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Electron recoil from light emission

  1. Jun 9, 2015 #1
    Is the Abraham-Lorentz force (Also called radiation reaction force) the only recoil experienced by an accelerating charge? Say an electron is accelerating downwards, and that a photon emitted from this electron travels right, perpendicular to the direction of motion of the electron. Does the electron recoil to the left? or does it simply slow down in the direction of motion?
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  3. Jun 9, 2015 #2


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    I believe conservation laws would require that the electron recoil to the left some.
  4. Jun 9, 2015 #3


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    You are using classical pictures for a situation that requires QED.

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