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Help explaining a quantum wave function. (How you describe a wave by a particle) 
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#19
Nov2512, 08:40 PM

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Please stop arguing over petty semantics, the OP asked a question, answer it and leave.



#20
Nov2612, 11:14 PM

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Apparently, the nature underlying instrumental results has both wavelike and particlelike properties. The foundation of the old quantum theory is based on conceptualizations or inferences regarding visualizations of deep reality in terms of familiar notions of particles and waves in particulate media. However, modern quantum theory has become somewhat removed from these conceptualizations and the mathematical treatments of various instrumental phenomena have become abstract to the extent that they are less amenable to prior inferential conceptualizations. So, how should one think about the Schrodinger equation, wavefunctions, etc.? Well, the only thing that's known for sure is that, so far, it's an effective way of modelling experimental preparations in terms of what might be called a probability mechanics. Any wavefunction, in qm, is a distribution of particulate amplitudes, the square of which is a predictor of probable instrumental (ie., particulate) results. Beyond that, regarding how it might relate to what's actually happening in the deep reality, is a matter of contentious speculation. 


#21
Nov2912, 08:21 PM

PF Gold
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SingleParticle Diffraction and Interference at a Macroscopic Scale https://hekla.ipgp.fr/IMG/pdf/CouderFort_PRL_2006.pdf Interestingly, there was a fairly recent paper suggesting some evidence for an internal clock: A Search for the de Broglie Particle Internal Clock by Means of Electron Channeling http://download.springer.com/static/...bd6a7&ext=.pdf Physicists catch sight of trembling particle http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/...blingparticle 


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