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Dynamics of Charged Particles and their Radiation Field - Herbert Spohn

Dynamics of Charged Particles and their Radiation Field


Published: 4th October 2004
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This book provides a self-contained and systematic introduction to classical electron theory and its quantization, nonrelativistic quantum electrodynamics. The first half of the book covers the classical theory. It discusses the well-defined Abraham model of extended charges in interaction with the electromagnetic field, and gives a study of the effective dynamics of charges under the condition that, on the scale given by the size of the charge distribution, they are far apart and the applied potentials vary slowly. The second half covers the quantum theory, leading to a coherent presentation of nonrelativistic quantum electrodynamics. Topics discussed include nonperturbative properties of the basic Hamiltonian, the structure of resonances, the relaxation to the ground state through emission of photons, the nonperturbative derivation of the g-factor of the electron, and the stability of matter.

'... Herbert Spohn's book ... covers both the classical and quantum theories of a charged particle coupled to its own field ... One of the most useful resources in Spohn's book are the historical notes and literature reviews that are inserted at the end of each chapter. ... I am grateful that the author made the effort to collect this information for the benefit of his readers.' Classical and Quantum Gravity

List of symbols
Scope, motivation and orientation
Classical Theory
A charge coupled to its electromagnetic field
Historical notes
The energy-momentum relation
Long-time asymptotics
Adiabatic limit
Comparison dynamics
The Lorentz-Dirac equation
Spinning charges
Many charges
Summary and preamble to the quantum theory
Quantum Theory
Quantizing the Abraham model
The statistical mechanics connection
States of lowest energy: statics
States of lowest energy: dynamics
Relaxation at finite temperatures
Behaviour at very large and very small distances
Many charges, stability of matter
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ISBN: 9780521836975
ISBN-10: 0521836972
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 378
Published: 4th October 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.4 x 17.0  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.8