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Non-loco Physics
Last updated:  16 Oct 2010( history.htm )

A. F. Kracklauer  #personalia

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 ``Loco'' (Spanish for `crazy'). Contemporary Physics is vexed by some really ``loco''  ideas, with nonlocality and asymmetric aging leading the list. (The title is an obvious play on the word ``nonlocal,'' which, in this writer's opinion, is the epitome of a `loco' idea.)

This webpage publicizes an independent research project, the goal of which is to purge selected 'loco' ideas from the discipline of Physics. Why? There are two reasons. One is strictly internal to the profession; it is to foster the unification of Quantum Mechanics and Relativity. It is widely recognized, that despite considerable success so far, the job is not done. Most obviously, gravity is not yet included. What's worse really: there is no accepted covariant wave equation for multiple, interacting particles; and, it turns out that, the obstacles to writing such an equation are just those features leading to nonlocality and asymmetric aging. For those interested, the background story: background.htm

A second motivation is sociological. Some see a mutual interplay between fundamental science and the development of civilization. If this notion is accepted, then physics, as a social enterprise, has some responsibility to support those things making positive contributions to civilization by being the exemplar of rationality, contrary to the current fashion of spewing forth ever new and more exotic pop-psycho-sci-fi contrivances, i.e., loco ideas.  More on this: comments.htm


There are five novel ideas presented in the following publications:

1) an intuitive foundation for de Broglie waves [11,  fpl99.pdf] and an interpretation for quantum mechanics derived therefrom [7,pe92.pdf];
2) analysis of no-interaction theorems and a means of evading their consequences [4, jmp74.pdf];
3) a debunking of non-locality and `Bell theorems' [23, aip04.pdf]; New: irreal_nl.pdf
4) analysis of and remedy for asymmetric aging (twin paradox) [21, pirt02.pdf]; and
5) a defense of semiclassical electrodynamics [27,  Qbeat.pdf ]

The other papers, along with arXiv submissions, arXiv.html, establish priorities (whatever they be), provide variety of viewpoint and examples, and reflect the conceptual development. Only one paper uses any math beyond calculus and differential equations, No. 4.; and, all are intended to be `easy-reads' without superfluous erudition; i.e., accessible (at least qualitatively) to those with a background of high school physics on up.   If it looks real tricky, either you are missing something or I need to make a fix---if so, let me know.

Most of these downloadable e-versions are 'revisions' of the actual published paper version; liberty was taken to correct any defect of presentation; e.g., misspellings, incorrect attributions, misprints and so on. In addition, "after-the-fact notes'' were made to draw attention to substantive points that seem now to have been based on error, misunderstanding or lacuna when written.  As each paper was composed so as to be self contained, to get the key idea in each case, it is necessary for the most part to read only the most current one, as indicated with [brackets above], and with: " ---> " below.

Some of these papers are copyrighted by publishers, thereby requiring the following proclamation: "This paper was published in [Proceedings, Journal, etc.] and is made available as an electronic reprint with permission of [Publisher]. One print or e-copy may be made for personal use only. Systematic or multiple reproduction, distribution to multiple locations via electronic or other means, duplication of any material in this paper for a fee or for commercial purposes, or modification of the content of the paper are prohibited." (Only lawyers could imagine that someone might make a killing on this topic.  The real problem is getting read in the first place!)

39.  The Michaelson Morley experiment in ontic and epistemic space Appeared in : Proc. PIRT -Budapest 2009. (212 kb)   PIRT_BP09.pdf

38.  EPR-B correlations: a physically tenable model Appeared in: Proc. of SPIE 7421,-29, 2009.  A proposed local model of  EPR-B correlations. (174 kb) SPIE_09.pdf

37.. Sagnac: a laboratory for Special Relativity Appear:ed in Proc. Int. Workshop on Explorations in Physics, Puebla, Mexico 2008. An exploratory study of the Sagnac experiment given that length contraction is an apparent effect (261 kb)  Puebla08.pdf

