Applied Physics B

, Volume 72, Issue 1, pp 51–59 | Cite as

Optics of moving media

  • P. Piwnicki
  • U. Leonhardt


Light experiences a moving medium as an effective gravitational field. In the limit of low medium velocities the medium flow plays the role of a magnetic vector potential. We review the background of our theory [U. Leonhardt and P. Piwnicki, Phys. Rev. A 60, 4301 (1999); Phys. Rev. Lett. 84, 822 (2000)], including our proposal of making optical black holes.

PACS: 42.15.-i; 04.20.-q; 03.65.Bz 


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© Springer-Verlag 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Piwnicki
    • 1
  • U. Leonhardt
    • 2
  1. 1.Physics Department, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Lindstedtsvägen 24, 10044 Stockholm, SwedenSE
  2. 2.School of Physics and Astronomy, University of St Andrews, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9SS, Scotland, UKGB

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