Foundations of Physics

, Volume 28, Issue 4, pp 639–651 | Cite as

Nonlocality and the Rotating Wave Approximation

  • A. A. Clerk
  • J. E. Sipe


The effect of the rotating-wave approximation (RWA) on the coupling between an atom and the electromagnetic field is studied in the dipole approximation. It is demonstrated that use of the RWA results in an explicitly nonlocal interaction.


Electromagnetic Field Dipole Approximation Wave Approximation Rotating Wave Approximation Nonlocal Interaction 
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  • J. E. Sipe

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