Originally posted by Azdraik
You know I never quite understood the whole point to this.
Ok, so you found your particle. Its a nice ego stroke to know you were right and it exists.
That does what for us?
What innovations can come out of this discovery?
Will this lead to further advancement of quantum theory?
doesn't it give more credibility to zero point energy and the Hutcheson Effect? en.wikipedia.org...
"According to Milonni (1994), some of the effects attributed to the vacuum electromagnetic field can have several physical interpretations, some more
conventional than others. The Casimir attraction between uncharged conductive plates is often proposed as an example of an effect of the vacuum
electromagnetic field. Schwinger, DeRaad, and Milton (1978) are cited by Milonni (1994) as validly, though unconventionally, explaining the Casimir
effect with a model in which "the vacuum is regarded as truly a state with all physical properties equal to zero." In this model, the observed
phenomena are explained as the effects of the electron motions on the electromagnetic field, called the source field effect. Milonni writes: "The
basic idea here will be that the Casimir force may be derived from the source fields alone even in completely conventional QED, ..." Milonni provides
detailed argument that the measurable physical effects usually attributed to the vacuum electromagnetic field cannot be explained by that field alone,
but require in addition a contribution from the self-energy of the electrons, or their radiation reaction (wouldn't this be the Higgs field?). He
writes: "The radiation reaction and the vacuum fields are two aspects of the same thing when it comes to physical interpretations of various QED
processes including the Lamb shift, van der Waals forces, and Casimir effects." This point of view is also stated by Jaffe (2005): "The Casimir
force can be calculated without reference to vacuum fluctuations, and like all other observable effects in QED, it vanishes as the fine structure
constant, α, goes to zero."
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