Atomic Physics and Related Subjects.: Communications to Nature.: A Cosmological Conjecture

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ACCORDING to quantum mechanics, a harmonic oscillator of frequency v has a lowest energy state the energy of which is ½hv. When the electromagnetic field is treated, after Rayleigh and Jeans, and Debye, as an assemblage of independent harmonic oscillators, one of which is associated with each of the normal modes of vibration of the ether, this leads to the result that there is present in all space an infinite positive energy density. It is infinite because there is supposed to be no upper limit to the frequencies of possible normal modes.

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