exchanged letters about Einstein's EPR article, in the course of which Einstein pointed out that the  state of an unstable keg of gunpowder will, after a while, contain a superposition of both exploded and unexploded states.
 
The prevailing theory, called the Copenhagen interpretation, says that a quantum system remains in superposition until it interacts with, or is observed by the external world. When this happens, the superposition collapses into one or another of the possible definite states. The EPR experiment shows that a system with multiple particles separated by large distances can be in such a superposition. Schrödinger and Einstein exchanged letters about Einstein's EPR article, in the course of which Einstein pointed out that the  state of an unstable keg of gunpowder will, after a while, contain a superposition of both exploded and unexploded states.
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哥本哈根诠释是主流理论,它认为量子系统在与外部世界相互作用或被外部世界观察之前一直处于叠加状态。发生这种情况时,叠加态会坍缩成一种或另一种可能的定态。EPR实验表明,具有多个相距较远的粒子的系统可能处于这种叠加状态。薛定谔和爱因斯坦就爱因斯坦的 EPR 佯谬论文通信,在信件中,爱因斯坦指出,不稳定的火药桶的状态会在一段时间后包含爆炸状态和未爆炸状态的叠加。
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当时的主流理论是哥本哈根诠释,它认为一个量子系统在与外部世界相互作用或被外部世界观察到之前,一直处于叠加状态。这时,叠加态会坍缩成一种或另一种定态。EPR实验表明,包含多个相距较远的粒子的系统可以处于这种叠加状态。薛定谔和爱因斯坦就后者的EPR佯谬论文通信,在信中,爱因斯坦指出,一个不稳定的火药桶会在一段时间后包含爆炸状态和未爆炸状态的叠加。
 
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To further illustrate, Schrödinger described how one could, in principle, create a superposition in a large-scale system by making it dependent on a quantum particle that was in a superposition.  He proposed a scenario with a cat in a locked steel chamber, wherein the cat's life or death depended on the state of a [[Radioactive decay|radioactive]] atom, whether it had decayed and emitted radiation or not. According to Schrödinger, the Copenhagen interpretation implies that ''the cat remains both alive and dead'' until the state has been observed. Schrödinger did not wish to promote the idea of dead-and-alive cats as a serious possibility; on the contrary, he intended the example to illustrate the absurdity of the existing view of quantum mechanics.<ref name="Schrodinger1935"/>
 
To further illustrate, Schrödinger described how one could, in principle, create a superposition in a large-scale system by making it dependent on a quantum particle that was in a superposition.  He proposed a scenario with a cat in a locked steel chamber, wherein the cat's life or death depended on the state of a [[Radioactive decay|radioactive]] atom, whether it had decayed and emitted radiation or not. According to Schrödinger, the Copenhagen interpretation implies that ''the cat remains both alive and dead'' until the state has been observed. Schrödinger did not wish to promote the idea of dead-and-alive cats as a serious possibility; on the contrary, he intended the example to illustrate the absurdity of the existing view of quantum mechanics.<ref name="Schrodinger1935"/>
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To further illustrate, Schrödinger described how one could, in principle, create a superposition in a large-scale system by making it dependent on a quantum particle that was in a superposition.  He proposed a scenario with a cat in a locked steel chamber, wherein the cat's life or death depended on the state of a radioactive atom, whether it had decayed and emitted radiation or not. According to Schrödinger, the Copenhagen interpretation implies that the cat remains both alive and dead until the state has been observed. Schrödinger did not wish to promote the idea of dead-and-alive cats as a serious possibility; on the contrary, he intended the example to illustrate the absurdity of the existing view of quantum mechanics.
 
