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Contributions of John Henry Poynting to the understanding of radiation pressure.
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PMID:  22792039     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The name of Poynting is universally recognized for his development of the well-known expression for the flow of electromagnetic energy. Not so well known is Poynting's series of papers on radiation pressure, with 2011 marking the centenary of the last of his 15 publications on this topic. This paper reviews and assesses his radiation-pressure work, with a level of coverage aimed at the reader familiar with the Maxwell electromagnetic theory and interested in the current understanding of radiation pressure. We begin with brief details of Poynting's life, followed by accounts of the relevant publications by others before and during his period of activity in the field from 1903 to 1911. His contributions to the understanding of radiation-pressure effects in the solar system, and the linear and angular momenta of light are discussed, with evaluations from a modern perspective.
R Loudon; C Baxter
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-3-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  Proceedings. Mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences / the Royal Society     Volume:  468     ISSN:  1471-2946     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-7-13     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9891746     Medline TA:  Proc Math Phys Eng Sci     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  1825-1838     Citation Subset:  -    
School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering , University of Essex , Colchester, Essex CO4 3SQ , UK.
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