The Matter Wave Idea

Dec 16 08:31 2015 Kevin Luckerson Print This Article

Just wanted everyone to know that I am still alive. Like everyone else ... I still have to deal with the ups and downs of every day life experiences and I still deal with severe auditory and visual hallucinations. The Evil Aliens still exist...it's just that now I have a much better understanding of this Higher Intelligence Idea...which I decided to share with everyone here on Facebook and on my website.

Also wanted to add a few notes on my last post http://www.astrophysics101.com/2015/12/does-atom-really-exist.html for clarity. First,Guest Posting Robert Milikan's oil drop experiment was an attempt to physically determine the physical mass of an electron based on an actual physical experiment. The physical mass is calculated using JJ Thompson's charge-to-mass ratio (I went into some length of detail on the charge-to-mass ratio because the ideas are extremely important ... but I did not address the Milikan experiment.)

Milikan calculated the physical mass of the electron to be 9.109390 x 10 to the -31 kg ... and the charge to be 1.6021773 x 10 to the -19 C. These values are still listed today as the mass and charge of a single isolated electron.

However, the physical mass calculation is limited by the precision of this theoretical charge-to-mass ratio. Also, the charge-to-mass ratio is a very confusing way to describe the mass of an electron. A better way might be to describe the mass and then describe the energy and then describe them both as a new idea. I'll get more specifics on this a little later in this article.

The problem w/ Milikan's experiment is that he is assuming that the "the oil drop" used in the experiment contains one isolated electron. ... Milikan used a "stripping" technique where he was successively removing electrons from a given oil drop until he was left w/ a very, very, very small charge. He was getting smaller and smaller charge (q) until he was left with the smallest charge...which is described as the fundamental charge (e).

But the problem is in this idea of the smallest charge. How do you know that it is the smallest. Could it perhaps be smaller? Say 0.5 times your previous result? Did he try to make it smaller and just couldn't? Why? Does any physical entity have a "smallest" existence? These questions raise strong philosophical and mathematical arguments.

Milikan addresses these arguments by suggesting that the fundamental charge (e) could be a multiple of the smallest charge (q). In my opinion this is a very clever way to disguise the alarming lack of accuracy in this particular physical experiment. You can't say that anything is the smallest unless you know that it is the smallest.

So the values obtained for eletron charge and electron mass are not really valid ... "both just a best guess" ... And, I think that Milikan experiment was an unsuccessful attempt to physically isolate an electron. It's all in the NYU link that I sent in my last post. You can look at all the calculations there ... they are very straightforward.

But right ... if we still try to follow along with the Milikan experiment ... We see that Milikan uses his experimental mass as the mass of an isolated electron ... and then he uses this experimental mass in order to solve for the physical charge of an isolated electron using JJ Thompson's mass-to- charge ratio. Using the ratio, Milikan obtains a charge of 1.6021773 x 10 to the -19 C. This value is still currently listed as the charge of an electron and is listed in units of Coulumbs.

And just to be clear ...Electron particle charge is associated with wave phenomena that is addressed by the matter-wave idea. However...What might not be obvious is that both the mass and the charge are needed to quantify the physical existence of the electron. It's strange to think of charge as mass and mass as charge ... but this gets into mass/energy equivalence and E=mc2 as Larry Rasouliyan pointed out several days ago. That's how you theoretically validate this charge-to-mass ratio.

I'll probably touch on the E=mc2 and "Einstein stuff" at some point in the future ... it's not really critical ... but he has some very good ideas....most notably the relativity idea. It's all very exciting ... but time and money have become enemies for me at the moment ... so I'm not sure when I will get to these discussions.

But right...Electrons behave as particles and as waves. And ...The Milikan experiment attempts to quantify the particle and wave behavior using the mass-to-charge ratio that Thompson came up with. The problem is that the Milikan experiment and the results should not really be accepted by the scientific community because they are not accurate. It's really unfortunate. But the Thompson experiment is a solid mathematical approach to determining the theoretical mass of the electron using the F=ma idea.

I'd like to thank Larry Rasouliyan for contributing to this post.

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