Constitutive relations in inhomogeneous systems and the particle-field conundrum

D. Censor

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Recently a general framework has been proposed for constitutive relations. This theoretical approach attempted to represent constitutive relations as spatiotemporal differential operators acting on the physically observable fields. The general statement is sufficiently broad to embrace linear and nonlinear systems, and dispersive as well as inhomogeneous systems. The present study investigates specific examples related to polarizable and chiral media. It was immediately realized that prior to working out the examples, we have to better understand the relation of the kinematics of particles to field concepts. Throughout, the Minkowski space notation and related relativistic ideas are exploited for simpler notation and deeper understanding. The present is an overview, the full-size version is indicated below.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-350
Number of pages12
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2001
EventComplex Mediums II: Beyond Linear Isotropic Dielectrics - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: 30 Jul 20011 Aug 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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