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Classical and quantum radiation reaction for linear acceleration

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JournalFoundations of Physics
DatePublished - Jul 2005
Issue number7
Number of pages31
Pages (from-to)1149-1179
Original languageEnglish


We investigate the effect of radiation reaction on the motion of a wave packet of a charged scalar particle linearly accelerated in quantum electrodynamics (QED). We give the details of the calculations for the case where the particle is accelerated by a static potential that were outlined in Higuchi and Martin Phys. Rev. D 70 (2004) 081701(R) and present similar results in the case of a time-dependent but space-independent potential. In particular, 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 (h) over bar -> 0 limit, and 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 for both potentials.

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  • radiation reaction, quantum electrodynamics, Lorentz-Dirac, semiclassical approximation, MAXWELL TENSOR, ELECTRODYNAMICS

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