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What is inhomogeneous media? (Electromagnetic Waves)

  1. Oct 18, 2014 #1
    I see this term a lot. What is the different between homogeneous and inhomogenous? What properties are different?

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  3. Oct 18, 2014 #2
    For an homogenous medium all properties are the same at any point (or at least the properties in which you are interested - you have to be certain that any properties that differ have no effect on what you are considering)
  4. Oct 18, 2014 #3


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    In connection with electromagnetic waves in the optical domain, it is the refractive index which changes with place in an inhomogeneous medium.

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