# How to explain TE20 mode in a rectangular waveguide from reflection

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## Summary:

In Feynman's lectures, he explained ##TE_{10}## using mirror reflection, but it seems difficult to explain ##TE_{20}##.

## Main Question or Discussion Point

In Feynman's lectures, he explained the ##TE_{10}## mode of waveguide by considering a line source in the middle of waveguide as below: since the adjacent sources are all out-of-phase, which means to have interference, the adjacent optical path would be about half of wavelength as below: where
$$\sin\theta = \frac{\lambda_0}{2a}$$ (24.33)

and the relationship between wavelength in waveguide and free-space is show in this picture: and we have:
$$\cos\theta = \frac{\lambda_0}{\lambda_g}$$,

combing with ##\sin\theta = \frac{\lambda_0}{2a}##, we have:

$$\lambda_g = \frac{\lambda_0}{\cos\theta} = \frac{\lambda_0}{\sqrt{1-(\lambda_0/2a)^2}}$$

Feynman then summarized with:
“ If the frequency is high enough, there can be two or more possible directions in which the waves will appear. For our case, this will happen if ##\lambda_0<\frac{2}{3}a##. In general, however, it could also happen when ##\lambda+0<a##. These additional waves correspond to the higher guide modes we have mentioned. ”

However, ##\lambda_0<\frac{2}{3}a## is corresponding to ##TE_{30}## modes and the differential phase between adjacent source is about 3/2 wavelength, but how to explain ##\lambda+0<a## which corresponding to one wavelength or ##TE_{20}## mode?

Thanks!