Do volume forces, or do surface forces act on polarized dielectric?


Khrapko R. I.

Moscow Aviation Institute (National Research University), 4, Volokolamskoe shosse, Moscow, А-80, GSP-3, 125993, Russia



Static electric field in linear uniform neutral dielectric is divergence-free and irrotational. Thus the Maxwell stress tensor is divergence-free as well. So, according to Maxwell, the volume force is ZERO. Only surface forces act on the polarized dielectric. Nevertheless the result contradicts textbook [5]

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