Energy-momentum balance in quantum dielectrics

U Leonhardt

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Abstract

We calculate the energy-momentum balance in quantum dielectrics such as Bose-Einstein condensates. In agreement with the experiment [G. K. Campbell , Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 170403 (2005)] variations of the Minkowski momentum are imprinted onto the phase, whereas the Abraham tensor drives the flow of the dielectric. Our analysis indicates that the Abraham-Minkowski controversy has its root in the Rontgen interaction of the electromagnetic field in dielectric media.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)032108
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Review. A, Atomic, molecular, and optical physics
Volume73
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2006

Keywords

  • SPONTANEOUS EMISSION
  • RADIATION PRESSURE
  • LIGHT
  • FIELDS
  • ATOMS

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