|Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2001
missed the whole point. The
energy is not "waiting in the wires" at all.
Instead, once the source dipole is formed between the generator
or battery terminals, the end charges of this dipole (effectively, the
charges in the terminals) continuously receive EM energy from the
vacuum by absorbing virtual photons from the vacuum.
Imagine a photon that does not persist very long at all, but is
so fleeting that it cannot individually be seen.
However, if it gets absorbed by the dipole, it adds a tiny
little bit of energy. Enough
of them being absorbed this way, adds enough energy to be
"seen", so now there is "real EM energy" there in
excess on that absorbing charge.
When the energy steadily adding to the dipole (being absorbed
by it) gets to that "observable" state, it is then radiated
from the terminals on outside the generator as real, flowing EM
energy, filling the space surrounding those wires from the external
circuit that are connected to the generator terminals.
how the energy is absorbed from the vacuum by the source dipole and TRANSMITTED
from the terminals by that source dipole, and why the transmitted
energy flows on down
through space outside the attached wires.
The surface charges in the wires (and their fields) then
"intercept" this passing energy (something like sticking
your hand out the open window of an automobile and deflecting some air
flow into the car) and divert some of it into the wires to power all
the electrons that are free to move.
this purpose, forget "zero point energy".
Just consider the vacuum to be a seething "gas" of
these fleeting virtual photons. The
thing that "does that adding up" of lots and lots of
absorbed virtual photons, into "big" or observable photons,
is the "broken symmetry" of the source dipole.
For this purpose, all that "broken symmetry of a source
dipole" means is that it will do this process.
for a visualization tool, imagine the spinning of the charges on the
ends of the source dipole as little "spinning wheels".
Imagine the tiny little "virtual" photons as similar
to little short fibers of cotton lint being fed to those little
"spinning wheels", which spin the fibers into much, much
longer "lengths of thread" which now are "real
thread". And so the
"output" of the spinning wheel process is "real
thread" spun from "lots of little fibers".
should do it for you, hopefully.
Batteries and vacuum energy