Caroline Thompson's Physics

Created December 19, 2003, based on material from http://www.aber.ac.uk/~cat

We regret to inform visitors that Caroline died from cancer on the 8th of February 2006. We thank everyone who has sent messages of support.  This website will be kept open indefinitely and in the state she last updated it on December 30, 2005.

Update January 3rd, 2010: We found several broken pages on the website, including Suggestions for experiments

 These have all been fixed, but if you find any further problems, please let us know using the e-mail address below.

Email: ch.thompson1@virgin.net


This site is about what is wrong with Fundamental Physics. It started with the discovery that we have been misled. We have been told that experiments agree with all the predictions of quantum theory, including those that involve the impossible - the Bell test experiments, that are supposed to show totally incomprehensible effects of separated particles on each other. I have looked at the evidence. The "loopholes" that they know are present are large enough to allow for perfectly straightforward explanations, with no sign of "non-locality". I am led to suggest that perhaps there is other currently-accepted "evidence" for both quantum theory and Einstein's relativity theories that needs re-investigation. (There is!  See Forgotten History .)  I am not talking of "re-interpretation", but of recognising that if we want to understand nature, not just produce "predictions", the first step is to re-assess the facts, reject falsehoods.

  • New! Additions, 1999 onwards.  Very Latest:  

    30:12:05: Homodyne paper rejected.  They haven't grasped the point, which was to get the proposed experiments actually done and see if I'm right: the Bell test will not be infringed.  I have not been offered a chance to respond to the referees.

    01:12:05: Submitted "The ‘Chaotic Ball’ model: local realism and the Bell test ‘detection loophole’", C H Thompson and H Holsteinquant-ph/0210150 to  J Phys.B.

28:11:05: Submitted "Homodyne detection and optical parametric amlification: a classical approach applied to proposed “loophole-free” Bell tests", quant-ph/0512141, to J Phys. B.

  • The Chaotic Ball and the Bell test loopholes: For newcomers.
  • Wikipedia pages on Bell tests: I've added some pages of my own to this online encyclopaedia.  Though some now mangled (anyone can edit them), at least they now mention loopholes.
  • My Papers (and a few others), with notes.
  • Progress Report on Realism versus Quantum Weirdness (written July 31, 2000).
  • Challenges to Quantum Optics, inspired by EPR and other "entanglement" experiments. These cover the nature of light, atomic cascades and low-intensity "parametric down-conversion" (PDC).
  • Suggestions for experiments: Some test fundamental ideas, others check realist explanations.
  • Experiments in the headlines: Realist ideas on experiments that have hit the headlines -- primarily those claiming quantum entanglement.  Which "loopholes" are relevant?  What facts do we need before we can explain them?  Most of my requests for additional data etc have gone unanswered.
  • Letters to magazines: I've taken to writing to New Scientist, Physics World and such like, trying to persuade them to change their tone. Why do they have to present material as if quantum theory were universally accepted? It is not. Why don't you write too?  One success! Physics World, November 2001, p17
  • Comments on my work: This file covers only 1998-9. It's just to remind me that I'm not on my own.
  • The Aether, Relativity, Cosmology: For those more interested in the structure of the universe than quantum magic. Should we be thinking in terms an all-pervading aether whose oscillations of state are responsible for everything? Could the universe be in a steady state after all, as was commonly assumed before anyone heard of a cosmological red shift?  See my ideas for the basis of a Theory of Everything, the latest version of which (December 2005) is in  "The Phi-Wave Aether: a Wave Theory of Everything" (.pdf (two-column compact format) or HTML)
  • Forgotten History: The Einstein-Miller aether drift scandal, Millikan's condemnation of Einstein's photon hypothesis, and other interesting facts the establishment seems to have forgotten!  Additions welcome.
  • Book list: Just a few ideas, gleaned from my friends. If you have ideas for additions please let me know.
  • FAQ: a small beginning, answering a few questions on light, the aether, "phi-waves" and forces. 
  • Who am I? 
  • People and Places: Links to other sites (not complete!)
  • Discusson groups I belong to



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