Spin relaxation and electromagnetic vacuum fluctuations
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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.
PACS02.50 Probability theory, stochastic processes and statistics
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