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This site, from Physical Review Focus, describes a recent experiment to find out how
the momentum of a photon changes when it passes from a glass fiber into air. The article describes the 100-year-old controversy on this question and explains the results of this experiment. Links are provided for more information.
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image credit: Weilong She; image source; larger image This resource was a Physics To Go feature from March 1, 2009 until March 16, 2009. View the feature here!

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Keywords: Action reaction, Hermann Minkowski, Max Abraham, Newton's third law, recoil
Record Creator: Metadata instance created February 25, 2009 by Logan Hancock
Record Updated: Jan 06, 2012 by Lyle Barbato
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(American Physical Society, College Park, 2009), WWW Document, (
Light Bends Glass (American Physical Society, College Park, 2009), <>.
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Light Bends Glass. (2008, December 10). Retrieved December 7, 2022, from American Physical Society:
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American Physical Society. Light Bends Glass. College Park: American Physical Society, December 10, 2008. (accessed 7 December 2022).
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Light Bends Glass. College Park: American Physical Society, 2009. 10 Dec. 2008. 7 Dec. 2022 <>.
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