To further illustrate, Schrödinger described how one could, in principle, create a superposition in a large-scale system by making it dependent on a quantum particle that was in a superposition.  He proposed a scenario with a cat in a locked steel chamber, wherein the cat's life or death depended on the state of a radioactive atom, whether it had decayed and emitted radiation or not. According to Schrödinger, the Copenhagen interpretation implies that the cat remains both alive and dead until the state has been observed. Schrödinger did not wish to promote the idea of dead-and-alive cats as a serious possibility; on the contrary, he intended the example to illustrate the absurdity of the existing view of quantum mechanics.
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为了进一步说明,薛定谔描述了一种原则上可以在大型系统中创建叠加状态的办法,即使该大型系统依赖于处于叠加状态的量子粒子。他提出了一种在封闭的钢制房间中放置猫的方案,其中猫的生死取决于放射性原子的状态——即原子是否衰变释放出放射性。根据薛定谔的说法,哥本哈根诠释意味着这只猫在被观察到之前既是活的也是死的。薛定谔并不认可猫既死也活,相反,他希望用这个例子来说明现有量子力学观点的荒谬之处。
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为了进一步说明,薛定谔描述了一种原则上可以在大型系统中创建叠加态的办法,即让该系统依赖于处于叠加态的量子粒子。他提出在一个密闭的钢制房间中放一只猫,猫的生死取决于放射性原子的状态,即原子是否衰变释放出放射性。薛定谔认为,哥本哈根诠释意味着这只猫在被观察到之前,既活着也死了。薛定谔并不认可猫既死也或是一种严谨的可能性,相反,他希望用这个例子说明量子力学现有观点的荒谬之处。
 
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However, since Schrödinger's time, other interpretations of the mathematics of quantum mechanics have been advanced by physicists, some of which regard the "alive and dead" cat superposition as quite real.    Intended as a critique of the Copenhagen interpretation (the prevailing orthodoxy in 1935), the Schrödinger's cat thought experiment remains a defining touchstone for modern interpretations of quantum mechanics. Physicists often use the way each interpretation deals with Schrödinger's cat as a way of illustrating and comparing the particular features, strengths, and weaknesses of each interpretation.
 
However, since Schrödinger's time, other interpretations of the mathematics of quantum mechanics have been advanced by physicists, some of which regard the "alive and dead" cat superposition as quite real.    Intended as a critique of the Copenhagen interpretation (the prevailing orthodoxy in 1935), the Schrödinger's cat thought experiment remains a defining touchstone for modern interpretations of quantum mechanics. Physicists often use the way each interpretation deals with Schrödinger's cat as a way of illustrating and comparing the particular features, strengths, and weaknesses of each interpretation.
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但是,自从薛定谔时代以来,物理学家提出了诸多其他'''<font color=”#ff8000”>量子力学quantucsm mechanics</font>'''的数学解释,其中一些解释认为处于“活且死”叠加态的猫是十分真实的。薛定谔的猫意在批判哥本哈根诠释(1935年的主流正统学说) ,至今仍是各种现代量子力学诠释的决定性的试金石。物理学家经常使用每种诠释处理薛定谔猫的方式来说明和比较每种解释的特点、优点和缺点。
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但是,自从薛定谔时代以来,物理学家提出了诸多其他量子力学的数学解释,其中一些解释认为 “既生又死”的猫叠加态非常真实。薛定谔的猫思想实验意在批判哥本哈根诠释(1935年的主流正统学说),至今仍是各种现代量子力学诠释的试金石,具有决定性意义。物理学家经常用各种诠释解释薛定谔的猫的方式来说明和比较各种诠释的特点、优点和缺点。
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==Thought experiment==<br>
 
==Thought experiment==<br>
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Schrödinger wrote:<ref name="Schrodinger1935" /><ref>{{cite journal|last1=Trimmer|first1=John D.|title=The Present Situation in Quantum Mechanics: A Translation of Schrödinger's "Cat Paradox" Paper|journal=Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society|date=1980|volume=124|issue=5|pages=323–338|jstor=986572}} Reproduced with some inaccuracies here:
 
