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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Does displacement current occur in an inductor?

We have learned in school that displacement current comes about due to a change in electric field flux per time in a capacitor (Ampere-Maxwell Law). Does the same displacement current come about in an ...
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Solution of the wave equation

The solution of the wave equation \begin{equation} \frac{d^2y(x)}{dx^2}+k^2 \left(1+\eta(x)\right) y(x)=0 \end{equation} Can be found by using the Green function method as \begin{equation} y(x)=c_1 ...
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If a charge needs potential difference to move

Let's consider a circuit with a ideal source of emf and a resistor. Consider the segment of wire that connects emf with resistor. If we measure potential difference at any point of the wire, this will ...
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Voltage induced in coil

Okay, so I have two coils. A ring of radius $R$ is stationary at origin. A coil of $N$ turns and area $A$ carries current $I$ and is moving along the $x$ axis such that $x = x_0 + cos(\omega t)$. ...
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2 level atomic system interacting with Black body radiation. Relaxation time issue

I am studying the transient regime of a 2 level atomic system (N1,N2) interacting with a blackbody radiation from a source at constant temperature Tnr. The initial state of the atomic system is ...
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Can you create a powerful magnetic field out of confined circulating electrons only?

Would it be possible, regardless of how efficient it was to do something like this, or why you would actually do it, to generate a really powerful magnetic field simply by producing a cycling electric ...
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Wouldn't $D = \epsilon E$ mean that a higher permittivity constant gives a higher electric flux? (And what exactly is the displacement field?)

A quote from the Wikipedia page for Permittivity: More electric flux exists in a medium with a low permittivity (per unit charge) because of polarization effects. This makes sense to me. My ...
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Does ratio of magnetic length to geometric length of a bar magnet always remain the same?

The magnetic length of a bar magnet is nearly 0.84 times that of the geometric length(Physical length), which looks quite valid. What would happen if I cut the same bar magnet along the transverse ...
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Pulling a bar through a magnetic field

This is a question on magnetic flux and induced voltage. I believe that this problem's answer key is incorrect, and I want to determine whether my opinion is sound. I also want to explore one ...
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Can a(n electro)magnetic field be amplified to overcome the residual strong force between protons-neutrons in a nucleus?

My knowledge of physics is cursory at best, I never studied it in high school but I enjoy reading about it as a layperson, especially the posts here on PSE. I don't understand any of the complex math ...
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What is the most general form for a plane wave?

In the context of electromagnetism, what is the most general form of a plane wave. My suggestion is: $$E=\sum_i{\vec E_ie^{i(\omega t+\vec k \cdot \vec r+\phi_i)}}$$ where $\vec E_i$ are constant ...
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Reflected and refracted light have same frequency as that of the incident light frequency. Why?

My text book says- When a monochromatic light is incident on a surface separating two media, the refracted and reflected light both have the same frequency as the incident frequency. Can anyone ...
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Is it possible to make an electromagnet w 2 like ends?

HELP! Is it possible to create an electromagnet with one continuous wire with 2 like poles (i.e. both ends either north or south)?. Visualising it with the right hand screw rule for current ...
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Is the screen in CRT connected with a positive pole?

I don't understand this passage would you clarify it? "These electrons are then freed (liberated) from the metal and are then picked up by the screen, which is connected to a positive pole called the ...
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Gauge invariance and non-commuting second derivatives

I'm currently doing a homework assignment in relativistic quantum mechanics, and one of the problems involves proving the gauge invariance of a particular lagrangian. The problem is really quite ...
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Where is the energy stored in an inductor?

In an inductor, Most text books say that the $(1/2)Li^2$ is stored in the magnetic field. But is there another way to explain this? In a capacitor I understand that all the energy that the battery ...
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Mie's scattering Theory Problem

Is Mie's theory which describes the scattering of EM wave off sphere , possible to extend to spheroidal ? object or arbitrary shape with finite series expression ? I tried to replace the radial ...
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Dipole moment of a specific charge distribution

A negative charge cloud distribute as a ellipsoid and a positive point charge situated at the centre of the ellipsoid.What should be the dipole moment of charge distribution.I mean, if the negative ...
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Wireless energy flow through earths magnetic field

Seeing that technologies such as that developed by WItricity are based on magnetic fields, is it possible to transfer electricity that way through earths magnetic field?
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Show that the current in a cylindrical conductor is uniformly distributed across it's cross section

Using relevant equations for E and J, show that the current in a steady current I in a cylindrical conductor with uniform conductivity $\sigma$ is uniformly distributed across its cross-section. I ...
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Is it possible to write the Lorentz oscillator model using Green's functions concepts?

Is it possible to write: $$\lim_{\gamma_j\rightarrow0}Im\left(\frac{1}{\omega_j^2 - \omega^2 - i\omega \gamma_j}\right)$$ which occurs, for example, in the Drude-Lorentz oscillator model for ...
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What is the transfer function in fft beam propagation for unpolarized light?

What is the transfer function in fft beam propagation for unpolarized light ? How to construct the fft beam propagation ? This is for homework. For coherent light the beam propagation is E(x,z) ...
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Biological Signal Extraction Methods

EEG / MEG Back in 1929 Hans Berger recorded the first electrical potential variations in the brain from the scalp. Great advances have been made in this science since discover, with many scientists ...
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Doppler shift and special relativity

I have been listening to an audio course on Special Relativity. In the course the teacher repeatedly says that the "laws of physics are equally valid for all uniformly moving frames of reference". ...
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Electric field 0 everywhere inside Gaussian surface

Gauss's Law shows that the electric field everywhere inside a spherical shell of uniform charge density is $0$. Suppose we have a surface which divides space into two disjoint regions (an interior and ...
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How Electromagnetic Force is stronger than Gravitational Force [duplicate]

I had read this in text book..Can some explain this. When we hold a book in our hand, we are balancing the gravitational force on the book due to the huge mass of the earth by the 'normal force' ...
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Does the strength of a beam of light determine how much distance it can travel?

If I point a light torch to a cloudless, crystal clear and an absolutely pristine sky, will the light beam exit the planet and travel forever in the vacuum of space? (assuming it doesn't get perturbed ...
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Energy conservation of permanent magnets engine

How to explain the fact that magnet can attract an object (apply a work W) without losing a (significant) part of its internal energy? How to apply the energy conservation principle? Please think to ...
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How to derive De Haas–van Alphen effect?

I was reading Solid State Physics by Kittel and they manage to derive De Haas–van Alphen effect by invoking the Bohr-Sommerfeld model. This feels unsatisfactory to me. Can someone derive this using ...
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How do you show that the normal derivative of the magnetic vector potential is discontinous across a surface current?

This is from Griffith's "Introduction to Electrodynamics" 4th edition, problem 5.33. I need to show that $$ \tag 1 \frac{\partial \textbf{A}_{above}}{\partial n}-\frac{\partial ...
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Faraday's electromagnetic induction

Does the emf increase when no of turns of the same wire increased? Consider a wire of length 'l' is coiled with an area of cross section 'A' is subjected to a change in magnetic flux. an emf will be ...
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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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How to calculate the magnitude of the induced emf in self-inductance and mutual inductance cases?

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/insulators

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? [closed]

$$A_z = \mu{\frac{e^{-jBr}}{4\pi r}}∫I(z')e^{jBz'\cos\theta}dz'$$ 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 ...