D ec 2 00 0 Bursts of Radiation and Recoil Effects in Electromagnetism and Gravitation

The Maxwell field of a charge e which experiences an impulsive acceleration or deceleration is constructed explicitly by subdividing Minkowskian space–time into two halves bounded by a future null– cone and then glueing the halves back together with appropriate matching conditions. The resulting retarded radiation can be viewed as instantaneous… CONTINUE READING

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