Jakob wrote:Greetings Lord Farsight. Thanks for this long awaited response.
Ouch, Jacob. Please don't call me "Lord". Most of this stuff I talk about isn't my own orginal work, It's just a simplified version of what's in peer-reviewed papers that haven't hit the popular media yet. They tend to get crowded out of mags like New Scientist and kept in the shade because too many editors don't know much physics and think string theory is "the only game in town".
Jakob wrote:Is it correct to say that light is made into an electron through the mechanism of spin? That's what I get out of this at first glance. That light is trapped into a self referring path, by splitting in two and revolving around itself, so to speak. Confining it to a more or less set location, making it into something resembling a particle, by inter-inter-interference.
Pretty much. The mechanism of spin is geometrical. The photon is a transient alteration to the geometry of space, so when it travels through itself it doesn't travel in a straight line. Get the wavelength right and make it travel entirely through itself, and it's trapped in a curved path. Then it's an electron with spin and angular momentum, and of course mass and charge. Annihilate an electron by chucking a positron at it, and all you get out is two 511keV photons. You don't get anything else. So whilst an electron doesn't look like light, light is only thing that's there.
The geometry here goes all the way back to Maxwell’s On Physical Lines of Force
where he talks about a screw mechanism, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?tit ... df&page=53
. You can also find a reference to this in Minkowski's wrench analogy about two pages from the end of Space and Time
. The electric field is a "twist field" and the magnetic field is a "turn field" view of the selfsame thing when you move through it. Sounds odd, but the right-hand-rule works rather like shoving a drill bit up into your right fist. It's got a twist to it, so it turns:
Unfortunately Heaviside reworked Maxwell's equations and changed them from quarternion to vector form. This reduced the emphasis on rotation and describes "what it does" rather than "what it is". It's important to appreciate that the electric field is not something separate to the magnetic field, they're just two different ways of experiencing the electromagnetic field, (see Jefimenko's equations) and it really is a spatial distortion. Hence the electromagnetic field-variation of a photon is a distortion too. The sine wave traces out a slope, which means the photon is more like a lemon-like pulse. See http://arxiv.org/abs/0803.2596
and it's the "enveloping shape" of figure 2.