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Re: Can Microwaves pass through a vacuum

Date: Wed Jul 30 22:41:14 2003
Posted By: Dr. Nagesh N Bhat, Post-doc/Fellow, Biophysics,
Area of science: Physics
ID: 1059597081.Ph

Yes, microwaves can pass through vacuum. Microwaves are nothing but 
electromagnetic waves. They do not require any medium to traverse. We do 
receive such signals from stellar origin, which is an exmple for their 
transit in vacuum. 

However, while guiding high intensity microwaves through wave guides, 
insulating gasses are used. The reason is not to provide medium for their 
propagation but to avoid break down of the atmosphere due to electric 
field generated when their path is restricted within the wave guide.

See ya.

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