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Classical electromagnetic radiation of the Dirac electronA wave-function-dependent four-vector potential is added to the Dirac equation in order to achieve conservation of energy and momentum for a Dirac electron and its emitted electromagnetic field. The resultant equation contains solutions which describe transitions between different energy states of the electron. As a consequence it is possible to follow the space-time evolution of such a process. This evolution is shown in the case of the spontaneous emission of an electromagnetic field by an electron bound in a hydrogen-like atom. The intensity of the radiation and the spectral distribution are calculated for transitions between two eigenstates. The theory gives a self-consistent deterministic description of some simple radiation processes without using quantum electrodynamics or the correspondence principle.
Document ID
19740033279
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Authors
Lanyi, G. (Chicago, University Chicago, Ill., United States)
Date Acquired
August 7, 2013
Publication Date
November 15, 1973
Publication Information
Publication: Physical Review D - Particles and Fields
Subject Category
PHYSICS, GENERAL
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NGL-14-001-006
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
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