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Applied Mathematics and Mechanics

, Volume 38, Issue 1, pp 39–56 | Cite as

Quantum enigma hidden in continuum mechanics

  • Heng XiaoEmail author
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Abstract

It is reported that there exist deformable media which display quantum effects just as quantum entities do. As such, each quantum entity usually treated as a point particle may be represented by a deformable medium, the dynamic behavior of which is prescribed by four dynamic state variables, including mass density, velocity, internal pressure, and intrinsic angular momentum. In conjunction with the finding of the characteristic equation characterizing the physical nature of such media, it is found that a complex field quantity may be introduced to uncover a perhaps unexpected correlation, i.e., the governing dynamic equations for such media may be exactly reduced to the Schrödinger equation, from which the closed-form solutions for all the four dynamic state variables can be obtained. It turns out that this complex field quantity is just the wavefunction in the Schrödinger equation. Moreover, the dynamic effects peculiar to spin are derivable as direct consequences. It appears that these results provide a missing link in quantum theory, in the sense of disclosing the physical origin and nature of both the wavefunction and the wave equation. Now, the inherent indeterminacy in quantum theory may be rendered irrelevant. The consequences are explained for certain long-standing fundamental issues.

Keywords

quantum entity deformable medium nonlinear dynamic equation new interpretation Schrödinger equation 

Chinese Library Classification

O33 O413 

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification

74A99 81P05 81S99 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Shanghai Institute of Applied Mathematics and MechanicsShanghai UniversityShanghaiChina

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