Fundamental Field Equations in Temporally Dispersive Media

  • Kurt E. Oughstun
Part of the Springer Series in Optical Sciences book series (SSOS, volume 224)


The fundamental macroscopic electromagnetic field equations and elementary plane wave solutions in linear, temporally dispersive absorptive media are developed in this chapter with particular emphasis on homogeneous, isotropic, locally linear (HILL), temporally absorptive dispersive media. The general frequency dependence of the dielectric permittivity, magnetic permeability, and electric conductivity is included in the analysis so that the resultant field equations rigorously apply to both perfect and imperfect dielectrics, conductors and semiconducting materials, as well as to metamaterials, over the entire frequency domain.


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  • Kurt E. Oughstun
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  1. 1.College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, University of VermontBurlingtonUSA

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