# An extensible model of the electron

@article{Dirac1962AnEM, title={An extensible model of the electron}, author={Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac}, journal={Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series A. Mathematical and Physical Sciences}, year={1962}, volume={268}, pages={57 - 67} }

It is proposed that the electron should be considered classically as a charged conducting surface, with a surface tension to prevent it from flying apart under the repulsive forces of the charge. Such an electron has a state of stable equilibrium with spherical symmetry, and if disturbed its shape and size oscillate. The equations of motion are deduced from an action principle and a Hamiltonian form alism is obtained. The energy of the first excited state with spherical symmetry is worked out… Expand

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