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

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Light / TEM wave in a hollow waveguide

I'm cramming for my EMF exam, and a question came up: Light in free space is an example for a TEM wave, isn't it? (Maybe thats already my mistake) And we learned that in a hollow waveguide only TE ...
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“X-rays”, “gamma rays”, “sun rays”… But electromagnetic waves are NOT rays and DO NOT consist of rays?

In a separate question I'm struggling to figure out the nature of EM waves. But it's a vast topic and I'm trying to narrow it down to small specific questions. It turns out that all electromagnetic ...
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How do EM waves propagate?

I have read about this and what I surmise is that when charged particles such as electrons accelerate they produce time-varying electric fields. These E-fields produce H-fields and the process goes ...
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Is the wobbly rope depiction of a radio wave inherently wrong? And how do vectors of parallel waves align with each other?

I don't have a scientific education, yet I'm scientifically curious. Among other things, I'm struggling to understand the nature of electromagnetic waves. What I have recently realized is that the ...
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2 ways to generate electromagnetic wave

According to Maxwell's equations, accelerating charges emit electromagnetic radiation. According to Quantum physics, heating causes electromagnetic radiation too. These 2 radiations, are they ...
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Determining path of light through a nanolens

In the case of light passing through stacked liquids, we can use a ray approximation of the path of light to determine the path taken through each layer of liquid using Snell's law. From all the ...
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How can radiation be a transverse wave? Does light really resemble a rope? How can a 3D field be a medium for non-spatial 1D waves? Need mental model

I understand longitudinal waves. For example, I've got a clear mental modal of air waves: a slice of air becomes overcompressed, then the slice next to it becomes overcompressed and the first slice ...
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Is it possible for the light (photons) to turns into normal electromagnetic signal?

I want a theoretical opinion about this question: The relativistic Doppler Shift equation for the light is $$\frac{f_s}{f_o}=\sqrt{\frac{1+\beta}{1-\beta}}$$ where $\beta=v/c$ is the velocity of the ...
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The logarithmic decay of WIFI

I have been told that Wi-Fi, LTE etc signal strength fall of as $$\propto \frac1{\log(r)}$$ where $r$ is the distance. I am wondering why this is. I better explain what I mean with this question. ...
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Far Field Diffraction of EM waves: what does the zero frequency signify?

If you have a system of independently radiating electrons/point-charges, the far field distribution of the EM waves can be approximated by the fraunhoffer diffraction integral, or simply by the ...
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How can I measure the ability of sunglasses to block UV radiation?

The most important function of sunglasses is to protect the eye against UV radiation. When they don't adequately filter ultraviolet (UV) light, it may even be worse to wear them than not to, because ...
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How many different ways of generating electromagnetic radiation you know? [closed]

I am interested in a list that also takes into account the causes at the atomic level. For example, radio waves from antennas are a periodic electromagnetic radiation. At the atomic level, the cause ...
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How can I find the radiance over a finite range of wavelengths using Planck's Law?

I'm working on a small programming project involving Planck's Law, and I keep getting errors. I'm fairly certain this is due to a misunderstanding of physics on my behalf. Basically, I am trying to ...
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What can change a photon's frequency?

I found this question: Is it possible to apply force to a light particle? As it states, gravity can change the frequency of light by changing its momentum. My question regards other phenomena that ...
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What is fundamentally happening that causes light to change its orientation when repeatedly polarized? (edited)

When light is passed through two polarizers successively, its intensity and orientation afterwards depends on the angle between the polarizers and the orientation of the most recent polarizer, ...
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Spectrum of constant accelerated particle

Suppose we accelerate a proton with a constant Potential U . The particle is accelerated from a zero initial kinetic energy to a maximum kinetic energy of $E_{c,f}$ within a distance L . From ...
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Antenna direction

I have a router with a wifi antenna that can be turned in any angle. I wonder what difference does the direction of the antenna make to the electromagnetic signals propagation? Where is the signal ...
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X-ray characteristic radiation

A high speed electron knocks an orbital electron in the atom. This collision creates a vacancy that is filled by an electron from a higher energy level. My question is, what happen with both electrons ...
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A plane electromagnetic wave - phase change - amplitude

A plane electromagnetic wave has the shape: $\vec{E}(\vec{r},t)=E_0\cdot cos(\vec{k}\vec{r}-\omega t)\cdot \vec{e}_y$ $\vec{B}(\vec{r},t)=(B_1\cdot cos(\vec{k}\vec{r}-\omega t)+B_2\cdot ...
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What is the meaning of this “let there be light” joke?

Someone across the restaurant is wearing this shirt, and I certainly don't get it. Update Related: What does this quote about the four dimensional divergence of an antisymmetric tensor mean?
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Probability density of detection of collinearly emitted photons in two detectors

Update: As proposed by @dmckee, I added equation numbers and improved the display of some equations. The answer by @Trimok inspired me to look at coordinate systems which are not specific to the ...
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What is the equation to calculate the strength and radius of an electromagnetic pulse?

With this interesting answer on the blast force of a uniformly charged electron sphere, came another interesting question. What would be the strength and blast radius of an EMP launched from such a ...
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How to achieve transmission only at normal incidence?

Is there any material that only transmits normally incident radiation and reflects it when it's incident at any other angle? Or any way to achieve such an effect? For example, a mirror that if you ...
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Can you use infra-red goggles (or similar principle) to see through mist and fog?

