[LINK] Quantum particles here, the waves other universes
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Sat Nov 1 23:06:42 AEDT 2014
So .. a quantum particle is here, and the waves are in the other universes ..
investigate whether quantum theory can be understood as the continuum
limit of a mechanical theory, in which there is a huge, but finite,
number of classical “worlds,” and quantum effects arise solely from a
universal interaction between these worlds, without reference to any
wave function. Here, a “world” means an entire universe with well-
defined properties, determined by the classical configuration of its
particles and fields.
In our approach, each world evolves
deterministically, probabilities arise due to ignorance as to which
world a given observer occupies, and we argue that in the limit of
infinitely many worlds the wave function can be recovered (as a
secondary object) from the motion of these worlds.
We introduce a
simple model of such a “many interacting worlds” approach and show that
it can reproduce some generic quantum phenomena—such as Ehrenfest’s
theorem, wave packet spreading, barrier tunneling, and zero-point
energy—as a direct consequence of mutual repulsion between worlds.
we perform numerical simulations using our approach. We demonstrate,
first, that it can be used to calculate quantum ground states, and
second, that it is capable of reproducing, at least qualitatively, the
double-slit interference phenomenon. (end quote)
a newly published study, physicists propose that parallel universes
really exist and that they interact and influence one another by a
subtle force of repulsion.
Griffith University academics are
challenging the foundations of quantum science with a radical new theory
based on the existence of, and interactions between, parallel
In a paper published in the prestigious journal
Physical Review X, Professor Howard Wiseman and Dr Michael Hall from
Griffith’s Center for Quantum Dynamics, and Dr Dirk-Andre Deckert from
the University of California, take interacting parallel worlds out of
the realm of science fiction and into that of hard science.
team proposes that parallel universes really exist, and that they
interact. That is, rather than evolving independently, nearby worlds
influence one another by a subtle force of repulsion. They show that
such an interaction could explain everything that is bizarre about
Quantum theory is needed to explain how the
universe works at the microscopic scale, and is believed to apply to all
matter. But it is notoriously difficult to fathom, exhibiting weird
phenomena which seem to violate the laws of cause and effect.
the eminent American theoretical physicist Richard Feynman once noted:
“I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics.”
the “Many-Interacting Worlds” approach developed at Griffith University
provides a new and daring perspective on this baffling field.
“The idea of parallel universes in quantum mechanics has been around since 1957,” says Professor Wiseman.
the well-known “Many-Worlds Interpretation”, each universe branches
into a bunch of new universes every time a quantum measurement is made.
All possibilities are therefore realized – in some universes the
dinosaur-killing asteroid missed Earth. In others, Australia was
colonized by the Portuguese.“But critics question the reality of these
other universes, since they do not influence our universe at all. On
this score, our “Many Interacting Worlds” approach is completely
different, as its name implies.”
Professor Wiseman and his colleagues propose that:
The universe we experience is just one of a gigantic number of worlds.
Some are almost identical to ours while most are very different;
*All of these worlds are equally real, exist continuously through time, and possess precisely defined properties;
All quantum phenomena arise from a universal force of repulsion between
‘nearby’ (i.e. similar) worlds which tends to make them more
Dr Hall says the “Many-Interacting Worlds” theory
may even create the extraordinary possibility of testing for the
existence of other worlds.
“The beauty of our approach is that if
there is just one world our theory reduces to Newtonian mechanics,
while if there is a gigantic number of worlds it reproduces quantum
mechanics,” he says.
“In between it predicts something new that is neither Newton’s theory nor quantum theory.
also believe that, in providing a new mental picture of quantum
effects, it will be useful in planning experiments to test and exploit
The ability to approximate quantum evolution
using a finite number of worlds could have significant ramifications in
molecular dynamics, which is important for understanding chemical
reactions and the action of drugs.
Professor Bill Poirier,
Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Texas Tech University, has
observed: “These are great ideas, not only conceptually, but also with
regard to the new numerical breakthroughs they are almost certain to
Publication: Michael J. W. Hall, et al., “Quantum
Phenomena Modeled by Interactions between Many Classical Worlds,” Phys.
Rev. X 4, 041013, 23 October 2014; doi:10.1103/PhysRevX.4.041013
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