Questions tagged [microwaves]

Microwaves, broadly defined, are electromagnetic radiation with wavelengths ranging from one meter to one millimeter; or with frequencies between 300 MHz (100 cm) and 300 GHz (0.1 cm). This range includes both UHF and EHF (millimeter waves) and the entire SHF band (3 to 30 GHz, or 10 to 1 cm).

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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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Why does microwaved water kill plants? [closed]

I've read tons of articles about microwaved water klling plants and the most of them said it was a myth. So I decided to do this experiment myself on cress plants. I repeated the experiment three ...
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Phase noise measurement with an IQ mixer

I have a question regarding a measurement scheme of phase noise that I'm trying to implement. The idea is that I have two identical signal generators (I actually do) that generate a sinusoidal voltage ...
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Should I place a spoon in a cup of liquid before heating it in a mircowave?

Metal objects in microwave ovens are known to be somewhat dangerous. However, my microwave has the following label stuck inside: It seems to imply that this particular oven forbids heating drinks ...
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What do we mean by wavelength of any electromagnetic wave?

What do we mean by wavelength of EMW? Wavelength of oscillating electric field or the oscillating magnetic field? Or is it that both the electric and magnetic field waves have same wavelength? If ...
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Microwaving two products based on individual instructions

Suppose I have a cake, which has instructions to heat it for 60 seconds in the microwave. I also have some custard, which has instructions to heat it for 30 seconds in the microwave. For convenience, ...
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Electric fields with different frequencies, total intensity?

What happens when electric fields with different frequencies are combined? Is it possible to calculate the intensity of the total electric field? For a project, I need to simulate a brain treated ...
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Can I safely heat stainless steel 1-2 inch ball bearings in a consumer microwave? [closed]

I am looking to heat 1 or 2 inch stainless steel spherical ball bearings in a microwave. I would like the bearings to get to about 140 degrees F but not hotter. I have read that this should be fine as ...
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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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Loaded Quality Factor

I came up with an expression for the reflected power of a resonator: $$\left| \Gamma \right|^2 = 1 - \frac{1-\left(\frac{\kappa - 1}{\kappa + 1}\right)^2}{1 + 4 \left( \frac{Q_U}{(\kappa + 1)} \frac{\...
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Microwave Faraday cage shielding

After a decade of using a microwave oven in my house I figured out I never cared to connect the grounding cable. So my question is regardless of electrical shock risk, does the Microwave Faraday cage ...
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Dodging Microwaves [closed]

I'm not sure if I'm just being paranoid or not but I'd like some explanation as to whether my fears are justified or not. With a normal microwave oven you can usually end the cycle early by opening ...
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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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In theory, Is it possible irradiate a blob of matter -for instance- with microwaves in order to that matter emit more energy than has received?

Suppose that you want coerce a block of matter to lose his energy. I mean thermal energy. This should be done by irradiation of more energy. The final thermal energy should be lower that the original ...
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If a microwave oven disk rotates to warm up food, why doesn't it go up/down/sideways?

This has been in my mind for a while... Well, actually everytime I heat any food with a greater amount of liquid in it: a microwave oven warms up food by inducing polar molecules in the food to ...
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Shape of metal to be heated in consumer microvave oven? [closed]

I tried to use a common 900 W microwave oven melt some alloy with low melting point (138 deg C, eutectic bismut/tin). The metal did not heat up, neither did the metal container, which makes me think ...
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Distance of electromagnetic waves based on frequency

I would like to ask your opinion regarding this matter: Based on the relation of frequency and wavelengths, the higher the frequency, the shorter the wavelengths and therefore the distance of travel ...
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Why does aluminium foil spark in the microwave? [duplicate]

I don't understand fully why aluminium foil sparks in a microwave oven? I think what is happening is the oven sets up an electric field, and the field induces a current in the foil (how?), and ...
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Electromagnetic cooling

Heat means stored kinetic energy in matter. Microwave owens and induction heaters works on increasing kinetic energy on matter. Is it possible to make inverse of this heaters like cooler. Can we ...
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Can a microwave oven induce an accumulation of static charge in food?

I often "touch test" microwaved food to see if it is heated up enough to my preference. In doing so, I sometimes notice the characteristic tingle of a static discharge between the food and my finger (...
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Why do rings form on microwaved CD/DVDs?

Here's a microwaved CD. As you can see, the disc has been destroyed, but there are very clear circular rings bridged with lines. Why are rings formed when microwaving discs?
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Why when I put a teabag into microwaved water does the water fizz? [duplicate]

When I am in a rush, I will heat up water in a cup in the microwave for tea. I usually put the cup on high for 2 mins. When I put the teabag in, the water starts to fizz almost like it is carbonated,...
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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 light....
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Why do we use microwaves in microwave oven?

We know that any object above absolute zero emits electromagnetic radiation. So hotter the object shorter the wavelengths. In the electromagnetic radiation spectrum radio waves has the longest then ...
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How come a current sheet of $J_s = J_0 \hat{x}$ produces plane wave solution?

Given in the picture. There is a current sheet $J_s = J_0 \hat{x}$. Supposedly Jo is not oscillating. So, how does this thing create a plane waves propagating away from the current sheet? Shouldn't ...
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Why do microwave ovens use radiation with such long wavelength?

