Is there a preferred canonical quantum gauge?

Y. Aharonov*, J. Anandan

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The interaction between a long solenoid and a 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 or Hamiltonian contains an acceleration dependent term.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)493-497
Number of pages5
JournalPhysics Letters, Section A: General, Atomic and Solid State Physics
Issue number6
StatePublished - 9 Dec 1991
Externally publishedYes


FundersFunder number
National Science FoundationPHY-8807812


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