School of Physics Lecture Demonstration Manual

Ei-1 Electromagnetic Radiation (Meter Wavelength)

Published: Tuesday 14 March 2006 - Updated: Tuesday 29 March 2011


To demonstrate the transmission of electromagnetic radiation and the relationship between the electrical and magnetic fields.



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EM Radiation Meter WL Diagram 1

EM Radiation Meter WL Diagram 2


The apparatus produces e.m. radiation of wavelength 1-2 metres. The transmitter is positioned at one end of the lecture room with the dipole antenna (electric) connected to the wooden gallows.

The receiver may consist of either an electric or magnetic dipole connected to the demonstration galvanometer. The sensitivity of the galvanometer must be set to maximum if the magnetic dipole is acting as the receiver.

If either antenna is turned so that it points END ON to the other aerial reception falls showing that the electric field is perpendicular to the line of propogation and parallel to the transmitting aerial.

Using the electric dipole aerial at the transmitting end and the magnetic dipole as receiver the perpendicular relationship of the electric and magnetic field vectors may be demonstrated.

Safety notes

Electrical safety 


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