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McGinn, Vincent P.

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M.S. (Master of Science)

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Department of Electrical Engineering


Electrical engineering; Electromagnetics; Momentum wave function


Robert Zimmerman of the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center at Arecibo, Puerto Rico has reported on the discovery of a new longitudinally polarized electromagnetic wave predicated on Vector Potential only. In essence, his experiment launches a wave from a coaxial transmission line waveguide with physical dimensions sufficient to support a Transverse Magnetic (TM 01) wave. Conventional antennas are unable to detect the transmitted signal but parallel plasma tubes aligned parallel to the wave propagation direction do receive the signal if the direction of electric fields for each tube are supplementary. Zimmerman's claim is not unfounded in light of the widely reported Aharonov-Bohm (AB) effect. Electromagneticists Ferraro, Grimes and McGinn (FGM), (Penn State and NIU) dispute Zimmerman's interpretation. FGM postulate that conventional Transverse Electromagnetic Waves are transmitted with accompanying radial electric field spokes and circular magnetic lines of flux. The novel demonstration I am arranging will establish a local time varying magnetic field of annular magnetic rings surrounding the plasma tube. If plasma current is time modulated through altered ion population densities, electrical detection is possible supporting FGM theory.


Advisors: Vincent P. McGinn.||Committee members: Veysel Demir; Mansour Tehernezhadi; Donald Zinger.


56 pages




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