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Title: Possible Mechanism for the Generation of a Fundamental Unit of Charge (long version)

Abstract

Various methods for calculating particle-emission rates from hot systems are reviewed. Semi-classically derived photon-emission rates often contain the term exp(-ε/T) which needs to be replaced with the corresponding Planckian factor of [exp(-ε/T)-1] -1 to obtain the correct rate. This replacement is associated with the existence of stimulated emission. Simple arguments are used to demonstrate that black holes can also undergo stimulated emission, as previously determined by others. We extend these concepts to fundamental particles, and assume they can be stimulated to emit virtual photons with a cross section of πλ 2, in the case of an isolated particle when the incident virtual-photon energy is < 2πmc 2. Stimulated-virtual photons can be exchanged with other particles generating a force. With the inclusion of near-field effects, the model choices presented give a calculated fundamental unit of charge of 1.6022x10 -19 C. If these choices are corroborated by detailed calculations then an understanding of the numerical value of the fine structure constant may emerge. The present study suggests charge might be an emergent property generated by a simple interaction mechanism between point-like particles and the electromagnetic vacuum, similar to the process that generates the Lamb shift.

Authors:
 [1]
  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1364577
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-17-24901
DOE Contract Number:  
AC52-06NA25396
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; 97 MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTING; Atomic and Nuclear Physics; Explanation for the existent of a fundamental unit of charge

Citation Formats

Lestone, John Paul. Possible Mechanism for the Generation of a Fundamental Unit of Charge (long version). United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.2172/1364577.
Lestone, John Paul. Possible Mechanism for the Generation of a Fundamental Unit of Charge (long version). United States. doi:10.2172/1364577.
Lestone, John Paul. Fri . "Possible Mechanism for the Generation of a Fundamental Unit of Charge (long version)". United States. doi:10.2172/1364577. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1364577.
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author = {Lestone, John Paul},
abstractNote = {Various methods for calculating particle-emission rates from hot systems are reviewed. Semi-classically derived photon-emission rates often contain the term exp(-ε/T) which needs to be replaced with the corresponding Planckian factor of [exp(-ε/T)-1]-1 to obtain the correct rate. This replacement is associated with the existence of stimulated emission. Simple arguments are used to demonstrate that black holes can also undergo stimulated emission, as previously determined by others. We extend these concepts to fundamental particles, and assume they can be stimulated to emit virtual photons with a cross section of πλ2, in the case of an isolated particle when the incident virtual-photon energy is < 2πmc2. Stimulated-virtual photons can be exchanged with other particles generating a force. With the inclusion of near-field effects, the model choices presented give a calculated fundamental unit of charge of 1.6022x10-19 C. If these choices are corroborated by detailed calculations then an understanding of the numerical value of the fine structure constant may emerge. The present study suggests charge might be an emergent property generated by a simple interaction mechanism between point-like particles and the electromagnetic vacuum, similar to the process that generates the Lamb shift.},
doi = {10.2172/1364577},
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year = {2017},
month = {6}
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