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  • Received: Jun. 24, 2020

    Accepted: Aug. 26, 2020

    Posted: Sep. 24, 2020

    Published Online: Sep. 24, 2020

    The Author Email: Kozlov Vitali (, Kosulnikov Sergei (, Vovchuk Dmytro (, Ginzburg Pavel (

    DOI: 10.1117/1.AP.2.5.056003

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    Vitali Kozlov, Sergei Kosulnikov, Dmytro Vovchuk, Pavel Ginzburg. Memory effects in scattering from accelerating bodies[J]. Advanced Photonics, 2020, 2(5): 056003

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Advanced Photonics, Vol. 2, Issue 5, 056003 (2020)

Memory effects in scattering from accelerating bodies

Vitali Kozlov1,*, Sergei Kosulnikov1, Dmytro Vovchuk1,2, and Pavel Ginzburg1

Author Affiliations

  • 1Tel Aviv University, School of Electrical Engineering, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • 2Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University, Department of Radio Engineering and Information Security, Chernivtsi, Ukraine


Interaction of electromagnetic, acoustic, and even gravitational waves with accelerating bodies forms a class of nonstationary time-variant processes. Scattered waves contain intrinsic signatures of motion, which manifest in a broad range of phenomena, including Sagnac interference, and both Doppler and micro-Doppler frequency shifts. Although general relativity is often required to account for motion, instantaneous rest frame approaches are frequently used to describe interactions with slowly accelerating objects. We investigate theoretically and experimentally an interaction regime that is neither relativistic nor adiabatic. The test model considers an accelerating scatterer with a long-lasting relaxation memory. The slow decay rates violate the instantaneous reaction assumption of quasistationarity, introducing non-Markovian contributions to the scattering process. Memory signatures in scattering from a rotating dipole are studied theoretically, showing symmetry breaking of micro-Doppler combs. A quasistationary numeric analysis of scattering in the short-memory limit is proposed and validated experimentally with an example of electromagnetic pulses interacting with a rotating wire.


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