Post-acceleration and energy balance in the time-delayed Lorentz equation

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The time-delayed Lorentz equation suggested by Cohn is applied to the problem of a constant force which acts for a finite time, and an exact solution is obtained. Whereas the Lorentz equation predicts pre-acceleration, the Cohn equation predicts a runaway post-acceleration. The energy balance of the time-delayed theory is found to be of an unreasonable form.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)225-228
Number of pages4
JournalIl Nuovo Cimento B Series 11
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 1976


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