Viscous fluid interpretation of electromagnetic fields

Raychaudhuri, A. K. ; Saha, S. K. (1981) Viscous fluid interpretation of electromagnetic fields Journal of Mathematical Physics, 22 (10). pp. 2237-2239. ISSN 0022-2488

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As observed by Tupper, if the Ricci tensor satisfies the Rainich conditions for a nonnull electromagnetic field, the energy stress tensor may sometimes be interpreted as due to a viscous fluid (apparently Tupper believed this to be possible for all electrovac solutions). The present paper shows that for such an interpretation to be possible, there must be an additional symmetry property. Even then in some cases the interpretation may not work due to unacceptable behavior of the fluid velocity vector.

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