\hbar as a Physical Constant of Classical Optics and Electrodynamics

as a Physical Constant of Classical Optics and Electrodynamics

Réal Tremblay Centre d’optique, photonique et laser (COPL), Département de physique, génie physique et optique, Université Laval, Québec, G1V 0A6, Canada    Nicolas Doyon Département de mathématiques et de statistiques, Université Laval, Québec, G1V 0A6, Canada    Claudine Nì. Allen Centre d’optique, photonique et laser (COPL), Département de physique, génie physique et optique, Université Laval, Québec, G1V 0A6, Canada
July 16, 2019

The Planck constant () plays a pivotal role in quantum physics. Historically, it has been proposed as postulate, part of a genius empirical relationship in order to explain the intensity spectrum of the blackbody radiation for which classical electrodynamic theory led to an unacceptable prediction: The ultraviolet catastrophe. While the usefulness of the Planck constant in various fields of physics is undisputed, its derivation (or lack of) remains unsatisfactory from a fundamental point of view. In this paper, the analysis of the blackbody problem is performed with a series expansion of the electromagnetic field in terms of TE, TM modes in a metallic cavity with small losses, that leads to developing the electromagnetic fields in a complete set of orthonormal functions. This expansion, based on coupled power theory, maintains both space and time together enabling modeling of the blackbody’s evolution toward equilibrium. Reaching equilibrium with a multimodal waveguide analysis brings into consideration the coupling between modes in addition to absorption and emission of radiation. The properties of the modes, such as spectral broadening, losses and lifetime, then progressively become independent of frequency and explains how equilibrium is allowed in good conductor metallic cavities. Based on the free electron relaxation time in gold, a value of Js for the reduced Planck constant is found and the uncertainty principle is also emerging from this a priori classical study. The Planck constant is then obtained no longer as an ad hoc addition but as a natural consequence of the analysis taking boundary conditions into account as into optical resonators. That analysis based on finite-spacetime paradigm, also shine new light on the notion of decoherence in classical optics and electrodynamics.

I Introduction

The ninetieth century saw great progress in both electromagnetism and thermodynamics with radiative heat transfer studies positioned between both. The latter studies of light-matter interactions led Gustav Kirchhoff to introduce the concept of perfect black bodies and the universality of their spectral radiance as a function of wavelength and temperature Kirchhoff60_Blackbody. As light was identified with electromagnetic (EM) waves, the blackbody became an ideal tool to connect energy notions with the thermodynamics of electromagnetic radiation. The initial EM analysis of thermal blackbody radiation by Lord Rayleigh and J. Jeans is well known to have supported the introduction of a light quantum due to a discrepancy in the radiative energy density distribution at high frequencies, dubbed ultraviolet catastrophe. Great successes of the radiation quanta in explaining both the photoelectric effect and blackbody radiation led the EM field theory and the Maxwell’s equations to fade away from the spotlight. Over the years, semi-classical models without light quantization turned out to suffice in many cases of light-matter interaction, including the photoelectric effect Lamb95_Anti-photon; Beck27_ClassicPhotoelectric. Besides, time-independent Schrödinger and Maxwell wave equations can both yield Helmholtz equations or other mathematically similar forms with a correspondence between potential and index of refraction. The reader can refer to MHan_StoryofLight for a review on the wave-particle notions. Let us present a citation from the author (p.9), about the Klein Gordon equation of the relativistic quantum mechanics; ”An equation for a zero-mass particle of spin one (photon) in relativistic quantum mechanics turn out to be none other than the classical wave equation for the electromagnetic field of the 19th century that predates both relativity and quantum physics”. Being inherently relativistic and adaptable to Hamiltonian formulation, the EM field theory was revisited with quantum electrodynamics (QED), a theory which explains with excellent precision experiments, as example, Lamb displacement, hydrogen hyperfine structure, and serves to analyze with success many others interactions. QED still however calls upon infinite plane wave approximations. An infinite plane wave basis used for the spatial dependence of the EM field is in contradiction with the finite size of a blackbody cavity, which incidentally should be seen as an optical resonator with boundary conditions allowing a penetration depth of the EM field in the walls. According to classical physics, the blackbody problem is analyzed under the hypothesis that atoms located on the cavity wall can only absorb and/or emit electromagnetic energy thus giving rise at thermodynamic equilibrium to a system of stationnary waves (stationnary modes) in the cavity. Studying perfectly reflecting walls and a system at equilibrium lead to a reduction of the electomagnetic modal structure from to It is thus not surprising that classical electromagnetism fails to explain how equilibrium is reached since it defines equilibrium as a time and a space separated functions and neglects a very important phenomenon of multimodal propagation in a physical medium, namely: mode coupling. What really leads to the ultraviolet catastrophe in the analysis of this problem is thus the fact that the finite aspect of space-time only appears in the evaluation of the number of allowed modes in the cavity by supposing that they are associated to waves with multiple perfect reflections along a given direction in the cavity. In fact, in order to correctly solve this problem, on must, along the chosen direction, use pairs of waves of direction fulfilling limit condition (transversal resonance) with respect to the surface. This leads to developing the electromagnetic field in TE-TM modes, a set of complete and orthonormal functions for the quantization of a field in a box.

