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Journal of the Optical Society of America A

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  • Editor: Stephen A. Burns
  • Vol. 25, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 2008
  • pp: 2167–2169

Morphology of the nonspherically decaying radiation generated by a rotating superluminal source: reply to comment

Houshang Ardavan, Arzhang Ardavan, John Singleton, Joseph Fasel, and Andrea Schmidt  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 25, Issue 9, pp. 2167-2169 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.25.002167


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Abstract

The fact that the formula used by Hannay in the preceding Comment [ J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 25, 2165 (2008) ] is “from a standard text on electrodynamics” neither warrants that it is universally applicable nor that it is unequivocally correct. We have explicitly shown [ J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 25, 543 (2008) ] that, since it does not include the boundary contribution toward the value of the field, the formula in question is not applicable when the source is extended and has a distribution pattern that rotates faster than light in vacuo. The neglected boundary term in the retarded solution to the wave equation governing the electromagnetic field forms the basis of diffraction theory. If this term were identically zero, for the reasons given by Hannay, the diffraction of electromagnetic waves through apertures on a surface enclosing a source would have been impossible.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1670) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherent optical effects
(040.3060) Detectors : Infrared
(230.6080) Optical devices : Sources
(250.5530) Optoelectronics : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(350.1270) Other areas of optics : Astronomy and astrophysics

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History
Original Manuscript: May 1, 2008
Revised Manuscript: June 30, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: July 2, 2008
Published: August 4, 2008

Citation
Houshang Ardavan, Arzhang Ardavan, John Singleton, Joseph Fasel, and Andrea Schmidt, "Morphology of the nonspherically decaying radiation generated by a rotating superluminal source: reply to comment," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 25, 2167-2169 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-25-9-2167

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