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978-0-387-31512-6

Relativistic Dynamics of a Charged Sphere

Publish Date: 2006

ISBN: 978-0-387-31512-6

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This book takes a fresh, systematic approach to determining the equation of motion for the classical model of the electron introduced by Lorentz more than 100 years ago. The original derivations of Lorentz, Abraham, Poincaré and Schott are modified and generalized for the charged insulator model of the electron to obtain an equation of motion consistent with causal solutions to the Maxwell-Lorentz equations and the equations of special relativity. The solutions to the resulting equation of motion are free of pre-acceleration and runaway behavior. Binding forces and a total stress–momentum–energy tensor are derived for the charged insulator model. Appendices provide simplified derivations of the self-force and power at arbitrary velocity.


Subject: Physics and Astronomy, Dirac equation, Lorentz electron, Relativity, Special relativity, classical electron, electromagnetic momentum and energy, equation of motion, radiation reaction, relativistic dynamics, self-force, synchroton radiation