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Nathalie Deruelle and Jean-Philippe Uzan

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198786399

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198786399.001.0001

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The radiation reaction force

The radiation reaction force

(p.361) 19 The radiation reaction force
Relativity in Modern Physics

Nathalie Deruelle

Jean-Philippe Uzan

Oxford University Press

This chapter observes the reaction force acting on a charge due to the radiation it emits. It also considers the related questions of renormalization and physical interpretation. Modifying the Lorentz equation introduced in Chapter 11 by including a radiation reaction force provides a heuristic method of describing the expected slowing of an accelerated charge in response to the radiation it emits. The chapter then goes on to describe the Abraham–Lorentz–Dirac reaction force, the counter-effect of the radiation of an accelerated charge on its motion. In addition, the chapter shows that a hydrogen atom, this time described by the Thomson model, is unstable in Maxwell theory.

Keywords:   radiation reaction force, renormalization, physical interpretation, accelerated charge, Lorentz equation, Abraham–Lorentz–Dirac reaction force, Maxwell theory, Thomson model

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