By applying the theory of guided light propagation to the blackbody-resonator problem, we could introduce solutions in terms of finite field modes and also gain valuable insight into the dynamical processes allowing a blackbody to reach thermal equilibrium.The solution in finite spacetime with eigenvalues and eigenfunctions leads to the normalization of the exchange of energy between electrons in the volume ( being the cavity area and being the penetration depts of the EM field) and the EM modes oscillating in the total volume (). The Planck constant () then appears as a normalization factor with respect to the characteristics of gold (as exemple). To the knowledge of the authors it is the first time an analysis of the Blackbody radiation including ”power mode coupling” is presented. This mechanism, understandingly overlooked in Planck’s papers, also shine new light to the notion of decoherence in classical electrodynamics. The reader will find in table 1 a comparison between the approach proposed in this paper and the one generally presented in quantum physics.

Table 1: Comparison between quantum physics analysis and modern EM analysis of Blackbody radiation.

An analysis to be cited THBoyer_BlackbodyRadiationSpectrum; THBoyer_BlackbodyRadiationSpectrumANDSpacetime based on zero-point radiation, pre-”suppose” the existence, at zero temperature, of ”classical homogeneous fluctuating radiation”, and as, now, in quantum physics with ”quantum vacuum fluctuations”, use an ”ad hoc” correction to the definition of the equilibrium.

In this article, we will first present a few reminders of relevant waveguiding topics: the expansion of an EM field into ideal fundamental modes, the EM fields in resonant monomode metallic cavities with a modified analysis conserving a privileged propagation direction, and EM fields in multimode metallic cavities. This will introduce mode coupling as an essential feature of EM multimode guided propagation allowing fast power exchange between the modes. Second, we will turn to the study of blackbody resonators in the multimode regime where mode coupling, in addition to absorption and emission of radiation, is needed to reach thermal equilibrium. The average EM energy per mode in the cavity will be evaluated knowing that when low-loss multimode guided propagation is in equilibrium, all modes possess the same attenuation coefficient. To relate the EM energy to the cavity temperature, optimal energy exchange between the modes and the cavity walls will be examined at maximum synchronization with the free electron mean relaxation frequency , related to their mean free path between collisions. The reduced Planck constant and the radiative energy density distribution will be shown to emerge naturally from this relation obtained from EM analysis, , becoming a derivable physical constant. The uncertainty principle is also emerging from this a priori classical theory. Furthermore, from a microscopic-macroscopic analysis, a frequency relation between the gold (reference) and others materials of a large group of good metallic conductors will be derived, thus establishing a link between the microscopic, , matter oscillator (even magnetic one), and the macroscopic Planck distribution aspect of that problem.

