The quantum vacuum at the foundations of classical electrodynamics

@article{Leuchs2010TheQV,
  title={The quantum vacuum at the foundations of classical electrodynamics},
  author={G. Leuchs and A. S. Villar and L. S{\'a}nchez-Soto},
  journal={Applied Physics B},
  year={2010},
  volume={100},
  pages={9-13}
}
  • G. Leuchs, A. S. Villar, L. Sánchez-Soto
  • Published 2010
  • Physics
  • Applied Physics B
  • In the classical theory of electromagnetism, the permittivity ε0 and the permeability μ0 of free space are constants whose magnitudes do not seem to possess any deeper physical meaning. By replacing the free space of classical physics with the quantum notion of the vacuum, we speculate that the values of the aforementioned constants could arise from the polarization and magnetization of virtual pairs in vacuum. A classical dispersion model with parameters determined by quantum and particle… CONTINUE READING
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