If a charge moving at constant velocity doesn't produce EM waves, how does it create...

Jaxon Hamilton

Jaxon Hamilton

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2022-07-19

If a charge moving at constant velocity doesn't produce EM waves, how does it create an EM field in a point in space if the charge and the point can communicate only via EM waves?

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kuglatid4

kuglatid4

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2022-07-20Added 12 answers

If a charge is moving at constant velocity for inertial frame A A , it is always possible to make a change of coordinates, applying Lorentz transformation, to the inertial frame of the particle, say B A .
For frame B A , the field is static all over the space. And frame A A is moving around this static field. So, there is no signal or information to be transmitted.
Of course we can think that the charge was not always there. At some moment a device separated positive and negative charges, and surely some acceleration was involved. EM waves were emitted then, sending the information through the space.

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