Ii Electromagnetic field representation in fundamental normal modes

Guided, radiative and evanescent modes of waveguides constitute a complete and orthonormal set Kogelnik79_TheoDielectricWaveguides. Such a set can therefore form a basis for a series expansion of an EM field. Figure 1 represents the domains of these modes for a waveguide of refractive index in a medium of refractive index , where is the propagation constant of the observed mode.Without coupling, the power in each guided and radiative mode is transported individually since is real. In the case of evanescent modes having pure imaginary , a combination of progressive and retrograde evanescent modes is necessary to transport energy, they cannot do it individually  Kogelnik79_TheoDielectricWaveguides; Marcuse91_TheoDielectricWaveguides.

Figure 1: Modal domains of a waveguide with refractive index in a surrounding medium with refractive index , where and are the real and imaginary part of the modal propagation constant respectively.

One can expand the EM field of an irregular waveguide in terms of “ideal (normal) modes”. The terms of the expansion, then function of the propagation direction , are solutions to a set of coupled differential equations. Another method exists to obtain a set of coupled differential equations describing mode coupling. One can formulate the EM field of the irregular waveguide at a point in terms of the modes of an hypothetical local waveguide. These modes are called “local modes”. However in this article, the first description based on ideal (normal) modes will be used as it is more appropriate for regular waveguides with ideal geometry and therefore lends itself well to the analysis of the blackbody problem. For a more detailed analysis of ideal mode coupling, the reader may refer to the third chapter of the book by D. Marcuse Marcuse91_TheoDielectricWaveguides which we will use in section III.2 of this paper.

It is important to note that boundary conditions are not applied explicitly to obtain the solution that will be described. The ideal modes expansion method generates solutions that apply to all space, since the boundary conditions are contained in the mode equations composing the expansion. These boundary conditions are automatically verified by the solutions, thus there is no need to bring these relations later in the process. This modal expansion also speeds up numerical simulations in general by one or two orders of magnitude due to the finite number of modes comparatively to the spatiotemporal model which deals with base equation of infinite dimensionality.

Iii Resonant metallic cavities

iii.1 Monomode metallic cavities in modern electromagnetism

At first, we will follow an analysis that can be found in electromagnetism textbooks, see for example J. D. Jackson Jackson98_ClassicalED, and we will later adapt it to the type of analysis done in quantum physics. The EM field inside the metallic cavity will be expanded into ideal (normal) stationary modes, i.e. normal modes from short-circuited guided propagation along the axis which allows us to maintain a preferential orientation. We start by choosing a metallic cavity of rectangular shape, in order to reproduce the case of ”quantization in a box”, with dimensions , and , where is the depth of the cavity along the axis.

Figure 2: Geometrical parameters of a rectangular metallic cavity and associated frequency relations. Since the axis is designated as the axis of propagation and observation, .

For our modal expansion, we will label the mode in the direction with , in the direction with and in the direction with . Considering power losses in the cavity, one finds that the energy stored inside the cavity for a mode is given by the following equation:




with representing the distribution of the transverse field associated to a mode where .

At this step, authors often express the cavity volume explicitly in order to determine the cavity’s -factor:


where and represent respectively the volume of the cavity and its surface area while is the penetration depth of the field inside the walls of the cavity. The relationship (2) is also used to determine the well-known density of modes


where represents the number of modes in the frequency interval . Usually, one would obtain an energy density by solving an integral over only one frequency band which is also equivalent to using the cavity volume explicitly.

However, we will not make explicit at the moment to keep the ”behavior of time and space coupled”. We will continue our analysis with the short-circuited propagating wave approach, which maintains the analogy with the one-dimensional harmonic oscillator by preserving a preferential direction of propagation. Since , one can rewrite Eq. (1) in the form:


where is the group velocity of the guided short-circuited mode in an empty cavity as defined by


and is defined in Eq. (2).

Important results are obtained by analyzing the field directionally along for set and values. This step is essential to establish a link with quantum mechanics as the observable of the stored energy in the cavity can then be expressed as:


where the rightmost expression is derived for the asymptotic limit far from the cutoff frequency with designating a constant for TM and TE modes.

