Foundations of Physics

, Volume 13, Issue 2, pp 253–286

Dirac's aether in relativistic quantum mechanics

  • Nicola Cufaro Petroni
  • Jean Pierre Vigier
Part I. Invited Papers Dedicated To Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac

DOI: 10.1007/BF01889484

Cite this article as:
Petroni, N.C. & Vigier, J.P. Found Phys (1983) 13: 253. doi:10.1007/BF01889484


The introduction by Dirac of a new aether model based on a stochastic covariant distribution of subquantum motions (corresponding to a “vacuum state” alive with fluctuations and randomness) is discussed with respect to the present experimental and theoretical discussion of nonlocality in EPR situations. It is shown (1) that one can deduce the de Broglie waves as real collective Markov processes on the top of Dirac's aether; (2) that the quantum potential associated with this aether's modification, by the presence of EPR photon pairs, yields a relativistic causal action at a distance which interprets the superluminal correlations recently established by Aspect et al.; (3) that the existence of the Einstein-de Broglie photon model (deduced from Dirac's aether) implies experimental predictions which conflict with the Copenhagen interpretation in certain specific testable interference experiments.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicola Cufaro Petroni
    • 1
  • Jean Pierre Vigier
    • 2
  1. 1.Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare ed Istituto di Fisica dell'UniversitàBariItaly
  2. 2.Equipe de Recherche Associée au CNRS no. 533, Institut H. PoincaréParis, Cedex 05France