Mechanical analogy for the wave-particle: helix on a vortex filament
The small amplitude-to-thread ratio helical configuration of a vortex filament in the ideal fluid behaves exactly as de Broglie wave. The complex-valued algebra of quantum mechanics finds a simple mechanical interpretation in terms of differential geometry of the space curve. The wave function takes the meaning of the velocity, with which the helix rotates about the screw axis. The helices differ in type of the screw—right- or left-handed. Two kinds of the helical waves deflect in the inhomogeneous fluid vorticity field in the same way as spin particles in the Stern-Gerlach experiment.