The Implications of Radiative Equilibrium in Jaynes’ Extension of Semiclassical Radiation Theory
The development of the quantum theory of matter and radiation hinged rather importantly upon two experimental facts, namely, the stability of atoms in their ground states, and the blackbody radiation law. The present quantum electrodynamics (QED) contains explanations of these facts along with virtually all others that atomic spectra can offer. However, many awkward divergences (such as the infinite contribution the transverse electromagnetic field makes to the electron mass) exist in the theory which must be explained away before theory and experiment agree. For this and other more philosophical reasons, further development of the theory is certainly desirable.
KeywordsDipole Moment Spontaneous Emission Quantal Uncertainty Neoclassical Theory Spontaneous Emission Rate
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