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Electromagnetism of Continuous MediaMathematical Modelling and Applications$
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Mauro Fabrizio and Angelo Morro

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198527008

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198527008.001.0001

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Wave propagation

Wave propagation

(p.382) Chapter 8 Wave propagation
Electromagnetism of Continuous Media

Mauro Fabrizio

Morro Angelo

Oxford University Press

This chapter investigates some aspects of wave propagation with a major focus on the effects of linear constitutive properties (functions or functionals). A detailed analysis of time-harmonic waves in uniform materials is given and classical topics on plane waves are re-visited, such as waves in magneto-hydrodynamics or in anisotropic dielectrics. Propagation and reflection-transmission are examined for dissipative materials, where the wave vector is complex valued. The propagation of plane wavefronts (singular surfaces) is also developed for materials with memory.

Keywords:   plane waves, reflection, transmission, birefringence, gyrotropic media, wavefronts, wave speed, wave decay

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