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Does a magnetic field do work on an intrinsic magnetic dipole?

When you release a magnetic dipole in a nonuniform magnetic field, it will accelerate. I understand that for current loops (and other such macroscopic objects) the magnetic moment comes from moving ...
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Kittel solid state physics handbook - Plasma oscillation of a ball - Am I solving this right?

I'm self learning nanotechnology undergraduate and I'm trying to solve a problem from chapter "plasmons, polaritons and polarons". This is it: Frequency of uniform mode of plasmons in a ball is ...
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calculating electrodynamic momentum of a dumbbell (consisting of two point charges) in longitudinal motion

I'm working through a paper on momentum in electrodynamics that requires the integration below and would greatly appreciate any help. I'm pretty sure it evaluates to $2/d$ but I can't quite figure ...
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Are there limits to human/devices perception?

As far as i know, measurement devices present measurements based on something that affects the device's particles, for instance, forces, heat, tension, voltage... My question is, given that every ...
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Getting the electric field using Green's function [on hold]

Let the Green's function for the gauge field be given (after gauge fixing) as $$G_{\mu \nu}(x,y) = \delta_{\mu \nu}G(x-y) \tag{1}$$ where $$G(x-y)= \int \frac{d^dk}{(2\pi)^d} \frac{e^{ik \cdot ...
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Partial Integration of outer product of del and position vector

I am trying to understand the solution I have been given to prove the following relation for a current density $\vec{j}(\vec{r})$ that is concentrated around the origin: $$ \int_V dV \, ...
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Total Momentum From a Standing Electromagnetic Wave

How does one show the momentum imparted to a perfect conducting resonance cavity (boundary) of any shape by a classical standing electromagnetic wave inside is zero? It should be by conservation of ...
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Feynman's proof for Liénard-Wiechert's potential of a moving charge

Feynman's proof utilizes a geometrical and fundamental integration argument. I like it, except this bit: What makes me unconfortable somehow is that in (c) we are counting in some of the charge we ...
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Frequency of rotating coil

Given a coil initially in the x-y plane, rotating at angular frequency $ \omega $ about the x-axis in a magnetic field in the z-direction. This uniform time varying magnetic field is given by $B_z ...
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Optical Activity

I was wondering, does the optical activity of a material change under a magnetic field? Assuming it did, how would one analyze this phenomenon in the eyes of classical electrodynamics or classical ...
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Problem with Maxwell's theory

What exactly is the problem with classical Maxwell theory and the blowing up of energy at $r=0$? Does it have any other problems on the classical level?
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Metallic and glass sphere of same size released at a height

This question was in my exam today : A metallic and glass sphere of same size were dropped at same height. Which sphere would hit the ground first and why? I have thought about several things and ...
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How does this “simple” electric train work?

In this YouTube video, a dry cell battery, a wound copper wire and a few magnets (see image below) are being used to create what can be described as "train". It looks fascinating but how does this ...
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Is it physically realistic to have an electric field and polarisation density but no displacement field?

Given a Lagrangian density that describes a classical dielectric in interaction with the EM field, I found the Euler-Lagrange equations, and in the case of the electric field, worked through to find ...
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What are the boundary conditions for EM waves normally incident on the interface between two dielectric media?

An EM wave, amplitude $E_0$, frequency $\omega_0$, is incident upon a material with relative permittivity (dielectric function) $$\varepsilon \left( z \right) = \left\{ \begin{gathered}{\varepsilon ...
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current and potentials in conductive sphere with shell

I would appreciate an explanation for calculating the electric potential in this scenario. Central conductive sphere, ends at diameter b, and conductivity $\sigma_1$ Shell (around the central ...
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Far Field Diffraction of EM waves: what does the zero frequency signify?

If you have a system of independently radiating electrons/point-charges, the far field distribution of the EM waves can be approximated by the fraunhoffer diffraction integral, or simply by the ...
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Electromagnetic field or direct interactions between charged particles?

