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

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Evanescent waves in Vacuum

I would like to know why evanescent waves are not possible in pure vacuum? Indeed, we have $$ k^2 = (\frac{\omega}{c})^2 $$ in vacuum, so we could have for example : $$ ...
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Do gravitational waves have field components like electromagnetic waves?

One way I've been led to understand electromagnetic waves (and I accept that this might be a misconception I have) is that they 'self propagate' through empty space by virtue of the wave consisting of ...
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System of two perfect isolated bodies and infrared death

What is the theory about a system of two bodies, which is perfect isolated from the environment? Take it as a Gedankenexperiment, where the two bodies are not perfect reflectors but the isolating ...
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Effect of Gravitational Waves on light?

We all know about the gravitational lensing effect. From the analogy of fabric of space time used to explain this concept to laymen like me, i understand that light follows the curvature of spacetime. ...
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Can light escape a black hole? [duplicate]

I heard that a black hole is not black because it's escape velocity is greater than or equals to the speed of light. But instead it is black because the light that gets emitted from a black hole gets ...
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Determination of temperature from electromagnetic emissions

The actual measured radiation intensity at different frequencies varies significantly from the ideal theoretical Planck curve. For example, here is the result of a typical laboratory measurement at ...
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Concentrating the Sun with mirrors facing each other

What will happen if the sun is concentrated by directing sunlight to mirrors that are facing each other? i know that mirrors absorb light and dont reflect 100% but will the efficiency increase due to ...
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Does light have mass? [closed]

Does light have mass? If yes, will it exert force? If no, then how are light particles are travelling at light speed? If light doesn't have mass how is it attracted by gravitational force (black ...
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Temperature from gamma rays?

I was reading about gamma ray bursts and read something along the lines of 1 MeV gamma rays corresponding to a fireball above 2 billion degrees Celsius. How do scientists get temperature from that? ...
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Radiation due to current

Generally we equate change in potential energy to change in kinetic energy but in case of a charged particle like electron this is inconsistent. Consider a case: An electron(of charge e)from rest is ...
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Where do the energy and momentum come from when light is perfectly reflected on a surface?

If you send a light beam to a surface which reflects the light perfectly I would say that on the surface is put a force of the light so the surface moves backwards. But where does that energy comes ...
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Have gravitational waves any effect on the electromagnetic waves in interferometers?

I am not into general relativity, but the explanation of how an interferometric gravitational antenna works is generally pretty basic. In the recently published paper announcing the detection of ...
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How will EM waves behave if they are made to pass through a region of intense magnetic/ electric field?

My question is exactly what the title says. I think they should not be affected as photons are uncharged. But shouldn't the oscillating Electric and Magnetic fields be affected by the electric/ ...
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Covering the whole world in an EMP

I recently thought about shutting down the whole worlds electronics, and naturally ended up with an EMP. I know that EMPs are generated when nuclear bombs explode, but nuclear bombs have some unwanted ...
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Is there an instrument that measures the Frequency of light directly

Is there an instrument that measures the frequency of light DIRECTLY? By "DIRECTLY" I mean without using any properties of the Wavelength.
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Non-standard representation of the free electromagnetic plane wave

The usual representation of a free electromagnetic wave in vacuum looks like this: The blue parts are the local electric field, while the green parts are the local magnetic field. The circularly ...
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Collimation and the inverse square law

This is my understanding of how the inverse square law applies to collimated light, and specifically laser light, since AFAIK it's the only light that can be collimated with any accuracy thanks to ...
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Can Obstruction of EM waves itself obstruct change in field?

Let us continue to accelerate a particle P, up and down: between two points X,Y in space(and, say, always in a symmetric manner relative to X,Y). Now, as I know, we'll be continuously dragging the ...
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Plane waves intensity

Our professor said that a plane wave has the same intensity in the plane perpendicular to it's propagation. I can't really make sense of how that is possible. I mean, shouldn't the intensity decrease ...
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Will the photon wavelength fluctuate in the presence of a gravitational wave?

The microwave background is due to the expansion of the Universe where the wavelengths of radiations are stretched by spacetime. As in the LIGO experiment, in the presence of gravitational wave, ...
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How to think about Ripple and Noise in circuits

Say you have a AC to DC power supply. If you were to hook an oscilloscope up you would see noise occurring. Some of it would appear to have a regular frequency in Khz or Mhz. Would this put off EM ...
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To which extent is the treatment of nuclear multipole radiation by the means of a classical electromagnetic field valid?

In the treatment of nuclear multipole radiation, for example in the context of nuclear gamma decay, it is standard, at least at the elementary level, to formalize the electromagnetic radiation as a ...
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Magnetic induction to generate EM waves

Let's say that I create a time varying magnetic field. This field then cuts a conducting circular loop normally. The loop has two protruding wires. Will the protruding wires emit EM waves? I ...
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How many photons are there in free space on average

Estimates of the amount of for example "dark matter" are of interest to the cosmologists. However, I have never seen an estimate of how many "free" photons could be speeding about in the known ...
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optoelectronics-smallest wavelength of light

Sorry this maybe a stupid question , but i need to know: A few minutes ago i have read an article about optoelectronics: worlds first optical single atom switch The writer of the article ...
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What does this coordinate transformation in the Wave equation mean?

