Plane Waves and Propagation Constant - Visualisation Tool

This is a simple represenattioon of a few cycles of a plane wave with a variable propagation constant.  It shows

  • how a travelling wave is composed of individual elements of wave in space with a phase difference between them
  • the dependence between dielectric constant and permeability and both wavelength and speed
  • the effect of conductivity (ie attenuation) and also its effect on the E-H field phase difference (45 degrees max in a perfect conductor)
File Planewave in cartoon form875.73 KB