Timeless Approach to Quantum Jumps
Ignazio Licata 1;2 & Leonardo Chiatti 3
1 ISEM Institute for Scientific Methodology, Palermo, Italy. E-mail: [email protected]
2 School of Advanced International Studies on Applied Theoretical and Nonlinear Methodologies in Physics, Bari, Italy
3 AUSL VT Medical Physics Laboratory, Via Enrico Fermi 15, Viterbo, Italy. E-mail: [email protected]
Editors: Eliahu Cohen & John Ashmead
Article history: Submitted on November 7, 2014; Accepted on August 16, 2015; Published on October 11, 2015 in Quanta, October 2015 j Volume 4 , Issue 1 ,Pages 10-26. Quanta DOI: 10.12743/quanta.v4i1.31
According to the usual quantum description, the time evolution of the quantum state is continuous and deterministic except when a discontinuous and indeterministic collapse of state vector occurs. The collapse has been a central topic since the origin of the theory, although there are remarkable theoretical proposals to understand its nature, such as the Ghirardi Rimini Weber. Another possibility could be the assimilation of collapse with the now experimentally well established phenomenon of quantum jump, postulated by Bohr already in 1913.The challenge of nonlocality offers an opportunity to reconsider the quantum jump as a fundamental element of the logic of the physical world, rather than a subsidiary accident. We propose here a simple preliminary model that considers quantum jumps as processes of entry to and exit from the usual temporal domain to a timeless vacuum, without contradicting the quantum relativistic formalism, and we present some potential connections with particle physics.