Why Physics Needs the Ether - Part 3: Ether and the Strong Interaction
In this paper we consider a new gaseous model of the vacuum (ether). By adopting a ?screening effect\' and a gaseous vacuum model with the needed properties, it is possible to explain the origin of the strong nu-clear force. We consider a model of elementary particles and atomic nuclei possessing an ether atmosphere to explain the higher ether density inside the solid state. The ether atmosphere surrounding the proton, electron and atomic nuclei is considered also as a cause for the mass defect, and as an energy source for nuclear and thermonuclear energy. The relation between energy and mass defect has been established E = 0.9dmc2.