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

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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. (2nd ...
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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 atoms....
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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. $$\nabla \times E=-\frac{\partial}{\partial t}B$$...
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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 + E(t-2\pi/\omega)-E(t-\...
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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 B}...
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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? [duplicate]

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?
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Speed of RF waves and IR waves is same as 3 * 10 ^8 m/s?

In space,if we want to measure the speed of RF waves and IR waves it will be roughly 3 * 10^8 m/s ( SPEED OF RF WAVES = SPEED OF IR WAVES = 3* 10^8 M/S ) is this correct ? The different in the ...
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Speed of light in vacuum in special relativity

In special relativity, the speed of visible light is defined as a constant. But visible light is only a small part of the electromagnetism field. So why?
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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 electromagnetic spectrum bounded somehow? [duplicate]

Is there a maximum frequency that an electromagnetic wave can support?
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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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Why is everything not transparent? [duplicate]

There is a related question on this site here: Why glass is transparent? Which explains that glass is transparent because the atoms in glass have very large energy differences between energy levels ...
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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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Why do the edges of glass blocks create a shadow?

I have always observed that the shadow of glass blocks becomes darker as the glass is moved away from the surface where the shadow falls. And I know this is because refracted light rays from the glass ...
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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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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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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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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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Characteristics of electromagnetic radiation

Is it possible to change the wavelength of an electromagnetic wave without a change of medium?
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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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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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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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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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What happens at the point of welding iron?

What is the physics behind welding iron? It is obviously the electricity that causes the two metal parts to fuse but what is the role of the welding rod and why is it said to damage your eyes when you ...
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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 ...