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Volume 13: Pages 589-592, 2000
A Mathematical Error in the Lienard‐Wiechert Retarded Potentials
J. P. Wesley
Weiherdammstrasse 24, 78176 Blumberg, Germany
The derivation of the Lienert‐Wiechert retarded potential involves a mathematical error, so it is not a valid solution to the inhomogeneous wave equation, and it does not represent retarded action correctly. The correct retarded potential satisfying the inhomogeneous wave equation is presented, which agrees with the independent result derived from first principles based directly upon retarded action.
Keywords: retarded potential, Lienard‐Wiechert wrong, electrodynamics
Received: January 19, 2000; Published online: December 15, 2008