Classical Physics


Paradox of the Classical Beth Optics Experiment

Authors: R. I. Khrapko

A celebrated Beth's experiment contradicts the angular momentum conservation law in the frame of Maxwell electrodynamics because Beth's birefringent plate experienced a torque without an angular momentum flux in the surrounding space. However, this paradox can be removed by introducing a classical spin tensor.

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[v1] 25 Mar 2007

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