Journal of Physics: Conference Series: Preface

L. P. Horwitz, Luca Lusanna, Tepper Gill, Martin C. Land, Paolo Salucci

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Although the subject of relativistic dynamics has been explored, from both classical and quantum mechanical points of view, since the work of Einstein and Dirac, its most striking development has been in the framework of quantum field theory. The very accurate calculations of spectral and scattering properties, for example, of the anomalous magnetic moment of the electron and the Lamb shift in quantum electrodynamics, and many qualitative features of the strong and electroweak interactions, demonstrate the very great power of description achieved in this framework. Yet, many fundamental questions remain to be clarified, such as the structure of classical relativistic dynamical theories on the level of Hamilton and Lagrange in Minkowski space as well as on the curved manifolds of general relativity. There moreover remains the important question of the covariant classical description of systems at high energy for which particle production effects are not large, such as discussed in Synge's book, The Relativistic Gas, and in Balescu's book on relativistic statistical mechanics. In recent years, the study of high energy plasmas and heavy ion collisions has emphasized the importance of developing the techniques of relativistic mechanics.
Original languageEnglish
Article number011001
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2013
Event8th Biennial Conference on Classical and Quantum Relativistic Dynamics of Particles and Fields, IARD 2012 - Florence, Italy
Duration: 29 May 20121 Jun 2012


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