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Homework Help: Larmor radiation formula invariance

  1. Jun 21, 2010 #1

    I have been taking a classical electrodynamics course, in which we established the classical well-known larmor formula for the radiation of a classically accelerated point charge in vacuum. Then, since the radiated power is a Lorentz invariant, we just assumed that the correct generalization was to replace the classical acceleration with the four-acceleration, and so forth.

    This is actually the derivation given on wikipedia:


    What I do not understand is WHY we can assume that this power is an invariant in the first place (that is, before I write it in the obviously invariant form, which I cannot do if I do not at first assume it to be invariant).

    In both "Greiner, Classical Electrodynamics" and "Jackson, Classical Electrodynamics", it is said that since dE and dt are both fourth componants of quadrivectors, then dE/dt is Lorentz invariant.


    Did I miss something? Do you know of a real derivation of this result?

    Thank you very much!

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  3. Jun 21, 2010 #2


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    In my version of the text, Jackson was kind enough to provide a reference; Rorlich's Classical Charged Particles p.109. It may be worth a look and can probably be found in your university's library.
  4. Jun 22, 2010 #3
    Thank you very much gabbagabbahey, I'll have a look at this book asap!
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