36.  Nonlocality: Myth of Mystery?Appeared in: Proc. Quantum Information-Moscow (2007). A  survey of arguments attacking Bell's Theorem and related issues. (174 kb) QI-2007.pdf

35.  On the Geometry of Observation Proc. Mathematics, Physics and Philosophy in the interpretations of Relativity.  79-85 (2007). An essay proposing that the Minkowski/Lorentz structure arises from the physical process of projection as carried out by light. (195 kb) BP_PIRT.pdf

34.  What do correlations tell us about photons?   Appeared:in Proc.  of SPIE  6664-15 (2007). Analysis of  correlated pairs of photons for insight into physical paradigms.  (74 kb)  SPIE07.pdf

33.  Geometry of Observation: Space-time Perspective  Appear in: Proc. Physical Interpretations of Relativity Theory, Moscow. 2007 A proposal that length contraction and time dilation are artifacts of observation and not ontic alterations (70 kb) Mos_PIRT.pdf

32.  Probability and Quantum Paradigms: the Interplay  In Quantum Theory, reconsideration of the foundations- IV, AIP Proc. 962 (AIP Conf. Proc., Melville, NY) p. 270,   An essay on how to rationalize the peculiarities of probability as employed in QM. (53 kb) vaxjo07.pdf

31.  On the nature of quantum erasingJ. of Modern Optics.  (To appear)  (2007). It is shown that "quantum erasing" can be understood in terms of Malus' Law without QM  (250 kb)  eraser.pdf

30.  Nonlocality, Bell's Ansatz and Probability  Optics and Spectroscopy. 103 (3) 451-450 (2007). An extended essay on the conceptual foundations of arguments attacking Bell's Theorem and related issues. (96 kb)  be_an_pb.pdf

29.  Hamilton mechanics contra asymmetric aging   Proc. IX Int. Conf: "Space, Time and Gravity"  2006.  Further arguments against asymmetric aging. and for my version of covariant Hamiltonian mechanics of interacting particles. (95 kb)  hamcontra.pdf

28.  "What's wrong with this rebuttal,"Found. Phys. Lett. 19 (6) 625-629 (2006).  (AKA: quant-ph/0604124) Points to a defect in a criticism by Mermin of Hess' and Philipp's analysis of Peres' proof of Bell's theorem.  (48Kb)  rebuttal.pdf

27. ---> ``Quantum'' beats in classical physics,, J. of Russian Laser Research  26 (6) 524-529 (2005).  Presents analysis of, and a semiclassical model for, the phenomenon of ``quantum beats, '' which is widely considered ineluctable support for the necessity of QED.  (205Kb)   Qbeat.pdf

26.  Second entanglement and (re)Born wave functions in Stochastic Electrodynamics,, in: AIP Conf. Proc. 810 343-352 (2005); Quantum Theory: Reconsideration of Foundations- 3.   A plaidoyer for an augmented version of  Stochastic Electrodynamics as a paradigm for the identity of quantum wave functions.  Discusses the fundamental nature of "entanglement" resulting from formalistic requirements.  (91Kb)   aip05.pdf

25.  Oh Photon, Photon, whither art thou gone?, in: Proceedings of SPIE, 5866 (2005).  An essay on the current situation with regard to "paradigms" for the electric interaction.  Highlights the 120 orders of magnitude conflict between QED and General Relativity.  Makes a plaidoyer for direct interaction. (72Kb)  paradigm.pdf

24. Time Contortions in Modern Physics,, To appear in: Galilean Electrodynamics.  Discusses, and reviews my proposed remedies for three of the big 'time'-discombuberations in physics: asymmetric aging, advanced interaction and QM non-locality. (125Kb) cont_ge.pdf

