A toy model of electrodynamics in (1 + 1) dimensions

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A model is presented that describes a scalar field interacting with a point particle in (1+1) dimensions. The model exhibits many of the same phenomena that appear in classical electrodynamics, such as radiation and radiation damping, yet has a much simpler mathematical structure. By studying these phenomena in a highly simplified model, the physical concepts involved may be more easily understood.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number006
Pages (from-to)447-464
Number of pages18
JournalEuropean Journal of Physics
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2007
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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