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Electromagnetic properties of viscous charged fluids

Forcella, Davide
Zaanen, Jan
Published in Physical Review. B, Condensed Matter. 2014, vol. 90, no. 3, p. 035143
Abstract We provide a general theoretical framework to describe the electromagnetic properties of viscous charged fluids, consisting, for example, of electrons in certain solids or plasmas. We confirm that finite viscosity leads to multiple modes of evanescent electromagnetic waves at a given frequency, one of which is characterized by a negative index of refraction, as previously discussed in a simplified model by one of the authors. In particular, we explain how optical spectroscopy can be used to probe the viscosity. We concentrate on the impact of this on the coefficients of refraction and reflection at the sample-vacuum interface. Analytical expressions are obtained relating the viscosity parameter to the reflection and transmission coefficients of light.We demonstrate that finite viscosity has the effect to decrease the reflectivity of a metallic surface, while the electromagnetic field penetrates more deeply. While on a phenomenological level there are similarities to the anomalous skin effect, the model presented here requires no particular assumptions regarding the corpuscular nature of the charge liquid. A striking consequence of the branching phenomenon into two degenerate modes is the occurrence in a half-infinite sample of oscillations of the electromagnetic field intensity as a function of distance from the
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FORCELLA, Davide et al. Electromagnetic properties of viscous charged fluids. In: Physical Review. B, Condensed Matter, 2014, vol. 90, n° 3, p. 035143. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:39150

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