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2018, no. 4

DYNAMO-OPTICALLY ACTIVE MEDIA: NEW ASPECTS OF THE MINKOWSKI-ABRAHAM CONTROVERSY

Alpin T.Y., Balakin A.B.

Based on the covariant variation formalism, two versions of the symmetric effective stress-energy tensor of the electromagnetic field in a dynamo-optically active relativistic media are reconstructed in the framework of the tetrad and aether paradigms, respectively. We show that the energy density scalars and pressure tensors coincide for both versions of the stress-energy tensors, however, the corresponding energy flux four-vectors happen to be different in general case. This mathematical fact adds new arguments into the 100-year-long discussion, which is called Minkowski-Abraham controversy and is connected with the correct definition of the electromagnetic energy flux in a continuous media. We consider three examples: first, the axionically active vacuum; second, the spatially isotropic moving dielectric medium; third, the dynamo-optically active medium. We discuss possible applications of the elaborated formalism.

Keywords: anisotropic medium, Einstein-aether theory, extended constitutive equations.

UDC: 530.21, 530.122

PACS: 04.40.-b , 04.40.Nr , 04.20.Jb , 98.80.Jk

DOI: 10.17238/issn2226-8812.2018.4.32-47

Please cite this article in English as:
Alpin T.Y., Balakin A.B. Dynamo-optically active media: new aspects of the Minkowski-Abraham controversy. Space, Time and Fundamental Interactions, 2018, no. 4, pp. 3247.