 Neutrino theory of light

The neutrino theory of light is the proposal that the photon is a composite particle formed of a neutrinoantineutrino pair. It is based on the idea that emission and absorption of a photon corresponds to the creation and annihilation of a particleantiparticle pair. The neutrino theory of light is not currently accepted as part of mainstream physics, as according to the standard model the photon is an elementary particle, a gauge boson.
Historically, many particles that were once thought to be elementary such as protons, neutrons, pions, and kaons have turned out to be composite particles. In 1932, Louis de Broglie^{[1]}^{[2]} suggested that the photon might be the combination of a neutrino and an antineutrino. During the 1930s there was great interest in the neutrino theory of light and Pascual Jordan,^{[3]} Ralph Kronig, Max Born, and others worked on the theory.
In 1938, Maurice Henry Lecorney Pryce^{[4]} brought work on the composite photon theory to halt. He showed that the conditions imposed by BoseEinstein commutation relations for the composite photon and the connection between its spin and polarization were incompatible. Pryce also pointed out other possible problems, “In so far as the failure of the theory can be traced to any one cause it is fair to say that it lies in the fact that light waves are polarized transversely while neutrino ‘waves’ are polarized longitudinally,” and lack of rotational invariance. In 1966, V S Berezinskii^{[5]} reanalyzed Pryce’s paper, giving a clearer picture of the problem that Pryce uncovered.
Starting in the 1960s work on the neutrino theory of light resumed, and there continues to be some interest in recent years.^{[6]}^{[7]}^{[8]}^{[9]} Attempts have been made to solve the problem pointed out by Pryce, known as Pryce’s Theorem, and other problems with the composite photon theory. The incentive is seeing the natural way that many photon properties are generated from the theory and the knowledge that some problems exist^{[10]}^{[11]} with the current photon model. However, there is no experimental evidence that the photon has a composite structure.
Some of the problems for the neutrino theory of light are the nonexistence for massless neutrinos^{[12]} with both spin parallel and antiparallel to their momentum and the fact that composite photons are not bosons. Attempts to solve some of these problems will be discussed, but the lack of massless neutrinos makes it impossible to form a massless photon with this theory. The neutrino theory of light is not considered to be part of mainstream physics.
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Forming photon from neutrinos
Actually, it is not difficult to obtain transversely polarized photons from neutrinos.^{[13]}^{[14]}
The neutrino field
The neutrino field satisfies the Dirac equation with the mass set to zero,

 γ^{μ}p_{μ}Ψ = 0.
The gamma matrices in the Weyl basis are:
The matrix γ^{0} is Hermitian while γ^{k} is antihermitian. They satisfy the anticommutation relation,

