The study of the presence and flow of electric charge. Charges, currents, fields, potentials.

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Electron Beam does not appear to be continous (CRT Experiment)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xKZRpAsWL8 Why do you see patches of purple in the tube? Shouldn't there be continous lines of colour? As far as I know, you see the rays because some of the ...
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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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How can the effects of temperature be accounted for in-situ electrical resistance corrosion monitoring?

In reading the Berkeley Lab's article Rust Never Sleeps, where research is underway investigating the use of iron oxide rust as a photovoltaic, they state: Rust – iron oxide – is a poor conductor ...
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Geometric frustration in power transmission networks

I read this article concerning the detection of Braess Paradox on power transmission networks: http://phys.org/news/2012-10-power-grid-blackouts-braess-paradox.html Here is a quote from the article: ...
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Why the coil on high tension wires

Today I saw some high tension wires of which some (the middle two) had some large coils wound on top of them as in the image, every 50 meters or so, over a few hundred meters. Does anyone know what ...
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If you toss a handful of confetti onto a comb, why does some of it stick and some of it fly away?

My guess is some paper pieces happen to be charged with the opposite charge compared to the comb, so they are attracted, but once they touch the comb, their charge is neutralized. But the comb is ...
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How does a plasma globe work?

I am trying to simulate a plasma globe using computer. But I do not know how to model the motion of its filaments. My first guess is to construct a potential field. And the filaments are the paths ...
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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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What is Electric-flux?

I've searched the question in the forum, and found the following conclusion : - "In electromagnetism, electric flux is the rate of flow of the electric field through a given area. Electric flux is ...
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Why does the characteristic curve (V vs I) for a light bulb backbend?

When teaching Ohm's Law, I have students do an exploration of a small, incandescent light bulb with a low frequency (1-2 Hz) sine wave. It's a simple series circuit of source and light bulb, ...
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Is their a visual difference between air-gap sparks of the same voltage but different current?

For example, if this spark gap has a kilovolt of power behind it @ 1A and the other is also at a kilovolt but is @2A will there be a visual difference (i.e. will the one with higher current be thicker,...
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Circumference measurement using a capacitive sensor

I have a question which I hope someone in here can help me answer. Background: I’m building a device where I intend to use a stretchable capacitive sensor to define the radius change of an object. ...
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Drift velocity of electrons in a superconducting loop

Do electrons travel at the Fermi velocity in a superconducting loop? For metals the Fermi velocity seems to be around $10^6$ m/s. So would electrons (in a Cooper pair) travel around the loop at this ...
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What mechanisms require the use of different polarities in DC welding?

In gas metal arc welding, an electric arc forms between the work piece and a consumable wire, heating the work piece and also melting the tip of this consumable wire, which is continually fed into the ...
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Calculating Electric Field from a Potential Difference w/o Charge

So here is my homework question: Two long cylindrical shells of metal (radii $r_1$ and $r_2$, $r_2 > r_1$) are arranged coaxially. The plates are maintained at the potential difference $\Delta\...
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Current between supeconducting rings

How to calculate the current between two superconducting rings with radius r separated by a distance d? Please note that being unfamiliar to the concept of superconducting rings, I can't approach ...
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Schottky and shot noise

I am looking for a little history on shot noise: when was it first predicted and first measured? In particular, what was the role of Schottky? His 1918 paper "Über spontane Stromschwankungen in ...
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What happens if I charge a a Li-ion battery with non-nominal voltage?

Suppose that I have a li-ion battery with voltage 10V (and some capacity, say 1000mAh). Can I charge it completely using 5V voltage? What will hapen if I charge it with 12V voltage? Edit: Found the ...
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What happens to metal when exposed to an electric current for an extended period of time?

I was wondering what happens to the actual metal (copper, aluminum, silver, gold) when electricity is ran through it for a long period of time. Say years like the wire in a house. Does the ...
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Why does static charge build up and how do I prevent it?

I bought my 11-month-old son a tricycle from Smart Trike (official website) and I have noticed that after a few laps indoors on my marble floors static charge would build up in him as I can see his ...
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How pseudocapacitors work?

I have read that pseudocapacitors are combined of a carbon electrode and a metal oxide one. On the carbon electrode simply a double layer is built up and on the other some chemical actions(redox) ...
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Light bulbs Flashing on when disconnected

For the 2nd time I've had a lightbulb flash on in my hand after removing from the power socket. The first time the overhead light in my hallway was out for a couple of days before I got around to ...
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With the help of a given charge is it possible to obtain a charge many times greater in magnitude

Consider a spherically conducting sphere. If a charge(say positive) is placed near the sphere, then it will lead to separation of charges inside the sphere.My question is, can we create charges more ...
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Power lines and cars

A live, active power line fell on the hood of my car. I was told to turn on my car and back away. Was this the proper advice?
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Effect of potential difference on capacitance

I've read multiple threads here discussing the relation between capacitance and potential difference and they have begun to confuse me. I have a homework question about which of the following will ...
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How to apply kirchoff's laws to motors in DC and AC settings

DC case: is it ok to treat a motor as a variable resistor, with resistance depending on the load? AC case: suppose I have a motor that runs at 120V AC and is rated to X watts, how can I determine how ...
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How to increase Resistance of a conductive material?

