Quantum Theory / Particle Physics
August 22, 2023
speed of light, quantum field theory, atomic physics, ZPE, Casimir effect
The speed of light, c, is not a fundamental constant. It is dependent on other parameters, magnetic permeability and electric permittivity of a vacuum, parameters that are dependent on quantum fluctuations. I intentionally refer to these as parameters, and not constants, since they are dependent on the temporal and spatial characteristics of electromagnetic dipoles (e.g., density), virtual particle pairs, known to be prevalent in the vacuum quantum field through such experiments such as Casimir’s [1,2]. This model strongly supports the notion of a physical mechanism that best describes the nature of light as consisting of virtual particle pair dipoles serving to propagate light as well as retard it via collective Van der Waal torque contributions. However, since the usage of “c” is ubiquitous throughout physics, especially atomic physics, the idea of changing its value is highly unwelcome, resistance to c variance is most often the case. With all this in consideration, I have explored ways to reconcile variable speed of light with key equations and to shed light on the underlying physical mechanisms from an atomic physics perspective. This new codification, I call “dynamically tuned atomic physics” (DTAP) naturally maintains atomic stability through harmonious balancing of key atomic parameters. The driver that appears to cause this natural dynamic tuning is a variant electromagnetic quantum field density of polarized dipoles.