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Title: Progress in establishing a connection between the electromagnetic zero-point field and inertia

We report on the progress of a NASA-funded study being carried out at the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center in Palo Alto and the California State University in Long Beach to investigate the proposed link between the zero-point field of the quantum vacuum and inertia. It is well known that an accelerating observer will experience a bath of radiation resulting from the quantum vacuum which mimics that of a heat bath, the so-called Davies-Unruh effect. We have further analyzed this problem of an accelerated object moving through the vacuum and have shown that the zero-point field will yield a non-zero Poynting vector to an accelerating observer. Scattering of this radiation by the quarks and electrons constituting matter would result in an acceleration-dependent reaction force that would appear to be the origin of inertia of matter (Rueda and Haisch 1998a, 1998b). In the subrelativistic case this inertia reaction force is exactly newtonian and in the relativistic case it exactly reproduces the well known relativistic extension of Newton's Law. This analysis demonstrates then that both the ordinary, F-vector=ma-vector, and the relativistic forms of Newton's equation of motion may be derived from Maxwell's equations as applied to the electromagnetic zero-point field. We expectmore » to be able to extend this analysis in the future to more general versions of the quantum vacuum than just the electromagnetic one discussed herein.« less
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2]
  1. Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory, Lockheed Martin, H1-12, B252, 3251 Hanover St., Palo Alto, California 94304 (United States)
  2. Dept. of Electrical Eng. and Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, California State Univ., Long Beach, California 90840 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
21202539
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: AIP Conference Proceedings; Journal Volume: 458; Journal Issue: 1; Conference: Space technology and applications international forum - 1999, Albuquerque, NM (United States), 31 Jan - 4 Feb 1999; Other Information: DOI: 10.1063/1.57490; (c) 1999 American Institute of Physics; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; ACCELERATION; ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS; ELECTRONS; EQUATIONS OF MOTION; MAXWELL EQUATIONS; MOMENT OF INERTIA; POYNTING THEOREM; QUANTUM ELECTRODYNAMICS; QUARKS; RELATIVISTIC RANGE; SCATTERING; VACUUM STATES