The energy-momentum of light in a medium is known to have two conflicting descriptions, due to Abraham and Minkowski. In non-linear electrodynamics, a strong field can cause the vacuum to behave analogously to a dielectric material. We investigate the Abraham-Minkowski controversy in this context, and show that for non-linear electrodynamics in vacuum, the Minkowski description is the most natural.
|Number of pages||1|
|Publication status||Published - 5 Sep 2017|
|Event||2nd Conference on Extremely High Intensity Laser Physics - Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon, Portugal|
Duration: 5 Sep 2017 → 8 Sep 2017
|Conference||2nd Conference on Extremely High Intensity Laser Physics|
|Period||5/09/17 → 8/09/17|
- energy-momentum of light
- non-linear electrodynamics
MacLeod, A. J., & Noble, A. (2017). On the energy-momentum of light: an all optical view of the Abraham-Minkowski controversy. Poster session presented at 2nd Conference on Extremely High Intensity Laser Physics, Lisbon, Portugal.