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Developing equation for specific wave

  1. Sep 7, 2004 #1
    First off I apologize if this is in the wrong section, but I was not certain to where it belonged. If I am given a set of requirements for an e-m wave, i.e.: must contain all following: transverse, 3d, plane wave, propagation vector parallel to (-1,0,1), through plane defined by (1,0,1) and (0,1,0), etc (from memory). How would I begin to write an equation for this? I assuming I must start with say: Ae^ik[(alpha(x)+beta(y)+gamma(z))±wt] or some variant, but I am a bit weak when it comes to crafting equations. Perhaps I am lacking in my pedagogy, I just can't seem to see the big picture. Any help or recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
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  3. Sep 7, 2004 #2


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    Your wave will have the form
    [tex]\vec E = \vec E_0 e^{i \left( \vec k \cdot \vec x - \omega t \right)}[/tex]
    where [itex]\vec k[/itex] is in the direction of propagation and [itex]\vec E _0[/itex] is perpendicular to [itex]\vec k[/itex] and in the direction of polarization.
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