I'm working on a project that I should measure the resistance of conductive sample ( like brass ). But I've a problem. Resistance of conductive samples is too low which requires a miliohm meter to ...
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The frequency induced by the alternating current

Let set up the experiment as followed. A string is stretched at two ends. Two magnet poles N and S are placed under and above the string. Now we let an alternating current go through the string with ...
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Why does the metal mesh in an electric swatter make a whirring sound?

I have an electric bug swatter that operates on a rechargeable lead acid battery. I had one before that operated on disposable batteries and when it was turned on, it made a high pitched whining noise....
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Simulate Band Bending and Band Alignment in Semiconductors

Are there softwares (simple ones preferred) where we can simulate the band alignments and band bending of a p-n junction, where we can vary properties of the junction materials such as carrier ...
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The change of length of positive column in glow discharge

When I was doing the experiment of glow discharge, I lowered the voltage between electrodes and find that the length of positive column will increased quickly around a certain voltage(the interval of ...
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If a heater was turned on its' own wire, would heating of the wire cause the resistance to increase, thus the current into the heater to decrease?

I'm thinking not, because; A) It wouldn't make much sense in the real world because you'd need to avoid ever turning a heater towards its own wire, and you'd have to regulate the temperatures of any ...
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Hollow metallic waveguides versus optical waveguides versus cables

In almost every physics program, you learn about electricity, electromagnetism, photonics, ... Within the electricity course, you learn about transporting electric energy as electrons through cables. ...
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Would it be possible to transform power using capacitors instead of coils?

Would it be possible to use capacitors to transform electrical tension (up or down), in the following way? Let's say you have a 10v battery, and you want to transform the tension up to 40 v. First, ...
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Capacitors as Energy Wasting?

I am reading a lot of articles about capacitors as the energy storage. Let's consider simple circuitry which contain the battery and capacitor in series. The energy flow from the battery will be $E=\...
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Can volume affect capacitance?

I know the math doesn't support it, but will a solid sphere and a thin foil, both of the same surface area, measure exactly the same capacitance? Do electrons strictly gather on the surface (...
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Why can xenon gas stay ionised after the “trigger voltage” is removed?

From my understanding of a Xenon flash circuit, a storage capacitor and a trigger capacitor are charged up to about 240V (both with similar RC values, but less capacitance is needed for the trigger ...
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What size aluminum foil capacitor would power an LED?

Inspired by this video where a $9 \mu F$ capacitor is made from aluminum foil, if I had students put this together in a classroom, one question I would have is what would it take to have this power an ...
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Off resonance operation of tightly coupled coils for maximum efficiency?

On Wireless Power Consortium webpage there is an article about Magnetic Resonance. These paragraphs in the page surprised me: You might expect that operating tightly coupled coils at resonance ...
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Can an open cup attenuate radio waves as well as a Faraday cage?

The problem is that thieves in my neighborhood are using a power amplifier to increase the "bubble distance" of my car so that it thinks that my key fob, which is sitting in my house, is next to the ...
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Do electrons move easier depending on the way a TIG tungsten head is grinded?

I'm in a TIG welding course, and during the course we (inevitably) messed up a few (suicidal) tungsten heads by grazing/suicide dive into the molten puddle during operation. Standard procedure is to ...
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How can I have a voltage in hall effect with zero magnetic field?

How can we obtain a voltage with no magnetic field is applied to the semiconductor? They told me that if the points where I measure the potential difference are not at the same level I would obtain a ...
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How do I show $e_r$ and its first- and second time derivative?

What does a charge q moving in a circular orbit with a constant velocity (a "rotating charge") and a stationary observer that measures the E field look like? And how do I show $e_r$ and its first- and ...
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Wave velocity (R)LC circuits.

I'm attempting to simulate some fluid like mechanics using circuits. Specifically wave propagation. I am attempting to measure the wave propagation velocity using an oscilloscope on the circuit below, ...
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How does non-constant conductivity change surface charge on a wire?

Current density is equal to conductivity times electric field. Therefore flux through a cross section of a wire is equal to current over conductivity. Current has to be constant along a wire. This ...
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Electromagnetic field to shield from EMP?

Could an electromagnetic field be use to protect against an EMP? As I understand, an EMP is an Electro Magnetic Pulse, so a sufficiently powerful field should be able to deflect one, right?
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Are centrifugal fans subject to triboelectric effects, and if so can the increase in charge be predicted and measured?

A centrifugal blower is a device that moves gas, usually under power of an electric motor. The blower housing and impeller may be metallic, but often are made of plastic materials. My question is ...
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How can I calculate the Teslas and resistance of an electromagnet?

I'm trying to build a small electromagnet to use in a generator. Right now, I have a coil of insulated 16 AWG copper wire wrapped around a large iron nail with a diameter of 1.5cm. The length of the ...
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Are there any pigments which can be altered via the use of electricty?

I was looking at alternative visual output methods for computer, phone and the like and was wondering, are there pigments, Red, Green and Blue preferably, that can have their intensity/opacity ...
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Using a role-play to teach ohm's law

An education research project: can a role-play be used to help understand Ohm's Law? I need to have this analogy checked for scientific validity. A group of 25 primary children will participate, with ...