Accession Number : AD0623648

Title :   A DISCUSSION OF THE WHEELER-FEYNMAN ABSORBER THEORY OF RADIATION.

Descriptive Note : Physical sciences research papers,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE CAMBRIDGE RESEARCH LABS L G HANSCOM FIELD MASS

Personal Author(s) : Newburgh,Ronald G.

Report Date : OCT 1965

Pagination or Media Count : 27

Abstract : The Wheeler-Feynman absorber theory of radiation is reviewed. A proof is offered to show that a sum of advanced and retarded effects from the absorber can provide the origin of radiative reaction. This proof is different from and perhaps simpler than that of Wheeler and Feynman. From arguments of momentum and energy conservation the necessity of the absorber for the emission of radiation is demonstrated for three cases. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*FIELD THEORY, CHARGED PARTICLES), (*CHARGED PARTICLES, ACCELERATION), ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION, ABSORPTION, POTENTIAL THEORY, RELATIVITY THEORY, MOMENTUM, ELECTRONS, HYDROGEN

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE