Hidden momentum of electrons, nuclei, atoms and molecules

Cameron, Robert P. and Cotter, J. P. (2018) Hidden momentum of electrons, nuclei, atoms and molecules. Physical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics, 97 (4). 042125. ISSN 1050-2947 (https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevA.97.042125)

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We consider the positions and velocities of electrons and spinning nuclei and demonstrate that these particles harbour hidden momentum when located in an electromagnetic field. This hidden momentum is present in all atoms and molecules, however it is ultimately cancelled by the momentum of the electromagnetic field. We point out that an electron vortex in an electric field might harbour a comparatively large hidden momentum and recognise the phenomenon of 'hidden hidden momentum'.


Cameron, Robert P. ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8809-5459 and Cotter, J. P.;