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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 8 — Apr. 14, 2008
  • pp: 5193–5198

Electromagnetic stress tensor in ponderable media

Masud Mansuripur  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 8, pp. 5193-5198 (2008)

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We derive an expression for the Maxwell stress tensor in a magnetic dielectric medium specified by its permittivity ε and permeability µ. The derivation proceeds from the generalized form of the Lorentz law, which specifies the force exerted by the electromagnetic E and H fields on the polarization P and magnetization M of a ponderable medium. Our stress tensor differs from the well-known tensors of Abraham and Minkowski, which have been at the center of a century-old controversy surrounding the momentum of the electromagnetic field in transparent materials.

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OCIS Codes
(140.7010) Lasers and laser optics : Laser trapping
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: November 27, 2007
Revised Manuscript: March 25, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: March 27, 2008
Published: April 1, 2008

Masud Mansuripur, "Electromagnetic stress tensor in ponderable media," Opt. Express 16, 5193-5198 (2008)

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