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Chiatti L.,AUSL Medical Physics Laboratory
Physics Essays | Year: 2012

A conjecture on the origin of elementary particle masses is discussed, based on the microuniverse and quantum-state reduction concepts. The reduction of the quantum state of a real particle is interpreted as an objective physical event, which occurs when the particle does interact with other real particles: The current quantum state of the particle is then annihilated and a new one is created. In these events, the particle is localized in time and in space, with a maximum precision established by the uncertainty principle. The minimum energy required for this localization constitutes the main contribution to the particle's mass. A further contribution is provided by the self-interaction of the particle during localization, which occurs within a finite duration. Some algorithms for estimating these two contributions are presented and discussed. © 2012 Physics Essays Publication.

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