The Fine Structure Constant and Atomic Theory

The fine structure constant is a dimensionless combination of Coulomb’s constant (k), electric charge (e), Planck's constant (h), and the speed of light (c) in the formula ke2/hc. For any context of units, this constant usually has the same value, approximately 1/137. The maximum quantity of possible paired electron configurations or orbitals in an atom's … Continue reading The Fine Structure Constant and Atomic Theory

Relativity Theory and the Quantum/Classical Divide: Time Dilation and Contraction in Matter

Philosophy and science have long pondered the nature of time. It has traditionally been viewed as a constant though arbitrary yardstick in relation to which material change is measured, but do the basic equations of physics that employ it support this assumption? Let’s consider: 1. The units of Planck’s constant are joule seconds or (meters^squared) … Continue reading Relativity Theory and the Quantum/Classical Divide: Time Dilation and Contraction in Matter

Brainstormed Sketches of An Integrated Wave Function for Quantum Physics

Sketch 1: Pilot wave theory envisions matter as consisting in particles whose paths of motion are guided by supradimensional waves. Collapse models describe particles as resulting from mechanisms of condensation within a global wave. Can we combine the idea of supradimensional waves with that of particularization as a concentrated wave to derive an image of … Continue reading Brainstormed Sketches of An Integrated Wave Function for Quantum Physics