Derivation of the self-interaction force on an arbitrarily moving point-charge and of its related energy-momentum radiation rate: The Lorentz-Dirac equation of motion in a Colombeau algebra

Abstract

The classical theory of radiating point-charges is revisited: the retarded potentials, fields, and currents are defined as nonlinear generalized functions. All calculations are made in a Colombeau algebra, and the spinor representations provided by the biquaternion formulation of classical electrodynamics are used to make all four-dimensional integrations exactly and in closed-form. The total rate of energy-momentum radiated by an arbitrarily moving relativistic point-charge under the effect of its own field is shown to be rigorously equal to minus the self-interaction force due to that field. This solves, without changing anything in Maxwell’s theory, numerous long-standing problems going back to more than a century. As an immediate application an unambiguous derivation of the Lorentz-Dirac equation of motion is given, and the origin of the problem with the Schott term is explained: it was due to the fact that the correct self-energy of a point charge is not the Coulomb self-energy, but an integral over a delta-squared function which yields a finite contribution to the Schott term that is either absent or incorrect in the customary formulations. 03.50.De Classical electromagnetism, Maxwell equations

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@inproceedings{Gsponer2008DerivationOT, title={Derivation of the self-interaction force on an arbitrarily moving point-charge and of its related energy-momentum radiation rate: The Lorentz-Dirac equation of motion in a Colombeau algebra}, author={Andr{\'e} Gsponer}, year={2008} }