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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 17 — Aug. 17, 2009
  • pp: 15170–15172

Correct definition of the Poynting vector in electrically and magnetically polarizable medium reveals that negative refraction is impossible: reply

Vadim A. Markel  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 17, pp. 15170-15172 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.17.015170


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Abstract

In this reply I argue that “the work done on the bound current densities” can not be “attributed differently”, as Favaro, Kinsler and McCall (FKM) suggest in the preceding Comment. There is a unique physically justifiable expression for this quantity, namely, J b · E. This expression follows from the Newtonian laws of motion. Alternative forms can not be obtained by mathematically manipulating the Poynting identity. I also discuss other points raised by FKM in their Comment.

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OCIS Codes
(160.1245) Materials : Artificially engineered materials
(350.3618) Other areas of optics : Left-handed materials

ToC Category:
Metamaterials

History
Original Manuscript: June 22, 2009
Revised Manuscript: August 1, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: August 6, 2009
Published: August 11, 2009

Citation
Vadim A. Markel, "Correct definition of the Poynting vector in electrically and magnetically polarizable medium reveals that negative refraction is impossible: reply," Opt. Express 17, 15170-15172 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-17-17-15170


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