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The Energy of Nature$
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E. C. Pielou

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780226668062

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226668055.001.0001

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Wave Energy

Wave Energy

Electromagnetic Waves

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The Energy of Nature

E. C. Pielou

University of Chicago Press

Electromagnetic (EM) waves differ profoundly from other kinds of waves in that they need no material medium — they can carry energy through a vacuum. EM waves are regular, periodic disturbances in electric and magnetic fields in space. Most EM waves can also travel through some material substances, with the substance acting as no more than a penetrable barrier. This chapter discusses the following: the nature of EM waves; how radiant energy is generated; and how radiant energy is dissipated.

Keywords:   electromagnetic waves, radiant energy, energy dissipation, energy generation

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