As per title really... fog is obviously quite opaque to visible light yet transparent to radio waves. What is the range of frequencies at which fog is opaque, and is either end of this range at a ...
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Two questions about the nature of induced emf

I have two questions about magnetic induction (I am in university level introductory E and M so maybe my questions will be answered over the next few years): In the linear generator (shown below), I ...
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Is all kind of light same speed?

Is there any speed difference between blue or red light? Is there ever a speed difference? Or does all types of light move at the same speed?
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Why is Huygens' principle only valid in an odd number of spatial dimensions?

Apparently Huygens' principle is only valid in an odd number of spatial dimensions: http://mathoverflow.net/a/5396/21349 Huygen's principle in curved spacetimes Why is this? [EDIT] This is ...
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Reaction-at-a-distance: Do charged plates immediately repel each other?

Imagine that we have a pair of parallel plates, $A$ and $B$, separated by some distance as in Fig. $1$ above. At time $t_1$ we simultaneously charge both the plates. This could be done by ...
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Is it really possible to “discover” the speed of light with a microwave oven?

I've seen a number of sites/videos online that describe a method for measuring the speed of light, using a microwave oven and a chocolate bar. For example, this video on youtube. The basic idea is to ...
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Do human bodies give off a consistent but unique radiation/electromagnetic/energy signature?

Is there any facet of the energy emitted by a human body that is consistent and unique - like a fingerprint, but a signal that could be detected by a remote device?
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Do rainbows have ultraviolet bands and infrared bands?

We have seen that rainbows looks so colorful as we are only able to see only the visible light. But Do they also have ultraviolet bands and infra-red bands, that we are unable to see? I know someone ...
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Problem with relativity of acceleration

In this answer http://physics.stackexchange.com/a/92833/36977 John said that acceleration is not relative in the general theory of relativity. But as we all know, accelerating charges emit ...
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Energy emitted by a nonuniformly accelerated charge

The question I have is like this: A charged particle of mass m and charge q is accelerated in a straight line along a potential gradient of x V/m from initial velocity u to to final velocity v (u and ...
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What is the frequency of each of the moving electrons in a DC current?

I know that the DC current has 0 frequency. But what about each individual moving electron that makes up that DC current? Of course there has to be a frequency as all moving electrons are vibrating at ...
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How does the heat of Sun come on Earth when there is no medium?

Sun is the most important source for life on Earth which gives sunlight and heat on Earth. But I was wondering like how does the heat of Sun come on Earth when there is no medium out there in space?
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Momentum around an accelerated electron

Assume that an electron is accelerated along the +x-axis. The electron will radiate electromagnetic energy and momentum in every direction. But it seems to me that the EM momentum it radiates in ...
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Gaussian beam shape

In this diagram of a Gaussian beam, why does the radius vary with z position? Is it assumed that a Gaussian beam is always being focus by a lense? Why can the beam not go any smaller than $w_0$ and ...
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Wave number of $\mathbf{E}$ field

If I have an $\mathbf{E}$ field: $$ \mathbf{E}_1 = x E_0 e^{-j(y-z) } $$ I think I can find its wave vector direction by finding the $\mathbf{H}$ field and then solving for the Poynting vector ...
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Has cosmic microwave background kept a constant frequency?

Has the frequency of CMBR changed at all since the beginning of the universe? Has it always had a microwave frequency or has the frequency increased/decreased over time or is the change due to factors ...
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Why diffraction is related to wavelength not amplitude

For diffraction, the wavelength of the incident beam should be in range magnitude of the slit length, but why the amplitude is not related to the length of the slit?
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Can electromagnetic radiation be half-wave rectified in free space? [closed]

Electric field strength vs propagation direction of electromagnetic radiation(Wave Profile Comparison)
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What wavelength of light is the term 'focal length' defined against? [closed]

Because different wavelengths of light are bent differently in a medium, the focal length ought to be different for each of them (which is why white light splits up into a rainbow). If I have a "25 mm ...
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does photon travels in a helical path in an optical vortex?

The wave front of the optical vortex beam is helical. Does it mean that the photon travels in a helical path? When the optical vortex beam is focused on a screen, an annular ring with dark center is ...
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If EM waves are not physical, positional waves (on a X,Y,Z axis), why does interference pattern appear positional?

I have read that EM waves propagate in straight lines: https://van.physics.illinois.edu/qa/listing.php?id=17699 Wherein the only the electric (E) and magnetic (B) fields to change (or oscillate) at ...
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What is the least count of the timer clocks used in RADAR?

I was checking out some videos in YouTube regarding the working principle of RADAR. To quote some HOW IT WORKS: World War II Radar (720p), part 1, How does RADAR work? | James May Q&A | Head ...
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Would passing horizontally polarized light through a varying width vertical slit allow you to measure the positional (x) amplitude of light? [duplicate]

I have found closely related questions on StackExchange, but (surprisingly) not this exact question. Seems some answers say individual photons do not have amplitude, only when traveling with other ...
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How does light filtration work?

How exactly do certain types of glass filter out light within specific frequencies/wavelengths? I'm wondering because I read somewhere that certain types of windows filter out certain parts of the ...
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Why is Light invisible?

Why can't we see light? The thing which makes everything visible is itself invisible. Why is it so?
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Which cyan colored line is produced in the Thomson e/m apparatus?

Related: Which green spectral line(s) are emitted in a Thomson tube? After reading Lisa Lee’s OP on an electron deflection tube, although she had some misunderstandings on its operation, I still ...
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Earnshaw Theorem for ionic solids

Is a single molecule of sodium chloride (say) or a cluster of molecules of NaCl unstable, although macroscopically NaCl is in fact, stable? How can I reason this based on Earnshaw's theorem?