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What might the matter wave be telling us of the nature of matter?

Shanahan, Daniel (2019) What might the matter wave be telling us of the nature of matter? [Preprint]

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Various attempts at a thoroughly wave-theoretic explanation of matter have taken as their fundamental ingredient the de Broglie or matter wave. But that wave is superluminal, whereas it is implicit in the Lorentz transformation that influences propagate ultimately at the velocity c of light. It is shown that if the de Broglie wave is understood, not as a wave in its own right, but as the relativistically induced modulation of an underlying standing wave comprising counter-propagating ináuences of velocity c, the energy, momentum, mass and inertia of a massive particle can be explained from the manner in which the modulated wave structure must adapt to a change of inertial frame. With those properties of the particle explained entirely from wave structure, nothing remains to be apportioned to anything discrete or ìsolidîwithin the wave. Consideration may thus be given to the possibility of wave-theoretic explanations of particle trajectories, and to a deeper understanding of the Klein-Gordon, Schrˆdinger and Dirac equations, all of which were conceived as equations for the de Broglie wave.


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Shanahan, Danieldanjune@bigpond.net.au
Keywords: De Broglie wave, � Planck-Einstein relation, wave-particle duality, � pilot wave theory, Dirac bispinor, Lorentz transformation
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Depositing User: Mr Daniel Shanahan
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2019 03:06
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2019 03:06
Item ID: 16351
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Date: 21 August 2019
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16351

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