Electromagnetic Waves

  • Carl S. Helrich
Part of the Graduate Texts in Physics book series (GTP)


In Chap. 10 we obtained the full Maxwell Equations in the presence of charges and currents as sources. And in Chap. 1 Sect. 1.12.1 we encountered the experiments of Hertz, which identified the electromagnetic waves predicted by Maxwell. In this chapter we will solve Maxwell’s Equations in free space, without the presence of charges or currents as sources. This solution will provide us with a detailed picture of the structure of the electromagnetic waves that are possible in the context of classical electromagnetic field theory.


Wave Equation Plane Wave Electromagnetic Wave Empty Space Magnetic Field Component 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Goshen CollegeGoshenUSA

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