The Madelung Picture as a Foundation of Geometric Quantum Theory
Abstract
Despite its age, quantum theory still suffers from serious conceptual difficulties. To create clarity, mathematical physicists have been attempting to formulate quantum theory geometrically and to find a rigorous method of quantization, but this has not resolved the problem. In this article we argue that a quantum theory recoursing to quantization algorithms is necessarily incomplete. To provide an alternative approach, we argue that the Schroedinger equation is a consequence of three partial differential equations governing the time evolution of a given probability density. These equations, discovered by E. Madelung, naturally ground the Schroedinger theory in Newtonian mechanics and Kolmogorovian probability theory. A variety of farreaching consequences for the projection postulate, the correspondence principle, the measurement problem, the uncertainty principle, and the modelling of particle creation and annihilation are immediate. We also give a speculative interpretation of the equations following Bohm, Vigier and Tsekov, by claiming that quantum mechanical behavior is possibly caused by gravitational background noise.
 Publication:

arXiv eprints
 Pub Date:
 September 2015
 DOI:
 10.48550/arXiv.1509.00467
 arXiv:
 arXiv:1509.00467
 Bibcode:
 2015arXiv150900467R
 Keywords:

 Quantum Physics;
 Mathematical Physics;
 81P05 (Primary);
 81S10 (Secondary)
 EPrint:
 55 pages, 1 figure