Do Elementary Particles "Jiggle" Like Atoms?


by Islam Hassan
Tags: atoms, elementary, jiggle, particles
my2cts
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Sep24-13, 03:27 PM
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Quote Quote by mfb View Post
Which oscillations in a trajectory of a photon do you mean?
Photons are often drawn with wave-like lines, but this has nothing to do with the direction of the photons.
This is another deep topic. The discussion whether photons are particles or waves is 300 years old and is not over. See http://www-3.unipv.it/fis/tamq/Anti-photon.pdf
jarekd
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Sep24-13, 05:58 PM
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This "Jiggling" is called de Broglie's clock or zitterbewegung and can be now directly observed - see for example nice Hestenes paper about it: http://www.fqxi.org/data/essay-conte..._time_essa.pdf
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Sep25-13, 07:15 AM
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This is another deep topic. The discussion whether photons are particles or waves is 300 years old and is not over. See http://www-3.unipv.it/fis/tamq/Anti-photon.pdf
Photons are quantum-mechanical objects. In terms of physical predictions, there is nothing to discuss. The discussion is just about the most useful models to describe physics with words.
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Sep25-13, 08:17 AM
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it's in the first tome, Six Easy Pieces as I mentioned...easy to mistake one for the other on the spur of the moment I admit...
I did not even know he wrote the two....
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Sep26-13, 03:05 PM
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Photons are quantum-mechanical objects. In terms of physical predictions, there is nothing to discuss. The discussion is just about the most useful models to describe physics with words.
The predictions are undisputed, but not the interpretation.


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