Pilot Waves

Sponsored by Prof. Seth Putterman

Manager: Stefan Orosco 

Contact: oroscogold@g.ucla.edu

Applications: Closed

Learning Objectives: Reading Research Papers, Writing Research Proposals, Standard Laboratory Equipment Knowledge

Pilot wave theory is an alternative interpretation of quantum mechanics, originally created by De Broglie and later refined into Bohmian mechanics. This research group will design, propose, and create an experiment that replicates the hydrodynamic pilot wave results shown in the John Bush paper, Pilot-Wave Hydrodynamics. This experiment will have specific requirements set by the sponsoring professor, such as the classical demonstration of quantum properties like entanglement. Team members will learn the basics of reading research papers, writing research proposals, and designing a professional experiment.

A bouncing droplet of fluid simulates the concept of pilot waves by using self-generated waves to propel itself. John Bush, MIT-Pilot-Waves-collage1, CC BY-SA 3.0


J. W. M. Bush, Annu. Rev. Fluid Mech. 47, 269-292 (2015)
John Bush, MIT-Pilot-Waves-collage1, CC BY-SA 3.0