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Excerpt from Diffraction by a Dielectric Wedge With Application to Propagation Through a Cold FrontThe problem of the diffraction of plane waves by a dielectric wedge is of considerable physical and mathematical interest. It corresponds to theMoreExcerpt from Diffraction by a Dielectric Wedge With Application to Propagation Through a Cold FrontThe problem of the diffraction of plane waves by a dielectric wedge is of considerable physical and mathematical interest. It corresponds to the passage of light thru a prism, or the diffraction by a cold front above a plane earth.The diffraction of plane or spherical electromagnetic waves by a perfectly conducting wedge was studied by H. M. Macdonald, who used the method of expansion in eigenfunctions in cylindrical coordinates. More recently, the diffraction of pulses by perfectly conducting wedges has been treated, using the method of conical flows.Although the geometry of the dielectric wedge is the same as that of the conducting wedge, the fact that the dielectric constant is a piecewise constant function of angle means that the differential equations and boundary conditions of the system are not separable in polar coordinates. Hence, methods involving separation in polar coordinates, such as the use of a transform theorem involving Bessel functions integrated over their order, which appears superficially promising because the boundary conditions on the wedge are independent of the radius, may be expected to fail.In view of this circumstance, an approximation method has been developed. If the dielectric constant within the wedge does not differ too greatly from that outside it, an expansion of the solution in powers of the percentage difference in dielectric constant should fairly rapidly, and so a few terms of the series should give a good approximation to the entire solution.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.