Europhys. Lett.
Volume 71, Number 4, August 2005
Page(s) 517 - 523
Section General
Published online 13 July 2005
Europhys. Lett., 71 (4), pp. 517-523 (2005)
DOI: 10.1209/epl/i2005-10113-4

Relativistic analogue of the Pauli equation and Dirac electron states in strong magnetic fields

Yu. V. Kononets

Kurchatov Institute - 1 Kurchatov Sq., 123182 Moscow, Russia

received 30 March 2005; accepted in final form 13 June 2005
published online 13 July 2005

In a constant magnetic field, an exact unitary transformation is found, which reduces the Dirac equation to a two-component relativistic Pauli equation analogue. New conserved quantities are discovered. An interplay between the spin and orbital motions of a Dirac particle is revealed, which is especially dramatic in homogeneous above-Schwinger fields, where the Pauli equation analogue, in itself, allows velocities exceeding the speed of light. An exact equation for the electron spin in a strong magnetic field is obtained, which turns into the Bargmann-Michel-Telegdi equation in the high-energy limit.

03.65.Pm - Relativistic wave equations.
41.75.Ht - Relativistic electron and positron beams.
29.27.Hj - Polarized beams.

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