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Wave-Particle Duality: A New Look from First Principles

Klevgard, Paul (2018) Wave-Particle Duality: A New Look from First Principles. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Part I looks at duality for the photon; Part II does the same for the electron. The traditional division of kinetic energy between radiation (E = hf) and matter-in-motion (E = 1/2 mv2) is reexamined permitting new insights into duality.

An in-flight photon displays wave characteristics. Such a photon can interfere with itself and take all available space paths as a wave. In addition, photons pass through one another like waves whereas particles impact each other. It is only when the photon terminates on a material object and gives up its energy – and ceases to be a photon – that particle characteristics appear, namely: 1) the photon is finally space located; and 2) oscillation ceases. This suggests that the photon’s wave and particle nature do not overlap. Understanding photon termination as a release of mass stored, rather than particle impact, permits a better understanding of presumed wave-particle duality for the photon.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Klevgard, Paulpklevgard@gmail.com
Keywords: wave-particle duality, double slit, delayed choice, photon, radiation, de Broglie, Mach–Zehnder interferometer
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Dr. Paul Klevgard
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2018 19:33
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2018 19:33
Item ID: 15280
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 8 November 2018
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15280

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