Significance of electromagnetic potentials in the quantum theory

Y. Aharonov, D. Bohm

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Abstract

In this paper, we discuss some interesting properties of the electromagnetic potentials in the quantum domain. We shall show that, contrary to the conclusions of classical mechanics, there exist effects of potentials on charged particles, even in the region where all the fields (and therefore the forces on the particles) vanish. We shall then discuss possible experiments to test these conclusions; and, finally, we shall suggest further possible developments in the interpretation of the potentials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)485-491
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Review
Volume115
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1959
Externally publishedYes

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