# Tagged Questions

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

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### Electron travel speed in spinning object [on hold]

My question is in the hypothetical circumstance that you could spin a disk or something close to the speed of light how would that effect the travel of electrons through the material. Picture a circle ...
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### How are the frequency and wavelength of electromagnetic waves affected within an event horizon?

I apologize if this has been asked previously or if my thinking is way off base, but I am inexperienced with relativity (and this is my first question on the site). I am wondering; as one (not ...
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### Faraday Cage for radiations from Uranium

Is it possible to build Faraday Cage like structure for Gamma Radiations or Beta radiations, so that a person inside that cage or sphere so that inside person remain protected from nuclear explosion. ...
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### Electron in a Magnetic Field: Force parallel to velocity?

According to the four-force given in this question, Force is parallel to velocity. But the Lorentz Force is perpendicular to velocity in a constant magnetic field. Is this a contradiction? [a ...
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### Do hot metals radiate? (Thermography)

I was looking into thermography which talks about emissivities of metals and other materials. Polished metals which have low emissivity appear to be colder in thermal imaging cameras even if they are ...
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### How do you make a spherical radio wave?

A vertical rod, a usual dipole, produces radio waves in the horizontal plane, mostly in two opposite directions: If that is possible, how do you produce a spherical EM radiation? should the ...
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### Hidden momentum

I'm trying to learn about hidden momentum. After reading what I could find with a google search, I understand that it is equal to the momentum carried by radiation, calculated with the Poynting ...
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### Why don't E&M fields change orientation after hitting a surface?

In essentially every derivation of the Fresnel equations, the general problem of radiation hitting a surface at a certain angle is broken into two parts (out of which we hope the solution any general ...
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### How does Compton scattering demonstrate particle over wave behavior?

Why is Compton scattering thought to demonstrate light's behavior as a particle over that as a wave. I'm interested in the thoughts at the time of Compton, but also how it contradicts current theory ...
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### How can the thrust due to radiation pressure be amplified in photonic laser thruster?

The thrust is amplified due to repeated bouncing of photons between two mirrors as shown in the diagram in this: Why does repeated bouncing of photons produce amplified thrust when the answer in ...
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### Why does a remote car key work when held to your head/body?

I was trying to unlock my car with a keyfob, but I was out of range. A friend of mine said that I have to hold the transmitter next to my head. It worked, so I tried the following later that day: ...
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### What is the player's role in the functioning of a theremin?

I recently see a video on how the theremin works, and wasn't satisfied with the answer. I watched around, but they all seem to give the same explanation. A diagram as below is given, and it is ...
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### Why is the atmosphere transparent in the visible spectrum?

One of the great 'coincidences' in physics is that the Sun happens to shine most brightly at exactly the wavelengths our eyes can see; it's an easy explanation that our eyes evolved to make the most ...
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### How can my window not scramble the image of my yard?

How can an image pass through a window if the atoms in the glass randomly emit photons in any direction? I've read that glass is transparent because the atoms don't readily adsorb visible light, so it ...
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### Wave Velocity vs. Phase Velocity

I am trying to understand the difference between 'wave velocity' and 'phase velocity'. I know that generally they are equal, but when is that not the case? I, of course, tried to google it, and ...
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### A single light-wave's ability to divide into two halves?

We know from the double-slit experiment conducted "one photon at-a-time" that a light-wave, upon encountering two closely-spaced apertures, is able to split into two halves and travel through both. ...
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### How to shield myself from the LTE radiation coming from my phone while working on my Laptop? [closed]

I am connecting to the internet with the tethering option on my phone. I wonder if there is a way to shield myself from the LTE radiation (Long-Term Evolution, commonly marketed as 4G) as I am exposed ...
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### Absorbance by using Poynting vector

How should I compute the amount of energy of an EM wave absorbed by a material? Can I just use the divergence of the Poynting vector?
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### Near Energy In the Null of a Hertzian Dipole

Since $\mathbf E = -∇Φ - ∂\mathbf A/∂t$ one expects an oscillating $\mathbf E$ field even in the null of a Hertzian Dipole unless the two right hand side terms cancel -- which they do in the far field ...
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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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### Frequency dependence of electromagnetic reflection

I was surprised to see that the Fresnel equations for reflection depends on refractive index and angle of incidence, but they do not depend on frequency. Why is this case? Are they restricted to ...
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### How much energy is there at a single point? [closed]

If we were to take all energy available in one point in spacetime located near the surface of earth, how much electric current could we generate ? In other words, if we could do the sum of all the ...
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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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### Why do X-rays go through things?

I always heard that the smaller the wavelength, the more interactions take place. The sky is blue because the blue light scatters. So why is this not true for X-rays, which go through objects so ...
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### What exactly are EM waves? [closed]

What exactly are EM waves? Wave is just a graph of the intensity of energy at the given point in space right? At a particular point in space, we detect that energy is going up ad then down with each ...
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### How to derive equation for time it takes photons to diffuse through the Sun

I am wanting to use the Rosseland radiative heat flux equation to find the time it takes for photons to diffuse through the sun. The answer I am wanting to derive is: \tau_D~\frac{\rho \bar C_p ...
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### Is fire more harmful than a phone?

I have read somewhere that the higher the frequency of electromagnetic radiation, the higher the damage it causes to your body, and visible light has a very high frequency in comparison to microwave ...
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### Why does a 2-sided propagating EM wave become 1-sided if B is made proportional to E?

If you simulate the propagation of an electromagnetic wave in 1D free space (no charges or currents) with initial conditions of $E\neq0$ and $B=0$, and you look at a movie of $E$ vs time, then after ...
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### Problem with understanding boundary conditions in electromagnetism

In some books on electrodynamics they stress that electric current won't radiate if it is placed on a perfect electrical conductor (PEC), citing image theory: exactly opposite current will appear and ...
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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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### Why doesn't the magnetic field polarize when polarizing light?

If the magnetic field doesn't polarize does it follow the electric field path of propagation? or does it vanish?
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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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### What is supposition of equilibrium? How do Rayleigh, Jean know the electromagnetic wave in equilibrium behave?

In a cavity of size $L$, the wave must give zero amplitude at the wall, means wave equation has zero amplitude. Why? Answer from hyperphysics "since a non-zero value would dissipate energy and violate ...
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### Gradient of Greens function

This question is about Jackson's equation (10.75) and (10.77) I don't know the step in between these two equations.I'm not sure what our unit vector $n'$ will be here and how can we take gradient of ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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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### 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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### Young's Double Slit experiment question

Q-A beam of light consisting of two wavelenghts 600 nm and 450 nm is used to obtain interference in Young's Double Slit experiment (YDSE). Find the least distance from the central maximum where the ...