Category: Waves & Wave Mechanics

Inverse Problems of Acoustic and Elastic Waves

Inverse Problems of Acoustic and Elastic Waves

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Our imagination is stretched to the utmost, not, as in fiction, to imagine things which are not really there, but just to comprehend those things which are there. ... When we see $-i(kx-\omega t)$, we understand we are looking at a very simple version of the action. The course is designed for non-scientists who will someday become our influential citizens and decision-makers. The amplitude is the maximum particle displacement of the medium from the central position.
Gravity's Shadow: The Search for Gravitational Waves

Gravity's Shadow: The Search for Gravitational Waves

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The medium is the material that’s in the wave. This packet of energy, Einstein suggested, could "be absorbed or generated only as a whole," specifically when an atom "jumps" between quantized vibration rates. This is an example of a spacetime diagram, of which we will see many examples later on. The major axis of the ellipse is perpendicular to the surface of the solid. Halfway between two nodes there is an antinode, where the two counter-propagating waves enhance each other maximally.
Spectral Finite Element Method: Wave Propagation,

Spectral Finite Element Method: Wave Propagation,

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Which directions scatter depends on the type of lattice, but how strongly each scatters is determined by what is inside each unit cell, and in that way the structure of crystals is worked out. He recognized both the success and the shortcomings of his model. This is a big assumption of quantum mechanics, which then describes how these waves behave through time. Hence an outside measurement apparatus must always exist.
Quantum Field Theory in Curved Spacetime: Quantized Fields

Quantum Field Theory in Curved Spacetime: Quantized Fields

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In this video I will explain the basics of mechanical waves. But it automatically happens in EQM, whether you like it or not. This note covers the following topics: introduction to vibrations and waves: simple harmonic motion, harmonically driven damped harmonic oscillator, coupled oscillators, driven coupled oscillators, the wave equation, solutions to the wave equation, boundary conditions applied to pulses and waves, wave equation in 2D and 3D, time-independent fourier analysis, fourier analysis with traveling waves, dispersion, electromagnetic wave equation, plane polarized EM waves, dipole radiation, EM waves meet conductors, transmission lines, EM waves meet dielectrics, interference, interference from multiple sources, diffraction, diffraction + interference, diffraction gratings.
The Power and Beauty of Electromagnetic Fields

The Power and Beauty of Electromagnetic Fields

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Thermometer: device used to measure temperature. Corequisites: Physics 2C or 4D (prior completion of Physics 2C or 4D is permitted). (F,W,S) A modern physics course covering atomic view of matter, electricity and radiation, atomic models of Rutherford and Bohr, relativity, X-rays, wave and particle duality, matter waves, Schrödinger’s equation, atomic view of solids, natural radioactivity. We never said what [math]\Psi[/math] was, we just defined the properties it has to have.
Oscillations and Waves

Oscillations and Waves

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The speed of growth tells us about the root-mean-square velocity distribution. The absorption or emission of an EM oscillation in the visible light region takes place in 10-10 seconds. The small arrows indicate the displacements at a particular instant. direction of the stretched slinky. (See figure 1.1.) Some media support only longitudinal waves, others support only transverse waves, while yet others support both types. The applets will only work if a Java runtime environment (version 1.4.2 or better) is installed on your computer.
Textbook of Simple Harmonic Motion and Wave Theory

Textbook of Simple Harmonic Motion and Wave Theory

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However, if it is not immediately observed, the wave function reverts to its original shape as expected. Since sound is a compression wave, its amplitude corresponds to how much the wave is compressed, as compared to areas of little compression. So, we were supposed to calculate the bn's. The right column illustrates why stationary states are called "stationary". where μ is the particle's " reduced mass ", V is its potential energy, ∇2 is the Laplacian (a differential operator), and Ψ is the wave function (more precisely, in this context, it is called the "position-space wave function").
Signal Theory Methods in Multispectral Remote Sensing

Signal Theory Methods in Multispectral Remote Sensing

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When the first coil returns to its original position, it possesses the same amount of energy as it had before it was displaced. Shadows can do some amazing things, even travel faster than light, but they are merely reflections of a ‘real’ three dimensional reality (the implicate order). Particles of antimatter has the same mass and characteristics of regular matter, but opposite in charge. In a groundbreaking experiment, the Paris researchers used the droplet setup to demonstrate single- and double-slit interference.
Standard Model Measurements with the ATLAS Detector: Monte

Standard Model Measurements with the ATLAS Detector: Monte

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He summed up his discovery in the following words: “Because the photon, which, as everyone knows, is a wave, is also a particle, why should not the electron (or any material particle) also be a wave?” His revolutionary idea was put forward in his doctoral thesis of 1924, entitled Recherches sur la theorie des quanta (Research on Quantum Theory). Notice how the emission and absoprtion spectra of the hydrogen match.
Mathematical Aspects of Superspace (Nato Science Series C:)

Mathematical Aspects of Superspace (Nato Science Series C:)

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We tried firing things that we were pretty sure were particles through a double-slit experiment, such as electrons. Likewise, the thermodynamic formula derived in Planck’s blackbody work was not an inclusive or complete formula for energy dynamics. Become comfortable with various mathematical notations for writing Fourier transforms, and relate the mathematics to an intuitive picture of wave forms. This 1926 paper was enthusiastically endorsed by Einstein, who saw the matter-waves as an intuitive depiction of nature.