# Trouble with the Lorentz law of force: incompatibility with special relativity and momentum conservation.

@article{Mansuripur2012TroubleWT, title={Trouble with the Lorentz law of force: incompatibility with special relativity and momentum conservation.}, author={Masud Mansuripur}, journal={Physical review letters}, year={2012}, volume={108 19}, pages={ 193901 } }

The Lorentz law of force is the fifth pillar of classical electrodynamics, the other four being Maxwell's macroscopic equations. The Lorentz law is the universal expression of the force exerted by electromagnetic fields on a volume containing a distribution of electrical charges and currents. If electric and magnetic dipoles also happen to be present in a material medium, they are traditionally treated by expressing the corresponding polarization and magnetization distributions in terms of…

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