Accelerated electron photon emission

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Classically, I think it is correct to say that Maxwell implies an accelerated electron will "radiate"

What is the quantum take on this please? In particular, what determines the wavelength of the emitted photon?

PS I may ahve asked something like this before, but I never found an answer. This is a re-phrasing of the question.

PPS I know one should not try to interpret what the maths says in practical terms! cf, maths of a car's front suspension is same as how you tune a radio, but my radio is not made of springs and shock absorbers!

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David
 

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Classically, I think it is correct to say that Maxwell implies an accelerated electron will "radiate"

What is the quantum take on this please? In particular, what determines the wavelength of the emitted photon?
It is the same quantum mechanically. That is why the electron in an atom cannot be said to orbit the nucleus, as otherwise it would be accelerating and thus emit radiation and lose energy. Instead, quantum mechanics showed that the electron is in a stationary state around the nucleus.
 

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