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Ways to bend radiation question?

  1. Aug 14, 2008 #1
    I'm fascinated by radiation as I have been learning a tidy bit about it. I have learned that radiation can be bent by refraction and have heard some idea that it can be bent by gravity ie a black hole. What other things bend electromagnetic radiation? Does electromagnetic radiation get bent passing through a magnetic field or a electrical field. Since this is what these waves are made of I thought perhaps they may be affected by these fields. Are there other effects that bend electromagnetic radiation?
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  3. Aug 14, 2008 #2
    What kind of radiation are you referring too? The word radiation can be define as: "the spontaneous emission of a stream of particles or electromagnetic rays in nuclear decay" which really is just a method of energy transfer. EM radiation can be manipulated only by gravity and matter, as far as I know (not far). While particle radiation, such as beta decay, can be manipulated by mass, gravity, and EM fields.

    I don't know about the "jelly vacuum" theory, I've never heard of it.
  4. Aug 15, 2008 #3
    I'm thinking about heat radiation across a vaccuum from a hot body (say 3000 degrees C to a cold body (say 1500 degrees C). I suppose at that temperture some of it will be visable light?
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2008
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