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Electric polarization of free space

  1. Nov 17, 2012 #1
    If we take the perspective that free space is permeated with a sea of virtual particles, popping in and out of existence, it seems reasonable that such a sea would experience some amount of electric polarization in the presence of an electric field. That is to say, positively charged virtual particles would accelerate toward a real negative charge, and negatively charged virtual particles would accelerate away from a real negative charge.

    How does that relate to [itex]\epsilon_\omicron[/itex]?
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