"There has been a long debate about whether uniformly accelerated charges should radiate electromagnetic energy and how one should describe their worldline through a flat spacetime, i.e., whether the Lorentz-Dirac equation is right. There are related questions in curved spacetimes, e.g., do different varieties of equivalence principle apply to charged particles, and can a static charge in a static spacetime radiate electromagnetic energy? The problems with the LD equation in flat spacetime are spelt out in some detail here, and its extension to curved spacetime is discussed.
Different equivalence principles are compared and some vindicated. The key papers are discussed in detail and many of their conclusions are significantly revised by the present solution."--BOOK JACKET.
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Pierre LÃ©na is emeritus professor of physics and astrophysics at the university of Paris Diderot-Paris 7 and researcher at the Observatoire de Paris.Â Daniel Rouan is a director of researchÂ of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientific (CNRS) at the Observatoire de Paris. He specialises in very high resolution imaging and develops new optical concepts for observation of exoplanets.Â FranÃ§ois Lebrun is an engineer at the Commissariat Ã lï¿½Ã©nergie atomique. He has participated in major space astronomy missions, notably INTEGRAL. YOU COULD SAY ... an engineer at the French atomic energy authority (CEA).Â FranÃ§ois Mignard is a director of research of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientific (CNRS) at the Observatoire de la CÃ´te dï¿½Azur. He specialises in astrometry and has played a major role inÂ the future European space mission GAIA.Â Didier Pelat is an astronomer at the Observatoire de Paris. He teaches signal and image processing and has developed powerful mathematical tools for astronomical data processing.