Particles: Nature and Description  

In General > s.a. field theories; geometrical models; lagrangian systems; Ontology; particle statistics; physics paradigms.
* History: Initially particles were thought of as singularities in the fields by many, but few now really think so; There have been attempts to consider them as black holes, geons and other solitons and localized solutions of non-linear field equations, or tachyons; 1999, So far none of those models is widely accepted.
@ Levels of description: Rimini FP(97) [composition]; Gies & Wetterich PRD(02)ht/01 [elementary vs composite, renormalization]; Cui ht/01.
@ Nature and description: DeWitt in(79); Ne'eman PLA(94) [mass and localizability]; Buchholz NPB(96)ht/95, in(94)ht/95; Lanz & Melsheimer LNP(98)qp/97 [as derived entities]; Dolby gq/03-proc [observer dependence]; Goldstein et al SHPMP(05)qp/04 [existence/reality, and Bohm theory]; Colosi & Rovelli CQG(09)gq/04 [global Fock states vs local particle states]; Butterfield FP(05) [endurance vs perdurance]; Wang gq/07 [as quasiparticles in superconductor]; Nambu IJMPA(08); Muller & Seevinck PhSc(09)-a0905, Caulton & Butterfield BJPS-a1106 [discernibility]; French & Krause 10 [identity]; Colin & Wiseman JPA(11)-a1107 [beable status for positions]; Swain a1110-fs [and pomerons]; Dreyer a1212-FQXi [particles as excitations of a background]; Zeh ZfN-a1304; Carcassi et al a1702 [mechanics from a few simple physical assumptions].
@ From (quantum) field theory: Derrick JMP(64) [non-linear scalar field, negative result]; Davies in(84); Clifton & Halvorson BJPS(01)qp/00 [and quantum field theory]; Cortez et al in(02)gq/05 [including holography, sigma models]; Arteaga AP(09) [particle-like excitations of non-vacuum states]; Dybalski PhD(08)-a0901 [and spectral theory of automorphism groups]; Pessa a0907; Bain SHPMP(11) [against conventional view]; Pienaar et al PRA(11) [as spacetime qubits]; Hobson AJP(13)mar-a1204 [there are no particles], comment Sassoli de Bianchi AJP(13)sep-a1202 [quantum "fields" are not fields]; Glazek & Trawinski FBS(17)-a1612 [effective particles]; > s.a. geons; solitons; locality in quantum field theory; solutions of general relativity with matter.
@ Many-particle systems: Atiyah & Sutcliffe PRS(02)ht/01 [configuration space geometry]; Kundt FP(07) [and fundamental physics]; Svrcek ch(13)-a1207 [mechanics vs field theory]; da Costa & Holik a1305 [undefined particle number in quantum mechanics].
@ Parametrizations: Guven PRD(91) [proper time]; > s.a. time.
@ Flux-across-surfaces theorem: Dürr & Pickl JMP(03)mp/02 [Dirac particles].
@ Charged particles: Bagan et al ht/01-proc [in gauge theory].
@ Unstable particles: Saller ht/01 [time representations].
> Related topics: see Bag Model; Center of Mass; composite particle models; composite quantum systems; Elementarity; energy [self-energy]; interactions; mass [including mass generation]; mirrors; monopoles; particle effects; Relational Theories; symplectic structures and special types; twistors.

Classical Particles > s.a. classical systems; mass; relativistic particles; spinning particles.
* Description: Paradigms commonly used to describe particles are the material point, the test particle and the diluted particle (droplet model).
* And quantum theory: Their entanglement-free behavior can be seen to emerge in the "islands of classicality" of quantum theory; > s.a. classical-quantum limit.
* Non-relativistic: The dynamics can be derived from an action of the form

S[xi; t1, t2] = \(\int_1^2\) dt [\(1\over2\)mi (x·i)2V(xi)] .

@ Various backgrounds: Baleanu & Güler JPA(01)ht [in curved spacetime, Hamilton-Jacobi]; Chavchanidze & Tskipuri mp/01 [SU(2) group]; Marques & Bezerra CQG(02)gq/01 [cosmic string]; Knauf & Schumacher a1111 [random potential]; Kowalski & Rembieliński AP(13)-a1304 [on a double cone]; Ivetić et al CQG(14)-a1307 [curved Snyder space].
@ Symmetries: Haas & Goedert JPA(99)mp/02 [2D, Noether]; Jahn & Sreedhar AJP(01)oct-mp [invariance group].
@ Related topics: Fuenmayor et al PRD(02)ht/01 [loop representation, with gauge theory]; van Holten phy/01 [dual fluid interpretation]; Musielak & Fry AP(09) [free particles in Galilean spacetime]; Kryukov JPCS(13)-a1302 [as Dirac delta functions, and quantum theory]; > s.a. parametrized theories; Relational Theories.

Quantum Particles > s.a. Complementarity; quantum particle models; Schmidt Decomposition; Wave-Particle Duality.
* Issue: It can be argued that there can be no relativistic, quantum theory of localizable particles and, thus, that relativity and quantum mechanics can be reconciled only in the context of quantum field theory.
@ General references: Bloch & Burba PRD(74) [presence in a spacetime region and detector]; Huang PRA(08) [quasiclassical quantum states]; Aerts IJTP(10) [particles as conceptual entities]; Vaccaro PRS(12)-a1105 [wave/particle and translational symmetry/asymmetry]; Srikanth & Gangopadhyay a1201 [particle identities as uncertain]; Vaidman PRA(13)-a1304 [the past of a quantum particle]; Flores a1305.
@ No evidence / objective existence: Nissenson a0711; Blood a0807; Zeh FP(10)-a0809 [discreteness is an illusion]; Fraser SHPMP(08); Sassoli de Bianchi FS(11)-a1008; Jantzen PhSc(11)jan [permutation symmetry is incompatible with particle ontology].
@ With special relativity: Halvorson & Clifton PhSc(02)qp/01; > s.a. locality in quantum mechanics; pilot-wave quantum theory.
> Related topics: see Quantum Carpet; uncertainty principle [τ and m as operators]; wigner functions.

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