Not Particles, Not Quite Fields: An Ontology for Quantum Field Theory *

Tracy Lupher
There are significant problems involved in determining the ontology of quantum field theory (QFT). An ontology involving particles seems to be ruled out due to the problem of defining localized position operators, issues involving interactions in QFT, and, perhaps, the appearance of unitarily inequivalent representations. While this might imply that fields are the most natural ontology for QFT, the wavefunctional interpretation of QFT has significant drawbacks. A modified field ontology is
more » ... ned where determinables are assigned to open bounded regions of spacetime instead of spacetime points.