Derivation of the wave equation satisfied by E and B

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Homework Statement



given a medium in which p=0, j=0 but where the polarization vector P=P(r,t). Derive the wave equation satisfied by E and B.





Homework Equations


i started with the 4 basic Maxwells equations
∇ · D = ρ (1)
∇ · B = 0 (2)
∇ × E = −∂B/∂t (3)
∇ × H = J + ∂D/∂t (4)

and with the relation
D = ɛE + P (5)
H = 1/µB + M (6)



The Attempt at a Solution



i took the curl of both sides of 3 and simplified both sides and got the eqaution
laplacian of E = µ∂H/∂t (7)
i assumed that M=0 --> B=µH
taking the curl of both sides of (7) and using (4)
curl of (laplacian of E) = (µ∂/∂t)∂(∇ × D)/∂t (8)

substituting (5) to (8)
laplacian of E = (µɛ∂/∂t)∂E/∂t + µ∂/∂t)∂P/∂t (9)


my final answer is for the wave equation of E is (9), i want to know if my answer is correct before trying to solve B


thank you in advance
 

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i took the curl of both sides of 3 and simplified both sides and got the eqaution
laplacian of E = µ∂H/∂t (7)
That doesn't look right, how did you "simplify" the curls?
 
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That doesn't look right, how did you "simplify" the curls?
hm.. i might have written the wrong thing in my post but here is my handwritten solution
 

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Yeah there's a problem because the divergence of E is not zero here, only the divergence of D...
 
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Yeah there's a problem because the divergence of E is not zero here, only the divergence of D...
yes thank you

i reworked that part of the solution

divergene of E = (1/epsilon) divergence of (D - P)
= (1/epsilon) {divergence of D - divergence of P}
= 1/epsilon (p_free - (-p_bound))
since p_free + p_bound = p , and it is given that p = 0
thus divergence of E = 0

is that the only correction?
 
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Well, your statement says that you are given a medium in which ρ = 0 but in general the charge density you are given is the free one (i.e. ρfree) because this is the one you can control in an experiment.
This would make ∇⋅E = –∇⋅P/ε = ρbound≠ 0
 
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Well, your statement says that you are given a medium in which ρ = 0 but in general the charge density you are given is the free one (i.e. ρfree) because this is the one you can control in an experiment.
This would make ∇⋅E = –∇⋅P/ε = ρbound≠ 0
oh ok i get it now. ill rework my whole solution
 
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Well, your statement says that you are given a medium in which ρ = 0 but in general the charge density you are given is the free one (i.e. ρfree) because this is the one you can control in an experiment.
This would make ∇⋅E = –∇⋅P/ε = ρbound≠ 0

thank you very much by the way
 

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