Electromagnetism and the Structure of Matter
World Scientific, 2008
The classical theory of electromagnetism is entirely
revised in this book by proposing a variant of Maxwell
equations that allows solitonic solutions (photons). The
Lagrangian is the standard one, but it is
minimized on a constrained space that enforces the
wave packets to follow the rules of geometrical optics.
Exact solutions are explicitly shown; this opens a
completely new perspective for the study of light wave
phenomena. In the framework of general relativity, the
equations are written in covariant form. A coupling with
the metric is obtained through the Einstein equation,
whose solutions are computed exactly in a lot of original
situations. Finally, the explicit construction of elementary
particles, consisting of rotating photons, is indicated.
The results agree qualitatively and quantitatively with
what it is actually observed. This opens the path to an
understanding of the structure of matter and its
properties, also aimed to provide a causal explanation
to quantum phenomena.
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More insight can be found in the following extended preprint:
D. Funaro, From Photons to Atoms - The Electromagnetic Nature of Matter
Motivated by a revision of the classical equations of electromagnetism
that allow for the inclusion of solitary waves in the solution space,
the material collected in these notes examine the consequences of
adopting the modified model in the description of atomic structures.
The possibility of handling "photons" in a deterministic way opens
indeed a chance for reviewing the foundations of quantum physics.
Atoms and molecules are described as aggregations of nuclei and electrons
joined through organized photon layers resonating at various frequencies,
explaining how matter can absorb or emit light quanta. Some established
viewpoints are subverted, offering an alternative scenario. The analysis
seeks to provide an answer to many technical problems in physical chemistry and,
at the same time, to raise epistemological questions.