Landau's density matrix in quantum electrodynamics

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This paper is devoted to Landau's concept of the problem of damping in quantum mechanics. It shows that Landau's density matrix formalism should survive in the context of modern quantum electrodynamics. The correct generalized master equation has been derived for the reduced dynamics of the charges. The recent relativistic theory of spontaneous emission becomes reproducible.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-70
Number of pages8
JournalFoundations of Physics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1990

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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