Applications of the Dirac Form of the Maxwell Equations in Moving Dielectric Media

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Abstract

Maxwell equations in a resting and nonrelativisticly moving medium can be rewritten in a form of the Dirac equation. In the paper the formal analogy between an electron in the electromagnetic field and a photon in the dielectric medium has been used to consider three effects: Fresnel's drag, mechanical Faraday effect (interpreted here as a procession of the photon spin) and Landau frequencies in a rotating medium. The third effect, up to my knowledge, is new. It predicts that only some discrete frequencies of light can propagate in a rotating medium.

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