23. --->Bell's inequalities and EPR experiments, are they disjoint?, in: AIP Conf. Proc. Foundations of probability and Physics-3. 9 pages. Presents analysis, similar in concept to that in 9, showing that data compatible with the hypothesis of the derivation of Bell inequalities, physically can not be acquired.  Gives a rather comprehensive review of ideas in 9., 12.-14, 16-20, 22, 23.; and submits simulation routines for public scrutiny. Definitive. (90Kb) aip04.pdf

22. EPR-B correlations: non-locality or geometry?, J. Nonlinear Math. Phys. 11(Supp.) 104-109 (2004). Discusses the ideas in 20. in a style meant to be commodious to mathematicians. Pithy. (105Kb)   11s_art13.pdf

21. --->Electrodynamics: action-at-no-distance. in: Has the last word been said on classical electrodynamics---New horizons, 118-132 (2004). Combines ideas from 1. 5. 15 to present a sketch of a total paradigm for electromagnetism. Discusses the relative merits of field theory vs. action-at-no-distance. (161Kb)  field_rn.pdf

20. EPR-B correlations: quantum mechanics or just geometry?, J. Opt. B (Semiclass. & Quant.) 6 S544-S548 (2004). Reports on the first data-point by data-point (photoelectron by photoelectron, as it were) simulation of an EPR-B experiment. It shows exactly how the so-called non-local statistics arise from Malus' Law. (176Kb) job4_6_012.pdf

19. Exclusion of correlation in the theorem of Bell, in: Foundations of Probability and Physics-2, 385-398. Analysis of the then current defenses of Bell's analysis. Polemical, fun; but not much truly unique. (85Kb)  vx03.pdf

18. Is two-particle quantum entanglement just classical correlation?, in: Squeezed States and Uncertainty Relations, Proc. Conf. 2002. pp. 200-202. A brief note drawing attention to the fact that a new experiment in a classical regime is empirical evidence that quantum EPR correlations are just Malus' Law, not exotic, non-local, QM wizardry. (24Kb) ic8proc.pdf

17. One less quantum mystery, J. Opt. B (Semiclass. & Quant.)  4, S469-S472 (2002). An extension of 16. covering `Franson' type experiments considered by some a particularly tricky case. Presents a comparison of the Malus' model with some technical models in the literature for this type experiment. (112Kb) ob2441.pdf

16. Is entanglement always entangled?, J. Opt. B (Semiclass. & Quant.)  4, S121-S126 (2002). Presents a classical calculation using Malus' Law to explain all experimental results otherwise credited with demonstrating the validity of Bell's analysis of non-locality. This paper debunks `teleportation' and explains GHZ correlations simply as higher order classical E&M field correlations (i.e., Malus writ big). Ground-breaking. (112Kb)  Krackl.pdf

15. Twins: never the twain shall part, in; Proc. PIRT VIII,248-255 (2002). The most extensive paper on just the twin paradox. (69Kb)  pirt02.pdf

14. ``Complementarity'' or Schizophrenia: is Probability in Quantum Mechanics Information or Onta?, in: Foundations of Probability and Physics, 219-235 (2001). A discussion of concepts from 1., 2., 8., 11. and 12 in terms of probability theory. A good, brief wrap-up. (83Kb)  ws01.pdf

13. The Improbability of Non-locality, Phys. Essays, 15(2) 162-171 (2002). A state-of-the-argument against non-locality as of 2001. (91Kb)  pe02.pdf

12. La `theorem' de Bell, est-elle al plus grand meprise de l'histoire de la physique?, Ann. Fond. L. de Broglie 25(2) 193-207 (2000). {In English, despite the title.} A wrap-up of all arguments against non-locality known to me circa early 1999. This article prompted many e-mails bringing Jaynes' and Brody's work from the 1980's and 1970's respectively to my attention. It cites the first classical experiment deliberately focused on this issue and exhibiting EPR correlations. (99Kb)  aflb252p193.pdf

11. --->Pilot wave steerage: a mechanism and test, Found. Phys. Lett. 12(2) 441-453 (1999). An enhancement of the de Broglie wave paradigm to solve the 'peak and valley' problem. Contains some ideas on possible empirical verification.  (64Kb)fpl99.pdf

