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Is there a preferred canonical quantum gauge?

Authors
Journal
Physics Letters A
0375-9601
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
160
Issue
6
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0375-9601(91)91054-h
Disciplines
  • Physics

Abstract

Abstract The interaction between a long solenoid and a charged particle in the field free region outside it is studied treating both systems quantum mechanically. This leads to a paradox which suggests that when the electromagnetic field is quantized, there may be a preferred quantum gauge for the vector potential. This paradox is resolved by canonically quantizing the system in a different gauge in which the classical Lagrangian or Hamiltonian contains an acceleration dependent term.

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