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De Broglie–Bohm Pilot‐Wave Theory: Many Worlds in Denial?

Antony Valentini

in Many Worlds?: Everett, Quantum Theory, and Reality

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199560561
eISBN:
9780191721380
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560561.003.0019
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Science

This chapter replies to claims that the pilot-wave theory of de Broglie and Bohm is really a many-worlds theory with a superfluous configuration appended to one of the worlds. Assuming that ... More


Myth-Historical Quantum Erasure: The Case of the Missing Pilot Wave1

José G. Perillán

in Science Between Myth and History: The Quest for Common Ground and Its Importance for Scientific Practice

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
July 2021
ISBN:
9780198864967
eISBN:
9780191897399
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198864967.003.0003
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

An unhappy complaint by celebrated Irish physicist John Stuart Bell, who challenged an unchecked quantum orthodoxy, opens Chapter 2. At first his quote seems little more than a disgruntled student ... More


Historical Development

P.J.E. Peebles

in Quantum Mechanics

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780691209821
eISBN:
9780691206738
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691209821.003.0001
Subject:
Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology

This chapter presents the origins of quantum mechanics. The story of how people hit on the highly non-intuitive world picture of quantum mechanics, in which the physical state of a system is ... More


De Broglie’s Derivation of λ‎ = h/p: Wave–Particle Duality

Jim Baggott

in The Quantum Cookbook: Mathematical Recipes for the Foundations for Quantum Mechanics

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780198827856
eISBN:
9780191866579
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198827856.003.0005
Subject:
Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

Whatever was going to replace classical physics in the description of radiation and atomic phenomena had to confront the difficult task of somehow reconciling the wave-like and particle-like aspects ... More


De Broglie Waves: Are Electrons Waves or Particles?

M. Suhail Zubairy

in Quantum Mechanics for Beginners: With Applications to Quantum Communication and Quantum Computing

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
June 2020
ISBN:
9780198854227
eISBN:
9780191888649
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198854227.003.0007
Subject:
Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

In 1924, de Broglie postulated that particles can behave like waves, thus complementing the observation by Einstein in 1905 that light can behave like particles. This wave–particle duality aspect for ... More


Heirs of the Martyrs

Ian Wood

in The Modern Origins of the Early Middle Ages

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199650484
eISBN:
9780191747861
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199650484.003.0008
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

Alongside these social and political readings of the period from the fourth to the seventh century there was also a religious one. The religious reaction to the Ancien Régime and the French ... More


1913: The First Steps

André Authier

in Early Days of X-ray Crystallography

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199659845
eISBN:
9780191748219
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659845.003.0007
Subject:
Physics, Crystallography: Physics

This chapter relates the first steps of X-ray crystallography in 1913. It starts with a brief account of the flock of experiments in England and Germany, prompted by Bragg’s experiment with mica. It ... More


Introduction to Quantum Theory

Wai-Kee Li, Gong-Du Zhou, and Thomas Chung Wai Mak

in Advanced Structural Inorganic Chemistry

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780199216949
eISBN:
9780191711992
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216949.003.0001
Subject:
Physics, Crystallography: Physics

This chapter covers the rudiments of quantum theory, including the dual nature of light and matter, the Uncertainty Principle and probability concept, the electronic wavefunction, and the probability ... More


Theory – the bare essentials

Erich H. Kisi and Christopher J. Howard

in Applications of Neutron Powder Diffraction

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780198515944
eISBN:
9780191705663
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198515944.003.0002
Subject:
Physics, Condensed Matter Physics / Materials

This chapter presents the properties of thermal neutrons. Their wavelength (from the de Broglie equation) is well suited to the investigation of condensed matter, i.e., to the study of liquids, ... More


Can the World be Only Wavefunction?

