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Title: Un-renormalized classical electromagnetism

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