Relativistic dynamics of point magnetic moment

Johann Rafelski, Martin Formanek, Andrew Steinmetz

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The covariant motion of a classical point particle with magnetic moment in the presence of (external) electromagnetic fields is revisited. We are interested in understanding Lorentz force extension involving point particle magnetic moment (Stern-Gerlach force) and how the spin precession dynamics is modified for consistency. We introduce spin as a classical particle property inherent to Poincareé symmetry of space-time. We propose a covariant formulation of the magnetic force based on a ‘magnetic’ 4-potential and show how the point particle magnetic moment relates to the Amperian (current loop) and Gilbertian (magnetic monopole) description. We show that covariant spin precession lacks a unique form and discuss connection to g − 2 anomaly. We consider variational action principle and find that a consistent extension of Lorentz force to include magnetic spin force is not straightforward. We look at non-covariant particle dynamics, and present a short introduction to dynamics of (neutral) particles hit by a laser pulse of arbitrary shape.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalUnknown Journal
StatePublished - Dec 1 2017

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