Consider a small distribution of charged particles enclosed by an arbitrary volume $V$ with boundary $S$. It can be shown that the total mechanical momentum of the particles, $\mathbf{P_{mech}}$, ...
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Motion in a Paul trap: $2n$th harmonic with larger amplitude than $n$th harmonic

Using a Paul trap, we captured the motion of a light charged particle (based on a rotating potential applied by AC current). Our rotational frequency was 50 Hz, and so when used FFT on the data, we ...
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Magnetic Multipole Tensor

When the electric scalar potential is expanded into spherical coordinates, one gets \begin{align} \phi (\vec r) = \frac{1}{4\pi\varepsilon_0} \sum_{l=0}^{\infty} \sum_{m=-l}^l ...
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Drift Speed and Current in Two Different Inertial Frames

We have a long, cylindrical wire carrying a constant current I in an inertial frame. At a distance of R from the center of the wire, the magnitude of magnetic field is $μI/2πR$. What is the magnitude ...
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What is the area in Faraday's law if we have only a piece of metal moving in a magnetic field?

If a piece of metal of length $l$ is moving with a speed $v$ in a region where there is a uniform magnetic field $B$ perpendicular to it, there will be a potential difference across its terminals ...
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Rate of work done by fields in a finite volume

In Jackson's Classical Electrodynamics, the rate of work done by fields in a finite volume is defined as $$\int _{v}\vec{J}\cdot\vec{E}\,d^{3}x^{'}$$ How?
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Traceless multipole moments vs non-traceless moments

There are two different possibilities to define the electric quadrupole tensor: On the one hand, one can define \begin{align}Q_{kl} = \int \rho(\mathbf r') \cdot r'_k \, r'_l d^3r',\end{align} while ...
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Momentum conservation in an electromagnetic system?

Suppose that I have two charged particles in the configuration below. Let us assume the following: We apply a constant force $f$ to the the bottom particle so that it has a constant acceleration ...
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Deriving Heaviside-Feynman formula for the electric field of an arbitrarily moving charge from Lienard-Wiechert potential

I've been trying to derive this (which Feynman warns takes a lot of work) for a couple of days now, without success. My current best derivation which however doesn't give the right answer is: First, ...
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Electromagnetic reaction force?

The classical (retarded) Lienard-Wiechert scalar and vector potentials describe the electromagnetic field due to an arbitrarily moving electric point charge. Thus given the motion of electron $A$ one ...
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Lagrangian of Non-Relativistic Charged Particle in a Magnetic Field

I'm trying to derive the Lagrangian for a non-relativistic charged particle under the influence of a magnetic potential. I'm assuming that $F=-grad(V)$ and so by the Lorentz force we have $-grad(V)=q ...
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Stopping current and Maxwell equation compliance

Preamble: Mathematically, the divergence of an eddy field is zero, thus for the magnetic field $$\nabla\cdot\nabla\times\boldsymbol B = \boldsymbol 0$$ and from the $\nabla\times\boldsymbol B$ Maxwell ...
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Online physics lecture [closed]

I'm looking for online courses "video" for Classical electrodynamics and nuclear physics for undergraduate students .. do you know where I can find it ?
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Angular momentum of light

Can someone explain the classical angular momentum in electromagnetic theory of light? If I shine elliptically polarised em wave on a black disc it rotates. I would like to know how to calculate ...
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Self-energy of electron from classical reasoning

If it takes energy to group charge together(self energy) how can it be possible for every single electrons, etc, to have exactly same amount of charge? (think of if we hold some sand in our hand, then ...
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Recommended books for undergraduate electrodynamics

What books are recommended for an advanced undergraduate course in electrodynamics?
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Interaction Lagrangian forms

When a charge motion is given (known), the electromagnetic field can be explicitly found (Retarded potentials, etc.). The interaction Lagrangian density is $j\cdot A$ or in the action it may look like ...
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Recovering all of Maxwell's equations from the variational principle

