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Instead of particles and fields: a micro realistic quantum "smearon" theory

Maxwell, N; (1982) Instead of particles and fields: a micro realistic quantum "smearon" theory. Foundations of Physics: an international journal devoted to the conceptual and fundamental theories of modern physics, biophysics, and cosmology , 12 (6) 607 - 631. 10.1007/BF00731931.

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Abstract

A fully micro realistic propensity version of quantum theory is proposed, according to which fundamental physical entities – neither particles nor fields – have physical characteristics which determine probabilistically how they interact with one another (rather than with measuring instruments). The version of quantum “smearon” theory proposed here does not modify the equations of orthodox quantum theory: rather it gives a radically new interpretation to these equations. It is argued that (i) there are strong general reasons for preferring quantum “smearon” theory to orthodox quantum theory; (ii) the proposed change in physical interpretation leads quantum “smearon” theory to make experimental predictions subtly different from those of orthodox quantum theory. Some possible crucial experiments are considered.

Type:Article
Title:Instead of particles and fields: a micro realistic quantum "smearon" theory
Location:USA
DOI:10.1007/BF00731931
Publisher version:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/BF00731931
Language:English
Keywords:micro realistic, probabilistic version of quantum theory, experimentally testable, quantum probabilistic transitions, particle creation, propensity version of quantum theory
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Science and Technology Studies

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