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Homework Help: Electromagnetics: Plane Wave Propagation, Unknown Medium

  1. Feb 10, 2016 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Based on wave attenuation and reflection measurements conducted at 1MHz, it was determined that the intrinsic impedance of a certain medium is gif.latex?28.1%5Cangle%2045%5E%5Ccirc%20%5C%20%28%5COmega%29.gif , and the skin depth is 2m.
    a) The conductivity of the medium
    b) The wavelength in the medium
    c) The phase velocity.

    Answer to a) 2.52x10^-2 S/m

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I need to know what type of medium this wave is traveling through. We learned five types in class: Perfect Dielectric, Low-Loss Dielectric, Quasi-Conductor, Good Conductor, Perfect Conductor. The way I learned to determine the type of medium was by using a ratio of gif.latex?%5Cfrac%7B%5Cepsilon%27%27%7D%7B%5Cepsilon%27%7D.gif . Where gif.latex?%5Cepsilon%27%27%20%3D%20%5Cfrac%7B%5Csigma%7D%7B%5Comega%7D.gif , and gif.latex?%5Cepsilon%27%20%3D%20%5Cepsilon.gif . How can I determine this ratio if one of the terms in the ratio is unknown (namely, the conductivity ##\sigma##)? The angle ##45^\circ## was mentioned in class when we were talking about good conductors. And, the phase angle of the intrinsic impedance is ##45^\circ##. But, is there a method for determining medium type using phase angle of the intrinsic impedance?

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  3. Feb 16, 2016 #2
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  4. Feb 17, 2016 #3

    rude man

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    If and only if conductivity is zero, the intrinsic impedance η is real. There is a formula relating η to μ, ε, ω and conductivity γ. Here η has real and imaginary parts.
    There is another formula relating skin depth δ to ω, μ and γ. δ also has real and imaginary parts here.
    From the given data (ω and the real and imaginary parts of η) you can answer the question.
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2016
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