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Is the body's exposure to an x-ray equal to an airplane trip across the country?

I have heard numerous times when getting x-rays, MRIs, CAT Scans, etc. that each one is equivalent to a cross country airplane trip. Disregarding the different types of radiation as asked in this ...
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Can an LC oscillator be used to generate visible light?

The LC oscillator is most commonly used to generate radio waves for practical use and the frequency $\omega$ of the LC oscillator equals that of the electromagnetic wave so produced. So, can they in ...
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Why 21cm line observations is more helpful compared to other radiation?

Why 21cm line observations is more helpful compared to other radiation? Is it only because of its abundance in whole universe or anything else?
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Why aren't all photons virtual particles even in the “vacuum” of empty space? [duplicate]

I'm thoroughly confused about the nature of electromagnetic radiation. Light is supposed to exhibit both wave and particle characteristics. But does that mean that it is both a wave and a particle or ...
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Should a Faraday cage block a radio's signal?

Today, I tried creating a very basic Faraday cage by surrounding a radio with two baking trays made out of iron. It didn't seem to affect the radio's signal (AM was being used, not FM). In theory, ...
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What does the size of an object have to do with it's color?

Stephen Hawking mentions in his book 'A Brief History of Time' that quarks are much smaller than the wavelength of visible light so they do not have any color in the normal sense. What exactly does ...
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optical diffusion (scattering) versus refraction

When an electromagnetic wave meets an interface a part of it is reflected and part of it is refracted (and from the refractive index I can calculate the angles of propagation and the intensities using ...
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Do radio waves travel around the Earth or through it?

Whenever you hear someone illustrating/describing the transmission of radio waves they always make it seem like they'd travel perfectly around the Earth to another distant location. For example, a ...
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Is it possible to have a perfectly black material?

After reading this NASA article about the "blackest material", the following stuck out to me. The tiny gaps between the tubes absorb 99.5 percent of the light that hits them Is it possible to ...
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Confused about SI and CGS Units For E/M Energy

I've been looking at some papers on wakefields of electron beams and I am a little confuded about the units. They do not specify whether or not they are in cgs or SI units. Here is a sample equation: ...
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Understanding What A Wakefield Describes?

I am trying to understand the some of the properties of wakefields, namely the energy change. So, as a preface I am interested in primarily the wakefield due to electron beams as they progress through ...
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Curl of an electromagnetic wave?

I can't understand the concept of the curl of an electromagnetic wave. $$ \nabla \times E = -\frac{\partial \textbf{B}}{\partial t} $$ All of the examples I find show a current through a conductor, ...
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Electromagnetic waves in an antenna

There is a few questions that need to be answered in detail but in an easy way... What does it mean to describe the 'plane of polarisation' of electromagnetic waves? Why will some antenna have rods ...
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How does intensity differ from apparent luminosity in the context of photometry?

Context: photometry in astronomy. Background: The total luminosity $L$ of a star is the energy that radiates in all spatial directions in all wavelengths and is given by the following formula, where ...
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Electromagnetic waves and group velocity

I have three questions about electromagnetic waves and was wondering whether anybody here could comment on these things: Wikipedia says that there are no longitudinal EM waves, although TM and TE ...
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Blackbody and standing waves

I'm reading articles about black body radiation and why classical mechanics fails to explain it. My question is: Why do EM waves have to be standing wave in a cavity?
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Constructive Interference of Electromagnetic Waves

So I was wondering if Electromagnetic wave has the same property of interference as normal waves. I understand that both the electric and magnetic parts of the wave would have to be in the same ...
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What does it mean for an electromagnetic structure to be resonant?

There are many electromagnetic structures used in microwave engineering and EM devices. For example, patch antennas, metamaterials made from unit cells, etc. When they design structures like patch ...
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Increasing Earth's albedo

How much of a difference would it make if every roof, road and vehicle were painted white? This would certainly reduce the urban heat island effect but how much of a difference would it make to total ...
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is it possible to change the energy of a waveform like radio wave & turn it into microwave?

In the electromagnetic spectrum, the differences between all waveforms are the "frequency" & energy of the waveform. We are able to modify both of these parameters. So, is it possible to change ...
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Question on luminosity of a radiant source and its dependence on temperature, and involvement of Doppler Effect

A few days ago, I happened to go through the chapters on Radiation, and Photometry, studying them at quite an elementary level. I studied Wien's displacement law, and the dependence of luminous flux ...
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Can the sun cast a shadow?

The sun's light can cast the shadow of another object, but does it ever cast its own shadow?
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Absorption of waves in a plasma

Suppose a plasma has characteristic frequency $\omega_p$. Since $$n = \sqrt{\left(1-\frac{\omega_p^2}{\omega^2}\right)} $$ For $\omega<\omega_p$, the refractive index will be imaginary - which ...
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Mathematical Formulation for Accelerating Charges Generating Light?

I haven't been formally taught the fact that accelerating charges generate light, and I have seen the picture of an accelerating charge sending ripples down its field lines, but is there a ...
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Why can x-rays pass and not radio waves?

