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Zeitschrift für Naturforschung A

A Journal of Physical Sciences

Editor-in-Chief: Holthaus, Martin

Editorial Board: Fetecau, Corina / Kiefer, Claus

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Volume 31, Issue 12


A Problem Connected with the Schott Term in Classical Electrodynamics

M. Sorg
Published Online: 2014-06-02 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/zna-1976-1207


It is shown that the well-known "4/3-problem" of the old Abraham-Lorentz model for the extended electron is still present in Rohrlich's redefinition of the electromagnetic four-momentum, if the latter is applied to an accelerated electron. The notorious factor 4/3 emerges now in connection with the Schott term. Since this term is an indispensable constituent of the Lorentz-Dirac equation of motion for the radiating electron, this equation appears to be not completely reliable.

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Received: 1976-10-30

Published Online: 2014-06-02

Published in Print: 1976-12-01

Citation Information: Zeitschrift für Naturforschung A, Volume 31, Issue 12, Pages 1500–1506, ISSN (Online) 1865-7109, ISSN (Print) 0932-0784, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/zna-1976-1207.

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