Spontaneous Emission by Rotating Objects: A Scattering Approach
Author(s)Jaffe, Robert L.; Kardar, Mehran; Maghrebi, Mohammad F.
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We study the quantum electrodynamics vacuum in the presence of a body rotating along its axis of symmetry and show that the object spontaneously emits energy if it is lossy. The radiated power is expressed as a general trace formula solely in terms of the scattering matrix, making an explicit connection to the conjecture of Zel’dovich [ JETP Lett. 180 14 (1971)] on rotating objects. We further show that a rotating body drags along nearby objects while making them spin parallel to its own rotation axis.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Center for Theoretical Physics; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Physics
Physical Review Letters
American Physical Society
Maghrebi, Mohammad, Robert Jaffe, and Mehran Kardar. “Spontaneous Emission by Rotating Objects: A Scattering Approach.” Physical Review Letters 108.23 (2012): 230403. © 2012 American Physical Society.
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