Chapter 11

# Reflection on a metal

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A MPPW is normally sent to a perfectly conductor plane, located in the half-space . The space being vacuum.

The polarization of this wave is circular and the associated electric field can be written in real notation :  ## Question

Determining the resultant wave structure in vacuum (for ).

### Solution

The total electric field must be zero at the surface (for ), therefore the reflected electric field is : The structure of the total electric field above metal is : A standing wave is obtained.

The magnetic field is obtained with Maxwell-Faraday equation : Where : We can calculate Poynting vector and verify that its average value is zero : a standing wave does not transport energy.

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