Schrödinger wrote:<ref name="Schrodinger1935" /><ref>{{cite journal|last1=Trimmer|first1=John D.|title=The Present Situation in Quantum Mechanics: A Translation of Schrödinger's "Cat Paradox" Paper|journal=Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society|date=1980|volume=124|issue=5|pages=323–338|jstor=986572}} Reproduced with some inaccuracies here:
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Schrödinger's famous thought experiment poses the question, "when does a quantum system stop existing as a superposition of states and become one or the other?"  (More technically, when does the actual quantum state stop being a non-trivial linear combination of states, each of which resembles different classical states, and instead begin to have a unique classical description?) If the cat survives, it remembers only being alive. But explanations of the EPR experiments that are consistent with standard microscopic quantum mechanics require that macroscopic objects, such as cats and notebooks, do not always have unique classical descriptions. The thought experiment illustrates this apparent paradox. Our intuition says that no observer can be in a mixture of states—yet the cat, it seems from the thought experiment, can be such a mixture. Is the cat required to be an observer, or does its existence in a single well-defined classical state require another external observer? Each alternative seemed absurd to Einstein, who was impressed by the ability of the thought experiment to highlight these issues. In a letter to Schrödinger dated 1950, he wrote:
 
Schrödinger's famous thought experiment poses the question, "when does a quantum system stop existing as a superposition of states and become one or the other?"  (More technically, when does the actual quantum state stop being a non-trivial linear combination of states, each of which resembles different classical states, and instead begin to have a unique classical description?) If the cat survives, it remembers only being alive. But explanations of the EPR experiments that are consistent with standard microscopic quantum mechanics require that macroscopic objects, such as cats and notebooks, do not always have unique classical descriptions. The thought experiment illustrates this apparent paradox. Our intuition says that no observer can be in a mixture of states—yet the cat, it seems from the thought experiment, can be such a mixture. Is the cat required to be an observer, or does its existence in a single well-defined classical state require another external observer? Each alternative seemed absurd to Einstein, who was impressed by the ability of the thought experiment to highlight these issues. In a letter to Schrödinger dated 1950, he wrote:
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薛定谔著名的思维实验提出了一个问题: “量子系统何时会脱离叠加态转而塌缩为其中一个状态? ”(更严格地说,从何时起实际的量子态不再是多个经典态的非平凡线性组合,而是开始有一个唯一的经典描述?)如果猫还活者,那么它只记得活着的状态。但是,EPR实验的解释与标准的微观量子力学都要求宏观物体(如猫和笔记本)并不总是有唯一的经典描述。薛定谔的思维实验说明了这一明显的悖论。我们的直觉告诉我们,没有观察者可以处于混合状态——然而,上诉思维实验却表明,猫可以处于既生又死的状态。猫是否需要成为观察者,或者猫需要另外一个外部观察者使其能够存在一个定义明确的经典状态中?爱因斯坦认为每一种选择都很荒谬,他对思维实验突出这些问题的能力印象深刻。在1950年写给薛定谔的一封信中,他写道:
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薛定谔著名的思想实验提出了一个问题:“量子系统何时会脱离叠加态转而坍缩为叠加态的其中一种状态?”(更严格地说,从何时起,实际的量子态不再是多个经典态的非平凡线性组合,而是开始有一个唯一的经典描述?)如果猫还活着,它只记得活着的状态。但是EPR实验的解释与标准的微观量子力学都要求猫和笔记本之类的宏观物体并不总是有唯一的经典描述。薛定谔的思想实验说明了这一显而易见的悖论。直觉告诉我们,没有观察者可以处于多种状态的混合,然而上述思想实验却表明,猫可以处于既生又死的混合态。猫是否需要成为观察者,或者需要另外一个外部观察者使得猫能够存在一个定义明确的经典状态?爱因斯坦认为每一种选择都很荒谬,猫的思维实验极大地突出了这些问题,令他印象深刻。在1950年写给薛定谔的一封信中,他写道:
    
{{Quote|You are the only contemporary physicist, besides [[Max von Laue|Laue]], who sees that one cannot get around the assumption of reality, if only one is honest. Most of them simply do not see what sort of risky game they are playing with reality—reality as something independent of what is experimentally established. Their interpretation is, however, refuted most elegantly by your system of radioactive atom + amplifier + charge of gun powder + cat in a box, in which the psi-function of the system contains both the cat alive and blown to bits. Nobody really doubts that the presence or absence of the cat is something independent of the act of observation.<ref>{{cite journal|title=Induction and Scientific Realism: Einstein versus van Fraassen Part Three: Einstein, Aim-Oriented Empiricism and the Discovery of Special and General Relativity|first=Nicholas|last=Maxwell|date=1 January 1993|volume=44|issue=2|pages=275–305|doi=10.1093/bjps/44.2.275|jstor=687649|journal=The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science}}</ref>}}<br>
 
