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

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Difference between scattering and refraction?

I while back I learnt that when light is incident on a dipole the dipole will scatter the light, and when it is incident on a material of a different refractive index then the light refracts. From the ...
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Is the photoelectric effect 'Ionising Radiation'?

According to the definition on Wikipedia, ionising radiation is radiation which has sufficient energy to remove an electron from an atom. So a high energy gamma ray is definitely ionising, but visible ...
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Description of a photon and quanta

Could someone please help to clarify the difference between a photon and a quanta? Below is my current understanding - please correct me if I am wrong. A photon - is a 'wave particle' of 'light'. I ...
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How can 2 EM waves null each other at a point but continue to propagate?

how can 2 EM waves (travelling in opposite directions) null each other at a point in space but continue to propagate beyond the point in space where they interact to null each other?
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Dependence of Noise Tolerance of waves

Electromagnetic waves are used for transmission of any message. And different kinds of waves have different noise-tolerance. If my guess is right then the noise tolerance is a property of wave which ...
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Why call it a particle and not a wave pulse?

My physics textbook says that photoelectric emission provides conclusive evidence for the particle theory of light. Apparently, since photoelectric emission only works at certain frequencies, we can ...
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Maximum wavelength of a photon/electromagnetic radiation?

This asked; What is the minimum wavelength of electromagnetic radiation? And also this; What is the maximum possible frequency and wavelength? The second question is contradictory; maximum ...
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What is the amplitude of the electric field in a laser?

I'm looking for reliable informations about the amplitude (not the intensity), in volt/meter, of the electric field in a typical laser. Or in other words : what are the typical amplitudes of the ...
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What dictates the range of EM radiation which can be produced by semi-conductor excitation (like LEDs)

Exciting semiconductors such as silicon carbide and gallium nitride can cause electroluminescence. I believe that by altering the chemistry of the semiconductor, you can alter the wavelength of the ...
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Does slowing light violate relativity?

Last year Scottish scientists managed to slow down photons in vacuum by changing their shape. Does this violate the special theory of relativity?
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Wave generated with particle excitement

To my understanding, an electromagnetic wave(infact two perpendicular fields) will be emitted when a particle(e-) shifts from higher energy orbital to lower energy orbital but what would be the ...
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Is it possible to strip the magnetic, or electric field from a photon?

A photon is made up of a magnetic part and an electric part, but we can see the existence of these fields without the other one so I would like to know if it is possible to somehow separate one field ...
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Why do electromagnetic waves oscillate?

I've been considering this question, and found many people asking the same (or something similar) online, but none of the answers seemed to address the core point or at least I wasn't able to make ...
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Characteristic room-temperature photon energy - is this nomogram wrong?

Reading this recent ars technica article on the James Webb telescope, something kept bothering me about the nomogram - shown below. The credit says it is from The Opensource Handbook of Nanoscience ...
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Characteristics of electromagnetic radiation

Is it possible to change the wavelength of an electromagnetic wave without a change of medium?
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Is frictional heat just electromagnetic interactions creating infrared radiation?

Example: Rub your index finger on a sheet of paper and you will feel that it will get noticeably hotter Is the reason you feel this increase in heat (technically an increase in kinetic energy of the ...
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wave propagation modelling

what is the best modelling technique for modelling mm-wave propagation in electromagnetic environment. Right now,am working on how to use use Transmission-line matrix (TLM) and ray-tracing techniques
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From how far away could Earth's telescopes detect Earth like radio signals?

The Earth has been broadcasting human generated radio signals for about 100 years now. If a nearby civilization were broadcasting similar radio signals, could we detect them with our own radio ...
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Is every electric wave is an 'electromagnetic wave'?

Is every electric wave is an 'electromagnetic wave'? Why we only assume the electric field only?
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In a waveguide, where does the energy in attenuated waves go?

In an electromagnetic waveguide, there is generally a "cutoff frequency." Electromagnetic waves with a frequency that is lower than this cutoff frequency will not propagate at all -- i.e., they will ...
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Why doesn't an electromagnetic wave violate conservation of energy?

I'm starting to study electromagnetic waves and as i understand, an electromagnetic wave projects a varying electric field. This electric field can in turn give forces of repulsion/attractions to the ...
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When thermal IR gets reflected from an object, does it change its wavelength (frequency)

I'm working with thermal infrared (IR) cameras to detect human thermal radiation. I notice I can easily distinguish non-human objects throughout the camera's field of view, though all are at same room ...
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Momentum transfer of Light to Object

Can light made of photons in theory topple lets say a car? I know basic photon energy is hv where v is frequency. So according to conservation of linear momentum, if high enough and large amount of ...
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aLIGO potential signals mimicking GWs not considered in the team publications? [closed]

[EDITED to accommodate info from the comments] Among the local atmospheric electromagnetic potential sources of a signal capable of mimicking the waveform of a GW not sufficiently considered by LIGO ...
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Why are magnetron apertures in home microwaves so small?

