I had a curious thought today, here is my logic: Charged particles have E fields. Moving charged particles create B fields. Electrons are moving charged particles, oscillating in an atom. Therefore, I concluded that an atom must be creating an oscillating EM wave, even in the ground state.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

But, I've never heard of such a thing. I know all about emissions from electron transitions, but I can't break my own logic here. Its too simple of an argument for me to refute. I assume that means I am probably missing something.

I worked out a simple equation using the static E field equation and some logic from classical mechanics, and it gave me an oscillating E field where the amplitude dropped off as 1/r^2. I know this is wrong, I should have used schrodinger's eqn, probabilities, and relativistic corrections, but I wasn't trying to go that far with it.

I just want to know why they don't have this, and whats wrong with my logic.

thanks

austin

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