Feynman's Nobel classical electrodynamics action

  1. In his Nobel lecture Feynman describes an electrodynamic action between a set of particles (equation 1, one third way thru lecture):


    The action is in 4-vector form.

    I wonder if someone could do me a favour and re-express the action just for a pair of particles in 3-vector form?

    I presume the action is related to the Darwin Lagrangian. The main difference between them is that in the Feynman action each particle has its own proper time whereas the Darwin lagrangian is expressed in a universal time.


    Last edited: Dec 29, 2012
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  3. Jano L.

    Jano L. 1,295
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    I think it should be easy if you just replace [itex]X^i[/itex] by [itex](ct_i,\mathbf r_i)[/itex] in the integral and play a little with the formula. However, the resulting action will contain double integral over two trajectories, while the action for the Darwin Lagrangian is just an integral of certain function over coordinate time. The motions described by the two are quite different in general; the motion due to the action with Darwin Lagrangian can be thought of as best approximation to the motion implied by the Feynman action, possible with action that uses just coordinates and velocities at common time.
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