New Theory of Light and Resolution of the Abraham-Minkowski Controversy


  • Adnan Salih AL-ITHAWI Department of Physics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074, China



Momentum, Controversy, Mass, Energy, Photon, Abraham-Minkowski


The Abraham-Minkowski controversy about the momentum of light in media has been debated for over a century and has been informed by many distinguished distributions, both theoretical and experimental. We show that both the Abraham and Minkowski forms of momentum are need to be modified according to the new theory of light. We prove that the total momentum of a photon in matter is the same as compared with that in free space by using the new relations between energy and mass of light with refractive index.



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How to Cite

AL-ITHAWI, A. S. . (2020). New Theory of Light and Resolution of the Abraham-Minkowski Controversy. Walailak Journal of Science and Technology (WJST), 17(10), 1060–1065.