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if there is no electric field then any charge exists or not? [closed]

If we assume a region of space in which there is no electric field, can we say that no electric charge exists? I think that there is no electric charge particles to create electric field for this ...
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Van der pauw method for an isolated hole

Van der pauw method is a way to measure the resistivity of a material with arbitrary shape while it meets some specifications ( being homogeneous and ...). One of the conditions is that the sample ...
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How virtual photons give rise to electric and/or magnetic field? [duplicate]

Say a neutron which have magnetic moment despite carrying no charge. Isn't both the electric field and magnetic field consist of virtual photons? So how can the same virtual photons give rise to 2 ...
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Why don't simple circuits cause the electrical breakdown of air surrounding them?

Electrical breakdown of air occurs when the electric field exerted by a charged object exceeds the electrical breakdown limit of air which is $3.10^6 V/m$. Since even 1 Coulomb of charge can exert an ...
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How and why do electric fields occur when we put a voltage difference between two point?

When we put a voltage differences between two points on a certain sample, I would like to know how and why the electric field occurs. In addition, I would like to know in what shape does the electric ...
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Which scientist is this?

Okay so I was watching discovery channel, in that i saw a man cleaning live electric wires of 10k volts in the air, he was not touching the ground. They said he was able to do this because of the ...
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Theoretical model of MRI scanner

Recently I have gained strong interest in studying the Physics of an MRI scanner. Most of the physics resources I have found are strongly practically orientated and do not so much approach the ...
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electric field inside a conducting body [closed]

From Gauss' Law, we know that the electric field inside a solid conducting sphere varies linearly with the distance from the centre. But we also know that electric field inside a conductor is zero. ...
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What does the tangent line to a general curved electric field line denote?

Just want to see the tangent line which indicates the line of electric force. What is tangent line?
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Electric field's area [closed]

How much area an electric field surrounds? since we're just able to draw the electric lines of force we sometimes think that the field is though 3d but surrounds a finite area. But is it measurable or ...
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Potential difference across a resistor

I would like to know if the potential difference between the two ends of the resistance is same as the potential difference between any tow points in the resistance whose length is smaller than the ...
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Kirchoff's rules and inductance

Can Kirchoff's loop rule be applied in a scenario involving an inductor? Kirchoff's loop rule states that the closed loop integral of E dot dl is equal to zero. But, in a situation with an inductor, a ...
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Is there an electric field within a superconducting inductor?

I have learned that the magnitude of the EMF (potential difference) between the terminals of an inductor is equal to L*di/dt. Does this imply that an electric field does indeed exist in an ideal ...
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Electric field along a wire and load

I have referred to many books and all of them apply loss in potential across a resistor only in case of circuits. However, the electric field is present in the whole conductor. Hence the electrons ...
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Electron gun; potentials around charged plates

I know that an electron gun releases electrons by thermionic emission and accelerate the electron through charged plates, and that the electrons are not gaining any energy after they leave the gap ...
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Uniform Electric field cannot propagate a wave of finite wavelength? [closed]

While going through the proof of the transverse nature of electromagnetic waves using gauss' law for electricity, I encountered a statement that I couldn't comprehend. They used an argument that ...
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Lightning sprites

Lightning usually occurs due to an electrostatic discharge between an electrically-charged cloud and the Earth's surface, or between clouds. There are also sprites, electrical discharges that occur ...
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Is the electric field inside a conductor always zero? [duplicate]

We just learned in physics that a field inside a conductor is zero. My question is, is this always true? For example, what about if you were inside a hollow iron sphere 10 feet from a hugely ...
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Electric field of a moving charge with Lorentz transormation

I was going through this link http://physics.weber.edu/schroeder/mrr/MRRtalk.html There it says Now consider the electrostatic field of a point charge at rest, shown at left below. At every ...
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Electrode configuration when radially poling piezoelectric material?

All the information on the web I have come across WRT poling piezoelectric material usually assumes a uniform field (such as between two plates). I would like to pole a cylinder so that the reverse ...
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Spherical charge distribution [closed]

I have a pretty simple exercise but i can't get it right using both integration and divergence of potential. I first did the field inside the sphere: $$\vec{E} = ...
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Number of electric field lines and intensity of electric field

I´m currently studying electrostatics and I´m having a hard time understanding why do the number of electric field lines is proportional to the intensity of electric field? I just don´t see it. Can ...
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Why is there an electric field in a wire even though it is a conductor?

If you take a perfect conductor, there cannot be a field across it since if there were, the particles would arrange themselves in a way to cancel out the field right? Yet, why does the same not hold ...
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Corona discharge leading to hexagonal structure

Hexagons appear many times in nature, and I'd like to know why they appear in this situation too. Somebody has already been kind enough to help me figure out why this phenomenon occurs - it is due to ...
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Electric flux density for a hollow cylinder using Gauss's law [closed]

In the textbook of "Engineering Electromagnetics": I understood it except the part highlighted with yellow(i.e. how did he find the charge distribution of the outer cylinder? What are the ...
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What would be the capacitance of an unequal charged capacitor?

