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

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Do all solid objects emit visible light?

Are there solid objects that do not emit visible light? To my limited and humble knowledge, creating such an object would require us to "only" shift the spectrum of emitted radiation. Is it possible? ...
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What wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation are emitted by the LH2/LOX reaction?

Rocket engines such as the Rocketdyne Rocket System 68 and the Space Shuttle Main Engine use liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen as propellants. The exhaust from this type of engine is notable in ...
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How do electromagnetic waves carry energy?

Its said that electromagnetic waves carry energy. Is this because these waves are made up of electric and magnetic fields which can cause changes to the stuff that falls with in their range? Is that ...
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Nature of light in Special Relativity

What is the nature of light in the context of Special Relativity? Is it a photon, or an electromagnetic wave, or something else? I have doubts, because a photon seems to me a quantum mechanical ...
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Can a lightning strike cause your car to not run? [migrated]

If lightning strikes a tree in your yard and your car is close by, can this cause your car to not work properly? I had an employee call in stating that lightning struck a tree beside their mobile ...
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Light's inverse square law: Does it require a minimum distance from the source?

Does the inverse square law begin to take effect the moment light leaves its source? For example, does light's intensity decrease, i.e. does the area in which the photons might land increase, at a few ...
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What does it mean physically to set $\exp(ikr)=1$ in the dipole approximation?

In the dipole approximation one sets the $exp(ikr)=1+ik.r+...=1$. ($|<f|exp(ikr)\epsilon.r|i>|^2$). Which makes $k.r=0$. What does it mean physically? Is the plane transverse wave converted to ...
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Does an electromagnetic wave necessarily contain many photons? [duplicate]

I've often come across people saying from a quantum physics standpoint that an electromagnetic wave necessarily contains many photons. But doesn't the double-slit experiment conducted one photon ...
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Why can't the wave model for radiation account for the photoelectric effect?

While I understand the effect of varying wavelength and frequencies on the photoelectric effect, I can't seem to turn my mind around that question... I suspect it has to do with quantas and the non ...
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Plasmon quenching vs plasmon decay. What is the difference?

I'm reading an article "Quenching, Plasmonic, and Radiative Decays in Nanogap Emitting Devices" (pubs.acs.org/journal/apchd5). I don't understand the following: Counterintuitively, we evidence ...
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When light reflects from a medium of lower index of reflection to a medium of higher index of refraction, why does the light undergo a phase shift? [duplicate]

I learned in my physics class that there is a phase shift when light reflects off a low $n$ from a higher $n$, but never got the explanation.
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Can you have a problem with a Dirichlet boundary condition but with waves that reflect off the boundary?

Say we are looking for a solution to the Helmholtz equation $$(\Delta + k^2) u = 0,$$ in in the upper half space ($y > 0$) in 2D with a Dirichlet boundary condition on the $x$-axis, that is, $u(x, ...
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Faraday Cage for radiations from Uranium

Is it possible to build Faraday Cage like structure for Gamma Radiations or Beta radiations, so that a person inside that cage or sphere so that inside person remain protected from nuclear explosion. ...
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Change in Q factor on tuning external magnetic field in Electron spin resonance experiment

Does the Q factor of the cavity resonator show a dip at the resonant value of the external magnetic field while performing an ESR experiment?If so, what is the physical reason behind it?
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How to solve “EM wave equation” for the field of uniformly moving charge?

Is it possible to show that the field of a uniformly moving charge, which is according to Biot-Savart law is given by... $${\bf E}({\bf r},t)=kq\left(\frac{1-v^2/c^2}{(1-v^2 \sin^2 ...
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How are the frequency and wavelength of electromagnetic waves affected within an event horizon?

I apologize if this has been asked previously or if my thinking is way off base, but I am inexperienced with relativity (and this is my first question on the site). I am wondering; as one (not ...
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Electron in a Magnetic Field: Force parallel to velocity?

According to the four-force given in this question, Force is parallel to velocity. But the Lorentz Force is perpendicular to velocity in a constant magnetic field. Is this a contradiction? [a ...
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Do hot metals radiate? (Thermography)

I was looking into thermography which talks about emissivities of metals and other materials. Polished metals which have low emissivity appear to be colder in thermal imaging cameras even if they are ...
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How do you make a spherical radio wave?

A vertical rod, a usual dipole, produces radio waves in the horizontal plane, mostly in two opposite directions: If that is possible, how do you produce a spherical EM radiation? should the ...
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How does Compton scattering demonstrate particle over wave behavior?

Why is Compton scattering thought to demonstrate light's behavior as a particle over that as a wave. I'm interested in the thoughts at the time of Compton, but also how it contradicts current theory ...
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Why don't E&M fields change orientation after hitting a surface?

In essentially every derivation of the Fresnel equations, the general problem of radiation hitting a surface at a certain angle is broken into two parts (out of which we hope the solution any general ...
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What is the player's role in the functioning of a theremin?

I recently see a video on how the theremin works, and wasn't satisfied with the answer. I watched around, but they all seem to give the same explanation. A diagram as below is given, and it is ...
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Wave Velocity vs. Phase Velocity

I am trying to understand the difference between 'wave velocity' and 'phase velocity'. I know that generally they are equal, but when is that not the case? I, of course, tried to google it, and ...
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How can my window not scramble the image of my yard?

How can an image pass through a window if the atoms in the glass randomly emit photons in any direction? I've read that glass is transparent because the atoms don't readily adsorb visible light, so it ...
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A single light-wave's ability to divide into two halves?

