Relativistic causality and conservation of energy in classical electromagnetic theory

A. Kislev, L. Vaidman

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Abstract

Causality puts certain constraints on the change of the electromagnetic field due to the change in motion of charged particles. Naive calculations of the electromagnetic energy and the work performed by the electromagnetic fields which take these constraints into account might lead to paradoxes involving the apparent nonconservation of energy. A few paradoxes of this type for the simple motion of two charges are presented and resolved in a quantitative way providing deeper insight into various relativistic effects in classical electromagnetic theory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1216-1223
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Physics
Volume70
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2002

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