A coaccelerated observer

Amos Harpaz*, Noam Soker

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We analyze the situation of an observer coaccelerated relative to a linearly accelerated charge, in order to find whether he can observe the radiation emitted from the accelerated charge. It is found that the seemingly special situation of the coaccelerated observer relative to any other observer, is deduced from a wrong use of the retarded coordinate system, when such a system is inadmissible. It is also found that the coaccelerated observer has no special position other than any other observer, and hence, he can observe any physical events as any other observer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1521-1531
Number of pages11
JournalFoundations of Physics
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2005


  • Curved electric field
  • Radiation reaction force

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