Plane-wave solutions of Maxwell's equations: An educational note

Authors

Costas J. Papachristou
Hellenic Naval Academy

Synopsis

In electrodynamics courses and textbooks, the properties of plane electromagnetic waves in both conducting and non-conducting media are typically studied from the point of view of the prototype case of a monochromatic plane wave. In this note an approach is suggested that starts from more general considerations and better exploits the independence of the Maxwell equations.

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