The Interaction of Electromagnetic Waves with Water

Vasily Artemov

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Water is the most important substance in our everyday life, and has been studied as no other medium. While it has a relatively simple atomic composition, water nevertheless presents an astonishing variety of manifestations of its interaction with electromagnetic waves of the different wavelengths from radio frequencies to X-rays, representing its uniqueness compared to other dielectrics. In this chapter, the response of water to external electromagnetic radiation is considered in an extended frequency range from 0 to 10 15 Hz. The independent view on the separate parts of the spectrum, such as the dielectric constant, DC conductivity, radio wave, microwave, terahertz, and IR absorption, is provided along with a comprehensive view on the entire spectrum as a whole by means of sum rules, Kramers–Kronig analysis and the isotope effect. A curious reader will find a complete description of water’s electrodynamic parameters, as well as specific questions regarding the dynamic structure of water.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpringer Series in Chemical Physics
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages54
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NameSpringer Series in Chemical Physics
ISSN (Print)0172-6218


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