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The purpose of this Web site is to provide a forum for posting papers on the subjects of emission theories of light and the (physically) realistic interpretation of quantum physics.

Comments? Complaints? Concerns? Questions? Submissions? Email Robert French and David McGraw!

The purpose of this Web site is to provide a forum for posting papers on the subjects of emission theories of light and the (physically) realistic interpretation of quantum physics.

Comments? Complaints? Concerns? Questions? Submissions? Email Robert French and David McGraw!

"Quantum Physics and Classical Realism" by David McGraw

Abstract: First of all, the correct analysis of classical realism is set forth. It is then shown how this eliminates the obvious problems derived from the thesis that various facts and features exist only when measured. This concern includes the claim that classical realism stands or falls with classical physics. Next, the concern that there is no actual reality of the quantum world prior to measurement is answered.

"Wave Particle Unity and a Physically Realist Interpretation of Light" by Robert French

Abstract: This paper sketches a program towards giving a physically realist model of the photon in term of properties of the electromagnetic field. It is both shown how to rework traditional wave and particles concepts so as to have a unified concept and how parallel electromagnetic fields can be associated with each charged particle. An account of both light propagation and of interactions with matter is sketched. A suggestion is made as to how the account may be able to explain EPR correlations in the case of polarization entanglement. A possible empirical test is also discussed.

"Introduction to the Extinction Shift Principle" A Pure Classical Replacement for Relativity" by Edward Henry Dowdye, Jr.

Abstract: The Extinction Shift Principle, the most recent emission theory, leads to direct solution to both gravitation and electromagnetism. The formulas of both General and Special Relativity are derivable from a pure classical treatment applying solely Galilean transformations of velocities in Euclidean Space Geometry. A single set of principal axioms applies Galilean transformations to both gravitation and electromagnetism on the basis of an extinction of the primary photon and the replacement thereof with a secondary photon, and analogically, with the exchange of primary and secondary gravitons between particles of mass.

"Are Complex Numbers Essential to Quantum Mechanics" by Robert French

Abstract: In this short note I raise the issue of whether the use of complex numbers in quantum theory is truly inherent, as is sometimes claimed, or instead is a mere mathematical convenience. I urge that if a realist interpretation is to be made of quantum theory then complex numbers are to be avoided., and some moves for doing so are briefly sketched.

"Towards a Neo-Bohrist Realist Model of the Atom" by Robert French

Abstract: In this paper I describe and defend a variant on the Bohr model of the atom. While the model differs from the original Bohr model in postulating spread-out electrons over orbitals, like Bohr, it both gives a realist interpretation of electron orbitals and accounts for absorption and emission spectra in terms of both superpositions of and shifts between these orbitals when suitably construed. The energy levels for the hydrogen spectrum as given by the Balmer formula are derived in terms of the model. An addendum is given suggesting some possible moves for accommodating electron spin in terms of the model.

"On the Philosophic Import of Quantum Nonlocality" by David McGraw

Abstract: The presence of simultaneous action at a distance ("failure of locality") among quantum events is sometimes taken as disproving classical realism. This proposal is challenged, and classical realism is defended. In order to do so, one must set aside ordinary ideas of material bodies as existing in space and time, yet without discarding the basis of ordinary experience on which classical realism rests. This delicate balancing is attempted, and a speculation is set forth upholding a more traditional view of the material world.

Abstract: First of all, the correct analysis of classical realism is set forth. It is then shown how this eliminates the obvious problems derived from the thesis that various facts and features exist only when measured. This concern includes the claim that classical realism stands or falls with classical physics. Next, the concern that there is no actual reality of the quantum world prior to measurement is answered.

"Wave Particle Unity and a Physically Realist Interpretation of Light" by Robert French

Abstract: This paper sketches a program towards giving a physically realist model of the photon in term of properties of the electromagnetic field. It is both shown how to rework traditional wave and particles concepts so as to have a unified concept and how parallel electromagnetic fields can be associated with each charged particle. An account of both light propagation and of interactions with matter is sketched. A suggestion is made as to how the account may be able to explain EPR correlations in the case of polarization entanglement. A possible empirical test is also discussed.

"Introduction to the Extinction Shift Principle" A Pure Classical Replacement for Relativity" by Edward Henry Dowdye, Jr.

Abstract: The Extinction Shift Principle, the most recent emission theory, leads to direct solution to both gravitation and electromagnetism. The formulas of both General and Special Relativity are derivable from a pure classical treatment applying solely Galilean transformations of velocities in Euclidean Space Geometry. A single set of principal axioms applies Galilean transformations to both gravitation and electromagnetism on the basis of an extinction of the primary photon and the replacement thereof with a secondary photon, and analogically, with the exchange of primary and secondary gravitons between particles of mass.

"Are Complex Numbers Essential to Quantum Mechanics" by Robert French

Abstract: In this short note I raise the issue of whether the use of complex numbers in quantum theory is truly inherent, as is sometimes claimed, or instead is a mere mathematical convenience. I urge that if a realist interpretation is to be made of quantum theory then complex numbers are to be avoided., and some moves for doing so are briefly sketched.

"Towards a Neo-Bohrist Realist Model of the Atom" by Robert French

Abstract: In this paper I describe and defend a variant on the Bohr model of the atom. While the model differs from the original Bohr model in postulating spread-out electrons over orbitals, like Bohr, it both gives a realist interpretation of electron orbitals and accounts for absorption and emission spectra in terms of both superpositions of and shifts between these orbitals when suitably construed. The energy levels for the hydrogen spectrum as given by the Balmer formula are derived in terms of the model. An addendum is given suggesting some possible moves for accommodating electron spin in terms of the model.

"On the Philosophic Import of Quantum Nonlocality" by David McGraw

Abstract: The presence of simultaneous action at a distance ("failure of locality") among quantum events is sometimes taken as disproving classical realism. This proposal is challenged, and classical realism is defended. In order to do so, one must set aside ordinary ideas of material bodies as existing in space and time, yet without discarding the basis of ordinary experience on which classical realism rests. This delicate balancing is attempted, and a speculation is set forth upholding a more traditional view of the material world.