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Collective Electrodynamics I


Standard results of electromagnetic theory are derived from the direct interaction of macroscopic quantum systems; the only assumptions used are the Einstein-deBroglie relations, the discrete nature of charge, the Green's function for the vector potential, and the continuity of the wave function. No reference is needed to Maxwell's equations or to traditional quantum formalism. Correspondence limits based on classical mechanics are shown to be inappropriate.

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© 1999 Persus Books. Reproduced from Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA Vol.94, pp. 6013-6018, June 1997 Physics. I am indebted to Richard F. Lyon, Sanjoy Mahajan, William B. Bridges, Rahul Sarpeshkar, Richard Neville, and Lyn Dupre for helpful discussion and critique of the material, and to Calvin Jackson for his help in preparing the manuscript. The work was supported by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, and by Gordon and Betty Moore.

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