Volume 21: Pages 260-266, 2008
Mass, wave-particle duality, and the equivalence principle in electromagnetic guided waves
G. R. Osche 1
1Osche Theoretical Sciences, 17 Arborwood Rd., Acton, Massachusetts 01720, USA
Using a simple two-dimensional model of a planar waveguide, it is shown that a guided photon exhibits all of the kinematic and mass-related properties of a free elementary particle and, even more importantly, that these properties can be derived from first principles without recourse to particle or wave mechanics. The approach, which is referred to as guided-wave mechanics, is based on the kinematics of photon propagation rather than field modes, the latter tending to obscure the underlying mechanics. As a consequence, concepts that appear as postulates in traditional relativistic quantum mechanics appear in guided-wave mechanics as derived quantities with physically intuitive, albeit novel, interpretations. This includes, among others, mass, wave-particle duality, and the equivalence principle of general relativity.
Keywords: Electromagnetic Guided Waves, Wave Mechanics, Particle Mechanics, Inertial Mass, Gravitational Mass, Wave-Particle Duality, Equivalence Principle
Received: May 9, 2008; Accepted: October 14, 2008; Published Online: February 6, 2009