The classical theory of electric and magnetic fields, both in the static and dynamic case. Also covers general questions about magnets, electric attraction/repulsion etc. Distinct from electrical-engineering.

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Magnetic monopoles gauge theories

I'm quoting 't Hooft: "[...] Locally stable field configurations may exist that have some topological twist in them [...].Careful analysis of the existing Lie groups and the way they may be ...
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Is there any electric current in a continuous medium of moving charges?

Suppose that unlike in real life where charge is carried in fixed discrete chunks like electrons that one has a continuous fluid in a bottle that carries charges. Suppose that the fluid is stirred in ...
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Hamilton's equations of motion on Dirac's formalism

I'm having several doubts about the procedure proposed by the Dirac-Bergmann algorithm in order to get the correct equations of motion of electrodynamics (Maxwell's equations). Suppose I've already ...
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Electromagnetic waves and photons? [duplicate]

Electromagnetic waves are photons or photons cause electromagnetic waves ? Its said that when charges are accelerated we get electric and magnetic field that carries energy but then they say that this ...
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Why the motion of rotating magnet doesn't stop if we use a superconducting wire?

I would like to know why magnets rotated,wouldn't stop their motion if we place a superconducting wire as said by William Beaty at MadSci Network.
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Can bending spacetime produce electromagnetic fields?

Let's say that we can somehow bent spacetime, can this produce electromagnetic fields? or EMF can only be emitted from charged particles of matter?
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Electromagnetic Radiation and Communication!

I read that the accelerated charges create electromagnetic field/spectrum which consists of following different waves: gamma, X-rays, ultraviolet, visible light, infrared, microwaves, & radio ...
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Geometric Algebra formulation of EM in nonuniform dielectric media

Normally, there is a straightforward formulation of Maxwell's equations in free space under the GA framework, which reduces to (picking the right units): $$ \nabla F = \mu_0 J $$ with some ...
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Eigen energy for charged particle in a magnetic field [on hold]

How can I determine the eigen energy for charged particle in a magnetic field?
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Could I pick up a human with a strong enough magnet? [duplicate]

Could I pick up a human with a strong enough magnet? Humans contain magnetic materials, such as iron.
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Can a lightning strike cause your car to not run? [migrated]

If lightning strikes a tree in your yard and your car is close by, can this cause your car to not work properly? I had an employee call in stating that lightning struck a tree beside their mobile ...
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How do I get the maximum EMF in this problem? [on hold]

Concern is often expressed regarding the potential adverse effects of oscillating electric and magnetic fields on the human body. Consider a typical magnetic field created by mechanical ...
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Electromagnetism question involving magnets on the ends of a metal pole

My teacher showed us a phenomenon in school involving a metal pole with two magnets on each end. The magnets are aligned so that both south poles are stuck to each end of the metal pole. This results ...
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Field equations of a given action

Provided an action: $$S[A_\nu] = \int\left(\frac{1}{4\mu_0}(A_{\gamma,\mu}-A_{\mu,\gamma})(A_{\zeta,\alpha}-A_{\alpha,\zeta})\eta^{\gamma\zeta}\eta^{\mu\alpha}+\frac{1}{2}\nu^2A_\mu A_\gamma -\beta ...
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How Do I find the Thermal increase of a ideal gas flowing through a magnetic field? [on hold]

I am thinking of turning dissociated 2H_2 and O_2 into plasma by forcing it through a electromagnet field. what are the equations to determine the thermal energy added to the gas. I'm thinking to ...
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Expressing charge density in terms of spherical multipoles

How to express the charge density in terms of the full set of the spherical multipole moments? That is, how to invert the relationship $$ Q_{lm}=\frac{4\pi}{2l+1}\int ...
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Do stars remain electrically neutral? [duplicate]

How electrically neutral do stars remain through their lifetime? As an example, I could imagine processes such as coronal mass ejections leaving the Sun in a slightly charged state. Are there such ...
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Motion of an electron in a magnetic and electric field [on hold]

I have this problem where i should find the direction and magnitude of the electric and the magnetic force on the electron. E = 1000 N/C B = 2,5 T v = 500 m/s ...
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PSD image detection [on hold]

A laser is pointed on a surface, such that it is reflected onto a PSD (position sensing photodiode). Before light reaches the PSD, it goes through a plano-convex lens to get focused. Now, if the ...
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What does it mean physically to set $\exp(ikr)=1$ in the dipole approximation?

In the dipole approximation one sets the $exp(ikr)=1+ik.r+...=1$. ($|<f|exp(ikr)\epsilon.r|i>|^2$). Which makes $k.r=0$. What does it mean physically? Is the plane transverse wave converted to ...
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Lab experiment: hysteresis disappears, reappears and then disappears again. How?

In my college laboratory we were assigned an experiment to measure the hysteresis curves of a certain ferromagnetic material at different temperatures. Sounds simple, right? Well, the block of Monel ...
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Why is it possible to produce electromagnetic waves using a charge and electric or magnetic field? [on hold]

Why electromagnetic waves can be produced by the motion of charge in electric or magnetic field? Explain.
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How to find the force of a magnetic field, resolving the components?

So, in answering this question the book resolves the components of the Force vector in this manner; $\mathrm dF_x= \mathrm dF \sin \theta$ $\mathrm dF_y= \mathrm dF \cos \theta$. And then, ...
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Definition of the Lorentz transformations [on hold]

Until very recently I believed that the Lorentz transformations were defined as "the transformations that carry one inertial reference frame into another". In Wikipedia's page we find something along ...
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How do you calculate the expected force of an electromagnet?

