Volume 17: Pages 442-458, 2004
The Nature of the Electron
Qiu‐Hong Hu 1,2
1School of Physics and Engineering Physics, Chalmers University of Technology, University of Gothenburg, Göteborg, SE‐412 96 Sweden
2LightLab AB, Smedjegatan, SE‐13134 Nacka, Sweden
Through investigating the history and evolution of the concept and the development of the theories of electrons, I am convinced that what was missing in our understanding of the electron is a structure into which all attributes of the electron could be incorporated in a self‐consistent way. It is hereby postulated that the topological structure of the electron is a closed two‐turn helix (a so‐called Hubius helix) that is generated by circulatory motion of a massless particle at the speed of light, A formulation is presented to describe an isolated electron at rest and at high speed. It is shown that the formulation is capable of incorporating most (if not all) attributes of the electron, including spin, magnetic moment, fine‐structure constant α, anomalous magnetic moment (α/π)/2, and charge quantization, into one concrete description of the Hubius helix. The equations for the description emerge accordingly. Implications elicited by the postulate are elaborated. Inadequacies of the formulation are discussed.
Keywords: electron‐positron, Hubius helix, Möbius strip, spin, fine‐structure constant, (anomalous) magnetic moment, charge quantization, Zitterbewegung
Received: April 28, 2003; Published Online: December 15, 2008