J. C. Maxwell’s, ‘Dynamical theory of the electromagnetic field’

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                                Relation between Electric <s>Condu<\s> Resistance and Transparency 

(106) If the medium, instead of being a perfect insulator is a 
conductor whose resistance per unit of volume is [rho] then 
there will be not only electric displacements but true currents 
of conduction in which electrical energy is transformed into 
heat and the undulation is thereby weakened. To determine 
the coefficient of absorption let us investigate the propagation 
along the axis of x of the transverse disturbance G 
By the former equations 
d<sup>2<\sup>G/ dx<sup>2<\sup> = - 4[pi][mu](H') 
= —4[pi][mu](df/dt + q) by (A) 
d<sup>2<\sup>G/dx<sup>2<\sup> = + 4[pi][mu](1/k d<sup>2<\sup>G/dt<sup>2<\sup> - 1/[rho] dG/dt) by (E) & (F) (95) 
If G is of the form G = e<sup>-px<\sup> cos (qx + nt> (96) we find that 
p = 2[pi][mu]/[rho] n/q = 2[pi][mu]/[rho] V/i (97) 
where V is the velocity of light in air and i is the index of refraction 
The proportion of incident light transmitted through the thickness x 
is e<sup>-2px (98) 
Let R be the resistance in <s>absolute<\s> electromagnetic measure of a 
plate of the substance whose thickness is x, breadth b and length l 
then R = l[rho]/bx 
2px = 4[pi][mu] V/2 l/bR (99)

                            
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Author
James Clerk Maxwell
Reference
PT/72/7
Series
PT
Date
1864
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J. C. Maxwell’s, ‘Dynamical theory of the electromagnetic field’, 1864. From The Royal Society, PT/72/7

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