My tutor derived the following of which I do not understand the transformations (2.1) and (2.2): $$\Delta\vec{E} - \frac{1}{c^{2}} \frac{\partial^{2}\vec{E}}{\partial t^{2}} = \frac{4\pi}{c^{2}} ...
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What do we mean by wavelength of any electromagnetic wave?

What do we mean by wavelength of EMW? Wavelength of oscillating electric field or the oscillating magnetic field? Or is it that both the electric and magnetic field waves have same wavelength? If ...
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Implications for measurement of an initially localized free particle's wavefunction spreading out to infinity?

So, I have been attempting to wrap my head around what happens to a free particle that is initially localized to one spot. It seems that due to their different frequencies, the particle's wavefunction ...
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Why does a laser beam stay collimated?

I am looking for a simple way of explaining the collimation of a laser beam. The typical discussion of the two slit experiment of quantum theory relies heavily on the Huygens principle. Its ...
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Why must this boundary condition be met? (Electromagnetic wave at interface between two mediums)

My textbook says that The laws of Electromagnetic Theory (Section 3.1) lead to certain requirements that must be met by the fields, and they are referred to as the boundary conditions. ...
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The many faces of electromagnetic waves

In my waves and optics class, we have learned several ways to treat electromagnetic waves: light rays (geometric optics), electromagnetic plane waves, spherical waves, cylindrical waves (2D). One ...
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Is there any observational test that could be done to approve\ disapprove the Tired Light theory? [closed]

Tired light is alternative explanation for the redshift-distance relationship and for the metric expansion of space. The suggestion is if photons lost energy over time through collisions with other ...
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Experimental evidence for nonlinear electrodynamics

Has any experiment been conducted which shows that, above a certain threshold of field strength, electromagnetic interactions become nonlinear? If not, which field strength threshold is the one under ...
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Vanishing dipole radiation of equidistant point charges on a ring

I learned that if I distribute point charges uniformly on a circle and let them run along the circle with the same constant speed, the dipole radiation of that configuration vanishes. However, moving ...
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Does light interact with electric fields?

We know that light is an electromagnetic wave and it does interact with charges. It contains magnetic field and electric field oscillating perpendicularly but when we apply an electric or magnetic ...
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Will radio waves bend to reach receiver?

I was wondering if receivers just catch the radio waves that pass through, or if they actually attract the waves like a magnet. In other words, will a radio wave moving in a straight line bend in ...
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Will throwing oil on snow help it melt faster (significantly)? [closed]

The main thing that melts snow is the sun. Indeed, without the sun, the air itself would eventually turn to snow. The problem is, the sun melts snow inefficiently. The sun emits radiation (a lot of ...
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Electromagnetic plane waves [closed]

I have a question, a planewave impedance E/H =377 ohm, and it is said that for plane waves none of the components electric and magnetic dominates they are indistinguishable or same. But what about ...
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How can we detect particles?

A constant velocity particle (charged or uncharged) can only be detected if its velocity is made to change, e.g. by scattering another particle or radiation off it. If it's velocity remains constant, ...
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Estimating temperature with Boltzmann relation with split emission lines

I'm trying to estimate the temperature of a plasma through the use of hydrogen lines, $H_{\alpha}$ and $H_{\beta}$ using the Boltzmann relation: $$ \frac{ n_{2} }{ n_{1} } = \frac{ g_{2} }{ g_{1} ...
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WHY do waves diffract - what is the mechanism behind the diffraction?

Having recently studied wave diffraction at an introductory level, I don't feel that I understand why waves diffract like they do. What is it about the obstacle or the waves interaction with it which ...
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Quantim efficiency of a radio receiver

In optical communication we often know quantum efficiency of the receiver (probability of single photon detection and bitrate per photon). Are there any estimations on typical achievable quantum ...
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How can the position of charge be determined without EM waves?

 The EM waves produced by accelerating charges can perhaps be used to locate the position of the charge, as usually done with the de Broglie waves. The stronger the oscillations of the electric and ...
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How do we know that light is made up of electric and magnetic fields? [duplicate]

What are the experiments that prove that light consists of electric and magnetic field oscillating perpendicular to each other. What are the experimental evidence we have for this theory of light ?
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When sunlight bounces off the Earth, why isn't the entire spectrum reflected rather than just the infrared portion?

I've read that greenhouse gases absorb and reemit sunlight, and that the infrared portion is what bounces off Earth back to space. When sunlight bounces off the Earth, why isn't the entire spectrum ...
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How to increase the frequency of light

If we want to increase the energy of the emitted photoelectrons (in P.E) then we should increase the energy of the photons which are related to the frequency of the light, so how is the frequency of ...
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Would a Faraday Cage protect something from an EMP?

Assume that terrorists manage to detonate an EMP in the middle of the United States. Its range is long enough for the pulse to hit and effectively render useless all unprotected hardware. Let's ...
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Difference between reflection mechanisms in dielectric, metals and plasma

How the reflection and transmissions mechanism are different in metals, dielectric and plasma? I know that the density of free electrons is playing the role. Can anyone give an insight what is ...
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Why is the susceptibility $\chi(t)$ real?

So my question is quite simple I suppose, and perhaps trivial. It is known that the frequency domain susceptbility $\chi(\omega)$ is complex, and that the two parts can be related with the ...
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Can radio waves be stored in a device for future use? [closed]

Is it possible to store electromagnetic waves consisting of radio waves only without any other intermittent signals??