Regular Article

The European Physical Journal D

, 67:57

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A sum rule for charged elementary particles

  • Gerd LeuchsAffiliated withMax-Planck-Institut für die Physik des LichtsDepartment für Physik, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • , Luis L. Sánchez-SotoAffiliated withMax-Planck-Institut für die Physik des LichtsDepartment für Physik, Universität Erlangen-NürnbergDepartamento de Óptica, Facultad de Física, Universidad Complutense Email author 

Abstract

There may be a link between the quantum properties of the vacuum and the parameters describing the properties of light propagation, culminating in a sum over all types of elementary particles existing in Nature weighted only by their squared charges and independent of their masses. The estimate for that sum is of the order of 100.

Keywords

Quantum Optics