Ph 406 : Elementary Particle Physics Problem Set 2

Abstract

First, ignore the longitudinal motion, and deduce the transverse motion, expressing its amplitude in terms of η and λ. Then, in a “macroscopic” view which averages over the “microscopic” motion, the time-average total energy of the electron can be regarded as mc, where m > m is the effective mass of the electron (considered as a quasiparticle in the quantum view). That is, the “background” electromagnetic field has “given” mass to the electron beyond that in zero field. This is an electromagnetic version of the Higgs (Kibble) mechanism.

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@inproceedings{McDonald2013Ph4, title={Ph 406 : Elementary Particle Physics Problem Set 2}, author={Kirk McDonald}, year={2013} }