We know from the double-slit experiment conducted "one photon at-a-time" that a light-wave, upon encountering two closely-spaced apertures, is able to split into two halves and travel through both. ...
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How to shield myself from the LTE radiation coming from my phone while working on my Laptop? [closed]

I am connecting to the internet with the tethering option on my phone. I wonder if there is a way to shield myself from the LTE radiation (Long-Term Evolution, commonly marketed as 4G) as I am exposed ...
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What exactly are EM waves? [closed]

What exactly are EM waves? Wave is just a graph of the intensity of energy at the given point in space right? At a particular point in space, we detect that energy is going up ad then down with each ...
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Frequency dependence of electromagnetic reflection

I was surprised to see that the Fresnel equations for reflection depends on refractive index and angle of incidence, but they do not depend on frequency. Why is this case? Are they restricted to ...
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Why do X-rays go through things?

I always heard that the smaller the wavelength, the more interactions take place. The sky is blue because the blue light scatters. So why is this not true for X-rays, which go through objects so ...
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Is fire more harmful than a phone?

I have read somewhere that the higher the frequency of electromagnetic radiation, the higher the damage it causes to your body, and visible light has a very high frequency in comparison to microwave ...
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Why does a 2-sided propagating EM wave become 1-sided if B is made proportional to E?

If you simulate the propagation of an electromagnetic wave in 1D free space (no charges or currents) with initial conditions of $E\neq0$ and $B=0$, and you look at a movie of $E$ vs time, then after ...
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Problem with understanding boundary conditions in electromagnetism

In some books on electrodynamics they stress that electric current won't radiate if it is placed on a perfect electrical conductor (PEC), citing image theory: exactly opposite current will appear and ...
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How to derive equation for time it takes photons to diffuse through the Sun

I am wanting to use the Rosseland radiative heat flux equation to find the time it takes for photons to diffuse through the sun. The answer I am wanting to derive is: $$\tau_D~\frac{\rho \bar C_p ...
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Gradient of Greens function

This question is about Jackson's equation (10.75) and (10.77) I don't know the step in between these two equations.I'm not sure what our unit vector $n'$ will be here and how can we take gradient of ...
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Can 2 photons make up the same colour as another photon?

So, my question deals with the excited electron shown above. (1st diagram) This electron can return to its ground state by either of two ways. One of the ways involves the emission of 2 photons. ...
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Mie theory: Interpretation in terms of intensity

I'm trying to understand Mie theory. For this I'm reading the book "Absorption and Scattering of Light by Small Particles" by Bohren and Huffman. The derivation of the formulas is fine, but I'm stuck ...
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How much ionizing (carcinogenic) radiation is one exposed to on a commercial flight, what are the sources, and how could exposure be minimized? [closed]

I don't know if this is the best place to ask this question, but I figure a physics-based answer would be the most satisfying. I'd be happy to be convinced I'm being paranoid about protecting an ...
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Detecting position of electrons [duplicate]

To detect particles like electrons, why would the accuracy of the position determined be affected by the wavelength of EM wave used?
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Why the angular distribution of the X-rays from Roentgen tube is not along the decelaration of electrons? [duplicate]

As I understand the X-ray generation from Roentgen tube, is a result from the bremsstralung (and also characteristic lines): from decelerating electrons in the presence of the potential of heavy ...
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Definition of a ray?

The typical definition of a ray and the one that I was initially taught was that a ray was a line perpendicular to the wave front. However, when reading up on birefringence it seems as though there ...
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Reflection coefficient of surface with sources

While solving the maxwell equation for surface where both surface charge and current density are present to calculate its reflection coefficient, i.e. $$\nabla \times E=-\frac{\partial}{\partial ...
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How to find Intensity from field of train of pulses?

Lets say there is process that emits a field $E$ every half cycle of a driving laser pulse (in particular, high harmonic generation). The total field is $$ E_{tot}(t) = \cdots + ...
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Relation between the electromagnetic wave and quantum wavefunction

I have been thinking about this for a while. I think I misunderstood something about the basics of quantum waves. Let's look at light diffracted in conditions similar to the double slit experiment. ...
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Interference of light waves question

We were recently asked to solve a question in class which goes as follows: In a modified Young's double slit experiment, a monochromatic uniform and parallel light beam of wavelength $6000$ ...
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Intensity of interfering light waves

I had a conceptual question above light wave interference. Suppose that two light beams, each of an irradiance $I$ interfering on an area $A$ of a screen, such that all of the light from each beam ...
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What causes electromagnetic waves to propagate in free space?

In free space, $\rho=0$ and $J=0$, so there are no electromagnetic sources/sinks. Maxwell's equations thus reduce to: $\nabla\cdot E = 0$ $\nabla\cdot B = 0$ $\nabla\times E = -\frac{\partial ...
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What does relative permitivity of medium mean and what does it depend on?

Does relative permitivity have someting to do with the polarization of medium , like for example how in inside the capacitor magnitude of electric field would be less due to a smaller opposing field ...
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the inner self-inductance of coaxial cable using integration

I'm trying to calculate the inner inductance of a coaxial cable using integration knowing that the answer is : $L=μl/8π$ i get the same answer when i take a cylindrical shell of thickness $dr$ but the ...
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Photoelectric effect on charged plate

As far as I know, to observe the photoelectric effect, one has to expose a metal surface to high-energy radiation. But what happens if the surface has a surplus of electrons? What is the energy needed ...
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Why is glass green?

When I look at a glass block at an angle the edges appear green, but when I look at the edge sideways, so that is directly in front of my eyes it appears transparent. Why?