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Complementarity of Galilean and Lorentz groups in the electrodynamics of inertially moving media

Abstract

A physical interpretation is given for the previously discovered ambiguity in the material equations of the electrodynamics of isotropic, inertially moving media. This ambiguity manifests itself in the complementarity of the equations which are invariant under the Galilean group, in some cases, and the Lorentz group, in other cases, as can be detected experimentally in the aberration phenomenon and the Doppler effect.

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Translated from Izvestiya Vysshikh Uchebnykh Zavedenii, Fizika, No. 9, pp. 57–61, September, 1989.

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Barykin, V.N. Complementarity of Galilean and Lorentz groups in the electrodynamics of inertially moving media. Soviet Physics Journal 32, 718–722 (1989). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00898208

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Keywords

  • Material Equation
  • Physical Interpretation
  • Doppler Effect
  • Lorentz Group
  • Galilean Group