Whether you can get the first couple of Maxwell equations from a variational principle? In the second volume of the Landau theoretical physics said that it is impossible.
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Particle in Oscillating Field

Ignoring quantum effects, what are the dynamics of an electrically charged particular placed with zero initial momentum in an oscillating electromagnetic field, e.g. light?
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Physical interpretation of Green's theorem with Dirichlet boundary condition

The potential is given by $$\Phi(\mathbf{x})=\int_V d^3x' G_D(\mathbf{x},\mathbf{x'})\rho(\mathbf{x'})-\frac{1}{4\pi}\oint_S d^2x'\frac{\partial G_D(\mathbf{x},\mathbf{x'})}{\partial ...
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Field and Charge densities in two dimensional corners and along edges

In jackson's book, we can derive the equation as following. $\sigma(\rho)=\epsilon_{0}E_{\phi}(\rho, 0)\approx-\frac{\epsilon\pi a_{1}}{\beta}\rho^{(\pi/\beta)-1}---(2.75)$ My question is there are ...
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Why are EM waves transverse?

I was reading Griffiths' Introduction to Electrodynamics, specifically the section on plane waves. I can see that if we want a transverse wave traveling in the $z$ direction that we are only going to ...
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Can two electrons get ever so close as to touch each other?

My friend and I were studying for our EM test when we started to think about what happens to the electric field near an infinite line of charge. $$E = \frac{\lambda}{2\pi\rho\epsilon_{0}}$$ As you ...
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What is the answer to Feynman's Disc Paradox?

[This question is Certified Higgs Free!] Richard Feynman in Lectures on Physics Vol. II Sec. 17-4, "A paradox," describes a problem in electromagnetic induction that did not originate with him, but ...
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Induced emf in a circular conducting wheel

Consider a conducting wheel with $N \in \mathbb{N}$ spokes which is completely in a homogenous magnetic field $\vec{B}$ perpendicular to the wheel plane. ...
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Penning Trap Simulation

I'm currently working on a particle tracker and I would like to implement a Penning trap. I think I might have a problem with the field of the electrical quadrupole. My idea was to place 2 dipoles and ...
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Maxwell's Stress Tensor

What really is the Maxwell Stress Tensor? I understand that it's derived from $$\mathbf {F} = \int _V ( \mathbf E + \mathbf v \times \mathbf B )\rho \ d \tau$$ Griffiths describes this as "total EM ...
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Trouble understanding the Bohr model of the atom

In this article it says: The electrons can only orbit stably, without radiating, in certain orbits (called by Bohr the "stationary orbits") at a certain discrete set of distances from the nucleus. ...
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Using Ampere's Law without Right-Hand-Rule to derive an expression for the magnetic field around a current

I'm a little confused over the textbook example of applying Amperians to get the magnetic field around a current. I understand we take a loop which shares the rotational symmetry of the wire (a ...
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Tensor notation

I'm trying to understand the Maxwell Stress tensor notation. I'm given that each element in the tensor is given by ...
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Electric field of spherical charge distribution

When solving the equation $$\boxed{ {1 \over r^2}{\partial \left( r^2 E_r \right) \over \partial r} + {1 \over r\sin\theta}{\partial \over \partial \theta} \left( E_\theta\sin\theta \right) + {1 ...
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Is there a Hamiltonian for the (classical) electromagnetic field? If so, how can it be derived from the Lagrangian?

The classical Lagrangian for the electromagnetic field is $$\mathcal{L} = -\frac{1}{4\mu_0} F^{\mu \nu} F_{\mu \nu} - J^\mu A_\mu.$$ Is there also a Hamiltonian? If so, how to derive it? I know how ...
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Textbook on classical E&M in curved spacetime

Can anyone recommend a good reference for classical electrodynamics that goes over electrodynamics in curved spacetime that doesn't assume much knowledge of GR -- that is it builds up the tensor ...