Classical Physics


Results on the Problem of Abraham-Minkowski and the Abraham Force

Authors: Yurii A. Spirichev

In this article the final results on the Abraham-Minkowski problem are presented. It is shown that the Minkowski momentum is related to the dielectric characteristics of the medium, and the Abraham momentum is related to the magnetic characteristics of the medium. The total electromagnetic momentum in the medium is equal to the half-sum of the Minkowski and Abraham momentums. Therefore, the Minkowski momentum and the Abraham momentum have equal importance in electrodynamics, and the discussion of which of these forms of electromagnetic momentum is better does not make sense. It is shown that only an asymmetric energy-momentum tensor describes the total electromagnetic momentum in the medium. The Abraham force in a dielectric and conducting medium is described. It is shown that the Abraham force does not transmit a mechanical impulse to the medium, that means it is a fictitious force that really does not exist and it is impossible to detect it experimentally.

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[v1] 2017-07-05 11:50:37
[v2] 2018-03-01 00:33:41

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