Elements of Electrodynamics of Continuous Media

  • Eleftherios N. EconomouEmail author
Part of the Graduate Texts in Physics book series (GTP)


Let e and b be the microscopic vectors of the electric and the magnetic fields respectively, which are defined through the equation of the Lorentz force F:
$$\begin{array}{ll}{\textit {\textbf F}} = {\textit {\textbf q}} ({\textit {\textbf e}} + \upsilon \times {\textit {\textbf b}}), \quad SI,\\= q (e + {\frac{1}{c} \upsilon} \times {\textit {\textbf b}}),\quad G-CGS,\end{array}$$
F is the force exercised on a test charge q moving with velocity \(\upsilon\). For the connection of the Gauss(G)-CGS system of units with the SI one see the last two pages of this appendix.


Continuous Medium Tensor Operator Current Density Source Elementary Change Test Charge 
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Further Reading

  1. D. J. Griffiths, Introduction to Electrodynamics, 2nd ed. Prentice Hall 1996 [E14].Google Scholar
  2. L. D. Landau & E. M. Lifshitz, Electrodynamics of continuous media, 2nd ed., Pergamon Press, Oxford (1984) [E15].Google Scholar
  3. I. V. Lindell et al., Electromagnetic Waves in Chiral and Bi-Isotropic Media, (Artech House, Boston, London, (1994)).Google Scholar
  4. A. Serdyukov et al., Electromagnetics of Bi-Anisotropic Materials: Theory and Applications, (Gordon and Breach Science Publishers, Amsterdam, (2001)).Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH) Department of PhysicsUniversity of CreteHeraklionGreece

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