 γ^{μ}γ^{ν} + γ^{ν}γ^{μ} = 2η^{μν}I
where η^{μν} is the Minkowski metric with signature ( + − − − ) and I is the unit matrix.
The neutrino field is given by,
where kx stands for . a_{1} and c_{1} are the fermion annihilation operators for ν_{1} and respectively, while a_{2} and c_{2} are the annihilation operators for ν_{2} and . ν_{1} is a righthanded neutrino and ν_{2} is a lefthanded neutrino. The u's are spinors with the superscripts and subscripts referring to the energy and helicity states respectively. Spinor solutions for the Dirac equation are,
The neutrino spinors for negative momenta are related to those of positive momenta by,
The composite photon field
De Broglie^{[1]} and Kronig^{[13]} suggested the use of a local interaction to bind the neutrinoantineutrino pair. (Rosen and Singer^{[15]} have used a deltafunction^{[disambiguation needed ]} interaction in forming a composite photon.) Fermi and Yang^{[16]} used a local interaction to bind a fermionantiferminon pair in attempting to form a pion. A fourvector field can be created from a fermionantifermion pair,^{[17]}
Forming the photon field can be done simply by,
where .
The annihilation operators for righthanded and lefthanded photons formed of fermionantifermion pairs are defined as,^{[18]}^{[19]}^{[20]}^{[21]}
is a spectral function, normalized by
Photon polarization vectors
The polarization vectors corresponding to the combinations used in Eq. (1) are,
Carrying out the matrix multiplications results in,
where and have been placed on the right.
For massless fermions the polarization vectors depend only upon the direction of . Let .
These polarization vectors satisfy the normalization relation,
The Lorentzinvariant dot products of the internal fourmomentum p_{μ} with the polarization vectors are,
In three dimensions,
Composite photon satisfies Maxwell’s equations
In terms of the polarization vectors, A_{μ}(x) becomes,
The electric field and magnetic field are given by,
Applying Eq. (6) to Eq. (5), results in,
Maxwell's equations for free space are obtained as follows:
Thus, contains terms of the form which equate to zero by the first of Eq. (4). This gives,
as contains similar terms.
The expression contains terms of the form while contains terms of form . Thus, the last two equations of (4) can be used to show that,
Although the neutrino field violates parity and charge conjugation ,^{[22]} and transform in the usual way ,^{[14]}^{[21]}
A_{μ} satisfies the Lorentz condition,
which follows from Eq. (3).
Although many choices for gamma matrices can satisfy the Dirac equation, it is essential that one use the Weyl representation in order to get the correct photon polarization vectors and and that satisfy Maxwell's equations. Kronig^{[13]} first realized this. In the Weyl representation, the fourcomponent spinors are describing two sets of twocomponent neutrinos. The connection between the photon antisymmetric tensor and the twocomponent Weyl equation was also noted by Sen.^{[23]} One can also produce the above results using a twocomponent neutrino theory.^{[8]}
To compute the commutation relations for the photon field, one needs the equation,
To obtain this equation, Kronig^{[13]} wrote a relation between the neutrino spinors that was not rotationally invariant as pointed out by Pryce.^{[4]} However, as Perkins^{[14]} showed, this equation follows directly from summing over the polarization vectors, Eq. (2), that were obtained by explicitly solving for the neutrino spinors.
If the momentum is along the third axis, and reduce to the usual polarization vectors for right and left circularly polarized photons respectively.
Problems with the neutrino theory of light
Although composite photons satisfy many properties of real photons, there are major problems with this theory.
Bose–Einstein commutation relations
It is known that a photon is a boson.^{[24]} Does the composite photon satisfy Bose–Einstein commutation relations? Fermions are defined as the particles whose creation and annihilation operators adhere to the anticommutation relations
while bosons are defined as the particles that adhere to the commutation relations
The creation and annihilation operators of composite particles formed of fermion pairs adhere to the commutation relations of the form^{[18]}^{[19]}^{[20]}^{[21]}
with
For Cooper electron pairs,^{[20]} "a" and "c" represent different spin directions. For nucleon pairs (the deuteron),^{[18]}^{[19]} "a" and "c" represent proton and neutron. For neutrino–antineutrino pairs,^{[21]} "a" and "c" represent neutrino and antineutrino. The size of the deviations from pure Bose behavior,
depends on the degree of overlap of the fermion wave functions and the constraints of the Pauli exclusion principle.
If the state has the form
then the expectation value of Eq. (9) vanishes for , and the expression for can be approximated by
Using the fermion number operators and , this can be written,
showing that it is the average number of fermions in a particular state averaged over all states with weighting factors and .
Jordan’s attempt to solve problem
De Broglie did not address the problem of statistics for the composite photon. However, "Jordan considered the essential part of the problem was to construct Bose–Einstein amplitudes from Fermi–Dirac amplitudes", as Pryce^{[4]} noted. Jordan^{[3]} "suggested that it is not the interaction between neutrinos and antineutrinos that binds them together into photons, but rather the manner in which they interact with charged particles that leads to the simplified description of light in terms of photons."
Jordan's hypothesis eliminated the need for theorizing an unknown interaction, but his hypothesis that the neutrino and antineutrino are emitted in exactly the same direction seems rather artificial as noted by Fock.^{[25]} His strong desire to obtain exact Bose–Einstein commutation relations for the composite photon led him to work with a scalar or longitudinally polarized photon. Greenberg and Wightman^{[26]} have pointed out why the onedimensional case works, but the threedimensional case does not.
In 1928, Jordan noticed that commutation relations for pairs of fermions were similar to those for bosons.^{[27]} Compare Eq. (7) with Eq. (8). From 1935 till 1937, Jordan, Kronig, and others^{[28]} tried to obtain exact Bose–Einstein commutation relations for the composite photon. Terms were added to the commutation relations to cancel out the delta term in Eq. (8). These terms corresponded to "simulated photons." For example, the absorption of a photon of momentum could be simulated by a Raman effect in which a neutrino with momentum is absorbed while another of another with opposite spin and momentum is emitted. (It is now known that single neutrinos or antineutrinos interact so weakly that they cannot simulate photons.)
