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B Does this theory have merit?

  1. Dec 11, 2017 #1

    I'm not a physicist but I have a general interest in physics and cosmology. I was
    watching the following video where they were talking about how an electron behaves like
    a wave and its position is not know until it is measured. Then it was explained how the
    probability of the electron being in one single spot spikes in one particular spot.

    I had the following idea. If there is a wave there must be something generating it. If
    we imagine the electron not as a wave, nor as a stationary particle but rather a ball
    that is bouncing in one spot then this bounce must generate the wave that is observed.
    It would also explain why the particle is found in one spot. Another way it can be
    imagined is a gymnast with a ribbon. If the stick that the ribbon is attached is the
    particle when it is waved the ribbon itself is the wave.

    Further I believe it could also explain quantum entanglement. If two particles are
    bouncing in a way that their waves sync they could somehow get captured in eachother's
    wave thus becoming entangled.

    I could be wildly off the mark but I thought it is an idea worth sharing.
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  3. Dec 11, 2017 #2


    Staff: Mentor

    I see that this is your first post (and welcome to PF!), so I will draw your attention to the PF rules, and specifically the section on speculative and personal theories:


    I would strongly advise you to spend a lot more time learning about quantum mechanics (and not from videos, from textbooks or peer-reviewed papers or similar sources) before even trying to speculate on your own. Until you've really put in the time to learn, you won't realize just how much we already know, and how hard it is to actually come up with a new idea that hasn't already been ruled out by one of the many, many, many experiments we have already done. Not to mention how hard it is to formulate a new idea in such a way that it can actually be tested by experiment.

    With that said, this thread is closed.
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