According to Wikipedia: Consumer ovens usually use 2.45 gigahertz (GHz)—a wavelength of 12.2 centimetres (4.80 in). Typically, I put the dish inside the oven in its center. I suspect most people ...
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Does humidity affect passage of microwaves?

Does the humidity level in air affect the passage of microwaves? I've heard people say water is radio opaque, so could a high humidity level lead to faster signal degradation? As an example, would ...
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Energy variations of cosmic background radiation

Has anyone been able to measure a difference in the energy density of Cosmic Background Radiation in a gravity well compared to zero gravity?
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Microwave oven and heating my sons milk

I heat up my sons milk in the microwave... I use the same volume all the time and always punch in 42 seconds (on high) and his milk comes out the perfect temp every time. However, sometimes he ...
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Why would a sweeping LIDAR or RADAR beam not produce an artificial Doppler shift?

Assuming a bi-static Radar or LIDAR with a stationary transmitter and a stationary target and a stationary receiver, with a sweeping RADAR/LIDAR beam reflecting off a stationary target: Why would the ...
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Dielectric heating - does EM field transfer energy to polar molecules?

In AC field, polar molecule are trying to align with external field. At high freguencies, changes of field are so quict, that molecules cannot align with it. This leads to increasing kinetic energy of ...
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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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I need to remove water from a system [closed]

I work in an industry and I need to remove water from a system. The scenario: There is a washer and a blower on a conveyor belt. The item being washed is plastic (not sure what type) and can't be ...
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Why does plastic wrap grow, then shrink, then grow again when microwaved?

The other night I was reheating a bowl of leftovers in the microwave. There was a fair amount of liquid in the bowl, so I covered the bowl with plastic wrap when I put it in the microwave. When I put ...
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How do microwaves heat moisture-free items?

Today I learnt that microwaves heat food by blasting electromagnetic waves through the water molecules found in the food. Does that mean food with 0% moisture (if such a thing exists - dried spices?) ...
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What would a graph of temperature increase of a cup of water in a microwave look like?

My lunch had been in the microwave for a minute or so, and I was wondering if I took it out 10 seconds early, would the amount of temperature it increased in that 10 seconds be more significant, less ...
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How come Wifi signals can go through walls, and bodies, but kitchen-microwaves only penetrate a few centimeters through absorbing surfaces?

The only difference that I know of between kitchen microwaves and WiFi signals is how much power is pumped through them. Why is it that WiFi signals, being 1000 times weaker can travel so much ...
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If halving signal strength is only a 3db drop, why can't cell phones be much lower powered?

My phone can receive a signal that's -90dBm. That's roughly one-billionth of a milliwatt. Cutting a signal's strength in half only drops the signal by 3dBm. Apart from slightly higher range, is there ...
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2.4Ghz microwaves have a 12cm wavelength. How do microwave ovens leak radiation, since any gap in the shielding is much smaller than that wavelength?

I've read (I think on wikipedia, but I can't find the reference) that microwave oven leakage is often due to faulty seals on the door. Given that any gap in the door is going to be far smaller than 10%...
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Will a microwave heat sand?

I want to cook Turkish coffee on heated sand at school. I have difficulty accessing some easier method of heating, so I was going to try to heat sand in a microwave. It was then pointed out to me that ...
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Generator phase noise influence on its averaged signal

I need to estimate averaged signal of a generator with known phase noise and the amplitude noise can be neglected. The averaged signal of the generator is expressed as: $$ \langle A\exp{i(\Omega t + \...
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Why can microwave (in microwave oven) heat the food but wifi can't? [duplicate]

As far as i know, microwave (used in microwave oven) and wifi all operate on the same frequency, but why microwave can heat the foods while wifi wave can't?
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Is it possible to shield a camera so as to record from the inside of a running microwave oven?

Would it be possible to create shielding for a camera, allowing it record food being cooked from the vantage point of the inside of a consumer microwave oven without the camera being damaged? ...
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Use microwave cavity in atomic clock

In most of the papers regarding atomic clocks, the author talks about a microwave cavity. In this box, all the unwanted frequencies of the electromagnetic radiation are absorbed and the other ...
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Why can't microwaves use molecules' dipole moments to cool?

My understanding is that microwaves use the dipole moments of water molecules to heat things. The microwaves resonate with the dipole moment, and add energy to the system. How exactly does the ...
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Does the cell phone make dipole particles in our body dance the same way Microwave oven does in food

I am a non-physics person trying to wrap my head around some EM radiation facts. Please help me with this. I have read about Dielectric Heating on Wikipedia. And watched quite a few videos on ...
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How can we detect cosmic background radiation?

From what I understand, CMB is the left over radiation from the Big Bang. As all matter, including the Earth, was made during the Big Bang and then as the universe expanded that matter/energy got ...
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Can we detect whether food has previously been heated in a microwave oven?

An acquaintance told me that she refuses to eat microwaved food because she read that the microwave changes the molecules of the food somehow. Her statement is vague and her sources are dubious but I ...
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Heating effects of microwaves

I understand the heating effect(dielectric heating) of microwaves. This heating is caused by using a frequency of 2.45 GHz and this is the same frequency at which Bluetooth works and the L and S ...