Pryce’s theorem
In 1938, Pryce^{[4]} showed that one cannot obtain both Bose–Einstein statistics and transverselypolarized photons from neutrinoantineutrino pairs. Construction of transverselypolarized photons is not the problem.^{[29]} As Berezinski^{[5]} noted, "The only actual difficulty is that the construction of a transverse fourvector is incompatible with the requirement of statistics." In some ways Berezinski gives a clearer picture of the problem. A simple version of the proof is as follows:
The expectation values of the commutation relations for composite right and lefthanded photons are:
where
The deviation from Bose–Einstein statistics is caused by and , which are functions of the neutrino numbers operators.
Linear polarization photon operators are defined by
A particularly interesting commutation relation is,
which follows from (10) and (12).
For the composite photon to obey Bose–Einstein commutation relations, at the very least,
Pryce noted.^{[4]} From Eq. (11) and Eq. (13) the requirement is that
gives zero when applied to any state vector. Thus, all the coefficients of and , etc. must vanish separately. This means , and the composite photon does not exist,^{[4]}^{[5]} completing the proof.
Perkins’ attempt to solve problem
Perkins^{[14]}^{[21]} reasoned that the photon does not have to obey Bose–Einstein commutation relations, because the nonBose terms are small and they may not cause any detectable effects. Perkins^{[11]} noted, "As presented in many quantum mechanics texts it may appear that Bose statistics follow from basic principles, but it is really from the classical canonical formalism. This is not a reliable procedure as evidenced by the fact that it gives the completely wrong result for spin1/2 particles." Furthermore, "most integral spin particles (light mesons, strange mesons, etc.) are composite particles formed of quarks. Because of their underlying fermion structure, these integral spin particles are not fundamental bosons, but composite quasibosons. However, in the asymptotic limit, which generally applies, they are essentially bosons. For these particles, Bose commutation relations are just an approximation, albeit a very good one. There are some differences; bringing two of these composite particles close together will force their identical fermions to jump to excited states because of the Pauli exclusion principle."
Brzezinski in reaffirming Pryce's theorem argues that commutation relation (14) is necessary for the photon to be truly neutral. However, Perkins^{[21]} has shown that a neutral photon in the usual sense can be obtained without Bose–Einstein commutation relations.
The number operator for a composite photon is defined as
Lipkin^{[18]} suggested for a rough estimate to assume that where Ω is a constant equal to the number of states used to construct the wave packet.
Perkins^{[11]} showed that the effect of the composite photon’s number operator acting on a state of m composite photons is,
using . This result differs from the usual one because of the second term which is small for large Ω. Normalizing in the usual manner,^{[30]}
where is the state of composite photons having momentum which is created by applying on the vacuum times. Note that,
which is the same result as obtained with boson operators. The formulas in Eq. (15) are similar to the usual ones with correction factors that approach zero for large Ω.
Blackbody radiation
The main evidence indicating that photons are bosons comes from the Blackbody radiation experiments which are in agreement with Planck's distribution. Perkins^{[11]} calculated the photon distribution for Blackbody radiation using the second quantization method,^{[30]} but with a composite photon.
The atoms in the walls of the cavity are taken to be a twolevel system with photons emitted from the upper level β and absorbed at the lower level α. The transition probability for emission of a photon is enhanced when n_{p} photons are present,
where the first of (15) has been used. The absorption is enhanced less since the second of (15) is used,
Using the equality,
of the transition rates, Eqs. (16) and (17) are combined to give,
The probability of finding the system with energy E is proportional to e^{−E/kT} according to Boltzmann's distribution law. Thus, the equilibrium between emission and absorption requires that,
with the photon energy ω_{p} = E_{β} − E_{α}. Combining the last two equations results in,
with . For Ω(ω_{p} / kT) > > 1, this reduces to
This equation differs from Planck’s law because of the 1 / Ω term. For the conditions used in the Blackbody radiation experiments of Coblentz,^{[31]} Perkins estimates that 1 / Ω < 10^{−9}, and the maximum deviation from Planck's law is less than one part in 10^{−8}, which is too small to be detected.
Only lefthanded neutrinos exist
Experimental results show that only lefthanded neutrinos and righthanded antineutrinos exist. Three sets of neutrinos have been observed,^{[32]}^{[33]} one that is connected with electrons, one with muons, and one with tau leptons.^{[34]}
In the standard model the pion and muon decay modes are:


π+ → μ+ + ν
μμ+ → e+ + ν
e+ ν
μ

To form a photon, which satisfies parity and charge conjugation, two sets of twocomponent neutrinos (i.e., righthanded and lefthanded neutrinos) are needed. Perkins (see Sec. VI of Ref.^{[14]}) attempted to solve this problem by noting that the needed two sets of twocomponent neutrinos would exist if the positive muon is identified as the particle and the negative muon as the antiparticle. The reasoning is as follows: let ν_{1} be the righthanded neutrino and ν_{2} the lefthanded neutrino with their corresponding antineutrinos (with opposite helicity). The neutrinos involved in beta decay are ν_{2} and ν_{2}, while those for πμ decay are ν_{1} and ν_{1}. With this scheme the pion and muon decay modes are:


π+ → μ+ + ν_{1} μ+ → e+ + ν_{2} + ν_{1}

Absence of massless neutrinos
There is convincing evidence that neutrinos have mass. In experiments at the SuperKamiokande researchers^{[12]} have discovered neutrino oscillations in which one flavor of neutrino changed into another. This means that neutrinos have nonzero mass. Since massless neutrinos are needed to form a massless photon, a composite photon is not possible.
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