Foundations of Physics

, Volume 46, Issue 8, pp 1006–1021

Does Bohm’s Quantum Force Have a Classical Origin?


DOI: 10.1007/s10701-016-9990-1

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Lush, D.C. Found Phys (2016) 46: 1006. doi:10.1007/s10701-016-9990-1


In the de Broglie–Bohm formulation of quantum mechanics, the electron is stationary in the ground state of hydrogenic atoms, because the quantum force exactly cancels the Coulomb attraction of the electron to the nucleus. In this paper it is shown that classical electrodynamics similarly predicts the Coulomb force can be effectively canceled by part of the magnetic force that occurs between two similar particles each consisting of a point charge moving with circulatory motion at the speed of light. Supposition of such motion is the basis of the Zitterbewegung interpretation of quantum mechanics. The magnetic force between two luminally-circulating charges for separation large compared to their circulatory motions contains a radial inverse square law part with magnitude equal to the Coulomb force, sinusoidally modulated by the phase difference between the circulatory motions. When the particles have equal mass and their circulatory motions are aligned but out of phase, part of the magnetic force is equal but opposite the Coulomb force. This raises a possibility that the quantum force of Bohmian mechanics may be attributable to the magnetic force of classical electrodynamics. It is further shown that relative motion between the particles leads to modulation of the magnetic force with spatial period equal to the de Broglie wavelength.


Bohmian mechanics Quantum force Quantum potential Zitterbewegung interpretation of quantum mechanics  Classical spinning particle 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mercer IslandUSA

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