I am doing some personal research in this specific area and wanted to ask something related to photons and EM force. are involved. Here is a thought experiment that doesn't add up to observed results, what's the flaw?
Initial assumption: Virtual photons are the carriers for EM force even in static situations.
Initial setup: Two oppositely charged parallel metallic plates are set up like a simple capacitor, inside the plates are an uniform static electric field, fringe fields are ignored.
Based on the force carrier model, exchange of virtual photons are responsible for this uniform electric field. A plate of non-conductive, non-polar material should be capable of blocking any photons.
In this case, the force carriers would be unable to reach their destination and there would be no electric field.
But in reality the electric field passes straight through the non-conductive plate.
Where have I gone wrong?