Perhaps this has already been brought up, but is an electromagnetic wave 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional?(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

The current "up-and-down" concept does not have me convinced. If you look at a standard spring, you can see that it is a spiral/helix. You can also see that the side of the spring resembles a sine/cosine wave. So is an energy "wave" actually just a spiralling particle acting as a photon and appears to be an "up-and-down" wave only when viewed from the side?

If true, this would explain at least two phenomena:

1. When the amplitude of a "wave" is doubled the energy is quadrupled. In the formula for area of a circle (what would be the frontal cross-section of a spiral/helix), if one doubles the radius of the circle from 1cm to 2cm he goes from pi*cm^2 to 4pi*cm^2. Clearly, the so-called two dimensional wave acts as a circle when its amplitude is altered.

2. The side-view of EM radiation shows the standard sine wave and the path of the wave. The wave has the fastest vertical motion near the x-axis and slow vertical motion near the top and bottom.

This would lead one to believe that the particle is traveling forward and backward in space relative to the side view, characteristic of spiral motion.

It is much like a ferris wheel. If you arrange yourself so that you are in-line with the wheel, the vertical speed of the cars is evident. The cars have the highest vertical motion right at 0 degrees on the wheel. Once they near the top, their vertical speed is negligable. This is proven by the fact that at only 30 degrees, the sine measure is already at .5 radii. So if the motion of the particle on display screens exhibits slower speed at the crests and troughs of the sine wave, then there must be circular motion.

If the wave is as we know it now, the particle would remain at a constant velocity on the display screen, completing a 45-->135 degree segment in the same time as a -45-->+45 degree segment.

There are some interesting implications if this is true.

-The particle would always be traveling in the same direction, only around a helix.

-Is frequency determined by the angle of the particle in relation to the helix?

-Or its velocity...

-Or both?

-Is there an attracting body which holds the photon together?

-If the photon itself is traveling at the speed of light relative to the surroundings, then what is the velocity of the particle relative to the surroundings. (vector creating a small, but important, amount of forward velocity)

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