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Resonant absroption

  1. May 5, 2009 #1
    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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  3. May 5, 2009 #2

    Andy Resnick

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    It could be. The light could also be scattered into a different direction.
     
  4. May 5, 2009 #3
    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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