The Stability of Matter and Quantum Electrodynamics
Abstract
A survey of the stability of matter problem is given, starting with the stability of the hydrogen atom. The stablity of bulk matter with Coulomb potentials, with or without relativistic mechanics, and with or without magnetic fields is discussed. The final section discusses the stability of matter in a relativistic model with the Dirac operator as kinetic energy (but restricted to the positive subspace) and with the quantized electromagnetic field in the Coulomb gauge.
 Publication:

arXiv eprints
 Pub Date:
 September 2002
 DOI:
 10.48550/arXiv.mathph/0209034
 arXiv:
 arXiv:mathph/0209034
 Bibcode:
 2002math.ph...9034L
 Keywords:

 Mathematical Physics;
 High Energy Physics  Theory;
 Mathematics  Mathematical Physics
 EPrint:
 For publication in the proceedings of the Werner Heisenberg Centennial, Munich, December, 2001, Springer Verlag. 20 pages, Latex