The Lamb Shift in Atomic Helium and the Anomalous Magnetic Moment of the Electron from a New Theory of Elementary Matter

  • Mendel Sachs
Conference paper


A new theory of elementary matter and light, and several of its physical implications, were discussed at the Third Rochester Conference on Coherence and Quantum Optics.[1] This theory attempts to fully exploit the basis of the theory of relativity by asserting the following three underlying axioms: a) the principle of general relativity, b) the generalized Mach principle, and c) the principle of correspondence. General consequences of this theory are 1) the abandonment, in principle, of the atomistic view of matter and quantization, and 2) the abandonment of the photon model of light. The first of these consequences implies that the formalism of non-relativistic quantum mechanics serves here only as a mathematical approximation for an exact formalism that is a nonlinear, deterministic, self-consistent field theory for a closed system. The second consequence implies that the “radiative corrections” to the energies and other physical properties of elementary matter do not appear here. The effects that are conventionally attributed to radiative processes must then be re-derived from the generalization achieved in the nonlinear and spinor structure of this theory.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mendel Sachs
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  1. 1.SUNY at BuffaloAmherstUSA

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