An action for reaction in general dimension

25 Sep 2015  ·  Birnholtz Ofek, Hadar Shahar ·

We present an effective field theory study of radiation and radiation reaction effects for scalar and electromagnetic fields in general spacetime dimensions. Our method unifies the treatment of outgoing radiation and its reaction force within a single action principle... Central ingredients are the field doubling method, which is the classical version of the closed time path formalism and allows a treatment of non-conservative effects within an action, action level matching of system and radiation zones, and the use of fields which are adapted to the enhanced symmetries of each zone. New results include compact expressions for radiative multipoles, radiation, and radiation reaction effective action in any spacetime dimension. We emphasize dimension-dependent features such as the difference between electric and magnetic multipoles in higher dimensions and the temporal non-locality nature of the effective action for odd spacetime dimensions, which is a reflection of indirect propagation ("tail effect") in the full theory. This work generalizes the method and results developed for 4 dimensions in [arXiv:1305.6930], and prepares the way for a treatment of the gravitational case. read more

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High Energy Physics - Theory General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology