Classical Physics


Where is the Polarization Energy Hidden and Where Does the Force Act?

Authors: R. I. Khrapko

It is shown that the quadratic dependence of electric energy on electric strength causes an additional electric energy in comparison with the energy corresponding to a macroscopic electric field. The force acting on a dielectric, in general, does not act on the bound polarization charge. The Maxwell stress tensor in dielectric is considered.

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[v1] 25 Mar 2007

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