Transmission Lines

Transmission lines are very important historically since they enabled the communication over long distances. Other than that, they are very interesting from a didactical perspective:

  • one-dimensional systems that can be characterized by very few parameters (in the end, it's only the impedance \(Z\))
  • very good example for slowly varying fields approximation, where \(\nabla\times\mathbf{B}\left(\mathbf{r},t\right)\approx\mu_{0}\mathbf{j}\left(\mathbf{r},t\right)\) and thus the coupling of electric and magnetic field is solely given by Faraday's law \(\nabla\times\mathbf{E}\left(\mathbf{r},t\right)=-\dot{\mathbf{B}}\left(\mathbf{r},t\right)\)
  • fundamental physical effects like wave propagation and reflection can be explained which will be a good bridge to complicated relativistic phenomena

With these facts in mind, we hereby dedicate a whole section to transmission lines.

Fabry-Perot Resonances in a Transmission Line

Fabry Perot resonances in a transmission line.One of the most important concepts in optics are Fabry-Perot resonances of certain cavities. Nevertheless, we can understand this resonance phenomenon on the basis of wave propagation in transmission lines! You can also find out how this principle is used in nanophotonics.

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