Volume 21: Pages 288-302, 2008
Implications of a modified Coulomb force for general relativity theory
Lin Sten 1
1Palomar College, San Marcos, California 92069-1487, USA
Previously it has been shown that a modified Coulomb force between two electrically neutral masses of normal atomic matter could mimic the Newtonian gravitational force. Using those results, and by similarly assuming that photons have a charge structure, with zero total charge, we show here what the photon charge separation must be in order that the modified Coulomb force between an electrically neutral mass of normal atomic matter and a photon would mimic the Newtonian gravitational force between them. We do likewise for the charge separation in an unbound neutron. New consideration of Einstein’s general relativity theory is prompted when the Newtonian gravitational force is altered by replacing it with, adding to it, or including in it the modified Coulomb force (1) between two electrically neutral masses of normal atomic matter, (2) between a photon and an electrically neutral mass of normal atomic matter, and (3) between an unbound neutron and an electrically neutral mass of normal atomic matter. The value of the example alteration is in how such alternatives might allow for exploration of new concepts in the theory of gravity, including the elimination of gravitational mass as a fundamental physical quantity, without challenging the importance of Riemannian space, differential geometry, or the impressive physics derivations that have been and will continue to be made based on Einstein’s field equations.
Keywords: Protons and Neutrons, Quarks, Photons, Electrostatics, etc., Relativity and Gravitation
Received: August 3, 2007; Accepted: November 2, 2008; Published Online: February 6, 2009