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# How can an accelerating electron (or charged particle) emit radiation?

I've read that an accelerating charged particle emits radiation. How is this possible? Does the field react to the acceleration as water does to a boat or by some other mechanism? Please don't post comments like "Because it has to"...Or "Because of such and such a theorem". I want a intuition based response....

4 years, 8 months ago

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I have found some information on this. Even though I cannot explain it in my own words, I hope these will help you.

2. http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/physics/8-02-electricity-and-magnetism-spring-2002/video-lectures/lecture-30-polarizers-and-maluss-law/

3. http://www.mathpages.com/home/kmath528/kmath528.htm 4.

http://www.scribd.com/mobile/doc/23915508#fullscreen

One thing to think about. The conservation of energy!

- 4 years, 8 months ago