Abstract for A Challenge to Quantized Absorption by Experiment and Theory
After recognizing dubious assumptions regarding light detectors, a famous beam-split coincidence test of the photon model was performed with gamma-rays instead of light. A similar test was performed to split alpha-rays. Both tests are described in detail to justify conclusions. In both tests coincidence rates greatly exceeded chance: the unquantum effect. This is a strong experimental contradiction to quantum theory. These new results are interpreted as evidence of the long abandoned accumulation hypothesis, also known as the loading theory, and draw attention to assumptions applied to key past experiments that led to quantum mechanics. The history of the loading theory is outlined. Planck’s second theory of 1911 was a loading theory. A popular incomplete version of the loading theory that convinced physics students to reject it is exposed. The loading theory is developed by identifying dubious assumptions in de Broglie’s matter-wavelength equation derivation, and re-deriving a matter-wavelength equation from the photoelectric effect equation. The loading theory is applied to the photoelectric effect, Compton effect, and charge quantization, now free of wave-particle duality. The loading theory is unlikely to apply to recent claimed success of giant molecule diffraction, and this issue is addressed. This all leads to concluding that quantized absorption is an illusion, due to quantized emission combined with newly identified properties of the matter-wave.
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