If we assume lossless, perfectly reflective cavity walls, a definite link is thus established between modern electromagnetism and quantum physics through the quantization of the energy. However, the effects of losses associated to finite conductivity are already included in which is linked to the resonance frequency of an ideal lossless cavity. Large values of ohmic losses are always causing a decrease in the resonance frequency, as seen in the following relation:


Thus our analysis does not make the typical, yet unrealistic, assumption of perfectly conducting walls. Let us add that when the system is left undisturbed, the energy initially stored in the mode of a realistic cavity will decrease exponentially with a time constant inversely proportional to , i.e. . The outward power flow is then equal to:


In the classical electromagnetic approach to the blackbody problem, the number of modes in the modal space was determined in conditions more restrictive than the asymptotic limit of the group velocity of all modes in the cavity tending toward . A TEM wave method was used with taken exactly equal to , but the propagation of infinite TEM waves is forbidden individually inside a hollow metallic waveguide. How can one easily apply the finite boundary conditions of a blackbody in this situation while preserving the coupling between space and time variables? It is perhaps not surprising that these approximations led to the failure of classical electrodynamics for the blackbody problem. Interestingly in quantum physics, one implicitly makes the assumption of classical electrodynamics when quantizing the energy according to ( and the corresponding states ).

In contrast, the blackbody boundary conditions are naturally satisfied by the TE, TM normal mode description from short-circuited guided propagation. A few observations readily follow from this description: 1) the bounded TE, TM modes link local phenomena to their environment inducing a related decoherence; 2) a wave packet formulation can be based on the group velocity and the losses from the cavity environment; 3) the need for a renormalization process is eliminated since the TE, TM modes inherently satisfy special relativity, and are a set of complete orthonormal solutions; 4) this TE, TM modes picture is valid for arbitrarily shaped cavities as long as their size is sufficiently greater than the wavelengths involved. Because of the latter, one can neglect a slow envelope modulation of the EM field in space as well as small perturbations near the cavity walls in the asymptotic limit . The spatially rapidly varying part of the EM field inside an arbitrarily shaped cavity then corresponds to the TE and TM modes of a rectangular cavity; each 3-dimensional period of this spatial variation will be henceforth referred to as TE-TM cell. In this case, all cavities have the same relation for the electromagnetic mode density which is also the one found in classical electromagnetism.

iii.2 Multimode guided propagation and mode coupling

As was noted by Planck himself Kuhn78_BlackbodyHistory, a complete description of blackbody radiation requires another mechanism than light emission and absorption to explain how energy is redistributed between different frequencies to reach the thermal equilibrium distribution from an initial arbitrary distribution. In the present paper, we show that the mode coupling mechanism introduced from guided EM theory in section II has the necessary characteristics to ensure such an energy redistribution. We thus return to the EM field representation in ideal (normal) modes in the case of multimodal propagation with mode coupling. This involves an infinite set of integro-differential equations. However, this is an unsolvable problem except if certain conditions can be set to reduce its complexity. Marcuse demonstrated that it is possible to obtain a set of coupled equations bringing into play the average power in each mode instead of their amplitude Marcuse91_TheoDielectricWaveguides. This demonstration holds for waveguides of arbitrary length, as long as the coupling is weak. It is based on the experimental observation of the average power of a mode in highly multimodal propagation with weak coupling. After an adaptation length, this power averaged in for a given mode is of the form:


where is independent of and will be found to represent the eigenvalues of a set of homogeneous equations.

In the absence of coupling for multimodal guided propagation, an attenuation coefficient can be attributed to each uncoupled mode to represent the power flow carried by a mode along the waveguide as follows:


where corresponds to the power flow of mode at . The shape of the power distribution is stable only when the mode, or a small subset of modes, with smallest losses carries power while the other modes have disappeared completely. The total power carried by the set of all modes does not decrease exponentially in this case.

