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Electron Magnetic Moment's Difference From Classical Mechanics

  1. May 17, 2012 #1
    I was reading the Wikipedia article on Electron magnetic dipole moments and it mentioned that the "g-factor" is need in determining the magnetic moment of an electron because it varies by approximately two from the prediction of classical mechanics. Why exactly does this discrepancy occur?
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  3. May 17, 2012 #2


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    Because the classical orbital motion is a totally different thing compared to the quantum mechanical angular momentum which has 2 distinctive parts: orbital (which has a classical counterpart) and spin (which doesn't have a classical counterpart).

    It's the same difference as computing the deflection angle on star radiation due to solar gravitational field in Newtonian mechanics and gravity versus Einstein's GR.
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