An inner incompleteness of Maxwell theory

Mathematics. Physics. Mechanics


Khrapko R. I.

Moscow Aviation Institute (National Research University), 4, Volokolamskoe shosse, Moscow, А-80, GSP-3, 125993, Russia



A specific experiment was proposed in Oct. 1999 as a proof that a circularly polarized plane wave with infinite extent carries spin angular momentum in contradiction with the widespread point of view. This conclusion implies existence of classical electrodynamics spin. It is shown that absorption of a circularly polarized beam cannot be described in the scope of the Maxwell theory but requires an introduction of a classical electrodynamics' spin tensor. The latter paper of Allen et al. is criticized.

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