CBSE NOTES CLASS 12 PHYSICS
CHAPTER 8 ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVES
Electromagnetic waves include visible light waves, X-rays, gamma rays, radio waves, microwaves, ultraviolet and infrared waves. The classification of electromagnetic waves according to frequencies is referred to as the electromagnetic spectrum. There is no sharp division between one kind of wave and the next. The classification is based roughly on how the waves are produced and/or detected.
Radio waves are produced by the accelerated motion of charges in conducting wires. They are used in radio and television communication systems. They are frequency range from 500 kHz to 1000 MHz.
The AM (amplitude modulated) band is from 530 kHz to 1710 kHz. Higher frequencies upto 54 MHz are used for short wave bands. TV waves range from 54 MHz to 890 MHz. The FM (frequency modulated) radio band extends from 88 MHz to 108 MHz. Cellular phones use radio waves to transmit voice communication in the ultrahigh frequency (UHF) band.
Microwaves (short-wavelength radio waves), with frequencies in the gigahertz (GHz) range are produced by special vacuum tubes (called klystrons, magnetrons and Gunn diodes). Due to their short wavelengths, they are suitable for the radar systems used in aircraft navigation.
Radar also provides the basis for the speed guns used to time fast balls, tennis serves, and automobiles.
In microwave ovens the frequency of the microwaves is selected to match the resonant frequency of water molecules so that energy from the waves is transferred efficiently to the kinetic energy of the molecules. This raises the temperature of any food containing water.