2.5 Electromagnetic Waves

2.5.1 Wave Equation and Plane Waves

Now we will take a look at wave propagation in homogeneous, lossless,14 non-conducting media. Again we start with Maxwell's first and second equation in differential form

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We are interested in non-conducting media so the conductivity is zero (σ = 0) and there is no conduction current density images/c02_I0215.gif. On the right-hand side of Ampere's law (Equation 2.88) only the displacement current density images/c02_I0216.gif remains. First we apply the curl operator and the constitutive relation images/c02_I0217.gif (with μ = μ0μr) on Equation 2.89.

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Now we insert Equation 2.88 into Equation 2.90 by using the constitutive relation images/c02_I0219.gif (with ε = ε0εr). Since we assume the medium to be time-invariant we can write the material parameters outside the derivative.


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