Classical and quantum aspects of the radiation emitted by a uniformly accelerated charge: Larmor-Unruh reconciliation and zero-frequency Rindler modes Academic Article uri icon


  • 2019 American Physical Society. The interplay between acceleration and radiation harbors remarkable and surprising consequences. One of the most striking is that the Larmor radiation emitted by a charge can be seen as a consequence of the Unruh thermal bath. Indeed, this connection between the Unruh effect and classical bremsstrahlung was used recently to propose an experiment to confirm (as directly as possible) the existence of the Unruh thermal bath. This situation may sound puzzling in two ways: first, because the Unruh effect is a strictly quantum effect while Larmor radiation is a classical one, and second, because of the crucial role played by zero-frequency Rindler photons in this context. In this paper we settle these two issues by showing how the quantum evolution leads naturally to all relevant aspects of Larmor radiation and, especially, how the corresponding classical radiation is entirely built from such zero-Rindler-energy modes.

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  • 1

author list (cited authors)

  • Landulfo, A., Fulling, S. A., & Matsas, G.

citation count

  • 13

complete list of authors

  • Landulfo, Andre GS||Fulling, Stephen A||Matsas, George EA

publication date

  • August 2019