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A mechanism giving a finite value to the speed of light, and some experimental consequences

M. Urban 1 F. Couchot 1 X. Sarazin 2
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LAL - Laboratoire de l'Accélérateur Linéaire
Abstract : We show that the vacuum permeability and permittivity 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 constraints 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.
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M. Urban, F. Couchot, X. Sarazin. A mechanism giving a finite value to the speed of light, and some experimental consequences. 2012. ⟨in2p3-00639073v2⟩



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