I'm curious why magnetrons from a home microwave like in the image below can have an aperture between the magnetron cavity and the waveguide that is significantly smaller (2-6mm usually) than the ...
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What can I put in my microwave oven that won't get warm?

I have a fuzzy understanding that microwaves heat food because the waves interact with polar molecules in the food, causing them to vibrate, and the vibrations are heat? Correct me if I'm wrong. To ...
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How close do waves have to be for their wave functions to cancel? [closed]

I was thinking about waves canceling today and started wondering about this. Is there an equation relating the lateral separation of two identical but out of phase waves to how much they are canceled? ...
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How the polarization of electromagnetic wave is determined?

What help us determine the polarization of electromagnetic wave . Does perpendicular electric and magnetic field determine it or does the direction of propagation ?
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Wi-Fi in the presence of very strong magnets?

A friend of mine claims to have been able to surf the Internet without fuss on a Wi-Fi connection while performing NMR on samples he was analyzing. I would have thought the strong magnets needed for ...
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Do Photons Move in a Wave Like Pattern? [duplicate]

In many pieces of literature, light is said to travel like a "wave". Does this mean the light literally propagates through space like a wave as in up and down and so on or does light move linearly ...
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Do photons traverse through the vacuum of outer space as a helix? [duplicate]

I’m trying to understand “Electromagnetic waves”. If electromagnetic waves traverse as a helix then do photons traverse as a helix?
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If light rays obey to the wave equation, why can they be thought as straight lines?

I'm a newbie with physics but I'm wondering how a ray of light can essentially be represented. I have always known that a ray of light proceeds in a straight line until it encounters another object ...
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Is light amplitude spatial?

In diagrams I often see light waves depicted as little sine waves that travel through space. And often when describing polarizers, the explainer will angle their hand to show the angle of ...
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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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How is the electromagnetic field made?

I know that an electric field is created by a particle with a charge and that a magnetic field is created by a moving charge but how do they combine to make a electromagnetic field?
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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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What happens to light in a perfect reflective sphere?

Let's say you have the ability to shine some light into a perfectly round sphere and the sphere's interior surface was perfectly smooth and reflective and there was no way for the light to escape. If ...
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Explanation of Interference of Electromagnetic Waves

There is a question on a test which goes like this: "Given two electromagnetic waves, one of wavelength 6.0 X 10-7 m and the other of wavelength 7.0 X 10-7 m, travelling in space. When the two ...
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Why do electromagnetic waves diffract? [duplicate]

The expansion of electromagnetic waves due to diffraction can be easily explained with Huygens' principle (and in introductory courses this is usually how it is explained). But Huygens' principle is ...
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How does electromagnetic radiations penetrate?

I am reading about the discovery of subatomic structure which includes all these things radioactivity, alpha rays, gamma rays, x rays et cetera. I read that electromagnetic radiations are energy ...
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What is the nature of the magnetic fields? [closed]

In this question, I am hoping to find out if there is an explanation to the magnetic hidden forces. In other words, what causes these fields? Is there any suggested theory, or any confirmed ones ? ...
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Vector and scalar potentials of plane wave

Consider a simplest 3D solution of Maxwell's equations: $$\vec B=\vec e_z \cos\left(\frac{2\pi}{\lambda}(ct-x)\right),$$ $$\vec E=\vec e_y\cos\left(\frac{2\pi}{\lambda}(ct-x)\right),$$ and ...
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Why are electric and magnetic fields perpendicular in an electromagnetic wave?

I want to know why electric and magnetic fields are perpendicular in an electromagnetic wave and what would happen if they weren't.
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Radiation frequency from an accelerated charged particle

My understanding is that a charged particle, when accelerated emits EM radiation. In a situation where a charged particle is briefly accelerated in a straight line it should produce a propagating ...
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Trying to understand EM wave and photon

When electrical fields and magnetic fields couple together, it forms electromagnetic waves. And we can "quantized" it and see each "package" of it as photon. So can electrical fields and magnetic ...
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How is electromagnetic wave variation distributed in space?

Imagine an electromagnetic wave (a monochromatic one for example). The electric field amplitude and its variations travel in the propagation direction. So, if there really exists a propagation ...
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How to visualize electromagnetic waves?

Can someone please explain to me how to visualize an electromagnetic wave in 3D space? I have struggled for a long time now trying to understand how a WiFi signal could reach a device if it looks like ...
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Do all particles have radiative transitions?

Everybody knows that excited electrons can emit photons upon relaxation. A nucleus too (which is not an elementary particle), can be in an excited state and emit gamma rays upon relaxation: (source) ...