# How is a magnetic field wave produced?

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by electronewb, May 29, 2013.

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2. ### crutschow Expert

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A oscillating current in a wire produces both an electric and magnetic field. These can propagate through space with the wave energy existing in the oscillating electric and magnetic fields, hence the term electromagnetic wave.

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3. ### electronewb Thread Starter Member

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So both waves are created at the same time? Or the magnetic field is cause by the electric field?

4. ### nsaspook AAC Fanatic!

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Crutschow is correct, the electromagnetic field is a dual entity.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jefimenko's_equations

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5. ### electronewb Thread Starter Member

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So in a radio signal what is the role of the magnetic field? I assume the electric field is the carrier?

6. ### Brownout Well-Known Member

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The magnetic wave is created by oscillating current. The electric wave is cause by oscillating voltage.

7. ### nsaspook AAC Fanatic!

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They both carry the energy of the wave. Without both there can be no energy flow in the wave, it's like a circuit with a perfect insulator or a superconductor, all voltage with no current or all current with no voltage equals no power. Due to the impedance of free space the ratio of field strength is usually greater in the E field but antennas using primarily the magnetic component of an EM wave are common. Your typical AM ferrite antenna is a good example where we create a low impedance path for a radio signal causing the received magnetic field ratio to be greater.