Again, my knowledge of quantum physics is so poor, I have no reference to give me any idea about the measure of stupidity of this question, so please bear with me.: Could it be that the nature of a ‘particle’ doesn’t change? That when decoherence occurs the wave function collapses into a new very localized source of wave propagation? That every particle pretty much is and always propagates as a wave and decoherence only selects a new point of a source of a wave? Is this a valid way of thinking about it? Perhaps decoherence is a phenomenon somewhat similar to when solar magnetic field lines get too convoluted and snap and reset into a simpler form? Another question I have is: Does decoherence occur gradually somehow or is it literally instantaneous?