Identifier 140601
TitleExperimental Refutation of a Class of Models of the Elementary Process Theory as Underlying Standard Quantum Mechanics
Type of publicationpreprint
Author(s)M.J.T.F. Cabbolet
Keywordsfoundations of physics, spin, hidden variable theories
Publication date2014-06-01
AbstractIn the context of the research program aimed at proving that the Elementary Process Theory (EPT) satisfies the correspondence principle, we have investigated the possibility that Standard Quantum Mechanics (SQM) emerges from a model of the EPT, in which the vectorial property 'spin' is a secondary property in Lockean sense and states of being of rest-mass-having entities like electrons, protons, and neutrons carry a constant scalar property P with value +1 or -1, such that measurements of the spin component in any direction yield the value P/2. The result is negative, since Barkan \emph{et al}. (Rev. Sci. Instrum. 39(1), 101-104, 1968) have reported that a polarized neutron beam again splits up in a Stern-Gerlach apparatus after depolarization: this cannot possibly be explained by the above assumption of a constant scalar property. The conclusion is therefore that it is not possible that SQM emerges from any such model of the EPT, in which it is assumed (in addition to the axioms of the EPT) that the fundamental rest-mass-having components carry a constant scalar property but no vectorial property spin. This result can be generalized to all deterministic hidden-variable theories that include this assumption.
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