Two towers on top of two hills are 40 km apart.


Two towers on top of two hills are 40 km apart. The line joining them passes 50 m above a hill halfway between the towers. What is the longest wavelength of radio waves, which can be sent between the towers without appreciable diffraction effects?


Distance between the towers, = 40 km

Height of the line joining the hills, d = 50 m.

Thus, the radial spread of the radio waves should not exceed 50 km.

Since the hill is located halfway between the towers, Fresnel’s distance can be obtained as:

ZP = 20 km = 2 × 104 m

Aperture can be taken as:

d = 50 m

Fresnel’s distance is given by the relation,



λ = Wavelength of radio waves

$\therefore \lambda=\frac{a^{2}}{Z_{\mathrm{P}}}$

$=\frac{(50)^{2}}{2 \times 10^{4}}=1250 \times 10^{-4}=0.1250 \mathrm{~m}=12.5 \mathrm{~cm}$

Therefore, the wavelength of the radio waves is 12.5 cm.

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