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Elementary Particles of Matter in a Cellular Automaton Framework
by Qin, Jingzheng, M.S., The George Washington University, 2012, 52; 1510409
Abstract (Summary)

A model representing a grid of circular counters maintaining mutual fault-tolerant synchronization by a distributed operational rule is considered. The importance of this model named CAETERIS is due to the initial supposition that it may correspond to a Cellular Automaton EThER InfraStructure underlying the physical world. In this work, further analysis of the given model was performed that revealed some additional characteristic features to be paralleled with those of fundamental physics. Being treated as a sort of excitable media the CAETERIS model portrays elementary particles of matter as traveling waves solutions in the form of helix cylinders. The produced solutions can be exactly matched with the whole spectrum of stable elementary particles: protons, electrons, three types of neutrinos, and photons. Amalgamation of these solutions creates a collection of basic unstable long-lived particles: neurons, muons, and tauons whose decay follows the scheme of week interactions. The absolute nature of the cellular automaton medium is undetectable for the material formations providing an impression of relativity. The rotation-propagation congruity of traveling helix cylinder waves determines an upper bound on the pace of material particles to be identified with the cardinal speed of light restriction. Periodic alterations of traveling wave solutions give a concrete connotation to the otherwise abstract entity of the de Broglie wave whose length appears inversely proportional to the particles momentum. Different traveling waves exercise the same rotational impacts irrespective of variations in their mass and speed linked to the activities behind. So, the diverse material particles have the same value of spin and for any given orientation of measurement the directions of these values are either “up” or “down” as rotational impacts flip with every half-turn. The decisive experiments of electron-proton deep inelastic scattering expose sampling of the protons temporal states rather than probing their spatial structure. In such an interpretation quarks may not exist as isolated entities. Propagation of neutrinos is associated with their transformations from one type to another imposing a miniscule creeping relocation over the regular translation of helix cylinder waves. The allegedly observed effect of superluminal neutrinos would corroborate the given model, yet it does not distort the phenomena of the basic physics as a subtle supplementary artifact.

Keywords: Cellular automaton, elementary particles, computational physics.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Berkovich, Simon
Commitee: Berkovich, Simon, Krasnopolsky, Vladimir, Monteleoni, Claire, Zhang, Nan
School: The George Washington University
Department: Computer Science
School Location: United States -- District of Columbia
Source: MAI 50/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Particle physics, Computer science
Keywords: Cellular automaton, Computational physics, Elementary particles
Publication Number: 1510409
ISBN: 978-1-267-33656-9
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