Origin of radiation reaction

Amos Harpaz*, Noam Soker

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The emission of radiation from an accelerated charge is analyzed. It is found that at zero velocity, the radiation emitted from the charge imparts no counter momentum to the emitting charge, and no radiation reaction force is created by the radiation. A reaction force is created by the stress force that exists in the curved electric field of the charge, and the work done in overcoming this force is the source of the energy carried hy the radiation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2867-2874
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Theoretical Physics
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2000
Externally publishedYes

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