In Transverse waves, the direction of vibration of particles are perpendicular to the direction of propagation of the wave. - Anonymous. and does not have a component in its traveling direction? Does it really lack a component along the traveling direction? A transverse wave is a wave that oscillates perpendicular to its direction of propagation. No, light waves are not longitudinal waves. All electromagnetic waves, including light, are transverse waves because they vibrates energy in a direction perpendicular to the direction in which the wave is travelling. Light is a wave in which an electric eld propagates in vacuum or inside a medium. However, light is an exception as it is not only a transverse wave, it is an electromagnetic wave, which can travel through any medium. Almost no light waves are transverse, not even linearly polarised light. This means that if the direction of vibration of the particles is in vertical direction then the light wave will be moving in the horizontal direction. Light is a transverse wave Ayaz Ur Rehman and Muhammad Sabieh Anwar LUMS Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering August 21, 2018 Version: 2018-v1 This experiment deals with the nature of light, though we stick to a strictly classical descrip- tion. A: I assume we're talking about electromagnetic waves in the classical limit here, so that gives me an excuse to avoid thinking about the quantum effects. Surface ripples on water, seismic S (secondary) waves, and electromagnetic (e.g., radio and light) waves are examples of transverse waves. Wikipedia says, “Other forms of polarization, such as circular and linear polarization, can be considered to be special cases of elliptical polarization (i.e. The shape of path covered by light can be thought of as a sine wave. It is considered as a transverse wave too because of it’s similar nature. Transverse Nature of Light Waves: The following phenomena prove the transverse nature of light. It has an electric and a magnetic component. Light can be polarized. The intensity of light at a place changes continuously. However, light is an exception as it is not only a transverse wave, it is an electromagnetic wave, which can travel through any medium. Thus wave can vibrate in any plane (infinite possibilities) which is perpendicular to the direction of propagation of the wave. Transverse wave, motion in which all points on a wave oscillate along paths at right angles to the direction of the wave’s advance. Light is a transverse wave because its components vibrate perpendicular to the direction of propagation. or is it just not observable because of lorentz contraction? Why is light always a transverse wave? Such a light wave is called unpolarized light. Light is an example of a transverse wave, like a wave moving across the surface of water. Light is a type of Transverse wave. A magnetic eld rides along. Sound or seismic waves are examples of longitudinal waves.