In the presence of coupling induced by a mechanism independent of , the power redistributes itself between the different modes, following the combined effects of individual losses and coupling exchanges. If this coupling is weak enough to keep losses very low, but strong enough to overcome individual losses, it tends to equalize the power carried by each mode and to establish a stable distribution of its power characterized by Eq. (10). The ratio of average power carried by each mode in relation to a reference mode then no longer depends on the length coordinate. The same attenuation coefficient can therefore be attributed to all modes.The weak mode coupling regime allowed Marcuse to obtain, using the perturbation theory, the following average power coupling relation:


where and indicate modes in this set and represents the coupling coefficient as noted by Marcuse. If at a location , only the mode carries energy, (12) reduces to a simple and intuitive representation

where the term of thermic loss is augmented (or compounded) by the sum of all the coupling coefficients indicating that the mode loses power to all the other modes. In the complementary case of a mode at location not carrying any power, we then obtain from (12)

The positive derivative shows that the mode gains in power at the detriment of all the other modes. A set of homogeneous equations with unknown is obtained from (10) and (12). The eigenvectors and associated eigenvalues result from the solutions to this set of equations i.e.. The evolution of the propagating field is represented in figure 3.

The steady state power distribution obtained by Marcuse decreases exponentially with being independent of :


for with the parameters represented in figure 3. defines the distance at which this steady state is reached with


where the value of is adjusted according to experimental observations. The relative notion of stability (equilibrium) of information propagation expressed by the tolerance to a given level of noise is represented by relation (14) where stands for the tolerated noise level. This relation shows that the equilibrium state is nondeterministic which is related to the fact that uncertainty relationships can be obtained from classical electromagnetism in a finite-spacetime as we will show in section LABEL:subsec:Uncert. After the adaptation zone , the distribution of power versus mode number depends only on the shape of the first eigenvector and is completely independent of the initial power distribution. Mode coupling thus tends to distribute the power evenly over all the modes as long as it does not introduce strong radiation losses. This condition is fully respected in the case of hollow metallic waveguides and also in low loss dielectric guides.

Figure 3: The initial power distribution at enters an adaptation zone with a constructive chaotic power distribution up to the beginning of the steady state power distribution at where is related to the tolerated signal-to-noise ratio. No physical meaning is associated to the eigenvalues and eigenvectors of order superior to 1.

As can be expected for equilibrium systems, one cannot work its way backward from measures of the steady state to find out the initial power distribution over the modes (lack of reversibility). At best, Marcuse’s model allows us to know which initial state should be used to reduce or eliminate the adaptation zone as noted by Marcuse.

Iv Multimode resonator and the blackbody problem

The typical approach to study the EM field in a closed cavity is to assume the system has reached its steady state in order to separate the time and space variables: . However, by doing so we lose all the information about the transient state and modal coupling effects, since the relation between space and time is eliminated. The coupled power equations theory summarized above can address this issue and also ensures that the blackbody is an ergodic system even from a purely electromagnetic perspective. Indeed, the stationary states of very high order in a closed cavity are preserved as can be expected for a low-loss multimodal system (highly reflecting walls) with relatively important mode coupling redistributing the energy between the modes. These stationary states are mostly established by stable propagation inside the cavity while the radiation within the adaptation zone contributes noise to the system.

Mode coupling was also confirmed experimentally Marcuse81_OptFiber through the observation of frequency independent losses as predicted by the exponential power decay (13). For all modes circulating in a realistic cavity, we can therefore define the same characteristic length traveled over round-trips in a cavity of length before they have lost of their power:


The right hand side defines the corresponding lifetime of mode in the cavity using the group velocity from Eq. (6). We also note that the product is independent of frequency and must be the same for all modes . When with the limit , the modal lifetime also becomes frequency independent and the cavity’s -factor from Eq. (3) will be:


Independence of frequency thus extends to spectral broadening of the modes as well, since . Once equilibrium is reached, all the individual modes have the same properties and , except for becoming a linear function of .

