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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Why do we define the magnetic field around a conducting rod as concentric instead of radial?

Why is it that we define the magnetic field around a conducting rod as concentric instead of being radially outwards? Ok, we know from the Lorentz force law, that the magnetic force is the cross ...
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$U(1)$ 5-dimensional Kaluza-Klein topological defects

Five-dimensional Kaluza-Klein theory is well-known to predict that the electromagnetic field can be described as a curled additional dimension over four-dimensional spacetime. That is, you only need ...
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Is there an expression for field charge analogous to field mass?

In electrodynamics, it is possible to derive an expression for the field momentum for a given moving charge distribution (e.g. a sphere with uniform velocity) and from that infer an "electromagnetic ...
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Knotted solutions of Maxwell's equations in flat vacuum - do they really exist?

The paper http://arxiv.org/abs/1502.01382 claims that such solutions exist and that a number of specialists know them since a long time. Is this paper correct? Jackson's text on electrodynamics does ...
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Electrical currents

I have a luminous electric plasma light that looks similar to a lava light only electric currents are inside instead of lava.This light is filled with electric current flowing throughout it. if I ...
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Free charge density and current in an ohmic material

I have come across what seems a paradox -or at least an exotic conclusion- regarding current conduction in an ohmic material. It is well known that free charge density can only be zero on an ohmic ...
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What kinds of behavioural anomalies can a zero-field-cooled (ZFC) / field-cooled (FC) split indicate?

If a material shows a spiltting in the ZFC and FC curves, is it necessarily superparamagnetic, or could there be any other reason for the irreversibility? I have heard spin glasses also show ZFC-FC ...
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Ed Leedskalnin's “Perpetual Motion Holder” (PMH)

Edward Leedskalnin (Coral Castle) describes a perpetual motion holder in his writings. I've built one and pretty much know how it works (I think). It is NOT a perpetual motion device by any means, ...
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Understanding the relationship between electric energy and force

I'm trying to do the following problem: One of the three types of radioactive decay is "β decay", during which protons decay into neutrons or vice­versa, emitting either electrons (β­) or positrons ...
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What should the magnitude of the induced voltage on the 2nd loop of a transformer be?

I'm trying to understand transformers and am reading this site: Mutual inductance and basic operation I am a little confused about how to reason about the voltages involved in a transformer. Assume ...
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How could the effective electric dipole interaction be derived

In some papers (e.g. Bernreuther equation (1.4), The electric dipole moment of the electron) you can find the electric dipole interaction defined as $$L_I=-\frac i2 ...
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Work functions of ceramics

Is anyone aware of or know of a good source or means of estimating the work function of a ceramic material? Typically, work functions are given for pure elemental metals, rather than for compounds, ...
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Why can't I connection the anode of a battery to the cathode of an other battery and get a current flowing?

If I touch the anode of a battery or connect the anode the the cathode of an other battery, none (or rather: a very small current) flows between those two. If I instead connect the connect the anode ...
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How can a magnetic field accelerate particles if it cannot do work?

A varying magnetic field can accelerate charge particles, but it is said that a magnetic field can't do any work so it should be able to speed up charged particles, right? How is this apparent ...
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I need help with divergence and gradient? [on hold]

$$A_z = \mu{\frac{e^{-jBr}}{4\pi r}}∫I(z')e^{jBz'\cos\theta}dz'$$ Midway into my question, I want to compute: $$-j\left( \frac{\nabla(\nabla\cdot A) }{w\mu\varepsilon} \right).$$ Symbols like $ w, ...
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potential inside a cylindrical shell in terms of the surface potential?

Given a potential distribution $V(\phi)$ at the surface of an infinite cylindrical shell, is there an easy way to derive the potential inside the cylinder. No charges or currents anywhere.
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Negative power measurement of transformer short-circuit test. What happened?

I have a dissectible transformer, made up of two 120-turn coils. I connect a function generator to the primary side, set the AC voltage to be constantly 10V, and short circuit the secondary side. And ...
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electron trajectory in Bfield with energy kick at midpoint

So I wanted to get some second opinions on this situation I have thinking about.Lets say an electron enters, normally, a section of bfield that is perpendicular to its motion such that the electron ...
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Derivation of Faraday's law using Lorentz force?

For a stationary loop of wire with a time varying magnetic field $\vec{B}(t)$ through it. Is it possible to derive Faraday's law, using only the Lorentz force $$\vec{F}=q \vec v\times \vec B \tag ...
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can we reuse the motion of a dc motor to power an ac generator

My question is ,when we make a simple dc motor, cant we connect another circuit to the rotating coil and make another circuit for an ac generator
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Does magnetic monopole violate $U(1)$ gauge symmetry?

