 Journal of Modern Physics, 2013, 4, 899-903 http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/jmp.2013.47121 Published Online July 2013 (http://www.scirp.org/journal/jmp) Model of an Atom by Analogy with the Transmission Line Milan Perkovac The First Technical School Tesla, Zagreb, Croatia Email: milan@drivesc.com Received March 24, 2013; revised April 27, 2013; accepted May 24, 2013 Copyright © 2013 Milan Perkovac. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. ABSTRACT Model of an atom by analogy with the transmission line is derived using Maxwell’s equations and Lorentz’ theory of electrons. To be realistic such a model requires that the product of the structural coefficient of Lecher’s transmission lines σ and atomic number Z is constant. It was calculated that this electromechanical constant is 8.27756, and we call it structural constant. This constant builds the fine-structure constant 1/α = 137.036, and with permeability μ, permittivity ε and elementary charge e builds Plank’s constant h. This suggests the electromagnetic character of Planck’s constant. The relations of energy, frequency, wavelength and momentum of electromagnetic wave in an atom are also derived. Finally, an equation, similar to Schrödinger’s equation, was derived, with a clear meaning of the wave function, which represents the electric or magnetic field strength of the observed electromagnetic wave. Keywords: Lecher Transmission Line; Lorentz’ Theory of Electrons; Maxwell’s Equations; Model of Atom; Planck Constant; Structural Constant; Transverse Mass; Wave Equation 1. Introduction A hundred years ago, classical physics, with Newton’s mechanics and Maxwell’s theory, couldn’t explain de- termined properties of atoms . For that reason Max- well’s equations are neglected in modern physics, despite the fact that matter is composed of electrically charged particles, and that static and current electricity are in complete harmony with Maxwell’s equations. The main motive of this paper is to show that the atom can be ex- plored using Maxwell’s equations. Moreover, I want to show that, in addition to Maxwell’s equations and Lor- entz’ theory of electrons for the basic research of the atom, nothing more is needed. By using Maxwell’s the- ory differential equations of the electromagnetic wave in any space are derived. This space could also be the space within the atom. These differential equations have the same form as the differential equations of wave on the parallel-wire transmission line, on the so-called Lecher’s line . Therefore, this electromagnetic wave, with the same differential equations, is treated in analogy with the wave on Lecher’s line. Here I show a model of atom , where structural coefficient of Lecher’s transmission line, corresponding to a certain atom, multiplied by their atomic number, appears as a structural constant 8.27756, which is a universal constant. This constant builds the fine structure constant, and with other constants builds Planck’s constant . The energy and momentum of the electromagnetic wave can be determined using Max- well’s and Lorentz theory. This paper makes it possible to eliminate some disadvantages of classical physics mentioned at the beginning. The idea of this article is that it is not possible to make the same thing in two distinctly different ways in nature. Therefore an electromagnetic wave that originates in the atom and the electromagnetic wave in the macro world have common ground. Due to identical differential equ- ations a linking of electromagnetic wave in atoms and wave on the transmission lines is possible. This linking of waves in atoms and waves on the trans- mission line is carried out using the parameters of atoms and transmission lines, as well as through their energy. Researching electromagnetic energy from transmission lines it was determined that this energy can be expressed as linearly proportional to the frequency of oscillation of its own LC circuit. Proportionality factor leads to struc- tural constants and action constants. Structural constant is introduced so as to make action constant independent of LC circuit natural frequency. Here, in a unique way, we can determine the