AIAA Paper

The long-awaited paper from Eagleworks on their EMDrive experiments has come out and the short version is: they measured a thrust of about 2mN / kW. This is a huge step forward, and I'm struggling to understand it all. I have only had a chance to skim it, but here are my thoughts right now. 

The reference to the Pilot-Wave understanding of quantum dynamics is fascinating this is the second time in a few weeks something about this has been published; the first time was in Wired here. (Apparently this was published in 2014, but I only read it a week ago) This idea says that a photon isn't a single thing that is both a particle and a wave, but a literal pairing of a particle and a wave. I'm looking forward to better understanding how this ties into the EMDrive, but I don't really understand the explanation yet. I asked Dr. March the following two questions: 1. Is it fair to summarize the findings as "the EMDrive is not a reactionless thruster, but more like a propeller through the zero-point field, and 2. Does this mean that a second EMDrive would react to another's wake? His response to the first was a gracious and complicated cantata scored around the theme of "No", but I'll have to read a lot more to understand it (including a dictionary, in some cases). He did recommend Dr. White's papers on the Quantum Vaccuum, so I will be reading that, as well. His answer to the second was "Yes", so I find that a very tempting experiment to try, if I ever get any farther. 

I also contacted Dr. McCulloch at Plymouth University. The question was around Pilot-Wave theory in general. He has said that his modified Casimir affect theory of inertia (MiHsC) would require light to travel faster than the speed of light when in a wave guide. He very graciously corrected my understanding that it did, pointing out that what travels faster than c was the phase velocity, not the group velocity, of the wave. Having gone back and tried to understand the difference, I see he's right, but my question today was: if the particle and the wave are separate, wouldn't the individual particles start riding the phase velocity but arrive sporadically, while the average flux of particles would be consistent with them traveling the group velocity? It seems to me that the particles, being the parts with mass, would be the relevant part to his theories, so maybe it's an answer. I look forward to hearing what he thinks. 

I genuinely don't know what to think. The possibility that there are multiple theories, and possible experiments to find out which it could be, is very exciting. What do you think?