Comments on initial conditions for the Abraham-Lorentz(-Dirac) equation

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An accelerating electric charge coupled to its own electromagnetic field both emits radiation and experiences the radiation's reaction as a (self-)force. Considering the system from an Effective Field Theory perspective, and using the physical initial conditions of no incoming radiation can help resolve many of the problems associated with the often considered "notorious" Abraham-Lorentz/Abraham-Lorentz-Dirac equations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1550011
JournalInternational Journal of Modern Physics A
Issue number2
StatePublished - 20 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The author thanks B. Kol, A. Yarom, S. Hadar, B. Remez and P. Beniamini for helpful comments and discussions. This research was supported by an ERC Advanced grant to Tsvi Piran and by the Israel Science Foundation grant No. 812/11. It was part of the Einstein Research Project “Gravitation and High Energy Physics,” which is funded by the Einstein Foundation Berlin.

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  • Abraham-Lorentz-Dirac
  • effective action
  • initial conditions
  • radiation reaction
  • run-away
  • self-force


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