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Understanding the masses of elementary particles: a step towards understanding the massless photon?
Author(s): K. O. Greulich
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Paper Abstract

A so far unnoticed simple explanation of elementary particle masses is given by m = N * melectron/α, where alpha (=1/137) is the fine structure constant. On the other hand photons can be described by two oppositely oscillating clouds of e / √α elementary charges. Such a model describes a number of features of the photon in a quantitatively correct manner. For example, the energy of the oscillating clouds is E = h ν, the spin is 1 and the spatial dimension is λ / 2 π. When the charge e / √α is assigned to the Planck mass mPl, the resulting charge density is e / (mPl√α) = 8,62 * 10-11 Cb / kg. This is identical to √ (G / ko) where G is the gravitational constant and ko the Coulomb constant. When one assigns this very small charge density to any matter, gravitation can be completely described as Coulomb interaction between such charges of the corresponding masses. Thus, there is a tight quantitative connection between the photon, nonzero rest masses and gravitation / Coulomb interaction.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 September 2011
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8121, The Nature of Light: What are Photons? IV, 81210H (28 September 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.892277
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K. O. Greulich, Fritz Lipmann Institute (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8121:
The Nature of Light: What are Photons? IV
Chandrasekhar Roychoudhuri; Andrei Yu. Khrennikov; Al F. Kracklauer, Editor(s)

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