publication . Preprint . 2008

The dynamics of a charged particle

Rohrlich, Fritz;
Open Access English
  • Published: 29 Apr 2008
Using physical arguments, I derive the physically correct equations of motion for a classical charged particle from the Lorentz-Abraham-Dirac equations (LAD) which are well known to be physically incorrect. Since a charged particle can classically not be a point particle because of the Coulomb field divergence, my derivation accounts for that by imposing a basic condition on the external force. That condition ensures that the particle's finite size charge distribution looks like a point charge to the external force. Finite radius charge distributions are known not to lead to differential equations of motion. The present work is in agreemnent with the results by ...
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