10. Objective Local Models for Would-be Nonlocal Physics, in: Instantaneous aad: Pro & Contra, 363-372 (1999). A brief survey of counterexamples to: QM nonlocality, Advanced interaction, and a Nonlocal explanation of the Aharonov-Bohm effect. (46Kb) rn99.pdf

9. Dichotomic Functions and Bell's Theorem, in: New Developments on Fundamental Problems on Quantum Mechanics, Proc. Oviedo Conference 185-188 (1997). An argument that the discontinuous nature of data considered in Bell's theorem precludes compatibility with the harmonic result computed using quantum mechanics, which is seen to be just Malus' Law. Although anticipated by Brody et al., basically an original idea. (22Kb)  oviedo.pdf

8. A Classical Model for Wave-Particle Duality, in: Waves and Particle in Light and Matter, Proc. Trani Workshop, 359-368. An alternative view of the concepts in 1., 2. & 7. Includes speculations on testable verification. (48Kb) trani.pdf

7. --->An Intuitive Paradigm for Quantum Mechanics, Phys. Essays 5 (2) 226-234 (1992). An extraction from 1. of the paradigm based on the model of the de Broglie pilot wave. (96Kb)  pe92.pdf

6. A theory of the electromagnetic two-body interaction. J. Math. Phys. 19(4) 838-841 (1978). An extraction from 1. of the action-at-a-distance (on the light cone) formulation of relativistic mechanics. This papers is the first in the literature describing an integrable version of relativistic aad mechanics. (41Kb) jmp78.pdf

5. Comment on: Classical derivation of Planck Spectrum, Phys. Rev. D 14, 654-655 (1976). A defense of Theimer's derivation of the Planck Spectrum against arguments by Theimer himself and Peterson that his original argument was faulty. Theimer's argument has the positive feature, compared with alternatives, that it is simple and its basis is open so that it is easier to see hypothetical assumptions. (21Kb) prd76.pdf

4. --->A geometric proof of no-interaction theorems, J.Math Phys. 17(5) 693-694 (1974) . Analysis, extracted from 1., of no-interaction theorems using modern differential geometry. It presents the first demonstration that a single parameter formulation of relativistic mechanics can accommodate interaction. (31Kb) jmp74.pdf

3. Comment on: Derivation of Schroedinger's Equation from Newtonian Mechanics, Phys. Rev. D 10(4) 1358-1360 (1974). An argument very similar to that in 1. showing that Nelson's stochastic process modeling quantum mechanics is covertly deterministic and therefore does not do what the title suggests. (27Kb) prd74.pdf

2. On the Imaginable Content of de Broglie Waves, Scientia, 109 ,111-120 (1974). Virtually a verbatim extraction from 1. of the model of de Broglie waves. (44Kb) sci74.pdf

1. Quantizing Action-at-a-distance Mechanics, Thesis, U. of Houston 1973; (Re-edited Dec. 05), the `mother lode' for publication topics 1 & 2. 50 book pages. Contains a unique `Rundschau' as of circa 1972 of alternative formulations of QM.   (193Kb) uh_th.pdf


The following are my translations of historic papers of particular significance for my interests for which, to my best information, there are no (or no complete) English versions.  Some of these papers introduce notions that have become ensconced in physics folklore as if they were grounded on more solid foundations than these papers reveal to actually be the case, or, sometimes, visa-versa.

1. Einstein:  "Einstein in English" , A 1250 page collection of my translations to English of 178 physics papers written by Einstein in three volumes: See :   http://stores.lulu.com/kracklau .