If we stand in an elevator or other metal containers we lose radio signals etc the very same reason for which we cannot see across a block of metal that light cannot penetrate it. However x-rays and ...
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Electromagnetic wave in a medium with $\sigma \ne 0$ [closed]

I want to prove that the reflectancy of an Electromagnetic wave in a medium with $\sigma$ $\ne$ 0 is: \begin{align*} R_{\|}=R_{\perp}=\frac{(n-1)^2+k^2}{(n+1)^2+k^2} \end{align*} any advice, please? ...
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Can temperature affect or change the wavelength or frequency of EMR?

If we were to emit Electro Magnetic Radiation(X-rays for example) to a very hot body such as the sun would we still get X-rays if we had a capturing device at the other end or would the high ...
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How is temperature related to color?

I spent some time studying about temperatures and color of objects. It turns out that as we heat something it turns to red, then yellowish white and if we heat it more it turns to bluish-white. Like ...
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Visualization of electromagnetic field [duplicate]

In the Wikipedia article about electromagnetic radiation one can find the following picture: But shouldn't the E and B field be 90$^\circ$ out of phase? In the depicted way the energy isn't ...
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Diffraction grating zeroth order intensity

I don't understand how the zeroth order intensity maximum works. The intensity of a transmission diffraction grating is: $$I=I_0\sin^2(β/2)/(β/2)^2\sin^2(Nγ/2)/\sin^2(γ/2)$$ Where $γ =kd\sin(θ)$, ...
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Signal Induction in a Wire due to Alternating Current

I wanted to make sure I understand induction well enough. Assume we have two wires running parallel to each other. Wire A has a signal of $f(t)$, wire B has a signal of $\hat{f}(t)$. Let's connect a ...
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Does Light Experience Length Contraction?

Lorentz length contractions states that the length of any moving object gets divided by the Lorentz factor equal to the Lorentz factor for that object (always $\geq 1$), equal to $$ ...
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Redshift Mechanism [duplicate]

How does the stretching/expansion of space cause redshift in light from distant stars? What is the mechanism that causes the electromagnetic crests to be further apart?
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EM wave properties [closed]

Here are two small questions about EM wave properties: Question 1: Why do E and B propogate simultaneously? See picture I mean why do not works a paradigm “changing E makes B and changing B makes ...
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Interesting relationship between diffraction and Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle?

I recently came across an interesting explanation of diffraction through an aperture which does not use Huygens' Construction but instead relies on Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle: The ...
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What does an analog voice transmission look like in the visible spectrum?

Analog radio signals are transmitted using light in the radio area of the spectrum. If it was transmitted using the visible spectrum instead (using a visible light emitting device instead of a radio ...
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Momentum of Light Question [duplicate]

Since light beams carry momentum, why would a person holding a flashlight not feel a recoil similar to that of a rifle being fired?
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Can a single photon induce current in a very small coil?

As I know from Lenz's law, I can induce current in a coil just by changing the magnetic field flux inside the coil. As I know from physics course, photons are electromagnetic waves (so they are the ...
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Are photons electromagnetic waves, quantum waves, or both? [duplicate]

Are photons electromagnetic waves, quantum waves, or both? If I subdivide an electromagnetic field into smaller electromagnetic fields, should I eventually find an electromagnetic wave of a photon? ...
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Intensity of unpolarized light through polarizer

When unpolarized light is polarized with two polarizers, the intensity becomes $I=I_ocos^2(θ)$ (Malus's law). But when unpolarized light is polarized with only one polarizer, the intensity is reduced ...
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Is it possible to produce gamma radiaton using radio emitter?

As in the title, I'm wondering is it possible. I think it is possible, because we have powerful enough radiotechniques and gamma radiation are just EM waves, not particles. However I think is ...
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From power of a laser beam to electric field amplitude

In my experiment, I use a laser beam with wavelength $\lambda=894 \text{nm}$ for some magnetic resonance experiment. Right now, I'm doing some calculation using Quantum Mechanics, which requires the ...
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Do object reflect radio waves? [closed]

Do object reflect radio waves just like light waves? I don't know much about their use but can anyone explain how we use this reflection?
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Does the speed of medium affect the path of light?

Let's say I shine a laser from a stationary medium into a moving medium (suppose the water is moving very quickly) perpendicular to the interface and back to a stationary medium like this: (Note: ...
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Alternative solar panels

I was doing a bit of thinking recently, when I stumbled on an interesting idea. In a simplified sense, solar cells function by absorbing light and converting it into electrical energy. Since visible ...
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Could airport security devices detect differences between printed and written documents?

If airport security scanners of any kind (xray, thermal, whatever else they use) looked at two items: A printed paper textbook The same printed paper textbook into which we have inserted a regular ...
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Could airport security possibly distinguish gold and silver coins from other coins?

People usually don't carry pure gold and silver coins in their wallets. If I put some in my wallet, would it be likely that airport security would detect some anomaly with my wallet as compared to ...
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What is absorption of an electromagnetic wave?

Can any one explain the absorption/transmission/reflection of electromagnetic waves in the wave form? It is generally said that the atom absorbs/reflects/transmits photon. But can this phenomena be ...
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Do ionisation of atoms release photons?

I was reading through my text book about Fluorescence. It said "inside a fluorescent bulb, the mecury atoms collide with each other and with electrons get excited and ionised. During de-excitation, ...
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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 ...