value of the action constant. It’s shown that action constant is equal to Planck’s constant h. Then we determine the frequency of the wave in the atom, the wavelength, phase velocity and momentum of Copyright © 2013 SciRes. JMP M. PERKOVAC 900 the wave. Knowledge of these quantities allows determination of the properties of space in which these phenomena take place. Finally, we can determine the wave equation accord- ing to which all of these phenomena are governed by investigating the atom. 2. The Atom and the Transmission Line Using equations of Maxwell’s theory, , it is possible to obtain the states of the electric field (vector E) and mag- netic field (vector H) in any space, even within the atoms. The mathematical description of these states are pre- sented with two second-order linear partial differential equations (wave equations) [1,6]: 2222 2em10,tt EHH2222em10; Euu (1) where is del-squared, 222222xyzu, t is time and em is phase velocity of the electromagnetic wave, which dependents on the medium, i.e., em 1u; r0 is permittivity, r is relative permittivity, 0 is permittivity of free space, r0 is permeability, r is relative permeability and 0 is permeability of free space. The same form of differential equations as previous, but only in one dimension, , is also present on the par- allel-wire transmission line, called Lecher’s line, con- sisting of a pair of ideal conducting parallel wires of ra- dius , separated by , wherein the ratio : 22220 ;uuLCzt22220,i iLCzt (2) where ln1 4πL is inductance of Lecher’s line per unit length and 2ln22 1C'  udzdz is its capacitance per unit length, is voltage at the entrance to the element of Lecher’s line, and i is electrical current at the entrance to the element of Lecher’s line [2,4]. The same form of differential equations for example those in the atom and on the Lecher’s line, allows finding unknown solutions in the atom using known solutions on Lecher’s line. In this case, the voltage u on the Lecher’s line is analogous to the electric field E, while the electric current i on the Lecher’s line is analogous to the mag- netic field H. Therefore, the voltage and current on Lecher’s line behaves the same way as the electromag- netic wave in the atom. The analogy between the wave on the transmission line and electromagnetic wave will be completed when we put that energy into transmission line, then it is equal to the energy of the electromagnetic wave. On one hand, such transmission line can be regarded as a limiting case of an LC network with infinitely small capacitors and inductors . If all small capacitors of the network are put on the open end (C), and all small in- ductances are put on the shot-circuited end (L) of Lecher’s line, then the natural frequency of such os- cillatory circuit is 12 LCE, . 3. Electromagnetic Energy in an Atom and on the Transmission Line We can determine the amount em of electromagnetic energy of a wave and bring that energy to the LC circuit formed in the manner described by Lecher’s line, : 2ˆ12EQCCˆem C, where Q is a maximum charge on the said capacitor C. On the other hand, however, in force equation accord- ing to Newton’s second law, Fma, we substitute ace- leration a from 2arv, F from Coulomb’s law, 24qQ r, and m from transverse mass of the electron according to Lorentz’ theory. Because the acceleration is at right angles with respect to the velocity, this transverse 21mmass of the electron is , . Therefore we obtain: 2222221;441qQ qQmrrmcrvqe, (3) where r is the radius of the circular orbit of the electron in an atom, q is the charge of the electron , Q is the charge of the nucleus QZe, Z is atomic number, m is the electron rest mass, c is the speed of light in vac-uum, cv v, where is the electron velocity. The kinetic energy of electron is 2221Kmc mc, . Using Equation (3) and noting that an electron is of opposite charge of the nu- cleus, than the potential energy of electron is 22 241UqQr mc. The total mechanical energy of the electron 22T11EKU mc,  according to the law of conservation of energy is equal to the negative emitted electromagnetic energy, 22em 11EmceVTemEKU EeV, ; here V is the potential difference, which passes an electron from the point of reference potential, to the potential of the point at which an electron is currently located, i.e.,  . 