To complete our analysis, the nature of the coupling between modes will be characterized. For the metallic blackbody cavity, ohmic losses are the dominating contribution to mode coupling. The Drude model tells us that absorption for each electromagnetic mode will be proportional to in the microwave frequencies while in the far-infrared region, it tends to a constant for , (see figure 4.b)the plasma frequency. In the near infrared however, the absorption function is significantly dependent on , which is a damping frequency linked to the free electron relaxation time Muller-Kirsten04_EDIntroQuantum. For an isolated mode with resonance frequency very far from the cutoff frequency — The modes with close to do not obey this law, since their geometrical factor is different. Furthermore, the number of modes in the modal space no longer obeys the classical asymptotic relation. — losses in the cavity are also proportional to  Jackson98_ClassicalED. It is more convenient to represent the losses for in function of , , and using the complex dielectric function as given by the Drude model Ordal83_OptPropMetalsIR; Ordal85_OptProp14MetalsIR:




In these equations, is the free electron density, is the charge of the electron and , it’s effective mass. The high-frequency dielectric constant is represented by while the free electron relaxation lifetime is given by . It should be noted that is evaluated from measurements of the complex dielectric function .

Our analysis of the blackbody problem based on electromagnetism relies on the relation between and the temperature. Finite field volumes in the cavity (electromagnetic energy) and finite microscopic interaction volumes in the cavity walls (thermal energy) are exchanging energy by coupling. When the cavity sustaining the radiation field is kept at constant temperature, the best energy exchange will occur at the optimum synchronization frequency . At this equilibrium, all modes travel the same number of round-trips and, in their asymptotic limit, have the same lifetime in the cavity. We can then consider our resonant multimodal system with synchronization frequency equivalent to a lossless monomodal resonant system with the single resonant frequency (see figure 4.a). For the mode at and those nearby in frequency at a position where is maximum, Eq. (12) yields:


at thermal equilibrium. The exchange of thermal to electromagnetic energy and vice versa is due to the coupling term . This energy exchange per unit of TE-TM cell in the propagation direction is expressed by equating Eq. (7) to the thermal energy as per the equipartition theorem:


The factor 2 comes from the transverse electric and magnetic fields contributing a degree of freedom each Louisell73_QStatRad. As there are cells in each independant propagation direction, the total energy in the mode of indice is:


We can thus determine the value of the coupling constant with a reliable value of at normal temperature ( K). Since the definition of a Kelvin Preston-Thomas90_IntTScale (K) makes the temperature unit dependent on the property of a material, we must use a reference conductor satisfying the Drude model such as gold to ensure the accuracy of relation (21). Brändli and Sievers have shown that measurements of and for gold in the infrared follow the Drude model very well, without using adaptive parameters for the number of free electrons per atom as is often done for other materials Sievers72_FarIRSurfaceR. Other arguments in favor of using the value of gold are its very good experimental agreement for the conductivity according to Ohm’s law and negligible interband contributions to its absorption in the infrared. The average value measured for gold with different methods is  cm Ordal83_OptPropMetalsIR; Ordal85_OptProp14MetalsIR; AshcroftMermin76_SolidStatePhy. According to (21), we then obtain the constant value:


This result agrees well with the quantum mechanical analysis. Here, the Planck constant appears as a normalization factor between electromagnetic and thermal energy exchanges at thermal equilibrium. Reuniting these two domains, this result expands the signification of the Planck constant beyond the commutator function it fulfills in the quantization of a particle-electromagnetic field system. Electromagnetic coupling therefore plays an essential role: it enables the cavity to reach the absolute stable equilibrium required by the second law of thermodynamics. This equilibrium is achieved by minimizing cavity losses with power transfer from modes having high losses to modes having lower losses as well as with the well-known emission and absorption of radiation. To resume the ”stationnary” states, equilibrium, is mostly established by stable propagation inside the cavity while the radiation within the adaptation zone contributes to noise of the system, as represented by the short-circuited propagation model of figure 3.

