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## Wave guides

Let us consider the transmission of electromagnetic waves along the axis of a wave guide, which is simply a long, axially symmetric, hollow conductor with open ends. In order to represent a wave propagating along the -direction, we can write the dependence of the fields on the coordinate variables and the time as
 (1100)

The guide propagation constant, , is just the of previous sections, except that it is no longer restricted by the boundary conditions to take discrete values. The general considerations of Section 6.5 still apply, so that we can treat TM and TE modes separately. The solutions for are identical to those for axially symmetric cavities already discussed. Although is not restricted in magnitude, we note that for every eigenvalue of the two-dimensional equation, , there is a lowest value of , namely (often designated for wave guides), for which is real. This corresponds to the cutoff frequency below which waves are not transmitted by that mode, and the fields fall off exponentially with increasing . In fact, the wave guide dispersion relation for a particular mode can easily be shown to take the form
 (1101)

where
 (1102)

is the cutoff frequency. There is an absolute cutoff frequency associated with the mode of lowest frequency; i.e., the mode with the lowest value of .

For real (i.e., ) it is clear from Eq. (6.50) that the wave is propagated along the guide with a phase velocity

 (1103)

It is evident that the phase velocity is greater than that of electromagnetic waves in free space. This velocity is not constant, however, but depends on the frequency. The wave guide thus behaves as a dispersive medium. The group velocity of a wave pulse propagated along the guide is given by
 (1104)

It can be seen that is always smaller than , and also that
 (1105)

For a TM mode () Eqs. (6.34) yield

 (1106) (1107)

where use has been made of . For TE modes () Eqs. (6.35) give
 (1108) (1109)

The time-average component of the Poynting vector is given by
 (1110)

It follows that
 (1111)

for TE modes, and
 (1112)

for TM modes. The subscript 0 denotes the peak value of a wave quantity.

Wave guide losses can be estimated by integrating Eq. (6.14) over the wall of the guide for any given mode. The energy flow of a propagating wave attenuates as , where

 (1113)

Thus,
 (1114)

where the numerator is integrated over unit length of the wall and the denominator is integrated over the transverse cross section of the guide. It is customary to define a guide impedance by writing
 (1115)

It follows from Eqs. (6.58) and (6.59) that
 (1116)

for TE modes, and
 (1117)

for TM modes. For both types of mode .

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Richard Fitzpatrick 2002-05-18