4pm - 5pm

Wednesday 4 November 2020

Is there a physical meaning for the complex harmonic oscillator? Circles theory and quantum mechanics

A seminar on a project that goes back 30 years trying to find a deeper interpretation of the quantum mechanical wave function.


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This seminar is by invitation only. A Zoom link will be sent to participants before the event.


The complex harmonic oscillator form is used in physics as a mathematical technique as in the solutions of electromagnetism problems. But this form appears in quantum mechanics and has a deep influence in the theory. This form is more than a mathematical technique. Quantum theory accepts this complex form as it is without questioning.

This talk tries to present a project of more than thirty years old. It is an attempt to build a model of a classical foundation to explain the complex harmonic oscillator. The wave function has a mathematical form like that of the complex harmonic oscillator. Thus, if we have a physical explanation for this type of oscillator, we may be able to understand why the quantum mechanics has these strange forms... The project is classical but leads to forms like those of the relativistic quantum mechanics. Then, the work may interpret the quantum mechanics!


Muhammed Sanduk

Muhammed Sanduk received his BSc degree in Physics from Baghdad University, and a PhD in Plasma Physics (transport of charged particle) from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) in 1990. After working in industry, he returned to academia at the University of Baghdad and Al Nahrain University with a particular interest in the transport of charged particles and free electron lasers.

In addition to his work in physics, Muhammed has had a long-standing interested in philosophy of science and technology. He has lectured on cosmology as an associate academic member in the Pontifical Babel College for Philosophy and Theology in Baghdad (1999-2007).

In 2008, he joined the University of Surrey Centre for Osmosis Research and Applications (CORA) as a visiting member of staff. During this period, he was interested in physical aqueous ion separation, magneto-electrochemistry, and renewable energy. In 2010, he joined the Renewable Energy System Engineering programme (MSc) of Process and Information Systems Engineering (PISE). He is coordinator and lecturer of renewable energy technology modules and supervisor of postgraduate studies. He is member of the British Society For the Philosophy of Science.

His scientific research has influenced both his philosophical and artistic interests. The acclaimed 2012 exhibition of his artwork at the Lewis Elton Gallery on University Campus reflects his interdisciplinary interests.  

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