Errata:  E-in-E_errata.html

2. Louis de Broglie (Thesis): On the theory of Quanta, Ann. de Phys. (1925) (Re-edited Dec. 05) Although this work won him a Nobel prize, it appears that it was never completely translated into English. So, here's mine. (340Kb); Hard copy:  http://www.lulu.com/content/712243  ; e-file:   ldb_the.pdf

3. Julio Palacios Martinez: Hard copy of both in one volume:  http://www.lulu.com/content/772611
---Relativity a paradox free alternative (Relatividad, una nueva teoria)  JPM, on the basis of dimensional analysis came to the conclusion that asymmetric aging is untenable, so reformulated SR to exclude it from the start, eventually collecting his ideas up to 1960 in this book.  (743Kb) rel_pal2.pdf,
---Antirelativistic Dynamics. Rev. Ace. Cie. (Madrid) LIX 69 (1968);  published shortly before his death in 1970. A criticism of SR and a compendium of JPM's proposed fixes.  (179Kb)  pal_ant.pdf

4. Palacios: Relativity without Asymmetric Aging, Proc. PIRT VIX,  13 pages. An extraction from Palacios' book of just those parts pertaining to the `twin paradox.' (105 Kb) pal_pirt.pdf

5.  Karl Schwarzschild, Electrodynamics I, II & III (1906)Gott. Nach.. 128, 126-278 (1903)  Apparently the first study to incorporate time-of-flight delay into action-at-a-distance mechanics.  (179Kb)  EM_KS.pdf

6.  Hugo Tetrode, On Universal Interaction,  Z. Phys. 10, 317 (1922). Prophetic natural philosophy on the relativistic classical  (action-at-a-distance on the light cone) and quantum electrodynamic interaction; but, short on "red meat'' for a mathematical physicist. (53 Kb) interaction.pdf

7. A. D. Fokker:
---Relativistic point-particle mechanics,    Z.. Phys. 58, 356 (1929). A rediscovery (?) of Tetrode's direct action mechanics for systems of point particles. Noteworthy is the lack of skepticism, actual enthusiasm, for "advanced" interaction. This is the article most often cited, the following two are virtually unknown.  (63Kb) fok_var.pdf
---Reciprocity in the Mutual Interaction of Charged Particles,    Physica, IX, 33  (1929).  The mother load for the above article with some additional details.  (35Kb)  reciprocity.pdf
---A Theory of Relativistic Interaction for Two Charged Point-masses,    Physica. 145 (1932). A follow up and further development of the the above two articles.  (58Kb)  deux.pdf

8. Walter Ritz:
---Critique of Maxwell-Lorentz Electrodynamics, Collected Works (1908).   13 pages. A short version of his formulation of an emission theory for electrodynamics, with emphasis on the contrast with Maxwell field theory.  Gives good reasons to prefer direct interaction over field theories. (Note: Ritz wrote this paper using German syntax and sentence structure but French words---ugh!  Some passages in my translation need tuning.) (79Kb) TE.pdf
---Gravity,    Rivista di Scienza (1908) . An essay on the history of and prospects for a theory of gravity as of 1908, and a plaidoyer for his own proposal.  Interesting and still relevant natural philosophy.  (46Kb)  grav.pdf
---E&M: Blackbody Radiation,    Phys. Z. (1908) . A turbid essay on the the cause of the ultraviolet catastrophe, and his argument that retarded interaction is essential for a solution.  (36Kb) blackbody.pdf
---Relativity&Optics, Collected Works (1908) . A natural philosophy essay on the differences between an aether and emission theories on the basis of optical and electrodynamical effects. Argues that in an emission theory, gravity appears naturally as a residue of electric force. (33Kb) optics.pdf