Figure 4: Schematic distribution for a) a monomodal system with , b) losses of isolated modes (—) and loss at equilibrium (- - -) for a multimodal system with representation of the two initial groups of modes in term of their resistance, c) resultant energy distribution at equilibrium where plays the role of and .

Two different situations can occur in the process (figure 4). In the first case (4.a) where the losses are important, in a closed or quasi-closed system, it causes strong dissipative power transfert from high frequency modes (of higher loss) to lower frequency modes (of lower loss), and ultimately, it brings the collapse, at the equilibrium, in a few modes or only in one mode as in figure 4.a), where corresponds to the resonnant frequency of an equivalent system without loss, and where . In the second case, for a multimodal system with very low loss and relatively strong coupling, as, for example, in metallic thermostatic cavities, the high frequency modes (higher loss), mainly, release power by intermodal coupling to low frequency modes (lower loss) and , the relaxation frequency, of matter oscillators, plays an equivalent role as , but now with . Mode coupling thus tends to distribute the power evenly over all modes as long as it does not introduce strong radiation loss. That condition being respected in the cases of hollowo metallic resonator and in low loss dielectric resonators. It should be noted that in the first stage of the equilibrium process, modes of two frequency ”zones” contribute to the coupling in different manners (see figure 4.b); in zone B () the resistivity of an equivalent system is initially positive, while in zone A () the resistivity is initially negative, meaning that its contributions modified the field without important contribution to (optical resistivity). In a way, the modes act, in part, as in a semi-conductor material and thus, our analysis presents an intuitive approach to the study of semi-conductor optical cavities following the finite-spacetime paradigm in classical electrodynamics. That research is out of the scope of that paper.

Also of importance, is the following remark about the ”dissimilarity” of the modes related to finite-spacetime through their , cutoff frequency, function of the mode order, and their distinct coupling effects. So it is not appropriate, in a finite multimodal system, to assert that ”all elements are alike” and that ”all dissipative effects” act to lower the maximum frequency of the resulting energy density spectral distribution. Modes of frequency act to enhance, by multimodal coupling, the of the spectral energy density distribution (Planck distribution). That effect is essential to the establishment of the equilibrium in the system. These two characteristics are essential to explain how the equilibrium is attainable within the finite-spacetime paradigm and the TE-TM field developpment based on a complete set of orthonormal functions. Otherwise, as in the space-time paradigm where the photons are all alike, one must accept an ”ad hoc” commutator function for , uncertainty relations as principles and ”quantum vacuum fluctuations” as derived from and uncertainty relations, that notion being used to explain the Casimir effect PhysRevD.72.021301.

iv.1 Planck’s law

The previous results obtained from a classical electromagnetic analysis demonstrate that the equilibrium state in the cavity is reached and maintained through quanta characterizing exchanges of thermodynamic and electrodynamic energy. Each exchange of a quanta can be interpreted as a temporally finite excitation of a mode and in blackbody radiation conditions, the total number of excitations easily falls into the limit of large numbers. Since an electron can produce over time an arbitrary number of excitations fluctuating in energy, hence possibly but not always coupling to the same mode, the time-averaged energy distribution of these excitations will follow the distribution of energy density as derived by Planck planck2012eight, as example see page 19 of eisberg1974quantum. With the average energy of this distribution and the well-known density of modes , which can be calculated from either the modal approach followed here or the classical counting of standing waves in the cavity, we express Planck’s law as follows:


We chose to express the familiar relation for radiative energy density with the damping frequency instead of the usual factor to emphasize the connection between temperature and materials. In the next section, we will analyze the relevance of other materials, than gold, by obtaining a parametric frequential relation linking all good conductors to Planck distribution.

iv.2 Good conductors metallic cavities

A comparison against the gold must be established to obtain a radiative energy density distribution obeying Planck’s law as observed for several metals. This is done by introducing a comparison factor in the maximum synchronization relation (21) for an arbitrary metal labelled , i.e.,


