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By Marianne Barisonek

On April twenty sixth, 1986 the V.I. Lenin Nuclear strength Plant close to Chernobyl reactor quantity 4 exploded. absolutely anything else you could say in regards to the catastrophe continues to be arguable this present day. reason and impression: knowing Chernobyl tells the tale of the catastrophe and its effects by way of describing its effect on a private point. humans from all walks of lifestyles illustrate the emotional, actual and technical demanding situations of residing with radiation on a day by day foundation. They current tales of heroism, idealism and severe self-delusion.

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T h e m e t h o d to be e m p l o y e d is t h a t of a p o w e r series develop­ m e n t in r, b u t only the principal steps will be sketched. I t is useful to i n t r o d u c e t h e quantities . 1/2 mc 1 (126) p=Xr, F = {1- e-»f{p), G = (1 + ,γ'^ e-" g{p), which convert t h e radial e q u a t i o n s into t h e form Za dp dp ρ ^ ρ 8 lll+ei - r/1 + β^ΐ'^ί ρ , ^ = 0, (127) Za / = o. ρ\ v=0 g = (128) ρ-'^Κρ', a n d following t h e usual p r o c e d u r e s of t h e power series m e t h o d , finds t h e relations (129) {γ + ν - Κ)Κ - Κ-, - Zoca, - « .

YaYr^. (^ : ^ ν V 7^ σ = σ ^ 1, 2, 3, 4), τ = (107) l, 2, 3, 4), transform, respectively, as completely a n t i s y m m e t r i c tensors of t h e second, t h i r d , and fourth ranks. A completely a n t i s y m m e t r i c tensor of the t h i r d rank has four linearly i n d e p e n d e n t c o m p o n e n t s w h i c h transform as a four-vector u n d e r p r o p e r L o r e n t z transformations (but n o t u n d e r space inversions) a n d hence is c o m m o n l y called a pseudovector. I t s linearly i n d e p e n d e n t c o m p o n e n t s can alternatively b e w r i t t e n Ψγ,γ,Ψ.

T h e D i r a c e q u a t i o n has been selected for detailed s t u d y here since it encompasses all of t h e features of nonrelativistic S c h r ö d i n g e r equations a n d hence forms t h e natural bridge t o t h e s t u d y of relativistic wave equations. H o w e v e r , as t h e discussion of the last section has revealed, t h e interpretation of t h e D i r a c equation in a form which is consistent with observation r e q u i r e d t h a t the equation no longer be a n equation for a single particle b u t for a n indefinite n u m b e r of particles.

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