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

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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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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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What is the direction of the magnetic vector potential in an electromagnetic plane wave?

The vector potential $A$ is perpendicular to $B = \nabla \times A$, by definition, and hence, in a plane wave, it is either in the direction of $E$ or the direction of propagation. I suspect it is in ...
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Non-complex proof that the electric and magnetic fields are perpendicular in a plane wave

I'm looking for a proof that the electric and magnetic fields in a plane wave are perpendicular that doesn't invoke complex E and B fields. I haven't been able to find one. If the proof requires ...
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Why can't light escape a blackhole? [duplicate]

Gravity attracts objects which have mass right. We know that light is massless so why does a black hole's gravity attract light?
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How does light oscillate?

Why do we say that electromagnetic wave is oscillating? Or does light propagate really in a wavy form like this image? What is making the photons oscillate and how is it oscillating is it ...
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Does a source emitting visible light also emit infrared, microwave and radio waves?

I have a bulb which is hot enough to emit visible light and obviously it's hot enough to emit radiation which lies before the visible light temperature i.e. radio waves, microwaves, and infrared ...
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Why does the light instantly disappear when we switch off the source?

For example i take a box which is completely covered by the most perfect mirrors possible inside and inside that box i have a bulb whose bulb holder is also covered with the most perfect mirrors ...
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Difference between a light wave in space and a wave in a pond

Apart from their nature and the medium utilized, what are the differences between an EM wave and a wave we see in a pond? When we throw a stone into a pond, can we imagine we are observing light ...
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Why doesn't light affect a compass?

In our daily life a lot of photons of visible light, infrared and radio etc move around us. We know that light is an electromagnetic radiation. So why doesn't that electromagnetic radiation affect a ...
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Could gravitational waves and electromagnetic waves/light be the same thing? [duplicate]

They travel at the same speed, why? Maybe they are the same thing, but seen from different perspectives.
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Why do we use microwaves in microwave oven?

We know that any object above absolute zero emits electromagnetic radiation. So hotter the object shorter the wavelengths. In the electromagnetic radiation spectrum radio waves has the longest then ...
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Power radiated by a rotating annulus

I'm trying to solve a homework-kind of problem and I don't expect anyone to give me the solution. Rather, a little push in the right direction and tell me whether I made some mistake(s). Consider a ...
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How does an Inductor “store” energy?

It seems to me that an electromagnetic field is nothing more than a collection of photons, which as I've heard, extends through space infinitely. Why is it, then, that an inductor such as simple ...
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Can a nuclear bomb be used as the power source for a laser beam

My previous post "Using nuclear bombs to detect near earth orbit objects" asked about using nuclear devices to detect Earth directed asteroids and low albedo comets. Now I want to explore a method of ...
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Building a Crystal Radio Questions

I have been reading several books and articles about building a crystal radio and the explanations about the inner workings of the circuit seem vague. All articles and books mention the coil and the ...
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Models of light

As far as I'm aware, there are two different (and almost contradictory) models that describe the behavior of light: light as a wave (EM), and light as a particle (QM). From what I've heard, depending ...
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How does an electromagnetic field oscillate if time does not pass for the speed of light?

As far as I'm aware, traveling at $c$ will prevent time passing due to time dilation. Electromagnetic waves rely upon oscillations to propagate. Since oscillations rely upon the passing of time, how ...
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Why most of physics is somehow related to light? [closed]

It seems that for the past 200 years, every physicist is concerned about light. For example : Newton's particle model, Young experiment, Photo-Electrict effect and Einstein's formula, Special ...
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Monochromatic wave between two conducting planes

I'm trying to do a question which reads: Perfectly conducting planes are positioned at $y=0$ and $y=a$. Show that a monochromatic wave may propagate between the plates in the direction $z$ if the ...
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Test whether a glass prevents you from getting your Vitamin D portion?

I work in an office with glass, which I believe filters the UV radiation of the sunlight. Is it possible to test if exposure to the light coming through the glass will supply Vitamin D for me as a ...
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Do electromagnetic waves occupy varying amounts of space, or do they simply vary in magnitude?

The above diagram shows an electromagnetic wave propogating in the $x$ direction, if the electric field is in the $y$ direction and the magnetic in the $z$ direction. I was taught however that the ...
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Is Magnetic Field is made of Photon? Is there any frequency of Magnetic Field waves? [duplicate]

(Considering the What is a magnetic field question which is asked on just 8th march, by @DragonSlayer3 and my own question which is left with negative points and closed, Photon Energies in sunlight, ...
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Do photons with a frequency of less than 1 Hz exist?

A photon with a frequency of less than 1 Hz would have an energy below $$ E = h*v < 6.626×10^{−34} J $$ which would be less than the value of Planck's constant. Do photons with such a low energy ...
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Why is the spectrum of a blue flame the way it is?

