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Relative Time for Quantum Mechanics

  1. Sep 4, 2010 #1
    Einsteins Twin Though Paradox: The twin on earth watching his twin on the space ship fly away at near light speed sees his twin moving very slow, and when the spaceship twin returns he is younger than his twin.

    Can't this same paradox be applied to why we see the a single subatomic particle in more than one place at the same time?

    Do we see time moving and spinning faster for particles (reverse of slower for things moving at near speed of light) giving the illusion that it is in more than one place at the same time just because of our perspective?
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  3. Sep 5, 2010 #2

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    We don't see that.
  4. Sep 5, 2010 #3
    Isn't this fundamental of quantum physics that particles exist in many places at once as waves?

    Einstein saw the measurement relative of time break down at the speed of light, I would guess that we are seeing the measurement of time (probability) break down as we look at smaller and smaller matter. Matter is not behaving strangely it is just our perspective is wrong in that we are large and it is small, like perspective of time traveling at different velocities.
  5. Sep 5, 2010 #4


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    When we observe a particle's position, we will always find it in one position eigenstate, never in more than one. Therefore, we never see a particle in two places at once.

    The relative probability of finding the particle in any one position eigenstate can be found from the wave function of the particle.

    What do you mean by equating time and probability? That statement doesn't make any sense to me.
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