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The views of Nobel Laureate Louis deBroglie

Tribute paid to de Broglie by C W Oseen, Chairman of the Nobel Committee for Physics of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences:

When quite young you threw yourself into the controversy raging round the most profound problem in physics. You had the boldness to assert, without the support of any known fact, that matter had not only a corpuscular nature, but also a wave nature. Experiment came later and established the correctness of your view. You have covered in fresh glory a name already crowned for centuries with honour.

The theoretical work that is to follow in this presentation is largely based upon Louis deBroglie’s formulation for the matter wave that he conceived. The equation for the matter wave is: λ = h/(mv). Wavelength is expressed by the symbol lambda λ, h is Planck’s Constant, m is mass and v is velocity. This expression always has a velocity associated with a mass. And thus massive objects are always in motion. This puts deBroglie in stark contrast to Zeno who gave a good argument that objects could not move.

The deBroglie formula was the first wave equation developed for matter and as with all equations its meaning is an interpretation. As interpreted by deBroglie (and current physicists) the equation covers both particles and ordinary matter like golf balls. The thought was that for particles the wavelength was “practical” and showed that particles acted as waves. For golf balls the wavelength was “very short” (impractical) showing that golf balls had wavelike behavior but it was impossible to see.

The Digital Wave Theory (DWT) interpretation of the deBroglie equation treats it as completely valid for particles, but not for golf balls. It will be shown that the deBroglie equation is the equation for quantum phenomena only. Quantum phenomena ends at a maximum mass that is the Planck Mass of 21.77 micrograms (See Section 31).

For masses greater that the Planck Mass all objects are distributed configurations of less massive quantum mechanical particles. The concept of a single wavelength for an object above the Planck Mass is not valid (See Section 29). The key point of the deBroglie equation is that QM particles are waves and therefore must always be in motion.