The Enigmatic Electron

The Enigmatic Electron

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This monograph offers a new look at the electron, which was the first elementary particle to be discovered, probably one of the simplest, and possibly one of the misunderstood. A straighforward classical model is developed that accurately reproduces the main spectroscopic features of the electron, and also its principal quantum aspects. The key to this model is the relativistically spinning sphere, which has been clamoring for recognition for the better part of a century. Although its electrical charge is point-like, the electron itself is compton-sized, and is composed mianly of non-electromagnetic "mechanical" matter. Due to the rigid nature of the mechanical mass, the electron scatters in a point-like manner at most energies. However, there is a narrow kilovolt energy window where Mott scattering experiments may reveal a finite size. Existing experiments are suggestive but inconclusive. The electron stands at the boundary between classical and quantum physics. This book has been written for researchers in nuclear and atomic physics, and for all scientists interested in the latest developments in fundamental particle physics.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 232 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 16mm | 505g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands, United States
  • English
  • figures, bibliography, index
  • 0792319826
  • 9780792319825

Table of contents

Preface - the rationale for the present book. Part 1 The crisis - classical: vis a vis Quantum Physics: three unanswered questions in Twentieth Century physics; some new ideas in an old field of physics; the breakdown of classical physics in the electron; some links between classical and quantum physics. Part 2 The natural size of the electron: the natural size of an elementary particle; the spectroscopic and bulk sizes of the electron; the electric sizes and electric self-energy of the electron; the magnetic size, magnetic self-energy, and anomalous magnetic moment of the electron. Part 3 The spectroscopic electron: do we need a spectroscopic model of the electron? spin quantization and the relativistically-spinning sphere; a classical spectroscopic model of the electron; the Lorentz invariance of a finite-sized electron; spatial quantization and the two-component rotation group; a quantum-mechanical model of the electron. Part 4 The Mott channeling of finite-sized electrons: mechanical mass - a new state of matter; the KeV Mott Helical-channeling window; experimental evidence for helical channeling; postscript - Pandorean lessons for special relativity. Appendix A: papers on Mott single scattering from atomic nuclei. Appendix B: papers on Mott double scattering from atomic nuclei.
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