Wednesday, January 12, 2005

A Rational Approach to Quantum Mechanics

Lewis Little has defined the "Theory of Elementary Waves" which Stephen Speicher has written a three part series explaining it for lay-men like myself. The first part covers the basics, that is, it defines how Lewis's wave is a fundamental constituent of reality, and not just a representation of a particular phenomenon. Lewis wave explains this phenomenon by keeping it in reality. This is re-assuring to me. Quite frankly I had found the previous explanations which I have been studying somewhat frightening, but as they were posed by alleged experts in fields that I have little to no knowledge of, I thought it was myself being unreasonable.

Speicher explains:
There is no 'collapse of the wave function' which selects from an array of probability waves a packet of waves which describe a 'real' photon. In the TEW, _all_ of the elementary waves and _all_ of the particles are real existents.

The TEW says: again the assumed forward direction of the quantum waves have misled the theorists; with that assumption causality was doomed. The TEW explains the experiment with reference to real particles, real waves, and the identification that the waves move in the opposite direction of what has been supposed. There is no 'spooky action-at-a-distance' required and strict causality is restored.

Reality is accessible. What made so many prominant physicist turn to "other-worldly" explanations and "uncertainty principles" ? The cause is philosophical error.

Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, with its various uncertainty relations, embodies the essence of Kantianism: there are barriers to our knowledge, limitations on what is measurable, and it is impossible even to speculate on what cannot be measured.

In the TEW, it is the elementary waves that exist in multiple states, but they exist as independent objects and do not gain their reality by the 'collapse of the wave function'. In the TEW there are no uncertainties for any quantity or quality associated with the real particles and the real waves.

The dependence on the degree of angular rotation of the polarizer turns out to be a consequence of the intensity of the elementary waves experienced there, whose characteristics have already been determined due to the reverse direction of the wave.

The TEW represents the cascade, the rapid succession of particles, to be all of a single quantum process. This is important because it underscores that it is the elementary wave interactions which determine all of the dynamics prior to the emission of a single particle. This is lost in the standard theory because of the anti-concept of wave-particle, where the real elements of particle and wave physics are disembodied.

The TEW details the physics of the 'jump' conditions which permit a particle to follow more than just one wave. This 'jump' also helps explain the scattering of particles
where their direction changes at a point of interaction. The actual 'jump' of a photon requires the annihilation of the original along with the creation of a new particle, which in turn is dependent on the organization of the wave which produced the scattering in the first place.

The standard theory holds that many possible states exist at the same time (superposition) in a single particle as well as in a pair of particles, until 'collapse' makes them real. The standard theory holds that two particles can become "entangled" so that when collapse occurs for one particle it simultaneously occurs
for the other particle, with no concern for the distance separating them, distance being irrelevant to this occurrence.

I found this aspect to be one of the most exciting. Mr Speicher explains how TEW is consistent in every aspect where others have been unable to remain so.

The TEW rescues the GTR, holding (a) that space is not distorted; (b) that it is the elementary waves which become curved due to wave interactions; and (c) that the photons from the light source follow the curved path of the reverse waves. What is real stays real in the TEW and, at the same time, the Theory of Elementary Waves is consistent with the mathematics of the GTR and the curvature of light which the GTR predicted.

Quantum computing, on the other hand, does offer a valid potential, not as a consequence of entangled states, but as a sub-miniaturization of computing functions. However, the notion of the qubits existing as a superposition of both states (0 and 1) and the parallel operation of such states, comprise a fantasy that has no more reality than the alive-dead state of Schroedinger's cat.

The TEW posits the existence of graviton particles along with their corresponding elementary waves. The interaction of elementary waves is proportional to the mass associated with the waves, and the normal straight-line motion of the wave becomes
curved due to cumulative deflection. The photon particles corresponding to the slightly curved elementary waves follow the curved path of the wave. It is not space-time which is curved, but the elementary waves themselves. Just as the Lorentz transformations were used in the TEW to account for the different means of observation for different frames, here the mathematics of the curved geometry applies, not as a distortion of space itself, but rather to account for the curved appearances due to gravitational effects.

I would strongly reccomend reading this three part series as well as the referenced Theory of Elementary Waves.

Thanks to Mr Speicher.


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