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Electromagnetic Waves

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Title: Electromagnetic Waves  
Language: English
Subject: Science., Physics, Physics--Research
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Introduction: The basic laws of electromagnetism were established in the nineteenth century. Initially, the electric and magnetic interaction were considered to be independent, each of them governed by its own Gauss-like law. Ampere?s law provided the first hint of a linkage, since it acknowledged the fact that moving charges produce magnetic fields. The link between electric and magnetic fields was further clarified by Faraday?s induction law. Finally, James Clerck Maxwell, completed the set of laws that fully characterize the electromagnetic interaction. Maxwell also went a step further: by combining the electromagnetic equations, he was able to show that electric and magnetic fields in free space satisfy a wave equation in which the wave speed happens to be exactly equal to the measured speed of light. The obvious conclusion was that light is nothing but an electromagnetic wave. In this chapter, we will explore this fascinating discovery.


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