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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  1. A. Favaro, P. Kinsler and M. 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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  2. V. A. Markel, "Correct definition of the Poynting vector in electrically and magnetically polarizable medium reveals that negative refraction is impossible," Opt. Express 16, 19152-19168 (2008).
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