The Quantum as an Emergent System
Abstract
Double slit interference is explained with the aid of what we call "21st century classical physics". We model a particle as an oscillator ("bouncer") in a thermal context, which is given by some assumed "zeropoint" field of the vacuum. In this way, the quantum is understood as an emergent system, i.e., a steadystate system maintained by a constant throughput of (vacuum) energy. To account for the particle's thermal environment, we introduce a "path excitation field", which derives from the thermodynamics of the zeropoint vacuum and which represents all possible paths a particle can take via thermal path fluctuations. The intensity distribution on a screen behind a double slit is calculated, as well as the corresponding trajectories and the probability density current. Further, particular features of the relative phase are shown to be responsible for nonlocal effects not only in ordinary quantum theory, but also in our classical approach.
 Publication:

Journal of Physics Conference Series
 Pub Date:
 May 2012
 DOI:
 10.1088/17426596/361/1/012008
 arXiv:
 arXiv:1205.3393
 Bibcode:
 2012JPhCS.361a2008G
 Keywords:

 Quantum Physics
 EPrint:
 24 pages, 2 figures, based on a talk given at "Emergent Quantum Mechanics (Heinz von Foerster Conference 2011)", http://www.univie.ac.at/hvf11/congress/EmerQuM.html