A topological mechanism of discretization for the electric charge



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Fernández-Rañada, Antonio (1998) A topological mechanism of discretization for the electric charge. Physics Letters B, 422 (01-abr). pp. 196-200. ISSN 0370-2693

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0370-2693(98)00071-9


We present a topological mechanism of discretization, which gives for the fundamental electric charge the value q(0) = root (h) over bar c = 5.29 x 10(-19) C, about 3.3 times the electron charge. Its basis is the following recently proved property of the standard linear classical Maxwell equations: they can bet obtained by change of variables from an underlying topological theory, using two complex scalar fields phi and theta the level curves of which coincide with the magnetic and the electric lines,respectively. (C) 1998 Published by Elsevier Science B.V.

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© 1998 Published by Elsevier Science B.V. We are grateful to Profs. Michael V. Berry, Alberto Ibort, José M. Montesinos and Mario Soler for discussions end encouragement, and to Prof. Alfredo Tiemblo for discussions and hospitality to A. F. R. at IMAFF, CSIC, Madrid. This paper has been partially supported by DGICYT under grant PB95-0383.

Uncontrolled Keywords:Electromagnetic Field, Topological Model, Charge Quantization, Helicity, Knot.
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Electricity
Sciences > Physics > Electronics
ID Code:24957
Deposited On:07 Apr 2014 12:25
Last Modified:10 Dec 2018 14:58

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