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Lorentz-Dirac force from QED for linear acceleration

Higuchi, A. and Giles, M.D.R. (2004) Lorentz-Dirac force from QED for linear acceleration. Physical Review D, 70 (8/0817). pp. 1-5. ISSN 1550-2368

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We investigate the motion of a wave packet of a charged scalar particle linearly accelerated by a static potential in quantum electrodynamics. We calculate the expectation value of the position of the charged particle after the acceleration to first order in the fine structure constant in the ℏ→0 limit. We find that the change in the expectation value of the position (the position shift) due to radiation reaction agrees exactly with the result obtained using the Lorentz-Dirac force in classical electrodynamics. We also point out that the one-loop correction to the potential may contribute to the position change in this limit.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Mathematics (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2009 17:43
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2009 17:43
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevD.70.081701
Status: Published
Publisher: The American Physical Society.
Identification Number: 10.1103/PhysRevD.70.081701
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/7290

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