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Can I use an antenna as a light source?

Can I use a normal metal antenna to emit visible light?
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Why is Near Field Communication (NFC) range limited to about 20cm?

Near Field Communication (NFC) operates at 13.56 MHz. Near Field is the region situated at a distance r << λ λ = c/f ...
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How do radio telescopes work?

If I search online for how radio telescopes work, the found articles talk about how RF is on the spectrum, etc, how the parabolic collector is the aperture which contributes to the sensitivity and ...
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Adverse Health Effects of Strong Radio Waves

A while ago, I was hiking near the Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles. When I got to the sign, I found out it was fenced off; with several signs and a security camera promising prompt enforcement. As I was ...
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Why are fractal geometries useful for compact antenna design?

While most of what I've read about fractals has been dubious in nature, over the years, I keep hearing that these sorts of self-similar (or approximately self-similar) geometries are useful in the ...
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Astronomical-wavelength radio (AWR) transmissions between cosmic plasmas?

My son asked me if electromagnetic waves longer than radio exist. I told him that even though physics permits such waves, there are no antennas long enough to radiate or detect them. However, on ...
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Radio antennas that are much shorter than the wavelength

From my limited experience with ham radio when I was a kid, I expect transmitting and receiving antennas to have lengths that are on the same order of magnitude as the wavelength, and in fact I recall ...
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How is an inflatable parabolic antenna created?

I'm intrigued by this, and how it would work:- 3 sub-questions if I may: Construction: As I understand it's a flexible sphere constrained by a rigid edge. a. Do we simply glue 2 flat circular ...
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Radio communication and antennas

I'm trying to understand how an antenna is able to understand, but have a few quesions: I understand that for an antenna to distinguish between 2 (or more) signals, they have to be in different ...
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How is extremely low frequency (ELF) radiation collected by a submarine antenna?

The U.S. Navy Project ELF managed to generate extremely low frequency (ELF) radiation at down to $\approx 76$ Hz (implying a wavelength of $\approx 3,945$ km!). I was curious, what kind of receiving ...
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Is there any antenna with a single null?

If we designate the origin (the reference point from which all displacement vectors are measured) $\vec{0}$, and If we consider a sphere $\mathbb{B}\left(\vec{0},\mathcal{R}\right)$ of radius ...
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What is the effect of ice on an antenna?

A local FM radio station transmitting at 89.3 MHz recently announced that it would be running at 50% power due to freezing weather and a forecast of ice accumulation, as "when ice is forecast ... it ...
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Is there a differential equation that can represent a circuit with an arbitrary voltage source connected acrorss an antenna?

An RLC circuit with a voltage source can be characterized by the differential equation: $$ LC\;\ddot{I}\left(t\right) + RC\; \dot{I}\left(t\right) + I\left(t\right)-C \;\dot{V}\left(t\right) = 0 $$ ...
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Near-field around parabolic antenna?

Having a discussion at work about the $H$-field around a big parabolic antenna. All of the safety tests done around the antenna only mention $E$-Field. They state in the radiating near-field the $E$ ...
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Did Penzias and Wilson need such a large horn antenna to discover the CMB?

Penzias and Wilson discovered the 2.7K Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) Radiation using a 6 meter horn antenna, along with a cryogenic low-noise detector measuring at 4 GHz: ...
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Effective aperture of isotropic antenna

I have always taken for granted that 'the aperture of a loss-less isotropic antenna is $\dfrac {\lambda^2} {4\pi}$'. On a whim, I tried to look up how this expression was derived, but so far I have ...
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Some questions about car radio and cellphone antennas

1-Why the antenna of the radio of cars is located outside the car and not inside? 2-If the answer to 1 is because that cars are like Faraday cages then how come my cell phone can receive signal ...
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Is there a way to tell what frequency an unmarked antenna is designed for?

I have accumulated a large amount of R/C gear over the years. I have several antennas which are not labelled as to their original use. This antenna is either for 5.8ghz, 2.4ghz, or 910mhz. The ...
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Equivalent circuit for an arbitrary receiving antenna

This Wikipedia entry tells me that the Thevenin equivalent circuit for an arbitrary receiving antenna on which an electric field $E_b$ is incident is a voltage source $V_a$ in series with an impedance ...
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How is antenna gain correlated to beam width?

Let's say you have two dipole type antennas. Antenna A has a gain of 2.15 dBi, a horizontal beam width of 360 deg and a vertical beam width of 45 deg. Antenna B is similar to antenna A, but has a ...
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How does holographic radar work?

I'm trying to figure out how the mechanics of holographic radar work. AFAIK there is a continuous 3d transmission signal (a dome-shaped antenna?) But because there isn't a direction or time-domain, ...
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Radio waves and frequency of photon

How radio waves create the current in antenna in terms of photons? If it is Compton scattering then why is not changed the freuency of photons?
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Signal strength drop-off from a geosynchronous satellite as a function of angular pointing error

If we have a compact antenna used to communicate with a satellite in geosynchronous orbit somewhere between the $K_u$ and $K_a$ bands of the spectrum (for high broadband applications where we can't ...
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Is the electrical signal delivered to a load by a receiving antenna always $\propto \frac {\partial}{\partial t}$ of the $\vec{E}$ or $\vec{B}$ field?

