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The Covariant description of Electromagnetically Polarizable Media.

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Journal publication date29/01/2007
JournalPhysics Letters A
Number of pages4
Original languageEnglish


The form of the phenomenological stress–energy-momentum tensor for the electromagnetic field in a class of inhomogeneous, anisotropic magneto-electric media is calculated from first principles, leading to a coherent understanding of the phenomenological stresses and energy-momentum exchanges induced by electromagnetic interactions with such matter in terms of a fully relativistic covariant variational framework.

Bibliographic note

The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Physics Letters A 361 (3), 2007 © ELSEVIER.