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Resonating Cavity
We have shown in the last lecture that the electric field components for are given by
Let us consider This implies that k_{y} = 0, leading to E_{x}=0 and H_{y}=0 Thus the only nonzero components are
where
In terms of H_{z0} the fields are rewritten as,
Q Factor of a Resonator
The Qfactor, a short form for Quality factor of a resonator is defined as the ratio of the amount of energy stored in the cavity and the amount of energy lost per cycle through the walls of the cavity. In the following we will calculate the Q factor for the TE_{1,0,1 }mode of the cavity. The deterioration of the cavity is because of two factors, viz. the finite conductivity of the walls of the cavity and an imperfect dielectric in the space between. We will consider the space between the walls to be vacuum so that it is only the finite conductivity of the walls that we need to worry about. The conductivity, though not infinite, is nevertheless large so that the skin depth is small. The tangential component of the magnetic field will be assumed to be confined to a depth equal to the skin depth which leads to a surface current J_{s.}
Let us first calculate the stored energy. The average energy stored is given by
since the only nonzero component of the electric field is along the y direction. Substituting the expression for E_{y, }we get
The first two integrals respectively give and while the last one gives b.We thus have,
We will now calculate the loss through the walls of the wave guide.
We know that the surface current causes a discontinuity in the magnetic field. As the magnetic field decrease fast within the skin depth region, we will assume the field to be zero in this region and calculate the surface current from the relation
where is the unit normal pointing into the resonator.
For the rectangular parallelepiped we have three pairs of symmetric surfaces, contribution from each pair being the same. For instance we have a front face at x=α and a back face at x=0.
For both the front face the normal direction is along and for the back face it is along since it is inward into the cavity. The surface current density is thus given by
since H_{y}=0 in this mode. We are, however interested in so that contribution from the two walls add up and we get the loss from these two sides as
we can in a similar way calculate the contribution from the left (y=0) and the right (y=b) faces for which
so that
Substituting this and integrating, the loss from the two side walls becomes
In a similar way the loss from the top and the bottom faces can be found to be
Adding, all the losses, the total loss becomes
The Q factor is given by ω times the quotient of [1) with (2)
where we have substituted thus the quality factor can be determined from a knowledge of the dimension of the cavity, the operating frequency and the nature of the material of the walls.
Circular Wave Guides
The waveguide that we consider are those with circular cross section. The direction of propagation is still the z axis so that the geometry is cylindrical. This geometry is of great practical value as optical fibers used in communication have this geometry. However, optical fibres are dielectric wave guides whereas what we are going to discuss are essentially hollow metal tube of circular cross section.
We take the cylindrical coordinates to be (ρ,φ,z) and the radius of cross section to be a. We will first express the two curl equations in cylindrical.
As there are no real current, we have
As before, we will replace so that these equations become
The other set of the curl equations are obtained from Faraday’s law and can be easily written down from the above set by replacing ∈ with  μ and interchanging E and H.
We get,
As in the case of rectangular wave guides, we can still classify the modes as TE or TM. Consider one pair of the above equations,
we can eliminate H_{φ }from these two equations, and express E_{ρ }as
Define, γ^{2} + ∈μω^{2}= k^{2} to rewrite this equation as
Thus we have succeeded in expressing E_{ρ }in terms of derivatives of the z component of E and H. In a similar way we can express all the four components.
We will now obtain solutions for E_{z }and H_{z} using Helmholtz equation. In the following we will discuss the TE modes for which E_{z} =0 We need to then find H_{z} using
Writing the Laplacian in cylindrical coordinates,
We use technique of separation of variables by defining,
Substituting this into the Helmholtz equation and dividing throughout by we get,
The left hand side of this equation is a function of (ρ,φ) while the right hand side is a function of z alone. Thus we can equate each side to a constant. Anticipating propagation along the z direction, we equate the right hand side to γ^{2 }so that, we have,
The last equation needs to be separated into a term involving ρ alone and another depending on φ alone. This is done by multiplying the equation by ρ^{2},
Once again, we equate each of the terms to a constan n^{2}. We thus have the following pair of equations
where The former equation has the solution
Singlevaluedness of F requires that if φ changes by 2π the solution must remain the same. This, in turn,requires that n is an integer. We are now left with only the last equation which can be written in an expanded form,
Defining a new variable x=k_{ρ}ρ (not to be confused with the Cartesian variable x), the equation can be written as
where, we have written y in place of R. This equation is the well known Bessel equation, the solutions of which are linear combinations of Bessel functions of first kind and that of the second kind The Bessel functions of second ind are also known as Neumann function. The following graph shows the variation of these functions with distance x.
