Lorentz covariance, Occam's razor, and a constraint on linear constitutive relations

A. Lakhtakia, W. S. Weiglhofer

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Abstract

The constitutive relations of a spatially and temporally non-local linear medium are shown to be constrained by the structure of modern electromagnetic theory. A constraint reflecting this fact is derived by resorting to the Lorentz covariance of the Maxwell postulates as well as by using Occam's razor to arrive at a parsimonious description of general linear media.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)107-111
Number of pages5
JournalPhysics Letters, Section A: General, Atomic and Solid State Physics
Volume213
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 22 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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