What Electrostatics Tells Us

I am attempting to work out a viable unitary twist field approach for the attraction and repulsion of charged particles.  I’ve discovered symmetry requires that the vector field would have to have a median plane where there is only a background state, which leads to problems describing how one particle would communicate via the field to another particle (so that the particles, if identically charged, would experience a force of repulsion.   It appears that this problem would also be experienced by QFT since it mediates by virtual photons, which are best described as partial field components that mathematically sum to get the desired result, but individually do not obey various properties such as conservation of energy or momentum.

It will be instructive and potentially guiding to look at the two particle system from an electrostatics point of view.  Here are two figures, one for the two-electron case of repulsion, and one for the electron-positron case of attraction.  Note that the receiving particle experiences a force in the direction that is closest to the ground state potential in both cases.  If the field adjacent to a particle is radially unequal, the particle tries to move so that the field is closer to the ground state on every side of the particle.  It is interesting that in one case (the two electron repulsion state) the median plane is *not* at the ground potential, but in the attraction state, it is.  I see that from an electrostatics point of view, the median plane state, whether background or not, does not affect particle communication, whether by virtual photons in QFT or by bend of the imaginary vector in unitary twist field theory.  It is the field neighborhood, particularly the unequal, or unbalanced, aspect of the field near a particle that has to be responsible for forces on the particle.  It is not clear if the force is due to trying to minimize the overall field neighborhood to be close to the ground state, or if the force is merely trying to equalize the neighborhood (in fact, it is likely that both explanations mean the same thing given the relative nature of electrostatic potential).

The field near an electron when near another electron. Note how the force on a particle moves it toward a more equal field neighborhood.


Electrostatic field for the electon-positron attraction case. Once again, the particle moves to a field neighborhood closer to the ground state.

I will think on this, this means something for both QFT and unitary twist field theory–but exactly what is not clear in my mind yet.


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