Foundations of Physics

, Volume 25, Issue 4, pp 573–604 | Cite as

Quantum phenomena and the zeropoint radiation field. II

  • L. de la Peña
  • A. M. Cetto


A previous paper was devoted to the discussion of a new version of stochastic electrodynamics (SED) and to the study of the conditions under which quantum mechanics can be derived from it, in the radiationless approximation. In this paper further effects on matter due to the zeropoint field are studied, such as atomic stability, radiative transitions, the Lamb shift, etc., and are shown to be correctly described by the proposed version of SED. Also, a detailed energy-balance condition and a fluctuation-dissipation relation are established; it is shown in particular that equilibrium is attained only with a field spectrum ∼Ω3.The proposed approach is shown to suggest an understanding of quantum mechanics as a kind of limitcycle theory. Finally, a brief discussion is included about the nonchaotic behavior of the (bounded) SED system in the quantum regime, as measured by Lyapunov exponents.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. de la Peña
    • 1
  • A. M. Cetto
    • 1
  1. 1.Instituto de FísicaUniversidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoMexico, D.F.

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