In the spectrum of the blue part in a candle flame, there’s a violet emission at 432 nm due to excited CH* molecules (chemiluminescence). Why 432? Why not 400 or 500? There are emissions at 436, 475 ...
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I am missing some relation between ampitude and intensity

Suppose a lamp emits monochromatic light uniformily in all directions. Let the lamp be 3% efficient in converting electrical power to EMW, and consumes 100W of power. At distance of 5m, in an area of ...
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EM wave in Real life

everyone I'm new here, but not so new in physics. I have read many articles about EM wave to find what I'm searching for and nothing still. I have seen many pictures, animations and videos about EM ...
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Is energy discrete [duplicate]

It is often stated that because the energy in an em wave is $E=hf$, the energy comes only as multiples of $h$, ie quantized. But we know that $f$ is a real number, and you could have fractions of one ...
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Does the wave/particle duality exist across the entire electromagnetic spectrum? [closed]

Does the wave/particle duality exist across the entire electromagnetic spectrum? If theory says so, then to what extent have physicists confirmed by experimental means?
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Is it possible to create a beam of light with frequency of 0?

Is it possible to create a beam of light with frequency of 0? So this would involve photon(s) that move forward without fluctuating with any frequency. If yes, how could this be done? Also, ...
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Is there an infinite amount of wavelengths of light? Is the EM spectrum continuous?

The electromagnetic spectrum is a continuum of wavelengths of light, and we have labels for some ranges of these and numerical measurements for many. Question: Is the EM spectrum continuous such that ...
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Higher order multipolar second harmonic generation in centrosymmetric materials

As is pointed in this question, second harmonic generation is forbidden in the bulk of the materials possessing centrosymmetry. In some papers it is said that in the dipolar approximation the SHG ...
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Do light particle/waves have a frequency? [duplicate]

I sought the answer to the question about amplitude of light waves first, but I was actually thinking about whether the wavelength is the only property of a single quanta of light. I suppose direction ...
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Why is it hard to detect a black hole

I've read in some texts that we can't directly observe a black hole in space because not even light can escape from its gravity. Some of the indirect observational methods mentioned are, gravitational ...
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Is the screen in CRT connected with a positive pole?

I don't understand this passage would you clarify it? "These electrons are then freed (liberated) from the metal and are then picked up by the screen, which is connected to a positive pole called the ...
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Light's oscillation in time

Electromagnetic waves have electric (and magnetic) fields that oscillate spatially and with time. But light, moving at the universal speed limit, is a "space-like" object according to relativity since ...
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Is this fine to think of light as the following? [closed]

Is light quantums (increments [photons]) of the electromagnetic waves which are synchronized by oscillations of electromagnetic fields
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How to remember the Electromagnetic Spectrum?

This may sound off-topic but I am in a severe need of remembering the following shown Electromagnetic Spectrum along with the frequencies and wavelengths. So far I have looked at several mnemonics but ...
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Why are certain opaque objects so biased?

Why is it that most of the opaque objects only block em waves in the visible spectrum but fail to block waves with frequency higher and(or) lower than the visible spectrum?
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What causes the disturbances in fields that produce electromagnetic waves?

I know that electromagnetic radiation is synchronized by oscillations of electric and magnetic fields, but what causes the disturbance in the fields to create the waves in the first place?
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Induction and electromagnetic fields

I've got a few questions on induction and electromagnetic fields. My current understanding of induction and electromagnetic fields is that, when electricity/current flows through a wire, it creates an ...
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Lasers : Threshold Pump Power for Laser Oscillation [closed]

I was working my way through some basic laser problems , when I cam across this one : Consider the ruby laser for which we have the following values of the various parameters: $N =$ $1.6$ x ...
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Can electromagnetic fields be used to deconstruct and reconstruct molecular bonds?

I was thinking one day and came up with a theory after reading about how scientists were studying anti-matter by using electro magnetic fields to separate matter from the anti-matter they made. It got ...
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What is a lineshape function $g(\omega_0)$ in a Laser?

I am a newbie to the world of lasers and was working my way through some basic problems, when I encountered this one: Optical Electronics, A.K. Ghatak and K. Thyagarajan (Cambridge University ...
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ratio between conduction current and displacement current

First, recall that Maxwell displacement current for a plane wave is $$ \vec j_D = \epsilon \partial_t \vec E = \epsilon \partial_t (\vec E_o cos(\vec k \cdot \vec r - \omega t)) = \epsilon \omega ...
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Can a patterned microwave beam with alternating frequencies be created?

Is there a way to create a patterned microwave beam with alternating frequencies such that, in the far field, from top to bottom of beam, there is repeated pattern of Wavelength one, Wavelength two, ...
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What can happen when 2.3*10^28 positrons collide with 2.3*10^28 electrons? [closed]

I'm interested in this question after a writer friend asked me what happens when a human gets bombarded with positrons. Didn't want to post this under scifi because I want more "scientific" answers... ...
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Energy conservation if photon absorbed below resonance

Suppose I have some quantum system (like atom) with excitation energy $E_{exc}$ which is homogeneously broadened due to finite lifetime. I shine light with narrow spectrum centred around energy ...
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Why are electromagnetic waves called waves even though they don't travel through a medium?

If waves are defined as the oscillation of a medium, why are electromagnetic waves called waves as they do not need a medium to travel through?
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Does array gain violate the laws of physics or not?

I am a bit disturbed lately since I don't know the answer this basic problem. Say we have a standard isotropic antenna with some fixed parameters (load impedance, etc), and we feed this antenna with ...