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The Abraham-Minkowski controversy: an ultracold atom perspective

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Date and time Oct 05, 2017
from 04:10 PM to 05:00 PM
Location 60 St. George Street, MP 102
Host Daniel James

Duncan O'Dell

McMaster University

ODellOver 100 years ago Max Abraham and Hermann Minkowski proposed rival theoretical expressions for the momentum of light in a medium. Since then a large number of theoretical and experimental studies have been conducted which have variously supported one or the other theory. The subject remains controversial to this day, but the advent of ultracold atoms allows for simple and clean measurements that may lead to greater clarity. I will discuss this subject from the perspective of ultracold atoms and point out some unexpected connections to quite different physics.

 
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