QR5.3.1 A Quantum Standing Wave Restarts

Light as a quantum wave spreading on a quantum network explains its behavior better than photon particles, as it lets a two-slit experiment photon go through both slits as a wave and still restart at a screen point. So Feynman’s integral over histories method works because it calculates what light actually does. Light can act like a wave then look like a particle because a processing wave can restart at the point overload where it “hits” the screen. Light then moves “forward” for two reasons. First, quantum processing always spreads on the quantum network. Second, the front of a photon wave runs its cycle before the back, so its backward spread largely cancels while the forward spread does not, so the end result is a forward moving wave, just as Huygens said.

In contrast, matter as standing wave with no “front” or “back” doesn’t naturally move in any direction. It is inherently stationary but as its nature is still quantum, its quantum processing still spreads on the quantum network, just as light does. A quantum standing wave doesn’t move but it still has a distribution on the quantum network. If a photon is like a moving boat whose quantum engine spreads ripples in all directions, matter is like a stationary boat whose quantum engine still spreads waves in all directions. And while a photon only restarts when it hits the screen, matter restarts every cycle.

Quantum theory implies that a quantum matter entity doesn’t just sit passively at a fixed point but rather “trembles” about, based on its quantum distribution. This zitterbewegung reflects the “fuzziness” of quantum matter existence. It was deduced by Schrödinger from the Dirac equation for electrons but the logic applies to all matter. Light and matter then act alike in that while a physical measurement locates a point particle, at the quantum level they “exist” throughout their quantum distribution. But while a photon only restarts when it arrives at a screen, quantum matter restarts every cycle and where it does so depends on its quantum field strength, just as for light. One can imagine a screen dot that isn’t redrawn at the same point each cycle but sometimes redrawn nearby depending on a probability distribution.

That matter randomly trembles at the quantum level based on its quantum distribution is implied by quantum theory. If the distribution is symmetric, this quivering on average has no effect on the macroscopic level. But if it is asymmetric for any reason, the entity will restart one way more than another. Since quantum events occur at a fantastic rate, the changes add up to cause movement in our time. If the quantum distribution is symmetric, the trembles cancel but if not, any probability bias adds up to give visible movement.

Quantum trembling explains why matter doesn’t “move” as light does, by node-to-node transfer. It moves by restarting at a new point which is in essence a teleport. This type of movement is illustrated by quantum tunneling, when an electron within an impenetrable Gaussian field suddenly appears outside it, like a marble suddenly popping out of a sealed bottle. It didn’t travel a path out as light might, as it can’t exist in the intervening field. It just teleported. Matter can “tunnel” to any point in its quantum distribution by restarting there. Quantum realism concludes that all matter moves this way.

Quantum matter trembles because it isn’t inert but made of light that is still active. That light moves by path transmission but matter moves by direct teleport suggests answers to the mysteries of special relativity.