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and “Hidden ” Mechanical Momentum

By Abraham Minkowski and Kirk T. Mcdonald


Discuss the relation of “hidden ” mechanical momentum to the so-called Abraham-Minkowski debate as to the significance of the expressions E × H/4πc and D × B/4πc for “electromagnetic” momentum (in Gaussian units), where c is the speed of light in vacuum. 2 Solution In 1903 Max Abraham noted [1] that the Poynting vector [3], which describes the flow of energy in the electromagnetic field, S = c E × H, (1) 4π when divided by c 2 has the additional significance of being the density of momentum stored in the electromagnetic field, 1 p (A) E ×

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Year: 2012
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