Electromagnetic Radiation of Accelerated Charged Particle in the Framework of a Semiclassical Approach

Tiago C. Adorno*, Alexander I. Breev, Antonio J.D. Farias, Dmitri M. Gitman

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The problem of the electromagnetic radiation produced by charge distributions in the framework of a semiclassical approach proposed in the work by Bagrov, Gitman, Shishmarev, and Farias Jr. [J. Synchrotron Rad. 27, 902–911 (2020)] is addressed here. In this approach, currents, generating the radiation are considered classically, while the quantum nature of the radiation is kept exactly. Quantum states of the electromagnetic field are solutions of Schrödinger's equation, and relevant quantities to the problem are evaluated with the aid of transition probabilities. This construction allows us to introduce the quantum transition time in physical quantities and assess its role in radiation problems by classical currents. Radiated electromagnetic energies are studied in detail and a definition for the rate at which radiation is emitted from sources is presented. In calculating the total energy and rate radiated by a pointlike charged particle accelerated by a constant and uniform electric field, it is discovered that these results are compatible with results obtained by other authors in the framework of the classical radiation theory under an appropriate limit. Numerical and asymptotic analyses of the results are also performed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2300118
JournalAnnalen der Physik
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2023


  • classical electrodynamics
  • electromagnetic radiation
  • quantum mechanics
  • Schrödinger equation


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