A time-varying $B(t)$ field through a loop antenna induces a voltage proportional to $\dot{B}(t)$. A Hertzian dipole along a time-varying $E(t)$ field also induces a voltage across a load--while I ...
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Radio antenna producing waves in the visible spectrum

If a radio could produce waves in the visible light spectrum, what would the result be? This is a thought experiment that I've pondered for a few years now. I realize there are a few/many real-world ...
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How to capture electomagnetic radiation/waves?

If I wanted to find out what kind of electomagnetic waves "travel" through my room at which frequency, what kind of equipment would I need? Suppose I want to view frequencies from 0 Hz to 6 GHz.
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What is difference between the miltary radar in 1940's from commercial antenna that is for the use of TV

What is difference between the miltary radar in 1940's from commercial antenna that is for the use of TV? I have read article from some of the WW2 history website that call the German radar the ...
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Geometry of wireless signal strength

How does wireless signal strength correspond to distance? RSSI lies between -100 and 0 (at least, on my computer). Let's say I walk a distance x towards the router, and my RSSI goes from -60 to -50. ...
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Getting a given wavelength radio signal given an antenna with real-world constraints

Supposing you are given a transmitting antenna of whatever type of metal is most commonly used these days, and supposing that you are applying an AC current with the intent of transmitting a 1 m ...
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What are the optimal shapes, if any, for fractal antennae?

A DIY fractal antenna project is described at http://www.htpc-diy.com/2012/04/diy-flexible-fractal-window-hdtv.html Mainly idle curiosity, but I was wondering what the principles behind these might ...
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Fresnel Zones-How are they Formed?

How are Fresnel Zones formed? What phenomena of light allow ellipsoid areas to be in phase? I've tried reading articles, but they more or less introduce me to characteristics of light, and then tell ...
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Quantum Mechanics- Antenna emitting electromagnetic radiation

Radio signals are being transmitted in a frequency of $ 8.4 \times 10^9 s^{-1} $ and being received by an antenne that is capable of receiveing power of $ 4 \times 10^{-21} watt $ ($ 1 watt = 1 J ...
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Why do (most) metals cause problems in a microwave oven? Which metals (if any) don't? [duplicate]

Most of us have seen microwave ovens with metal racks or shelves, which challenges the common notion that you can't (safely) put metal in a microwave oven. What's going on here? Is it a matter of ...
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Hertzian dipole in time varying electric field

Suppose we place a Hertzian dipole (short, ends loaded with capacitance) in a time varying electric field $\vec{E}\left(t\right)$, with magniture $E\left(t\right)$ and direction as shown in this ...
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The length of an antenna is twice the amplitude of the wave

I have seen it remarked in some problem sets that if you have an electromagnetic wave traveling in the $x$-direction with it's $y$-coordinate given as $y(x,t)=y_0\sin (\omega t +kx)$ and you want a ...
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Does shadow fading change if obstacles are fixed?

Given a RF sender and a receiver, suppose the obstacles between them are fixed, both their material and dielectric properties, does the path loss caused by their shadowing vary? If yes, what causes ...
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Is the inducing signal weakened to the extent it induces a signal in the receiving antenna?

Silly question ... An antenna is necessary to receive a transmitted signal from atmosphere, or otherwise. The transmitted signal weakens as it travels through the atmosphere. When the signal ...
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Can mu-metal reduce the negative effect of metal close to low frequency RFID antennas?

I have an 134.2 khz RFID antenna for sport events which is basically a 1x1 meter square sheet of rubber with 3 loops of antenna cable embedded. The problem is that the transponder recognition range is ...
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Numb3rs TV series - Antenna

Most of you might have watched the TV series 'Numb3rs'. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numb3rs In one of those episodes they were discussing about how to capture the contents on the screen of a ...
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How/Why does voltage reflect?

I'm trying to understand antenna theory again, and I'm again stumped by the concept of VSW (voltage standing waves). I understand standing waves, I remember these from a physics clases, however I do ...
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How do EM waves get detached from an antenna?

How does an electro-magnetic waves get detached from an antenna and spread to the space? While an antenna receives an EM wave, which quantity of the EM wave (electric or magnetic) is used for ...
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Is this claim from historician true for physicist point of view?

"The original Naxos I had a vertically polarized antenna, with poor results as the British radars initially used horizontal polarisation. (This seems to have been a case of the German designers being ...
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Diffraction between two beams of right- and left-circularly polarized light

If we have an optical / microwave two-way relay, my understanding is that one strategy to avoid destructive interference-based signal degradation is to use orthogonal linear polarizations. Here, ...
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Covariance of rayleigh channel

f=[f1 _f2_ f3]; g=[g1_g2_ g3]; f1,_f2_,f3,_g1_,g2,_g3_ are all independent identically distributed zero mean complex random variable. h= elementwise wise Schur-Hadamard product of f and g. What is ...
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explain how does Rectenna work to someone with some college level physics

I understand that rectifying antenna (rectenna) is supposed to convert electromagnetic energy to electric current however I do not understand how it's really working. I do get that it's kind of like ...
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The far $\vec{\mathrm{E}}(\vec{\mathrm{r}},t)$ field of an arbitrary antenna given an arbitrary input current $I(t)$

I was wondering if the following expression is reasonable to express the far $\vec{\mathrm{E}}\left(\vec{\mathrm{r}},t\right)$ field for an arbitrary antenna that is fed with an arbitrary time-varying ...
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Very short ($\ell \ll \lambda$) dipole as a receiving antenna

I'm trying to understand how a very short dipole of length $\ell \ll \lambda$ works for receiving radiation. (It is center-fed, and has two thin perfectly conducting arms each of length $\ell/2$ ...