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Homework Help: Physics-Engineering Questions

  1. Oct 31, 2008 #1
    Hi can someone help me out with these questions? I would greatly appreciate it!

    1) A source of unidirection plane waves operates within a medium with moderate conductivity sigma. Suppose we measure the complex electric field amplitudes at the source and at some distance z and find that E(z)/E(0)-0.3-j0.4.
    (a) Calculate the loss tangent sigma/(omega*epsilon) of the medium. (Give a numerical value)

    (b) What is the ratio of complex magnetic field amplitudes H(z)/H(0) for the same z?

    2) A perfect planar mirror in the xy-plane has normally incident and reflected electromagnetic plane waves in the vacuum region z<0 in front of it, at frequency omega. The magnetic field at the mirror surface is circularly polarized:H=H(x + jy)
    (x and y are the unit vectors along x and y).

    (a) Find the complex electric field amplitude E(z) in the space z<0.
    (b) Find the complex Poynting vector(give magnitude and direction) in the space z<0.

    2. Relevant equations

    equation for phase velocity: Vp=Vp(omega)=omega/k= c*omega/squarerootof(omega^2-omega^2) Note: The second omega^2 is the cuttoff frequency

    equation for group velocity: Vg=Vg(omega)=c*squarerootof(omega^2-omega^2)/(omega)
    Note: The second omega^2 is the cuttoff frequency.

    c=the speed of light 3 X 10^8 m/s

    Circular Polarization: E(0)=Eox=1/2Eo(x+jy) +1/2Eo=(x-jy)
    Note: j=the imaginary complex number

    Poynting Vector: The Vector E X H is the Poynting Vector. It gives the power per unit area that flows at a point;

    Loss Tangent:Theta/(omega*epsilon)
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  3. Nov 1, 2008 #2


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    Hi unstoppable! :smile:

    (have a theta: θ and an omega: ω and an epsilon: ε :smile:)

    Show us what you've tried, and where you're stuck, and then we'll know how to help. :wink:
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