On the energy-momentum of light: an all optical view of the Abraham-Minkowski controversy

Alexander J. MacLeod, Adam Noble

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 5 Sep 2017
Event2nd Conference on Extremely High Intensity Laser Physics - Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 5 Sep 20178 Sep 2017


Conference2nd Conference on Extremely High Intensity Laser Physics
Abbreviated titleExHILP
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  • energy-momentum of light
  • non-linear electrodynamics
  • vacuum

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