What is the equation to find the expected force of electromagnet? What do the variables mean and how do you find each variable?
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Approximating magnetic field at center of current loop by solenoid of 1 turn

It's well known that by application of biot-savart law, the magnetic field at the center of a loop of current is $\frac{\mu_0 I}{2r}$. Now when we consider a solenoid, isn't the resulting magnetic ...
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How do you find the electric field corresponding to the magnetic field? [on hold]

If we are given the magnetic field $B$ how can I find the corresponding electric field? The example brought up at the end of my lecture was $B = B_o \cos(ky-\omega t)$ in the $k$-direction. I am ...
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What is the answer to the numerical given below? [on hold]

An electron revolves along a circular path of radius 20cm with constant angular velocity 120 rad/s about an axis passing through the centre and perpendicular to the plane of the circle. if the ...
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Lorentz sphere correction

I am studying Lorentz surface correction for magnetic fields. I know that if we consider a uniform distribution of magnetization, the field can be computed as three contribution: $H+H'+H''$ where $H$ ...
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Why does thicker aluminum do better at reflecting wifi

I have performed a experiment based one the ability of aluminium reflecting wifi radio waves. I have found out that the more aluminium foil i put on my reflector, the better result I can get. I did up ...
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Magnetic flux through the torroid

I am trying to derive the magnetic flux through a toroid of inner radius $\rho_0$ and outer radius $\rho_0 + 2a$, having $N$ turns I started off, by saying $$\phi = \int \vec{B} \cdot \vec{dS}$$ We ...
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Ampere's law for a rectangular plate?

If a conductive wire was carrying current $I$, it would create a magnetic field: $$B=\frac{\mu_0I}{2\pi r}$$ However, if it's not a wire, but instead a plate how would the expression change/adjust ...
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Eddy current damping heat generation

Background According to this source (page 7): https://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/bitstream/handle/2027.42/109373/me450w10project16_report.pdf?sequence=1 the "braking" torque a magnetic field on a ...
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Current density to find the magnetic field and Lorentz force?

Problems where there is a copper wire of a large diameter, the solution would tend to use current density $J$ to accurately compute the magnetic field $B$ at a distance. Why so? Why not simply use ...
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Do electrons in a CRT emit radiation?

According to electrodynamics, accelerating charged particles would emit electromagnetic energy as radiation. Isn't it applicable to the accelerated electrons within a cathode ray tube? Do they give ...
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Ampere's law and Stokes' Theorem for current density

In both Griffiths and Jackson, Ampere's Law (or conversely the curl of the magnetic field) is derived by applying Stokes' Theorem to the surface integral of the current density J. The argument relies ...
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EM: relative permittivity

After having defined the relative permittivity in lectures, I have problem understanding why it is a complex quantity. Thank you for your help,
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Can you deduce absolute motion through magnetism?

Trying to understand magnetism I stumble into this example: Suppose there are two electrons travelling side by side in deep space (say, between Mars and Jupiter) at 1 cm distance at .99 c. In this ...
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How does cavity resonance produce EM waves?

My understanding is it acts like a capacitor and inductor in a loop. The capacitor releases stored energy which is absorbed by the inductor through a magnetic field which then returns it to the ...
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Force on a charged particle in a field of an EM wave [on hold]

For example if there is a charge q with mass m travelling with a velocity v "in the field" of a plane electromagnetic wave that is travelling in the z direction (in free space). My question is what ...
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Show the Berry phase is invariant under $U(1)$ unitary transform [on hold]

Recall that $$\gamma_n = \oint A_n(R) \cdot dR = \oint \langle\psi_n(R)|i\nabla_R|\psi_n(R) \rangle \cdot dR.$$ Under the $U(1)$ transform, $$\psi_n \to \psi'_n \equiv e^{i\xi_n(R)}\psi_n,$$ where ...
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What is really sought when we purpose Einstein's postulates in Special Relativity?

Special Relativity can be motivated by looking at Maxwell's Electrodynamics and noticing that there is some kind of inconsistency between it and Newtonian Mechanics. Indeed, as Einstein pointed out on ...
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Lorentzian nature of reflected microwave power in Electron Spin Resonance

Reflected microwave power has Lorentzian shape when plotted against frequency in ESR. How to mathematically prove this?
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Derivation of Biot Savart law for a curve

I'm ok with the following expression for Biot-Savart: $$ {\mathbf B}({\mathbf r}) = \frac{{\mu _0}}{{4\pi }}\int\frac{{{\mathbf J}({\mathbf r'}) \times {(\mathbf{r-r'})}}}{{|\mathbf{r-r'}|^3 }}dV'. $$ ...
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Why do metal filings line up in parallel (non-curved) lines on a knife blade?

My girlfriend works at a knife factory and was grinding a new knife model today made of a very hard, magnetic steel. She noticed that the metal filings were lining up on the knife blade in ...
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Amper`s Law and a flat [closed]

Here the question is written in photo.I think that this E should be integrated then should be written in the equation. I can`t find any easier way. Let me know if you see any.
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Amper`s Law on a ring [closed]

In this question i am having a bit trouble with understanding? And answer does not match totally. My question is that firstly there is no closed loop why is Amper`s Law holding here and second ...
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What's the difference between electromagnets and induced magnetism?

I am studying over the basic introductory concepts of magnetism, and I cannot comprehend definition of the following words below: Electromagnets- objects that are magnetic only when electric current ...
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Confusion over plant's “magnetic field” being used to reduce wastage of pesticide

As far as I am aware, a plant does not have a magnetic field of any significant magnitude. What I wonder is, is there any electromagnetic related basis for the crop spraying technique outlined in ...
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What is the difference between length and velocity gauge when it comes to a dipole approximation?

Lets say we have plane wave with $\vec E$ perpendicular to $\vec k$. The dipole term will come from $\vec A\cdot \vec p$. Is the electric field longitudinal in the length gauge for the dipole ...