I searched for this question but I cannot get satisfactory answer. Say if we have a parallel plate or cylindrical capacitor and if I supply unequal charge to it how could I find its Capacitance. We ...
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Electric field due to charged disc, on the plane of the disc [closed]

A standard problem in finding the field is that of a uniformly charged disc, on its axis, but for this problem I'm supposed to find the potential and the field on the edge of the disc, i.e. in the ...
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Why is electric flux zero if my point charge is outside of a sphere? [duplicate]

I am currently studying Gauss Law and Electric flux , during one of my exercises they ask me to find the electric flux of a sphere with radius 5 cm and my point charge is 10 cm to the left of the ...
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How in detail the rotation of the electric field component of light during transition through a polarizer takes place?

I ask "After a slit, are photons polarized?" and later found two answers for the question "Why does the electric field dominate in light?". From this two answers I have concluded or summarized, that ...
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Electric field of a Uniformly charged sphere with a cavity [closed]

I have the following question: Consider a sphere of radius $R$, uniformly charged with a volume density $\rho$. The sphere has a spherical hole of radius $R/4$ at a distance $R/2$ from the ...
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Strongly Influencing Electric & Magnetic Field Forces:

Why is it easier to block electric field forces than magnetic field forces in close ranges to the source? What is the best way to block, redirect, and minimize the strength of half of the lines of ...
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If I pass light through a conducting ring will I get an emf induced in the ring? Also if I do get an emf would that not violate energy conservation?

Here is what I think should happen. Light being an electromagnetic wave should have an oscillating magnetic component which should constantly change the flux linked with the conductor. Hence an emf ...
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Fréedericksz transition question

What is the lowest voltage needed for a Fréedericksz transition to occur?
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E field inside wires during transient state

I've come across an instructive paper which explains qualitatively what happens inside wires of a simple circuit during the transient state, leading to the steady state where there is an uniform E ...
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Electric field of a dipole in cartesian

I have the function that describes the electric field of a dipole in cartesian coordinates: $$E_z= \frac{p}{4\pi\epsilon_0} \cdot \left(\frac{3z^2}{r^5}- \frac{1}{r^3}\right) $$ and ...
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Is electric potential a field?

I'm just learning about electric potential in my second-semester physics class. My textbook is emphasizing the fact that electric potential is a property of the source charges and that I'll soon learn ...
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Principle behind electrostatic shielding?

If we have a solid conducting sphere with charges around it, then the electric field inside the sphere is zero, otherwise the electrons of the sphere would not be in equilibrium as there would be a ...
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Two spheres (one positive, one negative) - electric field

I posted yesterday about a problem I had and I have managed to solve one of the two I think (Here is the original post: Dielectric field in a homogenous electric field ). I didn't want to edit the ...
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Dielectric field in a homogenous electric field

I'm working through my workbook right now and currently am stuck on the chapter about dielectrics. The term $\vec{E}=\frac{3}{\epsilon_r +2}\vec{E_0}$ was introduced without a proper proof. Instead ...
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How can one produce a projected electric field? [closed]

Original question: How can one produce an electric field? I understand that there is a method involving metal sheets and running an electrical current through the parallel sheets. However, is there a ...
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Can pulsating DC current be transformed?

Since pulsating DC current is changing, why doesn't it induce a changing magnetic flux in the transformer core? Is it able to induce a transformed current in the secondary coil?
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What is wavelength of electric field generated in a wire? [closed]

I read link given below: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speed_of_electricity Above link says _The speed at which energy or signals travel down a cable is actually the speed of the electromagnetic ...
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How the infinite electric field of an electron goes through a slit? [closed]

An electron is an indivisible particle and its electric field has to be a constant too. Going through a slit how the electric field goes through the wall and how it will be regenerated behind the ...
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What is the largest distance for which the influence of the electric field of a single electron was measured?

I suppose that Rydberg atoms are the best way to find by experiments the largest distance of influence of the electric field of a single electron in a electric dipole. Furthermore how the electrical ...
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Where does the net charge on a hemisphere appear to act from?

I was wondering if, like centre of mass, there is anything called "centre of charge".
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In a circuit one light-second long, does it matter where in the circuit the switch is placed? [duplicate]

I was looking at this textbook example that was posted to reddit: The accompanying comments basically thrashed it saying everything was wrong. I had a specific question about it, though, and this ...
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Why does an electromagnet attract iron according to Special Relativity?

I saw a video of Veritasium on "How Special Relativity Makes Magnets Work" and came up with a question. So please watch the video first before answering my question as it is related to the video. 1) ...
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Electric field and electric scalar potential of two perpendicular wires

So, I've been trying to come up with an idea that seems plausible to me for the last half week or so, but I'm stuck and I can't seem to get anywhere with this problem. The problem is as follows ...
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Where does a straight conducting wire get its capacitance?

If I take a simple piece of conducting wire (of which I can calculate the resistance from the wire dimensions and resistivity of the wire material) and connect it across the terminals of a battery of ...
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Distance of the electric field generated by a Slayer Exciter ( Variation of tesla coil )

I'm currently trying to create a really basic simulation of a slayer exciter for a demonstration I have to give at my college. The thing is we want to know how far does the electric field produced by ...