Experimental test of the compatibility of the definitions of the electromagnetic energy density and the Poynting vector

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Abstract.

It is shown that the generally accepted definition of the Poynting vector and the energy flux vector defined by means of the energy density of the electromagnetic field (Umov vector) lead to the prediction of the different results touching electromagnetic energy flux. The experiment shows that within the framework of the mentioned generally accepted definitions the Poynting vector adequately describes the electromagnetic energy flux unlike the Umov vector. Therefore one can conclude that a generally accepted definitions of the electromagnetic energy density and the Poynting vector, in general, are not always compatible.

Received: 28 July 2004, Published online: 5 October 2004

PACS:

03.50.-z Classical field theories - 03.50.De Classical electromagnetism, Maxwell equations