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By Charles Rhodes, P. Eng., Ph.D.

In mechanical systems energy is defined as "capacity to do work". However, that definition of energy is too narrow. Energy and charge are the fundamental constituants of the universe. Everything that exists has some amount of energy. Energy has orthogonal components arising from an electric field, a magnetic field, a gravitational field and from motion. Energy can neither be created nor destroyed but it can be changed in form and can move through space. Charge enables stable concentrations of energy known as particles.

Energy primarily exists in two forms, particles and radiation. A particle is a local concentration of energy which exhibits inertial rest mass and which moves in the observer's frame of reference at less than the speed of light. A particle has a high energy density (energy per unit volume) at its nominal location and an energy density which decreases with increasing distance from that nominal location. A particle's total energy integrated over all space is finite. The region of lower energy density surrounding a particle's nominal location is known as a field.

Radiation consists of field disturbances which propagate at the speed of light and which if not guided or confined eventually spread through the entire universe.

Power is rate of flow of usable energy. Examples are electric power, thermal power, mechanical power and radiant power.

Matter is an assembly of particles. Each particle contains one or more spheromaks. Spheromaks are tiny non-propagating solutions to well known electromagnetic field equations which enable the existence of isolated quantum charged particles such as electrons and protons. A spheromak concentrates and stores the energy associated with its charge quantum.

A spheromak is a stable toroidal shaped structure consisting of a circulating charge quantum, static electromagnetic fields and a confined radiation energy packet known as a gamma photon. A spheromak's static electric and magnetic fields extend to infinity but contain only finite amounts of energy. These static fields contain a small fraction of a particle's inertial rest mass energy.

Most of a spheromak's rest mass energy is contained within the gamma photon confined by the spheromak's toroidal walls. A spheromak may also have kinetic energy related to its motion relative to other spheromaks and/or the observer.

Spheromaks interact with one another via overlap of their extended fields. Interacting spheromaks convert field potential energy into center of mass kinetic energy or vice versa. During such interactions spheromaks can emit or absorb photons which are quanta of electromagnetic radiant energy which have zero net charge.

At low particle kinetic energies interaction between the spheromaks' extended fields prevents the particles coming close enough to each other for the confined gamma photons to participate in the interparticle interactions. However, at high particle kinetic energies the confined gamma photons can cause spheromak restructure in what we term nuclear reactions.

Net emission of radiation photons by interacting spheromaks causes formation of mutual potential energy wells which tend to bind the spheromaks together.

Deep space is full of low level radiation. There is radiation directly emitted by hot stars and there is the cosmic background radiation which has an equivalent thermal radiation temperature of about 2.7 degrees K. Planet Earth continuously absorbs visible spectrum radiation from the sun and continuously emits thermal infrared radiation into deep space at an average temperature of about 270 degrees K. This emitted thermal radiation temperature is set by the liquid to ice phase transition of air borne water droplets.

The net charge Qs of a spheromak circulates within the spheromak's toroidal shaped wall at speed of light C around a closed spiral path of length Lh. Hence a spheromak has a natural frequency Fh given by:
Fh = C / Lh.

Any change in energy dE stored by an isolated spheromak is proportional to the spheromak's change in natural frequency dFh, via the formula:
dE = h dFh
where h is known as the Planck constant. However, h is not an independent physical constant. In reality h is a function of the charge quantum Q, the speed of light C and the permiability of free space Muo and the spheromaks geometrical shape.

The formula:
dE = h dFh
leads to the equation:
Ep = h Fp which relates the amount of energy Ep transferred between a particle and radiation to the radiation frequency Fp,
dE ~ Ep
dFh = Fp
Thus the energy and frequency of a photon of absorbed or emitted radiant energy are closely related to the changes in energy and frequency of the spheromaks which emit or absorb the photon.

Matter is composed of large numbers of mutually bound spheromaks. An assembly of mutually bound spheromaks having zero net charge exists within a local mutual potential energy well. The long range interaction between mutual potential energy wells having no net charge is known as gravity.

General relativity assumes that gravity is a distortion of space-time caused by the local energy density. However, more precisely gravity is due to the change in the vacuum zero energy reference level with respect to position caused by the presence of zero net charge potential energy wells. These potential energy wells result from net emission of photons during local accumulation of mass.

This website section reviews the natural laws that govern the behavior of charge and energy and hence the evolution of the universe.

Energy Basics


Energy Balance

Basic Physical Laws

Basic Physical Concepts Part A - Relativity, Energy & Momentum

Basic Physical Concepts Part B - Energy Aggregation

Basic Physical Concepts Part C - Work

Basic Physical Concepts Part D - Rigid Bodies

Energy Composition of Matter

Solar Energy

Solar System History

Energy Sources

Vector Identities

Field Theory

Spheromaks - Introduction

Quantum Mechanics

Charge Hose Properties

Spheromak Structure

Theoretical Spheromak

Electromagnetic Spheromak

Spheromak Energy

Spheromak Shape Parameter

Planck Constant

Neutral Spheromak

Magnetic Flux Quantum

Spheromak Magnetic Moment

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance

Confined Photons

Plasma Spheromak

Atomic Particles

Atomic Electrons



This web page last updated November 20, 2018.

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