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

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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??
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How is a CCD able to collect images in drastically different lighting conditions?

I have read the basics of how a digital camera works. As much as I have understood, the digital cameras have a device called a CCD on which photons coming from the lens are incident. The CCD then ...
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Effectiveness of Layered EM wave shields [closed]

Which is best at shielding EM waves; a Faraday cage with sides made of blocks of metal, or layers of metal (with insulation ie plastic & without), or is there no difference between the three? ...
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Light in mass moving at high velocity

Imagine if you will, a strand of fiber optic cable 186,000 miles long. A pulse of light is sent through the stationary cable: it takes 1 second for light to travel the entire length of the cable. Now ...
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Does the wavefront in the double slit experiment represent the electric field of the EM radiation / light?

The question "What is a wavefront?" get the answer "A wavefront is a contiguous region of constant phase". This seems to be right for water waves as well as for electromagnetic radiation. But what is ...
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Are wave fronts in double-slit experiments moving forward? [closed]

I ask a question about "What is a wavefront?" which follows the question "What makes the radiation behind a slit coherent". For the wavefront it was answered, that "In electromagnetics ...(that are) ...
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What is a wavefront?

For this picture Anna wrote: "Incandescent light is incoherent because it comes from many sources and the same is true for sunlight. By passing the light through the one slit he created a single ...
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Can I emit light from an inductor? [duplicate]

As I understand it, inductors create a magnetic field when current flows through them, and light is an electromagnetic radiation. So, is it possible for an inductor to generate magnetic waves of the ...
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Electromagnetic Shielding of radio waves

Would a radio wave beam (perhaps a cm in diameter) with the same frequency as ordinary AM or FM radio waves and also the same voltage (v/m) have the same skin depth for any metal utilised to shield ...
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What makes the radiation behind slits coherent?

Have a look on the sketch To get such a intensity distribution of light behind a slit we presuppose that all the light that moves on the two lines is coherent; of the same wavelength AND the same ...
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Electromagnetic scattering $T$-matrix in MATLAB

My problem with the inverse of the matrix T (in the photo) , the matrix consists of Bessel and Henkel functions in high order (the orders from 1 to 21), then the elements of this matrix arrived to ...
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can we bend EM waves with any fundamental force except with gravity

can we bend EM waves with any fundamental force except with gravity....like a machine invented by nikola tesla actually,wat my question is there is a auto biography of nikola tesla....he says that ...
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What methods are used to breakdown an EM wave into different frequencies? [closed]

What are the methods that are used to breakdown an EM wave into different frequencies?
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Does waving a magnet around create light?

If I wave around a bar magnet, the magnetic field in the space around it changes. Is this enough to go through the whole speed of light derivation implying that the motion creates an electromagnetic ...
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Electric field due to a current carrying loop

I want to know how I can calculate the radiated electric field in the far zone of the loop. Knowing that the loop is in center at the origin of a x-y plane Knowing that the loop as a time-harmonic ...
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Doesn't this LED created by MIT violate the second law of thermodynamics?

Here is the article I am referring to: http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2012-03/09/230-percent-efficient-leds In their own words (or at least the article writer's), "it appears to draw in heat ...
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How useful would mass EM communication be in Space? [closed]

Considering a Science Fiction question, it occured to me that in "populated" space, with no atmosphere, you might expect to find more EM interference than on Earth. Basically, if you are outside of ...
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How can one meaningfully say that one field generates the other in an EM-wave?

This is a follow up question to: Do the electric and magnetic components of an electromagnetic wave really generate each other? Clearly there are nuances of how one states the "mutual induction" ...
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Increase Phase Velocity by Losing Power

I just read some words from the book Optical Waveguide Theory by Snyder, Allan W., p226. It says that However, although it is possible for the phase velocity of a mode to exceed the maximum speed ...
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EM Wave shielding of different frequencies

Is more aluminium required in Faraday cages to block AM or MW radio waves compared to FM frequencies (of equal power)? If yes, is this difference directly proportional to the decrease in frequency (FM ...
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Uniform Electric field cannot propagate a wave of finite wavelength? [closed]

While going through the proof of the transverse nature of electromagnetic waves using gauss' law for electricity, I encountered a statement that I couldn't comprehend. They used an argument that ...
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Why is there a longer time lag if light behaves as a wave?

