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Physics  2001 

De Broglie wave, spontaneous emission and Planck's radiation law according to stochastic electrodynamics

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The idea about a quantum nature of Planck's blackbody radiation law is deeply rooted in minds of most physicists. Einstein's work, in which the coefficients of spontaneous and induced emission were introduced, has always been regarded as a proof that quantum energy discreteness of an atom plays a crucial role in the derivation of this law. In our paper we avoid this standpoint. It may be shown that the de Broglie wave assigned to every material particle is a result of interaction of the particle with zero-point vibrations of electromagnetic ground field. The energetic spectrum of a harmonic oscillator is obtained from this fact within classical physics which coincides with the quantum result. Thus, it is explained here how the energy discreteness came into existence in stochastic electrodynamics (SED) --- the classical electrodynamics with classical electromagnetic zero-point radiation. Next we reconsider the Einstein work from the viewpoint of SED and derive the Planck formula.

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