Quantum mechanics has been the backbone of modern physics and other theories have been pushed over the horizon. However a new explanation could remove the philosophical vagaries which are inherent in most common assumption.
The quantum mechanics theory is based on the assumption that matter has dual nature and small bits of matter behave as particles, sometimes as waves. However this theory is now being questioned and the assumption which has lasted for the past century could be wrong or erroneous.
It is known as the Copenhagen interpretation which postulates that any particle is actually a wave which is smeared out in the space and which will collapse down to an actual location when it is observed and exist as a discrete particle.
However the early days of quantum theories a number of possibilities were experimented and one among them was Louis de Broglie who put forth an alternative theory, ‘the pilot wave theory’. The essence of pilot wave theory is that quantum matter exists as a particle but is carried along by some sort of waves which influence them so they exhibit wave like behavior.
Recent work by French physicists, MIT mathematics professor John Bush believes that quantum physics circles must give another look at the Pilot Wave Theory.
The French experiment involved researchers from the University of Paris Diderot who created a basin of fluid which is kept vibrating just below a point where the waves start to form on its surface. A single drop of identical fluid was dropped causing the waves to spread outwards from where it is hit.
The droplet was carried across the basin, moving on the very same waves it created.
Bush says, “This system is undoubtedly quantitatively different from quantum mechanics. It’s also qualitatively different: there are some features of quantum mechanics that we can’t capture, some features of this system that we know aren’t present in quantum mechanics. But are they philosophically distinct? The key question is whether a real quantum dynamics, of the general form suggested by de Broglie and the walking drops, might underlie quantum statistics. While undoubtedly complex, it would replace the philosophical vagaries of quantum mechanics with a concrete dynamical theory.”
In sharp contrast, the Copenhagen interpretation ignores the quantum matter’s trajectory by just negating the fact that it exists as a particle until or during observation.
The latest work increases the possibility of understanding earlier unfathomable quantum phenomena, concerning ‘wave-particle duality,’ in purely classical terms