Light in moving media

Authors: Leonhardt, U.; Piwnicki, P.

Source: Contemporary Physics, Volume 41, Number 5, 1 September 2000 , pp. 301-308(8)

Publisher: Taylor and Francis Ltd

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We embark on a journey through optics in dielectric media, inspired and guided by Fermat's Principle. We show how to modify the principle when dielectrics are moving non-uniformly and explain how the propagation of light in fluids is connected to phenomena in magnetism and in general relativity. Dielectric media may even serve to build artificial astronomical objects in an earthly laboratory.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: September 1, 2000

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