Propagating solutions to Maxwell’s equations in classical electromagnetism and real photons in quantum electrodynamics. A superset of thermal-radiation.

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How do EM waves travel in a vacuum? [duplicate]

Apart from that electric and magnetic field variation thing, is there any other explanation? Can photons simply pass through vacuum?
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Do the electric and magnetic components of an electromagnetic wave really generate each other?

Frequently when EM waves are taught, it is said that the change in electric field causes a change in the magnetic field, which then causes a change in the electric field, and so on and so forth. But ...
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Polarized light from any suface?

From a textbook I read something like this: "When sunlight is reflected from a horizontal surface, the plane of incidence is vertical, and the reflected light contains a preponderance of light that is ...
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How to design a grating coupler to produce surface plasmon-polaritons (SPPs) at a desired frequency?

Following on from this question, which I found very useful on the topic, I was wondering how you would use the equation $\beta = k sin \theta \pm \nu g$ to fabricate a grating coupler to generate SPPs ...
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Exciting Surface Plasmon-Polaritons with Grating Coupling

I'm very new the topic of SPPs and have been trying to understand this particular method of exciting surface plasmons using a 1D periodic grating of grooves, with distance $a$ between each groove. If ...
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Wideband metamaterials in mobile-telecommunications bands

Were there any metamaterials (materials, settings, geometry) studied that are non-resonant (not frequency selective) in the frequencies between 700 MHz and 2700 MHz, therefore useful for mobile ...
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Why is light called an 'electromagnetic wave' if it's neither electric nor magnetic?

How can light be called electromagnetic if it doesn't appear to be electric nor magnetic? If I go out to the sunlight, magnets aren't affected (or don't seem to be). And there is no transfer of ...
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What can change a photon's frequency?

I found this question: Is it possible to apply force to a light particle? As it states, gravity can change the frequency of light by changing its momentum. My question regards other phenomena that ...
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Why do electromagnetic waves become weaker with distance?

From what I know, In electromagnetic waves, the components electric field and magnetic field generate each other i.e. magnetic field generated from moving electric charge generates another electric ...
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How to understand that the electromagnetic wave propagates?

Don't the electric field and magnetic field have infinite range? When a charged particle moves, the electric field vectors at two different locations A and B should start to change at exactly the same ...
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Current Electricity

If $$ \frac{dQ}{dt} = I $$ and if an accelerated current produces E.M. waves (radiation), does that mean $d^2Q/dt^2$ (second derivative of a charge w.r.t. time) will give me the magnitude of the wave ...
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Correct terminology for when neutral atom is ionized due to an electric field?

An electric field will cause an induced dipole in neutral atoms when present - I presume that if the field were strong enough the magnitude of the polarization could exceed a critical length and cause ...
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Show that the electric dipole term vanishes for a particular current

I'm interested to show that given a ring with radius a where there's a current $I_0 \cos \omega t$ ($I_0$ is a constant) there is no radiation due to the electric dipole term (appearing in the ...
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Question about intensity of EM waves

For electromagnetic wave if it's reflected from a perfect conductor standing wave can be form. I wonder why Poynting vector can be used to describe the intensity of standing EM wave. (see p.19 of ...
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Wavelength-dependent refractive index

I read in a book about optical fibers that the different spectral components of a light pulse transmitted in the fiber propagate with different velocities due to a wavelength dependent refractive ...
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Counting modes Rayleigh-Jeans

In the derivation of the Rayleigh-Jeans Law, we count the number of EM modes in a square cavity. After calculating the number of allowed modes due to boundary conditions, we multiply it by a factor of ...
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What is fundamentally happening that causes light to change its orientation when repeatedly polarized? (edited)

When light is passed through two polarizers successively, its intensity and orientation afterwards depends on the angle between the polarizers and the orientation of the most recent polarizer, ...
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What is the mix of ordinary mass vs. ordinary radiating energy in the universe?

I have seen data showing that the estimated mix of dark energy in the universe is 68.3%, the mix of dark matter is 26.8% and the mix of ordinary matter is 4.9%1. However, within "ordinary matter," ...
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Could an oscillator at a high enough frequency produce light instead of radio waves?

Considering that light is in the 400-800 THz range, if you had an electrical oscillator that ran at that frequency connected to an aerial of some sort, would the antenna emit visible light, in the ...
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What is a wavelength of an EM wave physically?

This might be a silly question given I am a physics undergrad, but I was suddenly confused. Usually when EM hit a gap they diffract through the gap. But if the gap is too small, diffraction can't take ...
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What is the strength of the magnetic field required to penetrate an average human body?

Introduction Suppose you are an experimental nanobot researcher trial-ling a new form of medication that involves activation and control of nanobots within the cells of the interior of the human body ...
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Probability density of detection of collinearly emitted photons in two detectors

Update: As proposed by @dmckee, I added equation numbers and improved the display of some equations. The answer by @Trimok inspired me to look at coordinate systems which are not specific to the ...
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mixing colour of light

I have seen blue and yellow colours mix to form a light green shade. How can we explain this phenomenon, both in case of light and physical substances like paint ?
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will osmium or lead stop all high-energy photons in a shorter distance?

I remember seeing a similar question to this one on Physics StackExchange once. Most of the answers were to the effect of "I don't like the way this question is phrased, so I will insult your ...
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Why particles don't lose mass when they radiate

Charged particles radiate when accelerated: in the rest frame of the particle moving with acceleration $\textbf{a}$ the amount $dW$ of radiated energy over time $dt$ is $$ dW \propto \textbf{a}^2 ...
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Can light (electromagnetic radiation) cause electromagnetic induction in a wire?

