ASEI

2006-Jan-11, 03:19 AM

Quantum physicists and people who can actually do the math:

I have a question about quantum scale objects. I've been trying to come up with a workable conceptual model for some time now. Apparently, observation does not allow me to visualize quantum objects as having, even in theory, certain properties which are well defined in the macroscopic world (position and momentum to name two). Apparently the macroscopic properties somehow average out of the quantum ones. So the particle model that underlies most of classical physics (object as point entity) is out.

The wave model appears to be more apt, but waves are usually considered to be continuous, and these quantum objects are discreet.

So, how close is this conceptual model to what really happens?:

Quantum objects, due to inherent uncertainty, not just uncertainty in initial conditions, don't travel along any single definite path and therefore they spread out in a wave-like manner. When they intersect with another object, there is a probability that they will interact at some point in their mutual fields. When they do, an event is generated, the original particle is gone, and the possibility that it can interact along any other part of it's wave is also gone. Hence the wave collapses. New particles propogate from the event?

I have a question about quantum scale objects. I've been trying to come up with a workable conceptual model for some time now. Apparently, observation does not allow me to visualize quantum objects as having, even in theory, certain properties which are well defined in the macroscopic world (position and momentum to name two). Apparently the macroscopic properties somehow average out of the quantum ones. So the particle model that underlies most of classical physics (object as point entity) is out.

The wave model appears to be more apt, but waves are usually considered to be continuous, and these quantum objects are discreet.

So, how close is this conceptual model to what really happens?:

Quantum objects, due to inherent uncertainty, not just uncertainty in initial conditions, don't travel along any single definite path and therefore they spread out in a wave-like manner. When they intersect with another object, there is a probability that they will interact at some point in their mutual fields. When they do, an event is generated, the original particle is gone, and the possibility that it can interact along any other part of it's wave is also gone. Hence the wave collapses. New particles propogate from the event?