Is There a Preferred Canonical Quantum Gauge?

Y. Aharonov 1  and J. Anandan 2
  • 1 Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208, USA / Physics Department, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel / University of California, Berkeley CA 94720, USA
  • 2 Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208, USA

Abstract

The interaction between a long solenoid and a quantized charged particle in the field free region outside it is studied treating both systems quantum mechanically. This leads to a paradox which suggests that when the electromagnetic field is quantized, there may be a preferred quantum gauge for the vector potential. This paradox is resolved by canonically quantizing the system in a different gauge in which the classical Lagrangian contains an acceleration dependent term.

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