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Radiation and Lorentz force

  1. Jan 8, 2012 #1
    when a charge particle is moving in electric and magnetic field, a force exert on this particle is Lorentz force.

    when this force apply to this particle, it accelerate and we know accelerated charge particle radiate.

    when a particle radiate an electromagnetic wave ( photon ) lose it's energy.

    it seems that Lorentz force should be modify to describe particle's radiation!

    is it true?
  2. jcsd
  3. Jan 8, 2012 #2
    Your line of thought is essentially correct within the framework of Classical Electrodynamics.

    The force you are referring to is called radiation reaction force or Abraham-Lorentz force.

    However, it leads to many contradictions within Classical Electrodynamics.
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