22em 11EmcAccording to  we can write: Copyright © 2013 SciRes. JMP M. PERKOVAC 9012em em2211;2EEmc mc em21 .2Emc (4) Now, the radius r in Equation (3) we write: 22em12E mcem em18r qQEmcE , that is 22C2ˆ1.2c QCEmcˆememem1124 12qQ EmEr (5) This single Equation (5) has two unknown sizes, i.e. parameter C and variable CQ. With the help of Dio- phantine equations we obtain one of the solutions: 4Cr , and 2Cem22em112QqQEmcE mc ˆ, . We can transform now the Equation (5) of the elec- tromagnetic energy in LC circuit : 22CCem2emLC CLCemˆˆ11221ˆ12QQLLECCCC L2C22ˆ2,QLCEmcZQZqQ AEmc   (6) where 2em2em112EmcEmcLCAZqQ (7) shall be called the action of the electromagnetic oscillator, [6,11,12], and LCddln1 4ln2LLzLZCCzC 24 1 (8) is the characteristic impedance of Lecher’s line, , while  2+4 1emEln+1 4ln2  (9) shall be called the structural coefficient of Lecher’s line . The solution of Equation (6) now reads: 2222.mcEAem LC LCEZ qQmcZqQ (10) 4. Structural Constant and Action Constant Now, with regard to Equation (6), em, the action of electromagnetic oscillator can be written as: Constant part of this solution, which does not depend on natural frequency , we denote as action constant 0LCAZqQ . Each oscillator has its own action con- stant. Equation (11) is then: 222200,AA mcAmc  (12) and also we can now write Equations (6) and (10) as (see Planck-Einstein equation): 22em 0emem2222em 00200112,0,EA EmcEmcEAmcAmcAmcA   EeV (13) and with em the first part of the Equation (13) gives (see the test of Duane-Hunt’s law ): 2220012 .01eVeVmceVeV mc222.mcQ2LC LCmcAZqQ Zq   (11) AAeV mc0 (14) A can now be written using Equation (8): Also, 20LC .ZqQeZeZe A (15) One specific Lecher’s line is dedicated to each atomic element. We can choose Lecher’s line, which represents an atom of atomic number Z, arbitrarily. If we choose it so that the product of structural coefficient  and atomic number Z, i.e. Z in Equation (15), is con- stant, so called structural constant, 0sZ,, then, providing rr action constant 0A will be the same for all atoms, i.e. it will be a universal constant for all atomic oscillators: 22 2200000Ase se 0. The only unknown quantity in this expression is s. Let’s see how we shall determine it. 2, 2Namely, below 2, Lecher’s line does not exist, because in that case two conductors become just one guide. Therefore, in the region below , Lecher’s line cannot represent a single atom. However, the limit 2 can be used to determine the structural constant 0s. For example, I estimate, , that only ten percent increase of , .. 1.122.2ie , is not big enough to include all of about forty of unstable elements in this region. An increase of twenty percent of , 1.2 22.4294 Uuo 118Z20782 Pb 82Z, however, should then include almost 40 elements, exactly from 118 , , to the first always-stable atom of lead, , . Therefore, 02.4820.837 828.28sZ  . Now, one can calculate 223400 6.63 10JsAse00 22 137.11s (it is like Planck’s h), and 0 (like fine-struc- ture constant 1). The best agreement with the fine- structure constant gives: 0. Then the action constant of the atomic oscillator is always the same and it 8.277 56sCopyright © 2013 SciRes. JMP M. PERKOVAC 902 is equal to Planck’s constant h. This is a realistic and proven solution. 5. The Wavelength and Momentum of the Electromagnetic Wave in an Atom The momentum of a limited plane electromagnetic wave, like the momentum of a photon, is related to its phase velocity by em emem empE Eu, where  is the wavelength of the electromagnetic wave, and on the other hand, in accordance with the law of conservation of momentum, the linear momentum of the electron, , is equal to the momentum of the electromagnetic wave, (see Compton effect ), em2211Emmc.vEeV (16) From Equation (16), by using Equations (4), (14) and em , we obtain (see de Broglie wavelength; in the case of low-energy is 22,2K mveV mceV): 22321212eV mc002.0AAmvmeV eV mceV mc(17) Phase velocity, , of electromagnetic wave from Equations (14) and (17) is 2em 21212.2eVeV mcmeV mc uv20eV mc empemEeV (18) The momentum we obtain from Equations (13), (17) and (18), with : em 0emem 20122EApeV eV mcmAu20eV mc (19) 6. Properties of Space in the Model of Atom As I have already stated at the beginning, that phase ve- locity is also em 1u, while it is now clear that the wave impedance , [which is an integral part of the characteristic impedance of Lecher’s line in Equation (8), and hence integral part of the action constant 0A in Equation (15)], should therefore remain unchanged, i.e., we get a system of two equations: 002,11eVeV mcm with two unknowns, μ and ε. The solutions of these equa- tions are : 20r02020r0202rr 200122,1122,11212 .1eV mcmeVeV mceV mcmeVeV mceV mcmeVeV mc2212,eV mc (20)    (21) 7. Equation Like Schrödinger’s Equation A current value of linearly polarized standing wave reads [3,4]:  x00y2,sin cos,2,cossin,zEzt EtEzzt tH E,Ezt (22) where 0 is the maximum value, i.e., the amplitude of electric field strength E, x is the x-component of the electric field strength dependent on the z-axis and the time t, and ,yHzt is the y-component of the magnetic field strength H dependent on the z-axis and the time t. All that we shall continue to write for the y-component of the magnetic field ,yHzt shall be applied in the exact same way to the x-component of the electric field ,Eztx. If we use the second derivative of the previous equation, y,Hzt, with respect to z, we get: 222yy,2π,0Hzt zHzt . After the inclu- sion of wavelength , from Equation (17), we obtain: 3222yy24220812,,0.1meVeV mcHzt HztzAeVmc (23) In the case of low-energy 2T,eV mceVKEU , we have: 22yTy220,8,0,Hzt mEUHztzA (24) which in this form resembles the non-relativistic Schrö- dinger’s equation for a single particle moving in an elec- tric field, [1,2]: 22T28,,,,,, 0,mxyztE Uxyzth  (25) ,,,xwhere yzthA is the state function, and h is Planck constant, 0. This similarity of Equations (24) and (25) is not sur- prising, because Schrödinger’s equation is based on the Copyright © 2013 SciRes. JMP M. PERKOVAC Copyright © 2013 SciRes. JMP 903following assumptions :  For a micro-object there exists a state function, whose complex amplitude satisfies the same equation as the complex amplitude of the electromagnetic wave.  Between the energy of the object TE and the fre-quency of the wave  exists relation Eh. T The phase velocity of the wave corresponds to the Equation (19). At low energies, all these assumptions are met for the electron and for the fields E and H. Therefore Equation (24) actually represents Schrödinger’s equation. In the same way, using the second derivative with re- spect to time t, with 2, we obtain the following from the current values ,yHzt of linearly polarized standing wave:  2y,,0Hzt22yHzt t TeV E; or, us- ing Equation (14) (in addition to ),  Ty,0.Hztmc222yT220T,1+ 221+Hzt EmcEAtE (26) Then in the case of low-energy:  22y20,2Hzt EUAtTy,0.Hzt (27) 8. Conclusion Using Maxwell’s equations we determined that the volt- age and current on the transmission line as well as an electromagnetic wave in the atom are described using the same differential equations. Electromagnetic energy in the transmission line is linearly proportional to the natu- ral frequency of oscillation of the LC circuit that belongs to this line. By analogy, the same is true for the electro- magnetic energy of the atom. Factor of proportionality, which we call the action of electromagnetic oscillator, however, is not constant. Because of Lorentz’ theory of electrons this factor depends on the energy, or frequency, of electromagnetic wave. The part of the factor of pro- portionality, that is not dependent on the frequency, which we denoted as action constant, completely coin- cides with Planck’s constant. For low-energy the wave- length of the wave in the atom corresponds to de Bro- glie’s equation, and the frequency corresponds to Duane- Hunt’s law. We found that the electromagnetic wave in the atom is described by Schrödinger’s equation. All of this indicates that atoms can be well described only with the help of Maxwell’s equations and Lorentz’ theory of electrons. All this provides a deeper entry into the matter and reveals a different view of the atom. 9. Acknowledgements The Wolfram Research, Inc. 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