{{Quote|You are the only contemporary physicist, besides [[Max von Laue|Laue]], who sees that one cannot get around the assumption of reality, if only one is honest. Most of them simply do not see what sort of risky game they are playing with reality—reality as something independent of what is experimentally established. Their interpretation is, however, refuted most elegantly by your system of radioactive atom + amplifier + charge of gun powder + cat in a box, in which the psi-function of the system contains both the cat alive and blown to bits. Nobody really doubts that the presence or absence of the cat is something independent of the act of observation.<ref>{{cite journal|title=Induction and Scientific Realism: Einstein versus van Fraassen Part Three: Einstein, Aim-Oriented Empiricism and the Discovery of Special and General Relativity|first=Nicholas|last=Maxwell|date=1 January 1993|volume=44|issue=2|pages=275–305|doi=10.1093/bjps/44.2.275|jstor=687649|journal=The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science}}</ref>}}<br>
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Note that the charge of gunpowder is not mentioned in Schrödinger's setup, which uses a Geiger counter as an amplifier and hydrocyanic poison instead of gunpowder. The gunpowder had been mentioned in Einstein's original suggestion to Schrödinger 15 years before, and Einstein carried it forward to the present discussion.
 
Note that the charge of gunpowder is not mentioned in Schrödinger's setup, which uses a Geiger counter as an amplifier and hydrocyanic poison instead of gunpowder. The gunpowder had been mentioned in Einstein's original suggestion to Schrödinger 15 years before, and Einstein carried it forward to the present discussion.
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请注意,薛定谔的装置中没有提到火药,他用盖革计数器作为放大器,用氢氰酸毒药代替火药。火药是15年前爱因斯坦给薛定谔的最初建议中提到的,爱因斯坦把它带到了目前的讨论中。
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请注意,薛定谔的装置中并没有火药,他用盖革计数器作为放大器,用氢氰酸毒药代替火药。火药是15年前爱因斯坦给薛定谔的最初建议中提到的,爱因斯坦在信中也一并讨论了。
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Since Schrödinger's time, other interpretations of quantum mechanics have been proposed that give different answers to the questions posed by Schrödinger's cat of how long superpositions last and when (or whether) they collapse.
 
Since Schrödinger's time, other interpretations of quantum mechanics have been proposed that give different answers to the questions posed by Schrödinger's cat of how long superpositions last and when (or whether) they collapse.
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自薛定谔时代以来,人们提出了其他多种的量子力学诠释,这些诠释对于薛定谔猫提出的叠加态持续多久以及它们何时(或是否)塌缩的问题给出了不同的答案。
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自薛定谔时代以来,人们提出了许多其他的量子力学诠释,针对薛定谔的猫提出的叠加态持续多久以及他们何时(或是否)坍缩,这些诠释给出了不同的答案。
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A commonly held interpretation of quantum mechanics is the Copenhagen interpretation.  In the Copenhagen interpretation, a system stops being a superposition of states and becomes either one or the other when an observation takes place. This thought experiment makes apparent the fact that the nature of measurement, or observation, is not well-defined in this interpretation. The experiment can be interpreted to mean that while the box is closed, the system simultaneously exists in a superposition of the states "decayed nucleus/dead cat" and "undecayed nucleus/living cat", and that only when the box is opened and an observation performed does the wave function collapse into one of the two states.
 
