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Title: Classical and quantum radiation reaction
Author: Martin, Giles D. R.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3620 0117
Awarding Body: University of York
Current Institution: University of York
Date of Award: 2007
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This thesis reports on work undertaken in comparing the effects of the phenomenon of radiation reaction in classical and quantum theories of electrodynamics. Specifically, it is concerned with the prediction of the change in position of a particle due to the inclusion of the self-force in the theory. We calculate this position shift for the classical theory, treating radiation reaction as a perturbation in line with the reduction of order procedure. We calculate the contributions to the position shift in the Ii -t 0 limit of quantum field theory to order e2 in the coupling, the order of the classical self-force. Thes~ calculations contain the emission and forward scattering one loop processes of quantum electrodynamics. The quantum calculations are completed for the case of a particle represented by a scalar field wave packet and then for a particle represented by the Dirac spinor field. We additionally give an alternative derivation of the scalar results using the interpretation of radiation reaction via a Green's function decomposition, in order to explain and contrast the results achieved.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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