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Lettere al Nuovo Cimento (1971-1985)

, Volume 40, Issue 13, pp 385–389 | Cite as

Spin relaxation and electromagnetic vacuum fluctuations

  • S. M. Moore
Article

Summary

In the spirit of the Welton calculation of the Lamb shift, it is shown that one can reasonably expect an electron spin relaxation on a time scale of the order of 10−16 seconds. The calculations are made in the context of nonrelativistic quantum mechanics where radiation damping and the zero-point magnetic vacuum field are added to the formal Larmor equation.

PACS

02.50 Probability theory, stochastic processes and statistics 

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© Società Italiana di Fisica 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. M. Moore
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Departamento de FísicaUniversidad de los Andes Apartado AéreoBogotáColombia
  2. 2.Department of Physios and AstronomyUniversity of MassachusettsAmherstUSA

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