Classical Physics


Catt's Anomaly?

Authors: Stephen J Crothers

Upon closure of a switch, a TEM wave (step) travels from voltage source to load, between conducting wires of a transmission line. An electric field E appears between the top and bottom conductors, and orthogonal to them, as the TEM wave propagates at the speed of light for the dielectric in which it travels. Thus, according to classical electromagnetic theory, there are positive charges on the one conductor and negative charges on the other conductor, within the region of the transverse electric field. The Catt Question is: Where does this new charge come from?

Comments: 2 Pages. IEEE Antennas Propag. Mag., 1 February 2017, p.128, Historical Corner, 10.1109/MAP.2016.2629848

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