J. D. Jackson

Professor Emeritus
Particle Theory


Current Projects

Some effort is devoted to practical (4-d) particle physics and ancillary subjects such as energy loss, applications of synchrotron radiation, and topics in accelerator physics. From time to time, a pedagogical paper is written for the teachers of physics. A major activity at present is as a student (one of the advantages of retirement!): Exploration of diverse topics in physics and astrophysics, sometimes with simple programs on my iMac, topics that my education so far slighted or neglected.

Errata For Classical Electrodynamics

An unfortunate activity is keeping track of misprints and errors in my text, Classical Electrodynamics. The current compilation can be found on the John Wiley College web site,
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Web site

The Physics Department has a page on each faculty member on its web site. An additional web page, with links to some items of possible interest, including more recent corrections for ClassicalElectrodynamics beyond the Wiley website mentioned above, is http://www-theory.lbl.gov/jdj/.

Selected Publications

J. D. Jackson, “Are the stray 60-Hz electromagnetic fields associated with the distribution and use of electric power a significant cause of cancer?,” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 89 3508 (1992).

J. D. Jackson, “A curious and useful theorem in electrostatics,” Am. J. Phys 67, 107 (1999).

J. D. Jackson, “From Alexander of Aphrodisias to Young and Airy,” Phys. Reports 320, 27 (1999).

J. D. Jackson, “Snapshots of a physicist’s life,” Ann. Rev. Nucl. Part. Sci. 49, 1 (1999).

J. D. Jackson, “Charge density on a thin straight wire, revisited,” Am. J. Phys. 68, 789 (2000).

J. D. Jackson and L. B. Okun, “Historical roots of gauge invariance,” Rev. Mod. Phys. 73 (July 2001).

J. D. Jackson, "From Lorenz to Coulomb and other explicit gauge transformations," Am. J. Phys. 70, 917 (2002).

K. Gottfried and J. D. Jackson, "Mozart and Quantum Mechanics: An Appreciation of Victor Weisskopf," Physics Today 56, No.2, 43 (February 2003).

A. C. Helmholz, "History of the Physics Department, University of California, Berkeley, 1950-1968," edited by John David Jackson, © Dept. of Physics, University of California, Berkeley, (2004).