Does a magnetic monopole violate $U(1)$ gauge symmetry? In what sense and why? Insofar as I know, there are at least two types of magnetic monopoles. One is the Dirac monopole while the other is the ...
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Induction and electromagnetic fields

I've got a few questions on induction and electromagnetic fields. My current understanding of induction and electromagnetic fields is that, when electricity/current flows through a wire, it creates an ...
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Difference between Reed Relay, Reed Switch and Just a Relay? [on hold]

Whats the Difference between a Reed Relay and and Just a Relay, and How does it work.
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The propagation of electric field

In case of a charged particle which is travelling at a uniform velocity, the electric field due to it at a given point doesn't change instantaneously . The reason for this delay in change of electric ...
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Force acting on a polar molecule

What kind of force does act on a polar molecule? I mean, there must be a force that is acting on the molecule to keep the negative and positive centre away ( like in H2O). Why the positive and ...
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problem on electromagnetic induction and newtonian physics

Please imagine a solenoidal toroid (i.e. a donut shaped inductor) powered by an AC voltage source. It creates a changing magnetic field which is confined to the interior of the toroid (i.e. within the ...
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Electromagnetism and static electricity

What is the difference between electromagnetism and static electricity? Also electromagnetic waves are mediated by photons , what mediates static electricity?
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Earth's magnetic field and the equator

Suppose earth is like a bar magnet with the poles acting as N and S. If a charged particle from outer space heads towards the equator, why does it get travel around the field instead of the magnetic ...
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Why does light travel as waves? [duplicate]

Why does light travel as waves instead of say just a straight line? What are the forces that make a light photon travel in a wavelike pattern?
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Are electron fields and photon fields part of the same field in QED?

I know in classical field theory we have the electromagnetic field. And Maxwell's equations show how electromagnetic radiation can propagate through empty space. I also have been reading about QED ...
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Can electromagnetic fields be used to deconstruct and reconstruct molecular bonds?

I was thinking one day and came up with a theory after reading about how scientists were studying anti-matter by using electro magnetic fields to separate matter from the anti-matter they made. It got ...
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Predicting Polarity of capacitor in the given diagram

I have to determine the polarity of the Capacitor in the given diagram. I Approached the problem as follows: When Magnet 1 moves with its North pole towards the coil, emf is induced in the coil as ...
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ratio between conduction current and displacement current

First, recall that Maxwell displacement current for a plane wave is $$ \vec j_D = \epsilon \partial_t \vec E = \epsilon \partial_t (\vec E_o cos(\vec k \cdot \vec r - \omega t)) = \epsilon \omega ...
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Time-dependent electric and magnetic field between two point charges

I would like to get expressions for the time-dependent electric and magnetic fields in the region around two moving point particles. I can't see how this is possible. Clearly you can't use Gauss' Law ...
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Space between Gas molecules

We know gas molecules are in random motion. There is obviously space between gas molecules. But I doubt that it is not vacuum,because if it was vacuum then how would the propagation of sound through ...
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What are some open problems in classical electrodynamics? [duplicate]

I am about to finish reading 'Introduction to Electrodynamics' by David Griffiths. Throughout the textbook, Griffiths makes frequent references to current literature (mostly articles from American ...
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Current distribution on a dipole antenna

It is known that the current distribution on a thin dipole antenna is always sinusoidal: http://www.antenna-theory.com/antennas/dipole.php How can I prove this?
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How is the electromagnetic Lagrangian derived?

I've been studying from the book called "path integral formulation" by Feynman and Hibbs. In chapter 4, problem 4.2, they refer to the electromagnetic Lagrangian as: $$ L=\frac{1}{2} m \dot{x}^2+ ...
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If we put diamagnetic material under strong electromagnet.Would the opposing magnetic fields strong enough to attract ferromagnetic materials?

Suppose we put a diamagnetic material (such as Bismuth or Pyrolytic Carbon) under a strong magnet (see image below). It would create opposing magnetic fields. Would the opposing magnetic field be ...
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Whether Newton's 1st law is true to solitary electron or proton? [duplicate]

Newton's first law: "every body maintains a state of rest or uniform motion as long as the action of external forces will not force him to change this state." Whether this law is true to solitary ...
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Why doesn't my mobile phone pick up the electro-magnetic wave emitted by my water heater?

I admit my knowledge of physics is very little, but I did study topics on EM and stuff in school. I was reading about computer networks and I read about antennas and how they are just wires or strips ...
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Why is the force acting on a coil unchanging (motor effect?) [closed]

could some please explain why the upwards force acting on a coil remains constant, and whether back emf has an effect of the magnitude of the force? Thanks NOTE: this is not homework, I just want to ...
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Calculating the strength of an electromagnet with a closed magnetic circuit core

I am interested in calculating the magnetic field strength produced by an electromagnet with a core shaped like an O that forms a closed magnetic circuit, shown in the attached image that can also be ...
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Holding a photolithography mask (EUV litography) with magnets, to minimize deformation on the photomask?

Some background: what is this question about? On 20/11/2014, I visited the ASML Holding in the Netherlands, which is according to them, and according to Wikipedia: the largest supplier in the ...
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Accelerating an electron to a high speed

Suppose there are two vertical metal plates. They are separated apart by a small distance. While one is grounded, the other one has a potential of some $V$. Now suppose electrons are produced at the ...
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How eddy current brakes function

Take the following example: where a rectangular sheet of metal is entering a constant magnetic field at $v \dfrac{m}{s}$. Due to Faraday's law of induction + Lenz's law, we can state that an eddy ...
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Understanding magnetism [closed]

How much has been magnetism understood with the present knowledge of Science? of what I read they have discovered the magnetism particles are virtual photons.How do these photons work to attract or ...
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Effect of iron rod on an inductor

When a iron rod is inserted in the inductor coil a circuit containing a bulb and an inductor .how is the brightness affected→ 1. When emf source is AC 2. When emf source is DC
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What is the charge distribution on inner walls of arbitrary cavity of a spherical metallic shell with charge present in it?

Consider a spherical metallic shell with a cavity and a charge $q$ present inside. The field at outside points will be as if charge was placed at the center of the shell.That means the field due to ...