Friday, July 19, 2013

1307.5011 (Andrew M. Steane)

The fields and self-force of a constantly accelerating spherical shell    [PDF]

Andrew M. Steane
We present a partial differential equation describing the electromagnetic potentials around a charge distribution undergoing rigid motion at constant proper acceleration, and obtain a set of solutions to this equation. These solutions are used to find the self-force exactly in a chosen case. The electromagnetic self-force for a spherical shell of charge of proper radius $R$ undergoing rigid motion at constant proper acceleration $a_0$ is, to high order approximation, $ (2 e^2 a_0/R) \sum_{n=0}^\infty (a_0 R)^{2n} ((2n-1)(2n+1)^2(2n+3))^{-1} $, and this is conjectured to be exact.
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