Lorentz Jr Posted November 29, 2022 Share Posted November 29, 2022 (edited) Why are all the theories of quantum mechanics formulated in terms of particles? I don't see any conclusive evidence for their existence. They seem like an artifact of classical thinking. Tiny little "objects" that no one can see. Even quantum field theory is based on a similar idea, that fields are inherently quantized, that quanta are "entities" of some kind, which requires "probability waves", with not even an attempt to explain more deeply what they might be based on. Max Planck started the quantum revolution with his theory of black-body radiation, and the whole physics community took that to mean that electromagnetic waves are quantized. But black-body radiation isn't just electromagnetic waves, it's the generation of electromagnetic waves. An interaction between the electron field (or whatever the system is made of) and the electromagnetic field. Why can't that be the source of quantization? Choosing the target field as the reason for quantization seems arbitrary when the quantization is always associated with an interaction. If matter and energy are continuous fields with quantized interactions, there's no need for mysteries like the "wave-particle duality", and maybe there would be a way to eliminate the infinities in the calculations of quantum field theory. Fields would still be effectively quantized, sort of, but only indirectly, through their interactions. The only complication I can think of is that I'm not sure how direct interactions could be quantized, since each interaction would have to involve two quantization coefficients. So there would probably have to be something like a form of energy that mediates interactions. Not a field, exactly. Something localized. What we call "particle detections" would be localized interactions with the field(s) of detectors, and what we call "virtual particles" would be failed interactions, where the energy goes back to the field it came from. A particle traveling through space would be an ordinary wave packet in its field. A particle making a track through a bubble chamber would be a wave packet that keeps getting localized repeatedly through interactions with the fluid. Is there any evidence for particles independent of their interactions? Any data that requires fields to be quantized when they're not being measured? Edited November 29, 2022 by Lorentz Jr Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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