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Will radio waves bend to reach receiver?

I was wondering if receivers just catch the radio waves that pass through, or if they actually attract the waves like a magnet. In other words, will a radio wave moving in a straight line bend in ...
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Do Sidebands mean the frequency of an AM radio wave is not constant?

I'm studying for A-level now..... I have read some other posts explaining how the sidebands generated after the carrier wave is modulated. So, if there is sideband frequency, the frequency isn't ...
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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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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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Can we determine the location of a radio station if we know the wavelength and frequency of radio wave emitted by that radio station?

let say that we can detect the wavelength and frequency of radio wave then can we detect that from where these radio waves are coming or from how much distance these waves are coming?
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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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What is the underlying physics that makes Li-Fi “100 times faster” than Wi-Fi? [closed]

Consider this webpage, which compares how the two work. Particularly it says (and I'm paraphrasing) that Lifi transmits using light from LED bulbs and WiFi uses radio waves. Well, both are EMF waves, ...
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How exactly do radio waves work?

So I understand that a radio wave is created by electrons oscillating in the antenna. But how does this create a radio wave? How are the electric and magnetic field "emitted" by the electrons? If you ...
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How does the tuner really work in a crystal set?

I would like to know how and why the tuner works in a crystal set radio. I already know all the theory and the "formal definitions" (this creates a resonant circuit which responds to an alternating ...
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There is no reverse flow of energy in a mismatched transmission line, is this correct?

I have already posted this question on the Amateur Radio site, but I would value opinions from a more theoretically based group. Is this text correct? I use it when helping people to study for ...
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Limitations of radiowave speed [closed]

If radio waves travel as fast as light, how was nixon able to talk to the apollo moon crew in real-time over a phone? it seems this concept makes the idea of seeing something billions of light years ...
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How is my guitar cable picking up clear radio-signals?

I've recently noticed radio-signals coming through my guitar amplifier. I'm on the top floor of a building in a densely populated city, with a clear visual path to many other buildings. My guitar ...
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AM vs FM radio under bridges

I know what the difference between AM (Amplitude Modulation) and FM (Frequency Modulation) radios is. However, I noticed that when I drive under a bridge while listening to a station on AM, it just ...
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Why can't we see better with an antenna?

Or alternatively: Why don't antennas look like telescopes? If visible light and radio transmissions are the same thing, why is there such a difference in the equipment we use for augmenting it?
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Is neutrino-based communication possible?

Referring to this article, where we see there are three flavors of neutrinos, got me thinking of simple binary-based communication, but more like the UDP protocol where we can live with dropped ...
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Can tin foil hats block anything?

This is joked about all the time, but... Can tin foil hats actually block anything? If they can, what frequencies? Is there any research into tin or aluminum foil and radio blocking or amplifying ...
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Am I absorbing radio waves?

I have bluetooth speaker that I can control (via bluetooth) with my phone. One day I happened to roll on top of my phone with my chest and the music stopped playing (until I rolled off of it and it ...
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Does observing an EM wave take energy from it?

Here is the question that got be started on this: Suppose 1,000 people were sitting in a room with their laptops out and a WiFi transmitter in the front of the room. If everyone was connected to the ...
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If electromagnetic waves can be generated by oscillation of a coil why can't light? [duplicate]

I was recently reading how electromagnetic waves are generated using oscillation of a current in an antenna. Why is it that this principle cannot be used to generate light?
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Why does radio sometimes oscillate in and off tune while driving a car

Sometimes while listening to radio on a car I notice the tuning will periodically go off tune (you hear just noise) and back in. Apparently it depends on the car's position, i.e. if I stop on a "in ...
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Why is bandwidth, range of frequencies, important when sending wave signals, such as in radio?

So in wired/wireless networking and radio, signals are sent in form of wave. Then the concept of bandwidth comes in, which is the difference between highest frequency and lowest frequency in a signal. ...
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Why do I hear voices when I touch my turntable needle?

So I was trying to figure out the reason why my old (and probably sufficiently damaged) needle on my phonograph (turntable) was not working like it was a little while ago. With my headphones on, I ...
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Does RF have any non-orthagonal properties?

Quantum Key Exchange takes advantage of the fact that observing a photons polarization will alter it's polarization. This, along with some tricky back and forth, allows two people to exchange data ...
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Wave frequencies and barrier width?

I know a fact that says a wave can go through barriers thinner than its length. This is why for example FM radio can be picked anywhere while antenna TV needs direct sight to the transmitter. Is this ...
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What are the fundamental limits of very tiny radios?

For a hard SF story, I'm wondering about the physical limits of communications devices in a micro robot, say, the size of a mosquito. Figure one microgram mass. Real rechnology has already come a ...
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If the ionosphere reflects radio waves then why use satellites?

Please explain the main physical advantages of using satellites for communication as I'm sure there are many.
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Can an open cup attenuate radio waves as well as a Faraday cage?

The problem is that thieves in my neighborhood are using a power amplifier to increase the "bubble distance" of my car so that it thinks that my key fob, which is sitting in my house, is next to the ...
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Why can't LIDAR be implemented with traditional antennae?

