On many children’s playgrounds there is a simple spinning device which children can jump on and off of and move toward the center of to make it go faster or move out farther to slow it down. If f one had a large enough group who wanted to keep it at a constant speed, they could do so by giving it enough push all of the time to compensate for friction. If one jumped on the whole group upon the merry-go-round device, could move toward the center to keep the device from slowing down. When one jumped off, everyone still on could move out slightly to keep the device from speeding up.
The moving of one of our children from the outside group which is trying to maintain the merry-g0-round device at a constant speed to being on the merry-go-round and what would happen on the merry-go-round and to the group outside, corresponds very closely to the phenomenon of “quantization.” The child climbing on corresponds to “a quantum of energy absorbed,” the merry-go-round gets heavier and must contract to keep rotation constant, the outside “crowd” expands slightly. When a child jumps off, there is a “quantum of energy” given off, the group on the device expands slightly and the outside group becomes more tightly packed. The readjustment motions in both cases would be somewhat of “wave-motions.”
As there are indications, in at least one theoretical approach,* that the basic units of our existence may be constant-speed, constant-torque oscillators, we can extend the children’s playground device to three dimensions, have the rotating object which we are seeing quantum interactions upon be made up of a group of these oscillators–as if the play ground device were made up of children–and the surrounding crowd be other independent oscillators.
In other words, absorption of a quantum would correspond to additional oscillators moving from the external group to the central rotator which we are observing. Emission would correspond to an oscillator disengaging. The electromagnetic radiation which is involved corresponds to the readjustment of the two groups. Observed, of course, in the external group.
As the oscillators appear, at least in our universe, to be constant torque–that is having a constant ability to push or pull one another–which is independent of radius, and to have a constant spin, or spin average, this “3-D-Merry-go-round as a model seems to be quite reasonable.