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Title: Un-renormalized classical electromagnetism

Abstract

This paper follows in the tradition of direct-action versions of electromagnetism having the aim of avoiding a balance of infinities wherein a mechanical mass offsets an infinite electromagnetic mass so as to arrive at a finite observed value. However, the direct-action approach ultimately failed in that respect because its initial exclusion of self-action was later found to be untenable in the relativistic domain. Pursing the same end, this paper examines instead a version of electromagnetism wherein mechanical action is excluded and self-action is retained. It is shown that the resulting theory is effectively interacting due to the presence of infinite forces. A vehicle for the investigation is a pair of classical point charges in a positronium-like arrangement for which the orbits are found to be self-sustaining and naturally quantized.

Authors:
 [1]
  1. Institute for Advanced Studies at Austin, 4030 West Braker Lane, Suite 300, Austin, TX 78759 (United States). E-mail: ibison@earthtech.org
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
20766982
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Annals of Physics (New York); Journal Volume: 321; Journal Issue: 2; Other Information: DOI: 10.1016/j.aop.2005.05.002; PII: S0003-4916(05)00087-4; Copyright (c) 2005 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; ELECTROMAGNETISM; MASS; ORBITS; POINT CHARGE; POSITRONIUM; RELATIVISTIC RANGE; RENORMALIZATION

Citation Formats

Ibison, Michael. Un-renormalized classical electromagnetism. United States: N. p., 2006. Web. doi:10.1016/j.aop.2005.05.002.
Ibison, Michael. Un-renormalized classical electromagnetism. United States. doi:10.1016/j.aop.2005.05.002.
Ibison, Michael. 2006. "Un-renormalized classical electromagnetism". United States. doi:10.1016/j.aop.2005.05.002.
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title = {Un-renormalized classical electromagnetism},
author = {Ibison, Michael},
abstractNote = {This paper follows in the tradition of direct-action versions of electromagnetism having the aim of avoiding a balance of infinities wherein a mechanical mass offsets an infinite electromagnetic mass so as to arrive at a finite observed value. However, the direct-action approach ultimately failed in that respect because its initial exclusion of self-action was later found to be untenable in the relativistic domain. Pursing the same end, this paper examines instead a version of electromagnetism wherein mechanical action is excluded and self-action is retained. It is shown that the resulting theory is effectively interacting due to the presence of infinite forces. A vehicle for the investigation is a pair of classical point charges in a positronium-like arrangement for which the orbits are found to be self-sustaining and naturally quantized.},
doi = {10.1016/j.aop.2005.05.002},
journal = {Annals of Physics (New York)},
number = 2,
volume = 321,
place = {United States},
year = 2006,
month = 2
}