Scattering of a Plane Wave at a Plane Interface Separating Two Moving Media


  • Dan Censor


The problem of reflection and transmission of a plane electromagnetic wave at an interface separating two moving media is discussed. Contrary to previous studies, the model does not exclude normal components of the velocities with respect to the interface. The general formalism yields dyadic reflection and transmission coefficients. The results are applied to the Cerenkov radiation phenomenon, the Fizeau experiment, clear-air scattering (when the two media have the same constitutive parameters in their respective rest frames), and ray optics in moving media.