Jen, C. K. Formerly, Microwave Physics Group, Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland.
de Lustrac, André Institut d’Électronique Fondamentale, Université Paris-Sud, Orsay, Essonne, France.
- Rectilinear propagation
- Reflection and refraction
- Faraday effect for microwaves
- Microwave optics of photonic crystals
- Microwave optics of metamaterials
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The study of those properties of microwaves which are analogous to the properties of light waves in optics. The fact that microwaves and light waves are both electromagnetic waves, the major difference being that of frequency, already suggests that their properties should be alike in many respects. But the reason microwaves behave more like light waves than, for instance, very low frequency waves for electrical power (50 or 60 Hz) is primarily that the microwave wavelengths are usually comparable to or smaller than the ordinary physical dimensions of objects interacting with the waves.
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