Electromagnetic wave propagation inside a material medium: an effective geometry interpretation

V.A. De Lorenci, M.A. Souza
2001 Physics Letters B  
We present a method developed to deal with electromagnetic wave propagation inside a material medium that reacts, in general, non-linearly to the field strength. We work in the context of Maxwell' s theory in the low frequency limit and obtain a geometrical representation of light paths for each case presented. The isotropic case and artificial birefringence caused by an external electric field are analyzed as an application of the formalism and the effective geometry associated to the wave propagation is exhibited.
doi:10.1016/s0370-2693(01)00588-3 fatcat:tyxeu7u6a5es3n6wityavtovse