2.4 Skin Effect

In order to mathematically analyse the skin effect we start with Maxwell's first and second equation in differential form which are repeated here for convenience

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Since skin effect takes place in good conductors we are interested in the electric fields in conductors with high values of the conductivity σ. Let's further assume non-dielectric non-magnetic material (εr = μr = 1). In these conductors current flow is mainly due to conduction current density images/c02_I0197.gif. The displacement current density images/c02_I0198.gif is of minor significance. We will consider a conductive halfspace (z ≥ 0) in order to ease our calculations by having a simple geometry. First we apply the curl operator12 and the constitutive relation images/c02_I0199.gif on Equation 2.77

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Next, we will insert Equation 2.76 and Ohm's law images/c02_I0201.gif in Equation ...

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