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Published September 1, 1924 | public
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The derivation of electromagnetic fields from a basic wave-function


1. Derivation of a Logarithmic Wave Function. - Electromagnetic fields may be derived from wave-functions in at least two ways that are analytically distinct. In the first place four wave-functions satisfying a divergence relation may be chosen as the components of a 4-vector and field-vectors derived from these four electromagnetic potentials in the usual way. The four potentials may in their turn be derived by differential operations from the components of a 6-vector whose components may be taken to be any six wave-functions. This method is a generalization of the well-known methods of Fitzgerald and Hertz;(1) it has the disadvantage that the wave-functions cannot be chosen arbitrarily if magnetic poles are to be excluded.

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© 1924 by the National Academy of Sciences. Communicated July 10, 1924.


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