Interpreting ##\hat{e}_z## in Maxwell's equations

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Hi, I'm trying to interpret a form of Maxwell's equations, but I can't seem to figure out where the term $\^{e}_z$ comes from in the following equation:
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\frac{\partial{\vec{E}_t}}{\partial{z}}+i\frac{\omega}{c}\hat{e}_z\times \vec{B}_t=\vec{\nabla}_tE_z
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This is a guess because more background on the source of this equation is needed. My guess is that the problem being worked is assuming a plane wave field dependence?
 
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Will you please clarify the notations? What does ##t## stand for?
 
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Hi, I'm trying to interpret a form of Maxwell's equations, but I can't seem to figure out where the term $\^{e}_z$ comes from in the following equation:
##
\frac{\partial{\vec{E}_t}}{\partial{z}}+i\frac{\omega}{c}\hat{e}_z\times \vec{B}_t=\vec{\nabla}_tE_z
##
It comes from taking the curl of the B field (here they are assuming a plane wave). But the equation is not completely correct, the term on the rhs does not make any sense.
 

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