Abandoning the Idea of Relativistic Length Contraction in Relativistic Electrodynamics

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Scientific Paper
Title Abandoning the Idea of Relativistic Length Contraction in Relativistic Electrodynamics
Author(s) Nizar Hamdan
Keywords Lorentz force law, special relativity theory
Published 2004
Journal Galilean Electrodynamics
Volume 15
Number 4
Pages 71-74

Abstract

This paper presents new evidence that including the three?vector Lorentz force law within the framework of special relativity enables one to derive the fundamental relativistic equations pertaining to a charged particle, and, as a result, the relativistic charge density can be derived without using the Lorentz Transformation. Hence, in this formalism the kinematic length-contraction effect is useless, and cannot serve as the basis for any subsequent dynamical variable in relativistic electrodynamics.