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Title: Inertial interpretation of the Unruh effect

Abstract

The process of excitation with the simultaneous emission of radiation of a uniformly accelerated quantum detector is discussed from the inertial-frame point of view. Details of the emitted radiation, such as angular distributions and total emission rates, are given. Some of the apparent paradoxes arising in the interpretation of the process have their counterparts in classical electrodynamics.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Department of Physics, University of Trondheim (AVH), N-7055 Trondheim, Norway
OSTI Identifier:
6853755
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Phys. Rev. D; (United States); Journal Volume: 38:4
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; 71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; RADIATION DETECTORS; ACCELERATION; ANGULAR DISTRIBUTION; CHARGED PARTICLES; CLASSICAL MECHANICS; ELECTRODYNAMICS; ENERGY LEVELS; GRAVITATIONAL FIELDS; LAGRANGIAN FUNCTION; MASSLESS PARTICLES; PERTURBATION THEORY; PROBABILITY; SCALAR FIELDS; SPACE-TIME; DISTRIBUTION; ELEMENTARY PARTICLES; FUNCTIONS; MEASURING INSTRUMENTS; MECHANICS 645400* -- High Energy Physics-- Field Theory; 657002 -- Theoretical & Mathematical Physics-- Classical & Quantum Mechanics

Citation Formats

Kolbenstvedt, H. Inertial interpretation of the Unruh effect. United States: N. p., 1988. Web. doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.38.1118.
Kolbenstvedt, H. Inertial interpretation of the Unruh effect. United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.38.1118.
Kolbenstvedt, H. 1988. "Inertial interpretation of the Unruh effect". United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.38.1118.
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