On the finestructure constant in a plasma model of the fluctuating vacuum substratum
Abstract
The existence of an intimate connection between the quivering motion of electrons and positrons (Zitterbewegung), predicted by the Dirac equation, and the zeropoint fluctuations of the vacuum is suggested. The nature of the proposed connection is discussed quantitatively, and an approximate selfconsistency relation is derived, supplying a purely mathematical expression that relates the dimensionless coupling strengths (finestructure constants) alpha sub e and alpha sub g of electromagnetism and gravity. These considerations provide a tentative explanation for the heretofore puzzling number 1/alpha sub e of about 137.036 and suggest that attempts to unify gravity with the electroweak and strong interactions will ultimately prove successful.
 Publication:

Nuovo Cimento B Serie
 Pub Date:
 October 1986
 DOI:
 10.1007/BF02749006
 Bibcode:
 1986NCimB..95..109C
 Keywords:

 Dirac Equation;
 Electron Mobility;
 Electron Plasma;
 Fine Structure;
 Positrons;
 Vacuum;
 Einstein Equations;
 Electrostatics;
 Fourier Transformation;
 Gravitational Fields;
 Maxwell Equation;
 Plasma Physics