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Quantum Physics without a Quantization Postulate

Dr Bill Wignall

CAOUS, Swinburne University of Technology

3.30pm, Friday 3 May 2002, Seminar Room (AR103), Graduate Research Centre, Swinburne

If the inertial mass of a particle is defined absolutely and physically as its rest-frame de Broglie frequency, then Planck's constant disappears from all the equations and measurable predictions of quantum mechanics, suggesting that quantum phenomena can be explained without making a quantization postulate. This can be achieved, at least for one-particle quantum mechanics and quantum electrodynamics, if elementary particles are regarded not as pointlike objects but rather as wave packets whose form and size vary dynamically as a result of dispersion, interaction and detection.

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