In robotics, LIDAR and RADAR are both used for obstacle detection. The data they produce are very similar, but they do have different qualities (LIDAR is more precise but less robust). There are many ...
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Where does background noise go on a radio station?

If you tune a radio to a frequency where there is no station broadcasting, you hear noise. It's pretty loud, just as loud as the music that comes in when you find a station. And yet, when you do ...
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Penetration versus Frequency

I would like to know the relation between penetrating ability and the frequency of a wave. For example, gamma waves have high frequency and high penetrating power: intuitively I imagined this as ...
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How is extremely low frequency (ELF) radiation collected by a submarine antenna?

The U.S. Navy Project ELF managed to generate extremely low frequency (ELF) radiation at down to $\approx 76$ Hz (implying a wavelength of $\approx 3,945$ km!). I was curious, what kind of receiving ...
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Dipoles lengths underwater vs on land

A submarine (for example) uses a VLF communications system to remain in contact with its headquarters while submerged. The submarine drags a resonant dipole wire antenna behind it in the water. The ...
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Does a source emitting visible light also emit infrared, microwave and radio waves?

I have a bulb which is hot enough to emit visible light and obviously it's hot enough to emit radiation which lies before the visible light temperature i.e. radio waves, microwaves, and infrared ...
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What have we built? A resonant loop antenna? Rhombic?

Some background, my partner and I have built an antenna we are supposed to characterize for an assignment, and compare it to physical predictions. However, we don't know what type of antenna we have ...
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Does the information transfer in the internet also work with waves like radio and TV do?

I am accessing the Internet, downloading PDFs, and much more, but how? The servers are far away, but how do I download data if it is far from my computer? I can watch football matches live on ...
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If there were intelligent life in another galaxy, would we notice? [closed]

I've read that once intelligent life successfully achieves interstellar travel, it could populate the galaxy in tens of millions of years, likely populating the most habitable planets and preventing ...
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Radio antenna producing waves in the visible spectrum [closed]

If a radio could produce waves in the visible light spectrum, what would the result be? This is a thought experiment that I've pondered for a few years now. I realize there are a few/many real-world ...
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Does a simple copper wire with an AC current create EM waves?

I want to know if a household AC current flowing through a simple copper wire will radiate EM waves? If yes, up to what range and can they be called radio waves?
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How to use radio waves to calculate distance over short distances?

I read an article about a company that created the equivalent of a GPS location system for internal spaces where the satellite based GPS is blocked. They made reference to the Fresnel number as to ...
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Quantum Mechanics- Antenna emitting electromagnetic radiation

Radio signals are being transmitted in a frequency of $ 8.4 \times 10^9 \text{s}^{-1} $ and being received by an antenna that is capable of receiving power of $ 4 \times 10^{-21} \text{Watt} $ ($ 1 \, ...
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Extremely long wavelength electromagnetic radiation

High frequencies are used to eject electrons, because only electrons can really be affected at such a small wavelength scale. But could an electromagnetic wave have such a ridiculously low frequency ...
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What does an analog voice transmission look like in the visible spectrum?

Analog radio signals are transmitted using light in the radio area of the spectrum. If it was transmitted using the visible spectrum instead (using a visible light emitting device instead of a radio ...
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Import of Celestial Effects on Satellite Radio Interference

Some internet (among other) infrastructure comprises satellites, which beam communications in radio frequencies. These satellites, to ground observers, appear as very small solid angles in the sky. ...
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paramagnets with high magnetic susceptibility

i'm thinking of using paramagnets as cores for receiving antennas, same as ferrite rods are used as the core for AM radio antennas. why paramagnets? a material that can demagnetize itself after being ...
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Why are there dead zones near an antenna using the sky-wave propagation system?

I have heard in my class that there are dead zones near the antennas which use the sky-wave propagation system. I have also been told that cell phones are unable to receive signal near the antennas. ...
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Electromagnetic radiation bending on Earth

Most articles say that a radiowave is able to propagate itself beyond the horizon because it is reflected off by the ionosphere (and the Earth itself). But do radio waves also get bent according to ...
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Plane waves - EM wave

An accelerating electric charge will emit transverse electromagnetic waves. These waves are propagating away in wave fronts that become flatter and flatter as getting further from the source. So they ...
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How does my hand amplify an FM radio signal?

I have a gizmo that broadcasts an FM radio signal from my phone's headphone socket to my car's radio antenna. Sometimes, there's another station on the same frequency with a stronger signal and my ...
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Why does my body create interference with my clock radio while in bed?

I typically listen to NPR in the morning from a clock radio next to my bed. There are days when just moving my body, even my arm or leg, is enough to cause interference with the radio to dramatically ...
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If an antenna must be $\frac{1}{4}$ of the wavelength, how can car antennas be so small?

If the transmission antenna has to be $\frac{1}{4}$ of the wavelength, how can the car antennas' size be much less than that and properly receive the radio signal?