Tombe, Frederick David
August 12, 2022
Dirac Sea, quantum mechanics, relativity, aether, ether, electron-positron sea, centrifugal force, Faraday's law of induction, Maxwell's Equations, Aepinus, Lord Kelvin, Weber, Ampère
The Dirac Sea was proposed by P.A.M. Dirac in the year 1930 to explain the negative solutions to the Dirac Equation of 1928. A few years later, in 1934, Dirac invoked the Dirac Sea idea to explain the phenomena of electron-positron pair production and annihilation, that had been discovered by Carl Anderson in 1932. The suggestion was, that throughout the universe there exists an all-pervading underworld in a negative energy state, and that this is filled with electrons. Similarities to nineteenth century luminiferous aethers will be discussed and the question asked as to why the Dirac Sea, and later theories of the quantum vacuum, have never been associated with the propagation medium for electromagnetic waves.