Can light, as an electromagnetic wave, cause electromagnetic induction in a wire by passing near the wire? Does a moving electromagnetic wave cause a varying magnetic field in the region near the ...
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Can a photon get emitted without a receiver?

It is generally agreed upon that electromagnetic waves from an emitter does not have to connect to a receiver, but how can we be sure this is a fact? The problem is that we can never observe non ...
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why dosen't a charged particle radiate energy in circular motion in a uniform magnetic field?

I have studied in my Physics course that one of the drawbacks of Rutherford's atomic model was that when an electron will revolve around the nucleus, it is undergoing acceleration and so it should ...
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What color does graphene glow when heated?

If you heat graphene hot enough, what color would it glow? Is the color within the visible range?
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Do all the electromagnetic radiations have dual nature i.e. particle nature & wave nature?

I have studied the dual nature of the light as particle nature & wave nature. A photon of light energy can knock a single electron out of certain metals (usually having less ...
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Layer of graphene on reflector of an antenna

First of all I have no idea how well graphene "sticks" to other metals, but let's suppose it does (well, if I may please ask you to reply to the "stick" question too...). Given the material great ...
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What is difference between Irradiation & Radiosity?

I have a question in Radiometry: What is difference between "Irradiation" & "Radiosity" in Radiometry? Assumption: the emission & the reflection are specular. I know these physical ...
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Wave frequencies and barrier width?

I know a fact that says a wave can go through barriers thinner than its length. This is why for example FM radio can be picked anywhere while antenna TV needs direct sight to the transmitter. Is this ...
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Why are most antennas in cellular networks +/- 45° polarized?

I've just been asked a strange question that I cannot find an answer to (even on the internet it seems I can't find any explanation for this) and I ended up wondering why most of the antennas which ...
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Can light travel slower than the maximum?

First of all, I know that light does indeed travel slower in a medium like air or water, but that's because the photons are bouncing off of the medium's particles and in different directions so the ...
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Is there a limit to how thin EM radiation can be spread out?

Sorry if this is completely off base but from my understanding, electromagnetic radiation, such as light, becomes less intense the further away it gets from the source. I assume the reduction of ...
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Do electrons emit radiation due to gravity [duplicate]

Do electrons accelerating in the presence of a gravitational field radiate due to this acceleration?
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$\sqrt{\frac{\omega ^2}{c^2}-k_z^2}$ in cylindrical harmonics

The radial component of the solution of the wave equation in cylindrical coordinates is $$J_\nu \bigg(\rho\sqrt{\frac{\omega ^2}{c^2}-k_z^2}\,\,\bigg).$$ But I always thought that $\frac \omega c$ ...
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How can electric and magnetic fields have any component in the direction of propagation of electromagnetic waves?

In case of waveguides we talk about $E$ and $H$ having non zero component in the direction of propagation of wave. But the entire basis of EMW is that $E$ and $H$ are perpendicular to the direction of ...
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Electromagnetic wave reflection vs. light reflection

Related: x-ray interaction with atmosphere I know that electromagnetic waves of particular frequencies reflect from the ionosphere. And the light (which from one perspective is an electromagnetic ...
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Classical absorption of radiation

How does electromagnetic radiation get absorbed by an object (like a black body) in the classical regime? In the classical picture, electromagnetic radiation is produced by the movement of charges, ...
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Light / TEM wave in a hollow waveguide

I'm cramming for my EMF exam, and a question came up: Light in free space is an example for a TEM wave, isn't it? (Maybe thats already my mistake) And we learned that in a hollow waveguide only TE ...
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“X-rays”, “gamma rays”, “sun rays”… But electromagnetic waves are NOT rays and DO NOT consist of rays?

In a separate question I'm struggling to figure out the nature of EM waves. But it's a vast topic and I'm trying to narrow it down to small specific questions. It turns out that all electromagnetic ...
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How do EM waves propagate?

I have read about this and what I surmise is that when charged particles such as electrons accelerate they produce time-varying electric fields. These E-fields produce H-fields and the process goes ...
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2 ways to generate electromagnetic wave

According to Maxwell's equations, accelerating charges emit electromagnetic radiation. According to Quantum physics, heating causes electromagnetic radiation too. These 2 radiations, are they ...
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Determining path of light through a nanolens

In the case of light passing through stacked liquids, we can use a ray approximation of the path of light to determine the path taken through each layer of liquid using Snell's law. From all the ...
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How can radiation be a transverse wave? Does light really resemble a rope? How can a 3D field be a medium for non-spatial 1D waves? Need mental model

I understand longitudinal waves. For example, I've got a clear mental modal of air waves: a slice of air becomes overcompressed, then the slice next to it becomes overcompressed and the first slice ...
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Is it possible for the light (photons) to turns into normal electromagnetic signal?

I want a theoretical opinion about this question: The relativistic Doppler Shift equation for the light is $$\frac{f_s}{f_o}=\sqrt{\frac{1+\beta}{1-\beta}}$$ where $\beta=v/c$ is the velocity of the ...
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How can I measure the ability of sunglasses to block UV radiation?

The most important function of sunglasses is to protect the eye against UV radiation. When they don't adequately filter ultraviolet (UV) light, it may even be worse to wear them than not to, because ...
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How can I find the radiance over a finite range of wavelengths using Planck's Law?

I'm working on a small programming project involving Planck's Law, and I keep getting errors. I'm fairly certain this is due to a misunderstanding of physics on my behalf. Basically, I am trying to ...