mark noble wrote:
I know it's only theory down there, but, is it so hard to determine (maybe with the use of math) whether or not any, or all variables at the quantum, or even sub-quantum, level - are, indeed, exceeding the speed of light?
Why I ask - When I consider the electron, and the possibility that it is potentially one event at all possible locations, I get the impression that, if so - Light speed would be very slow and ordinary in comparison to.
Any ideas or equations that prove for or against will be appreciated!
Thank you guys/gals!
I actually have a theory as to how the electron can be in all possible locations at the same time. I am still ironing out the concept, so bear with me, but if you have questions I'll definitely entertain them.
The electron shouldn't be thought of as a particle, or even as a wave function. Abandon both of those ideas for a minute. Instead, think of the electron as an expanding bubble of energy that expands and then almost immediately collapses. The reason it collapses is because it's expansion rate grows beyond the force which drives it's expansion, the negative charge, weak force. So it expands at the speed of light, once it reaches it's threshold it collapses, this is actually why the position of the electron is difficult to determine. It does not completely disappear because the "seed" force is still present. Also don't think of it as bursting, but instead think of it more like "breathing" expand and contraction at the speed of light.
So what is it's position then? The electron "bubble" if you will, surrounds the nucleolus of the atom and every electron as well. So if an atom has five electrons all of them completely surround the nucleolus on all sides.
So why don't the electrons interact or interfere with each other then?
They do. In fact for each additional electron the rate of expansion is actually a higher threshold meaning the energy for it's expansion and collapse is higher.
So how can electrons be stripped from atoms and maintain this expansion bubble theory?
The electron will still expand and contract even if it not captured by any atoms, however; it's expansion and contraction rate is lower.
Why is it even necessary to think of it as a bubble. Well the "edge" of the bubble is where the charge is focused. This causes an equal weak force on all sides of the electron.
So why doesn't the electron "bubble" just settle at some kind of stable expansion point? Why not find an equilibrium?
The weak force is what starts the process of expansion and what happens is cascading effect of this energy causes the expansion to continue but once the threshold is reached the weak force is not strong enough to over come the collapse to maintain the "bubble" so it condenses completely (possibly even blinks out of existence as well).
I know I haven't fully explained it but you get the very basic idea. If you have any questions, I'll explain them. If you have any math questions I'll entertain them as well but I know not everyone will care about the math which is why I left it out.