Bohm-Bell beables for quantum field theory

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Abstract

The problem of associating beables (hidden variables) to QFT, in the spirit of what Bohm did for nonrelativistic QM, is not trivial. In 1984, John Bell suggested a way of solving the problem, according to which the beables are the positions of fermions, in a discretized version of QFT, and obey a stochastic evolution that simulates all predictions of QFT. In the continuum limit, it will be shown that the Bell model becomes deterministic and that it is related to the choice of the charge density as a beable. Moreover, the charge superselection rule is a consequence of the Bell model. The non-relativistic limit and the derivation of Bohm's first quantized interpretation in this limit are also studied. I will also consider whether the Bell model can be applied to bosons.