9.  Werner Heisenberg:
---The Multibody Problem and Resonance in Quantum Mechanics, Z. Phys. 38,, 411 (1926). Evidently the first paper to introduce "cat states" into QM.  It is particularly significant nowadays since these states are the foundation for the "irreal" aspect of wave functions and have come to play a very important role in EPR and Bell analysis.  In this paper we see that they had a perfectly non mysterious, classical meaning in the beginning. This paper is an important reference for quant-ph/0602080 0602080_3.pdf   (79 Kb) multi.pdf
---Wave Phenomena and Quantum Mechanics, Z. Phys. 40, 501-506 (1927). A natural philosophy essay on the implications, as he sees it, of the above article; i.e., a back-handed attack on Schroedinger's continuum wave mechanics, and the inception of "Copenhagen" dogma.  (25Kb) waveqm.pdf
---The Multibody Problem and Resonance in Quantum Mechanics-II, Z. Phys. 40, 551 (1927). Follow-up and application of the principles developed in the above two papers. (119 Kb) multi2.pdf
---On the imaginable content of quantum kinematics and mechanics, Z. Phys. 43, 172 (1927).  The paper in which Heisenberg set out 'uncertainty' as a fundamental quantum feature.  This is a retranslation made to squeeze out every nuance regarding irreal wave functions and collapse at measurement.  (111 Kb)  anschau.pdf

10.  V. A. Fock, Eigentime in Classical and Quantum Mechanics, Z. f. Phys. der Soviet-union 12,  404  (1937). Analysis pertaining to introducing eigentime into QM wave equations.  Does not consider interacting particles, only a single particle bathed in an external wave. (87 Kb) eigentime.pdf

11.  W. Slebodzinski, Cartan's Principle of Dynamics, Ann.. Soc. Math. Polonae Series I Comm. Math. XIV, 1-13 (1970). A compact exposition of Cartan's Mechanics in classical notation.  Noteworthy in that it emphasizes the independence of Cartan-Hamiltonian structure on space-time structure; it is essentially an existence proof for relativistic multiparticle dynamics with interaction.  Important background for papers 6 and 16 above (60 kb)  cartan.pdf

12.  E. Schroedinger:
---The current situation in quantum mechanics,  Die Wissenschaften. 48,  807  (1935). The "Cat" paper.  This is a retranslation, as I found myself rereading sentences several times over in the other translation, and still was unsure what they meant.  The problem is that the German original is itself idiosyncratic.  It whipsaws among several styles of language, repeats, is larded with irony, sarcasm, journalistic focculi, etc.  Nevertheless, it is an excellent "catalog" of issues on the foundations of QM.  It actually 'obsoletes' much written after it.  However, nearly half of it, including virtually all of the obscure parts, is devoted to describing 'conditional probabilities.'  A reader knowing what they are (from math, where it takes 2 paragraphs) can read it with ease.    (120 kb)  cat.pdf
---On remarkable characteristics of quantized electron orbits,  Z. f.  Phys.. 42,  13-23  (1922).  Interesting early geometric considerations largely overtaken by subsequent developments.  Besides historical interest, it may contain ideas better not lost to history. (64 kb) ebahn.pdf

13.  E. Madelung , Secular oscillations within singlet/triplet states, From:  Math. Handbook for Physicists  (Dover, 1942) p. 298. A calculation not found in textbooks which may have deep significance for the interpretation of singlet/triplet irreal states. (19 kb)  secular.pdf

14.   A. Einstein, On a heuristic viewpoint of the creation and modification of light, Ann. d. Phys.  47,  133  (1905). A retranslation of the "photon paper."  It is just too important to be as difficult to get in English as it was.  (61 kb) photon.pdf

15.   V. Varicak, Relativity in three dimensional Lobachevsky space., (Zaklada Tiskare Norodnih, Zagrb, 1924). A translation of a mostly complete survey of Varicak's application of non Euclidean geometry to Relativity Theory; arguably the most complete treatment of this topic ever written.  Hard copy: http://ww.lulu.com/content/774095

The following is not an historical paper, but a contemporary piece with which I mostly agree, and wish to help promote in Anglophone circles.

Smulsky, J. J.,  Manifesto: Return to Reality,, http://www.smul1.newmail.ru/Russian1/Miscellena/Manifest.htm.   3 pages. A pithy analysis of 20-th century mystical physics dogma. (19Kb) manifest.pdf

Interesting Links:  links.htm