## Abstract

An unsolved problem of classical mechanics and classical electrodynamics is related to the search of the exact relativistic equations of motion for a classical charged point-particle subject to the force produced by the action of its EM self-field. The problem is related to the conjecture that for a classical charged point-particle there should exist a relativistic equation of motion (RR equation) which results both non-perturbative, in the sense that it does not rely on a perturbative expansion on the electromagnetic field generated by the charged particle and non-asymptotic, i.e., it does not depend on any infinitesimal parameter. In this paper we intend to propose a novel solution to this well known problem, and in particular that the RR equation is necessarily variational. The approach is based on two key elements: 1) the adoption of the relativistic hybrid synchronous Hamilton variational principle recently pointed out (Tessarotto et al, 2006). Its basic feature is that it can be expressed in principle in terms of arbitrary "hybrid" variables (i.e., generally non-Lagrangian and non-Hamiltonian variables); 2) the variational treatment of the EM self-field, taking into account the exact particle dynamics.

Original language | English (US) |
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Pages (from-to) | 158-163 |

Number of pages | 6 |

Journal | AIP Conference Proceedings |

Volume | 1084 |

State | Published - 2009 |

Event | 26th International Symposium on Rarefied Gas Dynamics, RGD26 - Kyoto, Japan Duration: Jul 20 2008 → Jul 25 2008 |

## Keywords

- Classical electrodynamics
- Radiation-reaction

## ASJC Scopus subject areas

- General Physics and Astronomy