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Journal of the Optical Society of America A

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  • Editor: Stephen A. Burns
  • Vol. 25, Iss. 6 — Jun. 1, 2008
  • pp: 1420–1425

Power of a simple electric multipole of finite size

S. R. Seshadri  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 25, Issue 6, pp. 1420-1425 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.25.001420


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Abstract

A simple electric multipole of finite size in the form of a spherical current sheet with a surface current density in the θ direction varying as sin 2 θ is considered. The electromagnetic fields outside the spherical surface are of the same form as that of the corresponding point electric multipole situated at the origin and oriented in the z direction. The power is separated into the radiative and the reactive parts and compared with the separation made on the basis of propagating and evanescent waves. The evanescent waves contribute only to the reactive power, and the propagating waves contribute to both the radiative and the reactive powers. The power flux density is also separated into the real and the reactive parts, and the characteristics of the two parts of the power flux density are discussed.

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OCIS Codes
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

History
Original Manuscript: February 29, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: April 9, 2008
Published: May 22, 2008

Citation
S. R. Seshadri, "Power of a simple electric multipole of finite size," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 25, 1420-1425 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-25-6-1420

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