So light propagation, in my view of the universe, happens via self-assembling lyotropic aether. Anything that is lyotropic is defined as something that can dissolve and reform. Lyotropic aether forms in the presence of energy, and dissolves in the absence of it. When the aether is dissolved, the energy is scalar energy. When the aether is structured, the propagation has a vector. The emanations of momentum from an atomic orb are instantaneously scalar, but within the almost non-existent percolation time of an aether level “plank” unit – becomes vectorized by the self assembly of the aether.
Throw a pebble into a pond, and watch the ripples form. Does the “wave” have a direction? No, it emanates in all directions. Thus, we might consider the ripple to be scalar energy, at least on a two dimensional level. So it is with atoms. For an instant, the energy emanates as the energy of the pebble wave, but just as instantaneously, that wave is vectorized into rays propagating through self-assembling lyotropic aether.
A special type of crystallography defines the aether’s lyotropic nature. It is an extension of the crystallography that defines all of chemistry. An example of a lyotropic crystal that behaves exactly according to current physical chemistry precepts is the LCD crystal of a monitor screen or television. LCD crystals become structured in the presence of energy, and unstructured (or other structured) in the absence of it. So, extending the concept of the crystal we are familiar with (LCD) – we better grasp how the lyotropic aether version may work.
So, inherent in my thinking, the observant reader would know, is that I do not consider the “photon” to be the elemental unit of energy. Obviously, for an atom to emanate energy in a scalar manner, subsequently instantaneously vectorized, means the elemental unit of energy is smaller than the conventional photon. The true elemental unit of energy is related to the effective “plank” unit for aether, and not the conventional one.
The vectorization of lyotropic aether causes a medium discontinuity, or boundary condition. Transverse waves are known to form along a boundary condition or gradient in mediums. The ocean wave is an example. So, primary light propagation is longitudinal scalar, instantaneously vectorized, and followed by a secondary wave following the boundary condition and helped along by refraction within the crystallography nature of the lyotropic aether.
Understanding that crystallography defines the universe, all its components, and all of the so-called “space” in between them, we can extrapolate geometric precepts to discover more about physical chemistry. If the crystallographic nature is seen at all levels (aether/atomic/molecular) – then it seems to paint a different picture for the atom than what we’ve been accustomed to believe. The atom, on geometric terms, seems to be implied as a type of Goldberg tetrahedron. Special types of Goldberg tetrahedron seem to align nicely with valence electron counts in atoms, and do not need all the “special cases” to explain the interactions as conventional chemistry does.
Note: the author is a writer on technical subjects in some areas, of novels, and of other literature, but does not have any formal credentials related to the medical field, or in physics. Thus, this all constitutes an opinion of what might be possible, based on his own hobby-level knowledge quests.