Resonant absroption

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When a wave propagates in a materiel (wave has same frequency as natural frequency of the material) there is attenuation. Is the energy absorbed by the materiel?
 

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Andy Resnick
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It could be. The light could also be scattered into a different direction.
 
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Attenuation of waves in a collisionless plasma is known as Landau Attenuation or Landau Damping. There is a wikipedia article:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landau_damping
 

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