An explanation of interference effects in the double slit experiment: Classical trajectories plus ba

  title={An explanation of interference effects in the double slit experiment: Classical trajectories plus ba},
  author={Gerhard Groessing and Siegfried Fussy and Johannes Mesa Pascasio and Herbert Schwabl},
  journal={Annals of Physics},
Abstract A classical explanation of interference effects in the double slit experiment is proposed. We claim that for every single “particle” a thermal context can be defined, which reflects its embedding within boundary conditions as given by the totality of arrangements in an experimental apparatus. To account for this context, we introduce a “path excitation field”, which derives from the thermodynamics of the zero-point vacuum and which represents all possible paths a “particle” can take… 

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