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The relation between classical and quantum electrodynamics

Bacelar Valente, Mario (2008) The relation between classical and quantum electrodynamics. [Preprint]

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    In this article it is presented the idea that quantum electrodynamics presents intrinsic limitations in the description of physical processes that makes it impossible to recover from it the type of description we have with classical electrodynamics. In this way I cannot consider classical electrodynamics as reducing to quantum electrodynamics and being recovered from it by some sort of limiting procedure. Quantum electrodynamics has to be seen not as an independent theory but just as an upgrade of classical electrodynamics and the theory of relativity, which permits an extension of classical theory in the description of phenomena that, while being clearly related to the conceptual framework of the classical theory – the description of matter, radiation, and their interaction –, cannot be properly addressed from the classical theory.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: classical electrodynamics, quantum electrodynamics, quantization procedure, classical limit, interpretation of quantum theory
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
    Depositing User: Mario Bacelar Valente
    Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2008
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:17
    Item ID: 4204
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/4204

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