Intensity, Energy Density, the Poynting Vector, and Their Spectral Distributions

  • John N. Dodd
Part of the Physics of Atoms and Molecules book series (PIDF)


In the previous chapter a quantity called “intensity of radiation” was introduced when deducing expressions for the scattering cross section. In Eq. (4.12), for example, we introduced the intensity I = E 0 2/µ o c appropriate to a plane monochromatic wave; it is the power flux through unit area placed perpendicular to the propagation direction of the wave. (This quantity is more properly called the irradiance, but we shall use here the more common description.)


Energy Density Radiation Field Circularly Polarize Spectral Distribution Spectral Intensity 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • John N. Dodd
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  1. 1.University of OtagoOtagoNew Zealand

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