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Physics 401 Assignment # 8:

GUIDED WAVES

SOLUTIONS:

Wed. 1 Mar. 2006 - finish by Wed. 8 Mar.
1. (p. 405, Problem 9.25) - Group Velocity: Assuming negligible damping ( ), calculate the group velocity ( ) of the waves described by Eqs. (9.166) and (9.169): Show that vg < c, even when v > c.

ANSWER Setting makes pure real, simplifying matters considerably. We can just invert the derivative: so first we find from which it follows that .
The following graph was produced numerically from Eq. (9.170) with and only one resonant species: The same sort of thing happens at each resonance. Since and X is always positive, vg < c. The same is not true for since the corresponding X factor can be positive or negative depending on whether is smaller or larger than a given .
1. (p. 411, Problem 9.27) - No TE00: Show that the mode TE00 cannot occur in a rectangular wave guide. [Hint: In this case , so Eqs. (9.180) are indeterminate, and you must go back to Eqs. (9.179). Show that Bz is a constant, and hence - applying Faraday's law in integral form to a cross section - that Bz = 0, so this would be a TEM mode.]

ANSWER From the definition of the mode numbers m and n, a TE00 mode would have kx = ky = 0 - i.e. we'd have an ordinary plane wave propagating straight down the waveguide at c. Neither nor would depend on x or y within the guide, only on z and t. Both would be perpendicular to ; like the sides of the guide, one would be parallel to and the other would be parallel to . Thinking in these terms, we can see several reasons why such a wave is impossible. The most obvious is that if does not depend on x or y, there is no way for it to change continuously to zero inside the conductor, as it must. The same applies to . However, we are not encouraged by Griffiths to visualize the wave as a superposition of reflections (or, in this case, no reflections) of a simple plane wave; in principle there might be some exotic (x,y) dependence that would keep kx = ky = 0 and still satisfy MAXWELL'S EQUATIONS, so we go the formal route and prove otherwise.
For any TE wave, Ez = 0 by definition. Equations (9.179) then become The last two results show that Bz is independent of x or y, i.e. constant over any x-y plane. Thus if we apply the integral form of FARADAY'S LAW over a loop in any x-y plane just inside the metal of the guide (where E = 0), we get  , i.e. the wave is also a TM wave, so it is a TEM mode, which was shown at the bottom of p. 407 to be impossible in a hollow waveguide.

2. (p. 411, Problem 9.28) - TE Modes: Consider a rectangular wave guide with dimensions 2.28 cm x 1.01 cm. What TE modes will propagate in this waveguide, if the driving frequency is 1.70 x 1010 Hz? Suppose you wanted to excite only one TE mode; what range of frequencies could you use? What are the corresponding wavelengths (in open space)?   ANSWER Our driving frequency is s-1. If a = 2.28 x 10-2 m and b = 1.01 x 10-2 m,  s-1. The corresponding modes will propagate only if : And clearly no higher modes will propagate at that frequency. If we wanted only a single TE mode to propagate, it would be the TE10 (lowest) mode, for which the allowable frequency range would be from 0.4131 x 1011 to 0.8262 x 1011 s-1 or , corresponding to .

3. (p. 411, Problem 9.30) - TM Modes: Work out the theory of TM modes for a rectangular wave guide. In particular, find the longitudinal electric field, the cutoff frequencies, and the wave and group velocities. Find the ratio of the lowest TM cutoff frequency to the lowest TE cutoff frequency, for a given wave guide. [Caution: What is the lowest TM mode?]   ANSWER TM mode means Bz = 0, so only the first of Eqs. (9.181) is needed: where and . This is known as the HELMHOLTZ EQUATION in two dimensions, and is solved by separation of variables just as on pp. 408-409 except with one twist: instead of demanding Bx = 0 at x = 0 and x = a and By = 0 at y = 0 and y = b (to satisfy the continuity of ) we must have Ez = 0 at all surfaces in order to satisfy the continuity of . Since Ez(x,y) = X(x) Y(y), this means X(0) = X(a) = 0 and Y(0) = Y(b) = 0, so only the terms survive: where ; since either would force Ez = 0. Thus the first allowed TM mode is TM11. As usual we define the cutoff frequency for the TMmn mode, , and the dispersion relation, , from which it is obvious that unless the wave will not propagate (the oscillation changes to exponential decay). The wave (phase) velocity is and the group velocity is or just as for TE modes. The lowest TM cutoff frequency is , whereas for TE it is , assuming a>b. Their ratio is .

Jess H. Brewer
2006-03-05