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Energy-momentum vector of the classical electron

  • Jeffrey M. Cohen
  • Errol Mustafa
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Abstract

One of the problems often attributed to the classical electron is that energy and linear momentum do not transform as components of a 4-vector under Lorentz transformations. It is shown (with the example of an uncharged balloon) that this problem is not unique to the classical electron with its electromagnetic field extending to spatial infinity. For the balloon model and the classical electron it is shown that the cohesive surface stress makes a contribution to the energy and momentum in such a way that they transform as 4-vector components. From these and other considerations it is shown that the classical electron may be treated in a self-consistent manner.

Keywords

Field Theory Elementary Particle Quantum Field Theory Electromagnetic Field Surface Stress 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeffrey M. Cohen
    • 1
  • Errol Mustafa
    • 1
  1. 1.Physics DepartmentUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia

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