Fermion Event

A fermion event is a unique point solution of two waves overlapping concurrently with a value −b.

Bosons are spherical shells of zero thickness, and likewise, fermion events are points of zero size.


Fermion Constitution

Fig.1: Fermion Event.

Our mechanism has distinct definitions for bosons and fermions:

  • A boson is a virtual, propagating, degenerate pairing of two waves;
  • A fermion is a point event where two waves, from at least two different bosons (see exclusion), have phase value b.

Compositionally, we can construct bosons and fermions from fundamental waves:

  • 2 waves = 1 boson;
  • 2 bosons = 1 fermion event; (more bosons can contribute; see fields).

This structure provides an ontological unification of waves and particles, providing satisfactory answers to problems in this area.

Localization, Uniqueness and Uncertainty

Fermions are localized snapshots of the continuous journeys of bosons. Fundamentally, fermions and bosons are made of the same stuff, but have different uniqueness properties. The reference waves have a unique positional solution when their bosons become a fermion. In other variables they are indistinguishable, so couple by being co-localized. Conversely, bosons are distinguished by unique source and phase (but not space), are not coupled with other bosons, and have no unique spatial solution (Table 1).

While bosons are propagating from a fermion event, they are entangled, sharing common spatial properties. They may become disentangled after one of the bosons collapses; see exclusion.

PropertyPre-interaction BosonsFermionEmitted Bosons
PositionAmbiguous (many shells)UniqueAmbiguous (on‑shell)
Phase (reference waves)ApproximateIdenticalExcluded
Phase (partner waves)DistinctUniqueAvailable
EntanglementNot entangledCoupledEntangled

Table 1: Uniqueness properties.

This uniqueness can be expressed as an uncertainty relation, of position and the other conjugate-dependent properties (e.g. time, momentum).

Fermions are the only points at which we can observe matter, because these are the only points at which matter interacts or couples. At all other times, matter is propagating at light speed, and may couple again, whether observed or not. As we mention in the gravitation article, the mechanism limits opportunities for matter to interact, and therefore the precision of any statistics that rely on these interactions.

Conserved States

What we see classically as 'the same fermion' is not continuous at the quantum level. Instead, a persistent fermion state is one that is soon re-constituted after its bosons are emitted, in a cyclic process, using bosons that are the same as (or close enough to) the bosons that originally constituted the fermion. [more...]

Interpreting Matter

This mechanism gives us the ability to show, for example:

  • How a fermion interacts with its locality's vacuum,
  • How matter can decay into different forms, e.g. high-energy quarks into leptons and anti-neutrinos, or the decay of heavy bosons or composite fermions. We have the required ingredients to make sense of the constitution of such states.
  • How matter can be re-encoded in high-energy environments like black holes.
  • Quark-gluon plasma, and other loosely-constituted matter.
  • Quantum foam, and other non-linear high-energy phenomena.
  • Neutrinos: how that type of fermion propagates, why it regards most matter as transparent, and a weak interaction with vacuum to produce neutrino oscillation.