07-177 L. Tenuta
Quasi-static Limits in Nonrelativistic Quantum Electrodynamics (116K, LaTex2e) Jul 9, 07
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Abstract. We consider a system of N nonrelativistic particles of spin 1/2 interacting with the quantized Maxwell field (mass zero and spin one) in the limit when the particles have a small velocity, imposing to the interaction an ultraviolet cutoff, but no infrared cutoff. Two ways to implement the limit are considered: c going to infinity with the velocity v of the particles fixed, the case for which rigorous results have already been discussed in the literature, and v going to 0 with c fixed. The second case can be rephrased as the limit of heavy particles, m_{j} --> epsilon^{-2}m_{j}, observed over a long time, t --> epsilon^{-1}t, epsilon --> 0^{+}, with kinetic energy E_{kin} = Or(1). Focusing on the second approach we construct subspaces which are invariant for the dynamics up to terms of order (v/c)sqrt{\log(v/c)^{-1}} and describe effective dynamics, for the particles only, inside them. At the lowest order, (v/c)^{0}, the particles interact through Coulomb potentials. At the second one, (v/c)^{2}, the mass gets a correction of electromagnetic origin and a velocity dependent interaction, the Darwin term, appears. Contrary to the case c going to infinity, the effective dynamics are independent of the spin of the particles. Moreover, we calculate the radiated piece of the wave function, i. e., the piece which leaks out of the almost invariant subspaces and calculate the corresponding radiated energy. As in classical electrodynamics the leading part of the radiation vanishes when the particles have the same ratio of charge to mass.

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