1. Ezzat G. Bakhoum, Electrodynamics and the Mass‐Energy Equivalence Principle

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Volume 19: Pages 305-313, 2006

Electrodynamics and the MassEnergy Equivalence Principle

Ezzat G. Bakhoum1

1Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of West Florida, Building 70/Room 116, 11000 University Parkway, Pensacola, Florida 32514 U.S.A.

In this paper we investigate the link between classical electrodynamics and the massenergy equivalence principle, in view of the conclusions reached in E. Bakhoum, Phys. Essays 15, 87 (2002). A formula for the radius of a charged particle is derived. The formula predicts the radius of the proton correctly. The radius of the electron turns out to be a surprising quantity that solves the existing problems of electrodynamics, particularly the problem of the infinite selfforce of the electron. In addition, the classical radius of the electron (2.82 fm) will prove to be not a “radius” but rather the mean distance through which the retarded potentials of the selfforce act. An important conclusion is that there is no deficiency in the classical AbrahamLorentz model of the selfforce, but rather the problem lies with our intuitive understanding of what an elementary particle is. Other important conclusions are also discussed, including a physically sound explanation for why electric charges must be quantized (as opposed to Dirac's monopole theory).

Keywords: electrodynamics, massenergy equivalence, special relativity, radius of the electron, radius of the proton, AbrahamLorentz model of the electron, Coulomb's law of electrostatics

Received: November 4, 2003; Published Online: December 15, 2008