Department of Electrical and
Computer Engineering
ECSE 352 Electromagnetic Waves and Optics
2.1 EM Wave propagation in free
space
References: Section 12.1
2.1-1
Overview
In this class we will investigate the way that electromagnetic waves arise from
Maxwell's equations All waves require a source and we will see that when electric
Maxwell s equations. All waves require a source and we will see that when electric
and magnetic dipoles oscillate at high frequencies, waves are radiated. We will
then follow the derivation of the source-free wave equations from Maxwell's
equations. In many cases of practical interest, the frequency of a wave-source
i
d hi l
d
h
f h
i
h
h
remains constant and this leads to the concept of harmonic waves that have a
single well-defined frequency. This assumption greatly simplifies the
mathematical treatment of EM waves and results in a time-independent
formulation of the wave equations called the vector Helmholtz equation.
We will
investigate the concept of phasor representation of EM waves and will see that
simple cosine functions are solutions of this equation. Finally we will examine the
relationship between the electric and the magnetic fields.
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Concept Map
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ECSE 352 2.1-3
Module 2: The Uniform Plane Wave
Module 1: Transmission Lines
Module 2: The Uniform Plane Wave
1
Wave propagation in free space
1.
2.
Wave propagation in lossy media
3.
Waves in conductors
4.
Wave power and the Poynting vector
5.
The skin effect
6
Wave polarization
6.
Module 3: Waves at boundaries
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Module 4: Waveguides and antennas

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