“Significance of Electromagnetic Potentials in the Quantum Theory” AND “Further Considerations on Electromagnetic Potentials in the Quantum Theory” in Physical Review Volume 115 (3) Aug. 1, 1959, pp. 485-491 AND Volume 123 (4) August 15, 1961, pp. 1511-1524

FIRST EDITION IN ORIGINAL WRAPS OF THE FIRST TWO PAPERS ON THE AHARANOV-BOHM EFFECT, the assertion that a that a magnetic field affects the quantum properties of an electron in a way that is forbidden by classical physics. In the first paper they write, “…contrary to the conclusions of classical mechanics, there exist effects of potentials on charged particles, even in the region where all the fields (and therefore the forces on the particles) vanish” (PR 115, 1959).

The American physicist David Bohm, and his Israeli graduate student Yakir Aharonov discovered “a quantum phenomenon in which a particle is effected by electromagnetic fields even when traveling through a region of space in which both electric and magnetic field are zero” (Kregar, Aharonov-Bohm, 1). More specifically, their work demonstrated that “an electrically charged particle is affected by an electromagnetic field, despite being confined to a region in which both the magnetic field and electric field are zero. The underlying mechanism is the coupling of the electromagnetic potential with the complex phase of a charged particle’s wavefunction” (Wikipedia).

In the 1961 paper, Aharonov and Bohm extended their prediction to include the sources of potentials quantum-mechanically, and confirm the results obtained in their first paper. Item #494

CONDITION & DETAILS: Two first editions, both in original wraps. Lancaster: American Physical Society. Slight wear and light creasing at the edges of the wraps. Very good condition.

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