The factor allows the scaling of temperature in other materials against the gold (as example) with defined as we obtain from the above relation. In the time domain, we can interpret this ratio as the relative number of cycles per unit of time over which an energy quanta is exchanged, which is consistent with the Planck constant units in joules per hertz. In the spatial domain, this corresponds to the ratio of TE-TM cells per unit of length over which coupling takes place, in relation with the weak losses and penetration depth of the electromagnetic field in the cavity walls. Additionally, different material will have a different density of electrons emitting and absorbing radiation, which will be included in via the ratio of free electron concentrations . We must also include materials parameters influencing the overall system responds through the synchronization between the electromagnetic modal electronic and the damping frequencies.

The microscopic model of the Ohm’s law implies (AshcroftMermin76_SolidStatePhy) that the courant-voltage relation relation at the input-output of a material is due to the fact that the associated electric field adds a small (regular) speed to the chaotic one of the free electrons in the material. Taking into account relation (19), one finds that (AshcroftMermin76_SolidStatePhy) the relation frequency is



  • electron number/cm

  • electric charge

  • resistivity

  • electron mass.

That relation (26) applies only to materials corresponding to the Drude model, as for example, gold and silver. At normal temperature (293 K) their calculated results from (26) are cm and cm while their mesured ones are cm and cm from Ordal83_OptPropMetalsIR; Ordal85_OptProp14MetalsIR.

So, in the case of these materials, the parametric frequential relation is reduced to only ratios of electronic density and resistances; i.e.


The number of the materials obeying to relation (27) is quite small, already departing of it by almost 13%. The authors of reference Ordal83_OptPropMetalsIR; Ordal85_OptProp14MetalsIR note, without surprise, that at high frequencies, and , follow well the free electron model, but that the overall picture does change for the others materials (interband and surface effects). Furthermore, in a metallic thermostatic cavities, at the microscopic level, the resulting resistivity is mainly determined by the modal high frequency phenomena, those modes releasing most of their power by coupling to the lower frequency modes (see figure 4). The dominant physical mechanism in our approach is ultra fast coupling compared to slower absorption and re-emission. Hence, one have to choose appropriate effective . In classical electrodynamics, a ”good conductor can be modelled as a perfect conductor with the idealized surface courant replaced by an equivalent surface courant, which is actually distributed throughout a very small, but finite thickness at the surface. Thus, the surface resistance has to replace the volume resistance; i.e. , where is the conductivity, and the skin depth” (Jackson98_ClassicalED, chap.8). In a preceding section IV, it was shown that the ”modal” quality factor, in multimodal cavity resonator, was,


where, here, the subscript X is for a chosen material. Remembering that, at equilibrium, ”” and ”” are frequency independant function, then (26) can be written


where is in , , the electron density (free and valence electrons) and the effective masses of these electrons in their inertial opposition to the movement.
As from reference (Jackson98_ClassicalED), cited here as equation (3)


Using equations (28) and (3), and the plasma frequency of the material ; i.e.


we can, then, obtain, in substituting (30) in (29), and from (3) and (28)


As following Jackson98_ClassicalED, the ”geometrical factor” evolutes towards a constant for hight mode number, the term appears as a constant for a cavity (resonator) of specified form in the analysis for different materials. Relative to gold, equation (31) implies


Thus, the must be measured in an equivalent metallic guide in equilibrium propagation and the obtained from (32). The phenomena of multimodal coupling being related to a strong power exchange from high frequency modes to lower frequency modes, the will, then, correspond to the of references Ordal83_OptPropMetalsIR; Ordal85_OptProp14MetalsIR, in the case where . In other cases, as , the result has to be labelled . As for and , their and their , (27) becomes


Table LABEL:tab:Table_2 shows the results obtained for the normalization of an ensemble of good conductors as based on references Ordal83_OptPropMetalsIR and Ordal85_OptProp14MetalsIR, from where the different measured values of , gold assuming a role of reference at a , i.e. cm. It shows also that relative coefficients are in ”accordance” to the ratio and of .

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