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The Theory of Fields

  • Ulrich EllwangerEmail author
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Part of the Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics book series (ULNP)

Abstract

Fields play a fundamental role in the modern formulation of fundamental interactions. We introduce the basic equation of motion for fields, and discuss their most important solutions: The wave solution is relevant both for electromagnetic radiation and for the description of a beam of particles within the framework of quantum field theory. The Coulomb solution describes fields around point-like bodies. The existence of a wave solution for the gravitational field leads to the prediction of the existence of gravitational waves. These are being searched for in experiments being carried out today; the design of these experiments is sketched.

Keywords

Neutron Star Wave Solution Electromagnetic Radiation Gravitational Wave Gordon Equation 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Theoretical PhysicsUniversity of Paris-SudOrsayFrance

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