Foundations of Physics

, Volume 6, Issue 5, pp 485–510 | Cite as

On transformations of physical systems

  • L. S. Mayants


A universal, unified theory of transformations of physical systems based on the propositions of probabilistic physics is developed. This is applied to the treatment of decay processes and intramolecular rearrangements. Some general features of decay processes are elucidated. A critical analysis of the conventional quantum theories of decay and of Slater's quantum theory of intramolecular rearrangements is given. It is explained why, despite the incorrectness of the decay theories in principle, they can give correct estimations of decay rate constants. The reasons for the validity of the Arrhenius formula for the temperature dependence of an intramolecular rearrangement rate constant are discussed. A criterion for the possibility of a proper intramolecular rearrangement is given. The issue of causality in quantum physics is settled.


General Feature Decay Rate Quantum Theory Physical System Critical Analysis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. S. Mayants
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  1. 1.Institute of Elemento-Organic CompoundsAcademy of Sciences of the USSRMoscowUSSR

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