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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 17 — Aug. 17, 2009
  • pp: 15167–15169

Comment on “Correct definition of the Poynting vector in electrically and magnetically polarizable medium reveals that negative refraction is impossible.”

Alberto Favaro, Paul Kinsler, and Martin W. McCall  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 17, pp. 15167-15169 (2009)

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Physically valid electromagnetic continuity equations can be generated from either the usual form of the Poynting vector E⃗×H⃗ or the alternative E⃗×B⃗ form. However, the continuity equations are not identical, which means that quantities following from E⃗×H⃗ cannot always be compared directly to those from E⃗×B⃗. In particular, the work done on the bound current densities are attributed differently in the two representations. We also comment on the negative refraction condition used.

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

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Original Manuscript: March 24, 2009
Revised Manuscript: June 12, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: June 15, 2009
Published: August 11, 2009

Alberto Favaro, Paul Kinsler, and Martin W. McCall, "Comment on “Correct definition of the Poynting vector in electrically and magnetically polarizable medium reveals that negative refraction is impossible.”," Opt. Express 17, 15167-15169 (2009)

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