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Disclaimer: I am purposefully avoiding the mathematics of this theorem when posing my question.

I understand that Poynting's theorem is basically the work-energy theorem of electromagnetics, and I understand how it's derived, but I'm having difficulty wrapping my mind around the intuition.

The theorem is usually expressed in the following terms: "The amount of work done per unit time on charges by the electromagnetic force is equal to the decrease in energy stored in the magnetic and electric fields in some charge and current configuration within some volume, minus the amount of energy that flows out through a surface bounding the volume" My confusion lies in the latter half of the explanation...the bit about electromagnetic energy flowing out through the surface.

This refers only to electromagnetic radiation, does it not? I realize the Poynting vector can be applied to any magnetostatic configuration to describe the direction of the flow of power, but lets say for the example of a current carrying loop of wire (for simplicity lets pretend its a superconducting wire and no energy is being lost to any sort of internal resistance and the circuit bears no load) , where the net flux of the E and B fields through the surface are zero, this cannot possibly transport energy out of the bounding surface, can it?

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Apologies if you have read this Wikipedia Poynings Vector article, but it does contains lots of examples of the fields involved.

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A DC circuit consisting of a battery (V) and resistor (R), showing the direction of the Poynting vector (S, blue) in the space surrounding it, along with the fields it is derived from; the electric field (E, red) and the magnetic field (H, green). In the region around the battery the Poynting vector is directed outward, indicating power flowing out of the battery into the fields; in the region around the resistor the vector is directed inward, indicating field power flowing into the resistor. Across any plane P between the battery and resistor, the Poynting flux is in the direction of the resistor.

A coaxial cable, as an example.

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Poynting vector in a coaxial cable, shown in red.

The Poynting vector contained inside the dielectric insulator of a coaxial cable is almost pointed parallel to the inner core wire axis (assuming no fields outside the cable and a wavelength longer than the diameter of the cable, including DC). Electrical energy delivered to the load is flowing entirely through the dielectric between the conductors. The electric field strength is almost nil, implying that only a small amount of energy flows through the conductors themselves, since the electric field strength is nearly zero. The energy flowing in the conductors flows radially into the conductors and accounts for energy lost to resistive heating of the conductor. Beyond the cable boundary, the magnetic fields of the outer and inner conductor negate each other, resulting in no overall energy flows outside the conductor.

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