Radiative reaction and quantum mechanics

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According to the principles of quantum mechanics, the classical Lorentz-Dirac equations of the electron should follow from quantum electrodynamics in the classical limit. We show this is indeed true for the special case in which the charge does not radiate, provided the momentum operators in the Dirac theory are identified, in the classical limit, with the effective momenta of the Lorentz-Dirac equations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2031-2035
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Theoretical Physics
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 1993

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Mathematics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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