Selection rules for dipole radiation from a relativistic bound state

M. C. Land, R. I. Arshansky, L. P. Horwitz

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Abstract

Recently, in the framework of a relativistic quantum theory with invariant evolution parameter, solutions have been found for the two-body bound state, whose mass spectrum agrees with the nonrelativistic Schrödinger energy spectrum. In this paper, we study the radiative transitions of these states in the dipole approximation and find that the selection rules are identical with those of the usual nonrelativistic theory, expressed in a manifestly covariant form. In addition to the transverse and longitudinal polarizations of the nonrelativistic theory, we find a "scalar" transition, induced by the relative time coordinate, which is of the same type as the longitudinal transition, expressing the Lorentz covariance of the theory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)563-578
Number of pages16
JournalFoundations of Physics
Volume24
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1994
Externally publishedYes

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