|Apr26-12, 05:07 AM||#1|
In-plane wave vector of em wave
We all know that the wave vector of a propagating plane electromagnetic wave indicates the direction of propagation. What does it mean by the "in-plane" wave vector of that plane wave?
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|Apr28-12, 02:12 AM||#2|
Depends on the relation of the wave to a medium, interface or scattering geometry.
in-plane almost certainly does not refer to the plane of constant phase of the wave, but to a plane of the rest of the problem.
For example, if your wave is propagating inside a hexagonal crystal, in-plane will refer to the component parallel to the a-b planes of the crsytal (or perpendicular to the c-axis)
|May5-12, 04:43 AM||#3|
|electromagnetism, wave vector|
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