© 2010

Reconstruction of Macroscopic Maxwell Equations

A Single Susceptibility Theory


Part of the Springer Tracts in Modern Physics book series (STMP, volume 237)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Kikuo Cho
    Pages 1-19
  3. Kikuo Cho
    Pages 49-75
  4. Kikuo Cho
    Pages 77-96
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 133-135

About this book


This book presents a logically more complete form of macroscopic Maxwell equations than the conventional ones by applying long wavelength approximation to microscopic nonlocal theory. This scheme requires only one susceptibility tensor describing electric and magnetic polarizations together with their mutual interference. The quantum mechanical expression of the susceptibility covers both chiral and achiral symmetry. Only in the absence of chiral symmetry, this reduces to the conventional form, under the additional condition of using magnetic susceptibility defined with respect to, not H, but B. This scheme solves various problems inherent to the conventional scheme of Maxwell equations.


Chiral symmetry Long wavelength approximation Macroscopic Maxwell equations Maxwell's equations Microscopic nonlocal response Single susceptibility scheme

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Chemical Research InstituteToyota Physical andAichiJapan

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Reconstruction of Macroscopic Maxwell Equations
  • Book Subtitle A Single Susceptibility Theory
  • Authors Kikuo Cho
  • Series Title Springer Tracts in Modern Physics
  • Series Abbreviated Title Springer Tracts Mod.Physics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy Physics and Astronomy (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-642-12790-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-26504-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-12791-5
  • Series ISSN 0081-3869
  • Series E-ISSN 1615-0430
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 138
  • Number of Illustrations 7 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Mathematical Methods in Physics
    Classical Electrodynamics
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From the reviews:

“The book under review is a specialized but at the same time a very interesting exposition on the Maxwell equations in matter or, in other words, on the response functions of matter to electromagnetic fields. It certainly is of interest to physicists working in condensed matter physics and optics, but also to scientists who want to learn more about some fundamental aspects of electrodynamics. Since the author applies his theory to metamaterials, the book could also catch the attention of scientists specializing in material science.” (Marek Nowakowski, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2012 a)