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Title: Quantum mechanics in space-time: The Feynman path amplitude description of physical optics, de Broglie matter waves and quark and neutrino flavour oscillations

Abstract

Feynman's laws of quantum dynamics are concisely stated, discussed in comparison with other formulations of quantum mechanics and applied to selected problems in the physical optics of photons and massive particles as well as flavour oscillations. The classical wave theory of light is derived from these laws for the case in which temporal variation of path amplitudes may be neglected, whereas specific experiments, sensitive to the temporal properties of path amplitudes, are suggested. The reflection coefficient of light from the surface of a transparent medium is found to be markedly different to that predicted by the classical Fresnel formula. Except for neutrino oscillations, good agreement is otherwise found with previous calculations of spatially dependent quantum interference effects.

Authors:
 [1]
  1. Departement de Physique Nucleaire et Corpusculaire, Universite de Geneve, 24, quai Ernest-Ansermet, CH-1211 Geneva 4 (Switzerland). E-mail: john.field@cern.ch
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
20766995
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Annals of Physics (New York); Journal Volume: 321; Journal Issue: 3; Other Information: DOI: 10.1016/j.aop.2005.09.002; PII: S0003-4916(05)00154-5; Copyright (c) 2005 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; FLAVOR MODEL; INTERFERENCE; NEUTRINO OSCILLATION; NEUTRINOS; PHOTONS; QUANTUM MECHANICS; QUARKS; REFLECTION; SPACE-TIME; SURFACES

Citation Formats

Field, J.H.. Quantum mechanics in space-time: The Feynman path amplitude description of physical optics, de Broglie matter waves and quark and neutrino flavour oscillations. United States: N. p., 2006. Web. doi:10.1016/j.aop.2005.09.002.
Field, J.H.. Quantum mechanics in space-time: The Feynman path amplitude description of physical optics, de Broglie matter waves and quark and neutrino flavour oscillations. United States. doi:10.1016/j.aop.2005.09.002.
Field, J.H.. Wed . "Quantum mechanics in space-time: The Feynman path amplitude description of physical optics, de Broglie matter waves and quark and neutrino flavour oscillations". United States. doi:10.1016/j.aop.2005.09.002.
@article{osti_20766995,
title = {Quantum mechanics in space-time: The Feynman path amplitude description of physical optics, de Broglie matter waves and quark and neutrino flavour oscillations},
author = {Field, J.H.},
abstractNote = {Feynman's laws of quantum dynamics are concisely stated, discussed in comparison with other formulations of quantum mechanics and applied to selected problems in the physical optics of photons and massive particles as well as flavour oscillations. The classical wave theory of light is derived from these laws for the case in which temporal variation of path amplitudes may be neglected, whereas specific experiments, sensitive to the temporal properties of path amplitudes, are suggested. The reflection coefficient of light from the surface of a transparent medium is found to be markedly different to that predicted by the classical Fresnel formula. Except for neutrino oscillations, good agreement is otherwise found with previous calculations of spatially dependent quantum interference effects.},
doi = {10.1016/j.aop.2005.09.002},
journal = {Annals of Physics (New York)},
number = 3,
volume = 321,
place = {United States},
year = {Wed Mar 15 00:00:00 EST 2006},
month = {Wed Mar 15 00:00:00 EST 2006}
}