A commonly held interpretation of quantum mechanics is the Copenhagen interpretation.  In the Copenhagen interpretation, a system stops being a superposition of states and becomes either one or the other when an observation takes place. This thought experiment makes apparent the fact that the nature of measurement, or observation, is not well-defined in this interpretation. The experiment can be interpreted to mean that while the box is closed, the system simultaneously exists in a superposition of the states "decayed nucleus/dead cat" and "undecayed nucleus/living cat", and that only when the box is opened and an observation performed does the wave function collapse into one of the two states.
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是哥本哈根诠释是量子力学的主流诠释。根据哥本哈根诠释,当观测时,一个系统将不再处于叠加态,而是塌缩为其中任意一种状态。薛定谔的思维实验清楚地表明,在哥本哈根诠释中,测量或观察并没有被明确定义。实验可以解释为,盒子关闭时,系统处于“衰变的原子核 / 死猫”和“未衰变的原子核 / 活猫”叠加状中,只有打开盒子进行观测时,波函数才会塌缩成这两种状态之一。
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量子力学的主流诠释之一是哥本哈根诠释。该诠释认为,一个系统在观察时将不再处于叠加态,而是坍缩为叠加态中的任意一种状态。薛定谔的思维实验清楚地表明,哥本哈根诠释没有明确定义测量和观察的本质。实验可以解释为,盒子关闭时,系统处于“衰变的原子核/死猫”和“未衰变的原子核/活猫”叠加态中,只有打开盒子进行观察时,波函数才会坍缩成这两种状态之一。
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However, one of the main scientists associated with the Copenhagen interpretation, Niels Bohr, never had in mind the observer-induced collapse of the wave function, as he did not regard the wave function as physically real, but a statistical tool; thus, Schrödinger's cat did not pose any riddle to him. The cat would be either dead or alive long before the box is opened by a conscious observer. Analysis of an actual experiment found that measurement alone (for example by a Geiger counter) is sufficient to collapse a quantum wave function before there is any conscious observation of the measurement, although the validity of their design is disputed. (The view that the "observation" is taken when a particle from the nucleus hits the detector can be developed into objective collapse theories. The thought experiment requires an "unconscious observation" by the detector in order for waveform collapse to occur. In contrast, ’’’<font color=”#32CD32”>the many worlds approach </font>’’’denies that collapse ever occurs.)
 
However, one of the main scientists associated with the Copenhagen interpretation, Niels Bohr, never had in mind the observer-induced collapse of the wave function, as he did not regard the wave function as physically real, but a statistical tool; thus, Schrödinger's cat did not pose any riddle to him. The cat would be either dead or alive long before the box is opened by a conscious observer. Analysis of an actual experiment found that measurement alone (for example by a Geiger counter) is sufficient to collapse a quantum wave function before there is any conscious observation of the measurement, although the validity of their design is disputed. (The view that the "observation" is taken when a particle from the nucleus hits the detector can be developed into objective collapse theories. The thought experiment requires an "unconscious observation" by the detector in order for waveform collapse to occur. In contrast, ’’’<font color=”#32CD32”>the many worlds approach </font>’’’denies that collapse ever occurs.)
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然而,与哥本哈根诠释密切相关的主要科学家之一尼尔斯·玻尔从未认为是观察者引起了波函数塌缩,因为他并不认为波函数在物理上是真实存在的,它只是一个统计工具。因此,薛定谔的猫对他不是什么谜题。在有意识的观察者打开盒子,猫就已经处于死了或者活着的状态。分析一个真实的实验过程会发现,在有意识的观察者对测量结果进行观察之前,测量本身(例如盖革计数器)就足以使量子波函数发生塌缩,尽管实验设计的有效性尚有争议。(这种当原子核中的粒子撞击探测器时“观测”已经发生的观点可以发展为客观塌缩理论。薛定谔的思维中,波函数要发生塌缩,探测器需要进行“无意识观察”。相比之下,<font color=”#32CD32”>多世界理论</font>否认曾发生过塌缩。)
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但是,哥本哈根诠释的主要科学家尼尔斯·玻尔从未认为是观察者引起了波函数的坍缩,因为他并不认为波函数真实存在,它只是一个统计工具。因此薛定谔的猫对他来说不是什么谜题。早在意识的观察者打开盒子前,猫就已经死去或者仍然活着。分析一个真实的实验会发现,尽管实验涉及的有效性尚有争议,在有意识的观察者对测量结果进行观察前,测量本身(比如盖革计数器)就足以使量子波函数发生坍缩。(这种当原子核中的粒子撞击监测器时“观察”已经发生的观点可以发展为客观坍缩理论。在薛定谔的思维实验中,波函数要发生坍缩,监测器需要进行“无意识观察”。相比之下,“多世界理论”否认曾发生过坍缩。
 
