The quantum vacuum as the origin of the speed of light
Abstract
We show that the vacuum permeability μ _{0} and permittivity ∊ _{0} may originate from the magnetization and the polarization of continuously appearing and disappearing fermion pairs. We then show that if we simply model the propagation of the photon in vacuum as a series of transient captures within these ephemeral pairs, we can derive a finite photon velocity. Requiring that this velocity is equal to the speed of light constrains our model of vacuum. Within this approach, the propagation of a photon is a statistical process at scales much larger than the Planck scale. Therefore we expect its time of flight to fluctuate. We propose an experimental test of this prediction.
 Publication:

European Physical Journal D
 Pub Date:
 March 2013
 DOI:
 10.1140/epjd/e2013305787
 arXiv:
 arXiv:1302.6165
 Bibcode:
 2013EPJD...67...58U
 Keywords:

 Quantum Optics;
 Physics  General Physics
 EPrint:
 6 pages, Accepted for publication in European Physical Journal D. arXiv admin note: substantial text overlap with arXiv:1111.1847, arXiv:1106.3996