It is seen that the Neumann function diverges at the origin and hence is not n acceptable solution. The asymptotic behavior of these functions are
The complete solution is thus given by
For TE modes,
For TM modes,
Let us look at the TE mode in a little more detail. The tangential component of the electric field must be zero at the metallic boundary. Thus Substituting the expression for we require, from Eqn. (2)
where J'_{n} is the derivative of Bessel function with respect to ρ. This expression vanishes at ρ=α provided
which provides a restriction on propagation of TE mode. The zeros of the Bessel function J_{n }are listed in the following table, (mth zero of J_{n }ρ _{nm })
n  m=1  m=2  m=3 
0  2.4048  5.5201  8.6537 
1  3.8317  7.0156  10.1735 
2  5.1356  8.4172  11.6198 
The zeros of the derivative of the Bessel function are listed in the following table (mth zero of J_{n }ρ _{nm })
n  m=1  m=2  m=3 
0  3.8317  7.0156  10.1735 
1  1.8412  5.3314  8.5363 
2  3.0542  6.7061  9.9695 
For propagation to take place must be imaginary. This is possible if ω>ω_{c}
where ρ_{nm'} gives the mthzero of the derivative of Bessel function. The corresponding mode is classified as TE_{nm }Similarly, one can show that the cutoff frequency for the TM modes are given by
From the tables given above, it is clear that the lowest mode is TE_{11 }followed by TM_{01}
The field pattern of the waveguide are shown in the following (source – Web)
Tutorial Assignment
Solutions to Tutorial Assignments
1. For the resonant frequency is given by
Substituting α=0.01, and the value of the frequency, we get, d = 1.15 cm. With these values,we have The nonvanishing field components are
The other two nonvanishing field components can be calculated by using Maxwell’s equations,
2. Since all the three dimensions are the same, we would have the same frequency for (100), (010) and (001) modes. Counting TE and TM, there are 6 modes corresponding to the lowest frequency.
3. For TE_{mn} mode the cutoff frequency is given by
For the dominant mode m/s, and a=0.04 m, we getω_{c}= 9.206 � 109 rad/s corresponding to 1.47 GHz. To find the guide wavelength, note that the propagation vector Solving, we get λ = 0.14 m. To find the bandwidth of single mode TE operation note that the since the cutoff frequency for the next higher mode TE_{21} is 3.0542/1.8412=1.66 times the cutoff frequency for TE_{11} mode, the bandwidth is fixed.
4. If the cavity resonator is closed at both ends, there would be standing waves formed along the z direction. Since the tangential component of the electric field is continuous (and therefore vanishes near the surface of the perfect conductor,) we must have at z=0 and z=d.
Taking the origin at the centre of one of the disks, for TM mode, E_{z} is given by
Since the resonant frequencies for the TM modes are
Note that unlike the dominant frequency of the TM mode which is fixed by the dimension a, the TE_{111} frequency can be tuned by adjusting the value of the length of the resonator. If d is made sufficiently large, the frequency can be made to be lower than that of the TM mode.
Self Assessment Questions
Solutions to Self Assessment Questions
1. By definition of TE mode, E_{z}=0. Further, for 011 modes This gives E_{y}=0.We have,
2. Total energy in the electric field is obtained by
One can similarly find the magnetic field energy from This gives,
Using the relation this expression can be written as So that the total energy in the field is
3. The resonant frequency of the cavity for TE_{101} mode is given by rad/s. Using the expression given in the text, the Q factor can be written as follows for the caseof α=b=c.
Equivalent expressions for Q factor can be written using and the preceding expression for ω as
Where Substituting these values we get Q ≈ 9300.
4. For the TE mode of the cavity B_{z} must vanish at the surface of the end faces. The z –component of the magnetic field is, therefore, given by
The resonant frequencies are given by
where ρ_{mn} are the zeros of the derivatives of Bessel functions. Note that unlike in the case of TM modes, in this case ℓ≠0 because that would make the fields vanish. For TM modes, the dominant frequency is TM_{010}, for which the frequency is The dominant mode for TE is TE_{111 }for which the frequency is given by
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