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Hadley, Mark J. (1996) A gravitational theory of quantum mechanics. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.

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Abstract
An explanation for quantum mechanics is given in terms of a classical theory
(general relativity) for the first time. Specifically, it is shown that certain structures
in classical general relativity can give rise to the nonclassical logic normally
associated with quantum mechanics.
An artificial classical model of quantum logic is constructed to show how
the Hilbert space structure of quantum mechanics is a natural way to describe a
measurementdependent stochastic process.
A 4geon model of an elementary particle is proposed which is asymptotically
flat, particlelike and has a nontrivial causal structure. The usual Cauchy data are
no longer sufficient to determine a unique evolution; the measurement apparatus
itself can impose further nonredundant boundary conditions. When measurements
of an object provide additional nonredundant boundary conditions, the associated
propositions would fail to satisfy the distributive law of classical physics.
Using the 4geon model, an orthomodular lattice of propositions, characteristic
of quantum mechanics, is formally constructed within the framework of classical
general relativity.
The model described provides a classical gravitational basis for quantum
mechanics, obviating the need for quantum gravity. The equations of quantum mechanics
are unmodified, but quantum behaviour is not universal; classical particles
and waves could exist and there is no graviton.
Item Type:  Thesis or Dissertation (PhD)  

Subjects:  Q Science > QC Physics  
Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):  Quantum theory, General relativity (Physics), Quantum logic  Mathematical models  
Official Date:  December 1996  
Dates: 


Institution:  University of Warwick  
Theses Department:  Department of Physics  
Thesis Type:  PhD  
Publication Status:  Unpublished  
Supervisor(s)/Advisor:  Hyland, G. J. (Gerard Joseph)  
Sponsors:  University of Warwick ; University of Warwick. Dept. of Physics  
Extent:  118 p.  
Language:  eng  
URI:  http://wrap.warwick.ac.uk/id/eprint/50787 
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