Quantum Mechanics without Wave Functions: a Signed Particle Formulation



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Abstract

Recently, a new formulation of quantum mechanics was suggested which is based on the evolution of classical particles, provided with a sign, rather than standard wave functions. This allows several advantages over other approaches: from a theoretical perspective, it offers a more intuitive framework while, from a numerical point of view, it allows the simulation of complex systems with relatively small computational resources. In this talk, I will first go through the tenets of this new approach. In particular, I will focus on the derivation of such theory and the peculiar view it provides in the passage from the quantum to the classical regime. Then, I will discuss the various applications which have been performed so far, especially for systems of Fermions. Finally, a list of possible future works will be presented and discussed.