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===Many-worlds interpretation and consistent histories===<br>
 
===Many-worlds interpretation and consistent histories===<br>
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The quantum-mechanical "Schrödinger's cat" paradox according to the many-worlds interpretation. In this interpretation, every event is a branch point. The cat is both alive and dead—regardless of whether the box is opened—but the "alive" and "dead" cats are in different branches of the universe that are equally real but cannot interact with each other.
 
The quantum-mechanical "Schrödinger's cat" paradox according to the many-worlds interpretation. In this interpretation, every event is a branch point. The cat is both alive and dead—regardless of whether the box is opened—but the "alive" and "dead" cats are in different branches of the universe that are equally real but cannot interact with each other.
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基于'''<font color=”#ff8000”>多世界诠释many-worlds interpretation</font>'''的量子力学“薛定谔的猫”悖论。按照这种诠释,每个事件都是一个分支点。无论盒子是否打开,猫都是既或者也死了,但“活着的”和“死了的”猫在宇宙的不同分支中,它们同样真实,但不能相互作用。
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'''<font color=”#ff8000”>多世界诠释many-worlds interpretation</font>'''解释量子力学“薛定谔的猫”悖论。多世界诠释认为每一个事件都是一个分支点。不管盒子是否打开,猫都是既活着也死了,但“活着的”和“死了的”猫在宇宙的不同分支中,同样真实但不能相互作用。
 
{{Main|Many-worlds interpretation}}
 
{{Main|Many-worlds interpretation}}
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In 1957, Hugh Everett formulated the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics, which does not single out observation as a special process. In the many-worlds interpretation, both alive and dead states of the cat persist after the box is opened, but are decoherent from each other. In other words, when the box is opened, the observer and the possibly-dead cat split into an observer looking at a box with a dead cat, and an observer looking at a box with a live cat. But since the dead and alive states are decoherent, there is no effective communication or interaction between them.
 
In 1957, Hugh Everett formulated the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics, which does not single out observation as a special process. In the many-worlds interpretation, both alive and dead states of the cat persist after the box is opened, but are decoherent from each other. In other words, when the box is opened, the observer and the possibly-dead cat split into an observer looking at a box with a dead cat, and an observer looking at a box with a live cat. But since the dead and alive states are decoherent, there is no effective communication or interaction between them.
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1957年,休·埃弗雷特提出了量子力学的多世界诠释,该诠释并不把观察视为一个特殊过程。在多世界诠释中,盒子打开后,猫的生与死仍然存在,但彼此之间是退相干的。换句话说,盒子被打开时,观察者和可能已经死亡的猫分裂成两个分支:一个观察者看着盒中的死猫,另一个观察者看着盒中的活猫。但是由于死态和活态是退相干的,它们之间午发发生有效的交流或相互作用。
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1957年,休·埃弗莱特提出了量子力学的多世界诠释,该诠释并不把观察视为一个特殊过程。在多世界诠释中,盒子打开后,活猫和死猫仍然存在,但彼此之间是退相干的。换句话说,盒子被打开时,观察者和可能死亡的猫分裂成两个分支:观察者看着盒中的死猫,观察者看着盒中的活猫。但由于死态和活态是退相干的,它们之间无法发生有效的交流或相互作用。
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When opening the box, the observer becomes entangled with the cat, so "observer states" corresponding to the cat's being alive and dead are formed; each observer state is entangled or linked with the cat so that the "observation of the cat's state" and the "cat's state" correspond with each other.  Quantum decoherence ensures that the different outcomes have no interaction with each other. The same mechanism of quantum decoherence is also important for the interpretation in terms of consistent histories. Only the "dead cat" or the "alive cat" can be a part of a consistent history in this interpretation. Decoherence is generally considered to prevent simultaneous observation of multiple states.
 
