'Aether drag' and moving images

Leach, J., Wright, A.J., Götte, J.B. , Girkin, J.M., Allen, L., Franke-Arnold, S., Barnett, S.m. and Padgett, M.J. (2008) 'Aether drag' and moving images. Physical Review Letters, 100(15), p. 153902. (doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.100.153902)

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We contrast the two situations in which either a light beam is incident on a moving medium or a moving optical image is incident on a stationary medium. The principle of relativity suggests that the effects on the light of propagating through the medium should be similar. We find, however, that there are subtle differences which we can understand in terms of the relative alignment of the Poynting and wave vectors. Our analysis and experiments investigate both translational motion and rotation.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Goette, Dr Joerg and Padgett, Professor Miles and Barnett, Professor Stephen and Franke-Arnold, Professor Sonja and Leach, Mr Jonathan
Authors: Leach, J., Wright, A.J., Götte, J.B., Girkin, J.M., Allen, L., Franke-Arnold, S., Barnett, S.m., and Padgett, M.J.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Journal Name:Physical Review Letters
Publisher:American Physical Society
ISSN (Online):1079-7114

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