Tim Maudlin

in Many Worlds?: Everett, Quantum Theory, and Reality

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199560561
eISBN:
9780191721380
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560561.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Science

A common understanding of both the many-worlds theory and the original version of the GRW theory holds that they are ontologically monistic, postulating only the existence of the wavefunction and ... More


The 1970s: Interest Increases

Andrew Whitaker

in John Stewart Bell and Twentieth-Century Physics: Vision and Integrity

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780198742999
eISBN:
9780191802959
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198742999.003.0004
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

Experiments on Bell’s theorem, or Bell’s inequality, were carried out by John Clauser and Stuart Freeman, whose results agreed with quantum theory, and by Richard Holt and Frank Pipkin, whose results ... More


The Rosetta Stone and Quantum Waves

Nicholas Mee

in The Cosmic Mystery Tour

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780198831860
eISBN:
9780191869785
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198831860.003.0002
Subject:
Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology, History of Physics

It was discovered in the early decades of the twentieth century that light and matter exhibit both wave-like and particle-like behaviour and this led to the development of quantum theory. Thomas ... More


Introduction

Helmut Rauch and Samuel A. Werner

in Neutron Interferometry 2nd Edn: Lessons in Experimental Quantum Mechanics, Wave-Particle Duality, and Entanglement

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780198712510
eISBN:
9780191780813
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712510.003.0001
Subject:
Physics, Atomic, Laser, and Optical Physics

Electromagnetic optical phenomena are generally understood via Maxwell’s equations for the electric and magnetic vector fields. Neutron optical phenomena are based upon de Broglie matter waves and ... More


Time and quanta

George Jaroszkiewicz

in Images of Time: Mind, Science, Reality

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780198718062
eISBN:
9780191787553
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718062.003.0024
Subject:
Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology

This chapter reviews the role of time as a parameter in quantum mechanics, rather than a dynamical variable. To emphasize this role, the chapter discusses the relationship between the Schrödinger ... More


ELECTRON OPTICS

JOHN C. H. SPENCE

in High-Resolution Electron Microscopy

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199552757
eISBN:
9780191708664
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199552757.003.0002
Subject:
Physics, Atomic, Laser, and Optical Physics

This chapter discusses the electron wavelength, relativistic effects, ray diagram for a typical electron microscope, simple electron optics theory and approximations for ideal lenses. The constant ... More


Fundamentals of Thermoelectricity

Kamran Behnia

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199697663
eISBN:
9780191793462
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199697663.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, Condensed Matter Physics / Materials

Thermoelectricity refers to the unavoidable entanglement between electrical and thermal flows in any solid hosting mobile electrons. This book is an account of thermoelectric phenomena in metals, ... More


Imaging Wavefunctions

C. Julian Chen

in Introduction to Scanning Tunneling Microscopy

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
April 2021
ISBN:
9780198856559
eISBN:
9780191889905
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198856559.003.0008
Subject:
Physics, Condensed Matter Physics / Materials

The concept of wavefunction was introduced in the first 1926 paper by Erwin Schrödinger as the central object of the atomic world and the cornerstone of quantum mechanics. It is a mathematical ... More


Structure of the Atom

Christopher O. Oriakhi

in Chemistry in Quantitative Language: Fundamentals of General Chemistry Calculations

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780195367997
eISBN:
9780197562635
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195367997.003.0014
Subject:
Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry

The arrangement of electrons around the nucleus of an atom is known as its electronic structure. Since electrons determine all the chemical and most physical properties of an atomic system, it is ... More


Case Study: Teleportation

Christopher G. Timpson

in Quantum Information Theory and the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199296460
eISBN:
9780191741791
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199296460.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

The value of recognising the status of ‘information’ as an abstract noun is illustrated by way of application to the analysis of quantum teleportation. It is argued that when one notes that ‘the ... More


Canonical & Gauge Transformations

Peter Mann

in Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Dynamics

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
August 2018
ISBN:
9780198822370
eISBN:
9780191861253
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198822370.003.0018
Subject:
Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

In this chapter, the Hamilton–Jacobi formulation is discussed in two parts: from a generating function perspective and as a variational principle. The Poincaré–Cartan 1-form is derived and solutions ... More


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