The following is an Abstract of a paper by H. Aspden at a conference on Quantum Physics held at the University of Gdansk in Poland on 21-25 September 1987.
Abstract: The author's photon theory, which gives a theoretical value
of the reciprocal of the fine-structure constant as 137.0359148 for actions in
space undisturbed by matter is extended to the material environment. It is shown
that effects related to our motion through the cosmic reference frame can
account for the part-per-million discrepancies between the above theoretical
value and that measured. The photon theory is further supported by a phenomenon
connected with resonance effects in an interaction between atomic electrons and
the natural oscillations of the space medium, which are at a frequency involving
resonant interaction with the gravity field. This concerns the extreme scarcity
of the element promethium.