Classical Physics


Does Volume Force, or Does Surface Force Act on Polarized Dielectric?

Authors: Radi I. Khrapko

Static electric field in linear uniform neutral dielectric is divergence-free and irrotational. Thus the Maxwell stress tensor is divergence-free as well. So, according to Maxwell, the volume force is ZERO. Only surface forces act on the polarized dielectric.

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[v1] 25 Mar 2007

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