# Tagged Questions

For questions that utilize the concept of electric fields (commonly denoted by the letter E), or for questions whose answers likely involve electric fields. More specific than the [tag:electricity], as questions about the phenomenon & theory of electricity do not necessarily involve the discussion ...

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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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### Electric Field due a thin arc

I have been given to calculate electric field at the centre of thin arc with linear charge density as a function of $\cos\theta$ as $\lambda(\theta)= \lambda_0 \cos\theta$ How i approached: The angle ...
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### If the field concept was invented by Faraday, then how did Newton interpret the $g$?

This is Newton's law of universal gravitation. $F=G\frac{m_1.m_2}{r^2}$ Gravitational field $g$ is derived from this formula $g=G\frac{m_1}{r^2}$ This is named gravitational "field" strength. If ...
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### Partition function of classical quadrupole in an electric field

The partition function of a dipole in an electric field is a well-known problem, analytical solvable (nice integral, can be calculated with pen and paper), for example in the Langevin treatment of ...
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### Electric field of a capacitor in dielectric medium with weird size

I have been learning gauss's law in capacitor recently, recently I come up with this problem that I couldn't solve myself. If we have a capacitor,and a dielectric medium with half the volume between ...
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### What is the meaning of the Fourier Transform of the electric field of a well guided mode in a dielectric waveguide?

I have been studying waveguiding in dielectrics for a while now; however, I cannot understand the meaning of the Fourier transformed electric field. I will first give some background information. ...
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### Polarisation inside a sphere

Why is the electric field inside a uniformly polarised sphere not zero? I am confused because charge enclosed is zero and by Gauss' law electric field has to be zero.
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### Method of image charges — Why is a *grounded* plate needed?

In the classic image charge problem of a charge $q$ above an infinite grounded plane, it is well known that the field lines essentially behave as though there were a negative charge behind it, and the ...
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### Gauss' Law and Electric Field Close to a Ball

So I've learned about Gauss' law and I have something in my head. Why does electric field that is very close to a ball is not close to infinity. Take a look at this image: As we can see, if we make ...
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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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### 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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### Properties of electric field

I have the following vector field: $E=E_0(-sin(\phi),cos(\phi),0)^T$ and $E_0$ is some constant. Does anybody here have an idea what this electric field does to a metallic sphere that is in it? ...
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### Potentials in Helmoholtz Theorem

I read about Helmholtz theorem on the Griffiths (Introduction to electrodynamics) and in the appendix B it shows how to use the Helmholtz theorem to determine the field F starting from the potential. ...
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### What is a boundary condition for capacitors/dielectrics?

I am extremely confused about what boundary conditions are. One minute ago I was solving easy capacitor questions and the next minute I am being asked boundary condition questions and there is no such ...
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### What is the electric field part of an EM wave? Radiation field or the induction field?

Look at this image: I wonder if the electric field is from the induction field from a vibrating electron or the radiation field? If it is from the radiation field, as I suppose, than can someone ...
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### How to find the electric field at a point based on a uniformly charged surface

What is the general solution to finding the electric field at a point based on some (or multiple) charged surfaces. I know that we can perform a line/surface integral if a charge is close to a wire or ...
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### Electric field inside hollow metallic sphere which is not closed

Suppose I have a charged hollow metallic sphere. It is sure that the electric field inside the sphere is zero, in static case. ( I got explanation for this from the previous discussions in this site). ...
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### How inversion layer shields electric field?

This question is somewhat relating to electronics but I think it fits better with physics. The leccture here (slide 13) shows that the gate to body capacitance (Cgb) in linear region is 0. However, ...
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### Why does the polarization vector P depend on the net electric field and not the original one?

P= χε0E, where E is the net electric field from the effects of both free and bound charges. But E=(σfree-P)/ε0 So E itself depends on P. My concern is, isn't this circular? ...
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### Grounding system of conducting plates

So, I always make mistakes on problems such as this (the grounding part), so I'm hoping someone could really explain to me how the process works . There are n large parallel plate conductors carrying ...
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### Electric field of an infinite plane (with and without an infinite conductor)

Suppose we have an infinite and uniformly charged (of surface charge density $\sigma \gt 0$) plane at $z = 0$. We can find the electric field at any point $(x, y, z)$ by computing an integral all ...
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### Charge Magnitude Based on Isoline Spacing

Suppose we have two positive charges of unknown magnitudes. We are given the isoline map (the equipotential lines) for the two-charge system. One has isolines more "squashed together" (more closely ...
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### Which way does the force due to current point

The current is towards the right. The particle with charge $-q$ is going with velocity towards the right. How does one find the force due to the current on $-q$? (The RHR doesn't do anything here).
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### Macroscopic electric field

How does the integral over potentials due to dipoles equal the macroscopic field as given in Griffiths page 174. Does that mean macroscopic electric field is numerically equal to the potential?
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We have electric field in side a sphere with formula E=q×r\4π€R^2 But according to electrostatic shielding electric field inside a conductor is zero. How to solve the paradox. In the above equation r =...
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### Why does a 2-sided propagating EM wave become 1-sided if B is made proportional to E?

If you simulate the propagation of an electromagnetic wave in 1D free space (no charges or currents) with initial conditions of $E\neq0$ and $B=0$, and you look at a movie of $E$ vs time, then after ...
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### How do we calculate electric field on the axis of a disc using gauss law and the concept of solid angle?

We can easily find the electric field at the axis of the disc by considering a differential ring and then integrating it to form a disc, but I was searching for rather a bit simplified proof using ...
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### Would a spinning carbon steel (high magnetic permeability) sphere become magnetized?

Would a spinning carbon steel (high magnetic permeability) sphere "falling" through Earth's magnetic field become magnetized? Would a spinning, evenly charged sphere generate a magnetic field?
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### Choosing between a parallel-plate and spherical capacitor model

This problem is solved in the solutions manual by making reference to equations for the parallel-plate capacitor. I have some basic understanding of why this is the case (the local curvature is small ...