The theory of the classical electron presented here is a re-formulation of the traditional theory based on a simple application of the causality principle. Causality is the generator of the vacuum gauge—a powerful relativistic theory of potentials well suited to resolve fundamental difficulties associated with the classical electron including particle stability, infinite self energy, and radiation reaction.

In the vacuum gauge the potentials appear as physically meaningful distortions of the vacuum in the near neighborhood of the charge to maintain particle stability at the classical electron radius. This is a very Einstein-like approach to the problem featuring a total stress tensor which includes a vacuum term similar to the cosmological constant of General Relativity.

We encourage persons interested in vacuum gauge electrodynamics to begin with the introductory material contained in the three PDF files available below. These are very short—easy to read—documents which give a general description of how to re-interpret the electromagnetic field of an electron as a distorted continuum capable of radiating vacuum energy into the cosmos. Our hope is that these documents alone will provide incentive to delve deeper into the theory. In the end, we think you’ll agree, the classical electron is a vacuum gauge particle.