When opening the box, the observer becomes entangled with the cat, so "observer states" corresponding to the cat's being alive and dead are formed; each observer state is entangled or linked with the cat so that the "observation of the cat's state" and the "cat's state" correspond with each other.  Quantum decoherence ensures that the different outcomes have no interaction with each other. The same mechanism of quantum decoherence is also important for the interpretation in terms of consistent histories. Only the "dead cat" or the "alive cat" can be a part of a consistent history in this interpretation. Decoherence is generally considered to prevent simultaneous observation of multiple states.
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打开盒子时,观察者与猫纠缠在一起,因此形成了对应猫的生与死的“观察者状态” ; 每个观察者状态都与猫纠缠或联系在一起,因此“猫状态的观察”与“猫的状态”相对应。量子退相干确保不同的结果之间不会相互影响。量子退相干对于历史一致论也很重要。在多世界诠释中,只有“死猫”或“活猫”才能成为一致历史的一部分。通常认为退相干是为了避免同时对多个叠加态进行观察。
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打开盒子时,观察者与猫纠缠在一起,因此形成了对应猫生与死的“观察者状态”;每个观察者状态都与猫纠缠或联系在一起,因此“猫状态的观察”与“猫的状态”相对应。量子退相干确保不同的结果不会相互影响,对多世界诠释的历史一致论也很重要。在多世界诠释中,只有“死猫”或“活猫”才能称为一致历史的一部分。通常认为退相干是为了避免同时对多个叠加态进行观察。
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A variant of the Schrödinger's cat experiment, known as the quantum suicide machine, has been proposed by cosmologist Max Tegmark. It examines the Schrödinger's cat experiment from the point of view of the cat, and argues that by using this approach, one may be able to distinguish between the Copenhagen interpretation and many-worlds.
 
A variant of the Schrödinger's cat experiment, known as the quantum suicide machine, has been proposed by cosmologist Max Tegmark. It examines the Schrödinger's cat experiment from the point of view of the cat, and argues that by using this approach, one may be able to distinguish between the Copenhagen interpretation and many-worlds.
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宇宙学家马克斯·泰格马克提出了薛定谔猫实验的一个变体,称为量子自杀机。它从猫的角度检验了薛定谔的猫实验,并认为通过使用这种方法,人们或许能够区分哥本哈根诠释和多世界诠释。
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宇宙学家马克思·泰格马克提出了薛定谔猫实验的一个变体,称为量子自杀机。它从猫的角度检验薛定谔的猫实验,并认为通过这种方法,人们或许能够区分哥本哈根诠释和多世界诠释。
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The ensemble interpretation states that superpositions are nothing but subensembles of a larger statistical ensemble. The state vector would not apply to individual cat experiments, but only to the statistics of many similarly prepared cat experiments. Proponents of this interpretation state that this makes the Schrödinger's cat paradox a trivial matter, or a non-issue.
 
The ensemble interpretation states that superpositions are nothing but subensembles of a larger statistical ensemble. The state vector would not apply to individual cat experiments, but only to the statistics of many similarly prepared cat experiments. Proponents of this interpretation state that this makes the Schrödinger's cat paradox a trivial matter, or a non-issue.
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'''<font color=”#ff8000”>系综诠释ensemble interpretation</font>'''指出,叠加态不过是一个更大的系综的子系综。态矢量不适用于单个的猫实验,而仅适用于许多类似准备的猫实验的统计数据。这种诠释的支持者认为,这使得薛定谔的猫悖论变得无关紧要,或者说是根本不是问题。
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'''<font color=”#ff8000”>系综诠释ensemble interpretation</font>'''指出,叠加态不过是一个更大系综的子系综。态矢量不适用于单个猫实验,而仅适用于大量相似准备的猫实验的统计数据。该诠释的支持者认为,这使得薛定谔的猫悖论变得无关紧要,或者说根本不是问题。
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This interpretation serves to discard the idea that a single physical system in quantum mechanics has a mathematical description that corresponds to it in any way.
 