In this problem: According to a model based on the electromagnetic theory of light, the electron absorbs all the energy that is incident on the surface within a distance of $5.0\times 10^{-11}\ ...
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Electro magnetic Wave? [duplicate]

I understand the fact that a static charge produces an electric field around it. I accept the fact(without questioning) that a moving charge produces a magnetic field. Question 1 : If a moving ...
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Is an x-ray maser possible?

I was wondering if lasers evolved from masers. They applied the same principles to a different wavelength. Would it be possible to create a maser at a higher wavelength, using x-rays, gamma rays, ...
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Huygens principle and wave propagation

I have seen the following illustration online and had a brief lecture about Huygens principle. As far as I understood, it suggests that every point in a wavelet acts like a point source to wavelets, ...
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Is it possible to create a magnetic field camera that resolves magnetic fields to their source?

Is is possible to build a camera that is composed of an array of compasses that can resolve its magnetic field readings to sources outside of the sensor similar to the way an optic camera creates ...
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Name and unit for the amount of electromagnetic radiation

Is there a name or unit for the amount of electromagnetic radiation? By this, I mean the number of photons, or the number of photons emitted per second, of electromagnetic radiation. If you were to ...
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Dispersion of light in metals and the plasma frequency

I've been reading about the dielectric function and plasma oscillations recently and I encountered the following dispersion relation for EM waves in metals or in plasma (Is it correct to treat those ...
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Wavelength of electromagnetic waves [closed]

How can you determine experimentally the wave length of an electromagnetic wave having wave length in the visible range and that in the ultra violet range?
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Qualitative difference between bremsstrahlung and thermal bremsstrahlung

Hopefully this is an easy question. I hear the terms bremsstrahlung and thermal bremsstrahlung being used. However, I, incorrectly, thought that they were used interchangeably. So, what is te ...
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Why do our eyes only pick up electromagnetic radiation which has been classified as visible light?

My understanding: Electromagnetic radiation is carried via photons - which enter our eyes and activate receptors depending on the amount of energy the photons have when hitting them. At what point do ...
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How to detect transient X-ray?

I have a Mercury UV lamp (ENF-260C/FE) which is supposed to emitte UV light with wavelength of 254nm and 365nm (http://www.chescientific.com/ecat/Eng/spectroline.pdf). However it is found that during ...
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Why do higher frequency electromagnetic waves bounce of of smaller particles in the atmosphere but the lower ones dont?

I assume they have more energy but what is it more deeper and clearer than that that explains it?
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What is the trajectory of a photon moving through a vacuum?

Since electromagnetic energy is carried by photons and moves in forms of waves, does it mean that a single photon when propagating through space doesn't follow the straight path but instead always ...
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Low frequency video transmission

Can a video signal be transmitted for a short distance ($30\,\mathrm{cm}$) by a very low frequency carrier ? Here my concern is about frequencies $1\,\mathrm{hz} - 100 \,\mathrm{hz}$ . Transmission ...
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What are the properties of the electromagnetic radiation from a magnetron?

There are different modes of EM radiation. A bulb emits photons in a wide range of wavelengths and without polarisation. Radio waves are polarized modulated radiation. What is about the radiation ...
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Threshold voltage for townsend avalanche effect [closed]

I have an assignment to estimate the minimal voltage required for an avalanche effect to occur. All data I am given is electron energy (10eV) and pressure of the ...
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How in detail the rotation of the electric field component of light during transition through a polarizer takes place?

I ask "After a slit, are photons polarized?" and later found two answers for the question "Why does the electric field dominate in light?". From this two answers I have concluded or summarized, that ...
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When can I use Helmholtz equation for electraomagnetic wave

The complete Maxwell wave equation for electromagnetic field using the double curl operator "∇×∇×". Only when the transverse condition is hold, this operator can equal to the Laplace operator and form ...
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Do photons have a maximum density per unit area?

I've been sitting on this thought for a while, and I figure it's time to pass it off to someone more educated than myself. Consider the following hypothetical scenario: In a vacuum, we have six ...
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How do you detect the colors of a traffic light? (exam question) [closed]

I just took an exam where the question was: give three ways you can detect the colors of a traffic light given only a gray scale camera. You're allowed to use any optical devices. We learned about ...