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Re: Does Free-falling Electron Radiate?

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Posted by Richard D. Stafford, Ph.D. on January 25, 2001 20:11:47 UTC

Alexander,

Of course it radiates! In the elevator case, you are passing a charge singularity (it's free falling) and you will see the changes in the fields as "radiation". If the electron were supported in your elevator, you (in the elevator) would see no radiation.

Likewise, a free falling electron in a gravitational field will radiate (because it is being accelerated).

Just solve Maxwell's equations. Maxwell's equations are the source of the difficulty which required the relativistic transformations.

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