This interpretation serves to discard the idea that a single physical system in quantum mechanics has a mathematical description that corresponds to it in any way.
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这种诠释抛弃了单一量子物理系统有以一个始终对应的数学描述的观点。
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这一诠释抛弃了单一量子力学系统有一个始终对应的数学描述这一观点。
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The relational interpretation makes no fundamental distinction between the human experimenter, the cat, or the apparatus, or between animate and inanimate systems; all are quantum systems governed by the same rules of wavefunction evolution, and all may be considered "observers". But the relational interpretation allows that different observers can give different accounts of the same series of events, depending on the information they have about the system. The cat can be considered an observer of the apparatus; meanwhile, the experimenter can be considered another observer of the system in the box (the cat plus the apparatus). Before the box is opened, the cat, by nature of its being alive or dead, has information about the state of the apparatus (the atom has either decayed or not decayed); but the experimenter does not have information about the state of the box contents. In this way, the two observers simultaneously have different accounts of the situation: To the cat, the wavefunction of the apparatus has appeared to "collapse"; to the experimenter, the contents of the box appear to be in superposition. Not until the box is opened, and both observers have the same information about what happened, do both system states appear to "collapse" into the same definite result, a cat that is either alive or dead.
 
The relational interpretation makes no fundamental distinction between the human experimenter, the cat, or the apparatus, or between animate and inanimate systems; all are quantum systems governed by the same rules of wavefunction evolution, and all may be considered "observers". But the relational interpretation allows that different observers can give different accounts of the same series of events, depending on the information they have about the system. The cat can be considered an observer of the apparatus; meanwhile, the experimenter can be considered another observer of the system in the box (the cat plus the apparatus). Before the box is opened, the cat, by nature of its being alive or dead, has information about the state of the apparatus (the atom has either decayed or not decayed); but the experimenter does not have information about the state of the box contents. In this way, the two observers simultaneously have different accounts of the situation: To the cat, the wavefunction of the apparatus has appeared to "collapse"; to the experimenter, the contents of the box appear to be in superposition. Not until the box is opened, and both observers have the same information about what happened, do both system states appear to "collapse" into the same definite result, a cat that is either alive or dead.
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'''<font color=”#ff8000”>关系诠释relational interpretation</font>'''认为人类实验者、猫或仪器之间,或者生命体和非生命体之间没有本质区别; 所有这些遵循相同的波函数演化规则的量子系统,都可以被认为是“观察者”。但是关系诠释允许不同的观察者根据他们所掌握的关于系统的信息,对同一系列事件给出不同的解释。猫可以被认为是仪器的观察者; 同时,实验者可以被认为是盒子系统(猫和仪器)的另一个观察者。在盒子被打开之前,根据活着或者死亡的状态,猫拥有关于设备状态的信息(原子已经衰变或没有衰变) ; 但是实验者并不掌握这些信息。这样,在同一时刻两个观察者对盒子的状态有不同的描述: 对猫来说,仪器的波函数“坍缩”了;对实验者来说,盒子系统仍然处于叠加态。直到盒子被打开,两个观察者对所发生的事情都掌握了同样的信息,两个系统状态才似乎“坍缩”成为相同的确定结果,既猫活着还是死亡。
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'''<font color=”#ff8000”>关系诠释relational interpretation</font>'''认为人类实验者、猫或装置之间,或者生命体与非生命体之间没有本质区别;所有这些遵循相同波函数演化规则的量子系统都可以被认为是“观察者”。但是关系诠释允许不同的观察者根据掌握的不同盒内系统信息,对同一系列事件给出不同的解释。猫可以被认为是装置的观察者;同时,实验者可以被认为是盒内系统(猫和装置)的另一个观察者。在盒子被打开之前,根据自身的死活,猫拥有关于设备状态的信息(原子要么已经衰变要么没有衰变);但是实验者并不掌握这些信息。这样,在同一时刻两个观察者对于盒子的状态有不同的描述:对猫来说,装置的波函数“坍缩”了,对实验者来说,盒内系统处于叠加态。直到盒子被打开,两个观察者对所发生的事情都掌握了同样的信息,两个系统才“坍缩”为同样一个确定结果,既猫不是活着就是死了。
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