December 29th, 2015

лошадь, диаграмма, Фейнман

Воспоминания человека, слушавшего лекции Фейнмана в Бразилии

с автографами, задачками...

Remembering a Great Teacher: http://arxiv.org/abs/1512.08247

The article is a recollection of the memorable experience of attending a course on Quantum Mechanics given by Feynman in Brasil, as well as several meetings and exchanges Daniele Amati and I had with him over many years, in both the U.S. and Europe. The article also includes a small sample of the problems assigned in the course, a one-page guide, hand-written by Feynman, to study QED on the basis of two of his most important papers, and his reply to a letter of congratulations that the author had sent to him on the occasion of his Nobel Prize Award.
лошадь, диаграмма, Фейнман

Тимоти Бойер продолжает копать классическую электродинамику

Understanding Zero-Point Energy in the Context of Classical Electromagnetism: http://arxiv.org/abs/1512.08033

Today's textbooks of electromagnetism give the particular solution to Maxwell's equations involving the integral over the charge and current sources at retarded times. However, the texts fail to emphasize the role played by the choice of the boundary conditions corresponding to solutions of the homogeneous Maxwell equations. Here we discuss the role of these boundary conditions for an experimenter with a hypothetical charged harmonic oscillator as his equipment. We describe the observations of the experimenter when located near a radio station or immersed in thermal radiation at temperature T. The classical physicists at the end of the 19th century chose the homogeneous boundary conditions for Maxwell's equation based upon the experimental observations of Lummer and Pringsheim which measured only the thermal radiation which exceeded the random radiation surrounding their measuring equipment. Today at the beginning of the 21st century, classical physicists must choose the homogeneous boundary conditions for Maxell's equations to correspond to the full radiation spectrum revealed by the recent Casimir force measurements which detect all the radiation surrounding conducting parallel plates, including the radiation absorbed and emitted by the plates themselves. The random classical radiation spectrum revealed by the Casimir force measurements includes electromagnetic zero-point radiation, which is missing from the spectrum measured by Lummer and Pringsheim, and which cannot be eliminated by going to zero temperature. This zero-point radiation will lead to zero-point energy for all systems which have electromagnetic interactions. Thus the choice of the boundary conditions on the homogeneous Maxwell equations is intimately related to the ideas of zero-point energy and non-radiating ground states which are introduced in classes of modern physics.