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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Calculate characteristic frequency from atomic polarizability

With Lorentz model, the plasma frequency can be calculated from electron density $$\omega_p=\sqrt\frac{4\pi N e^2}{3m}$$ But I also found in this paper that it could also be calculated from atomic ...
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understanding magnetic dipole moment and torque

I would like yo know if I understand things correctly: Magnetic moment, which is a constant value for a solenoid or magnetic dipole, determines the torque it will experience in a magnetic field. (I ...
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What is the typical strength of the electric field in a particle accelerator?

I am working on a research project involving the closed orbits of hydrogen in the presence of an external electric field and I am curious what a reasonable approximation for the electric field ...
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Relativistic Lorentz Force with constant, perpendiuclar, and uniform E and B fields

I am trying to solve the following problem from the Fundamentals of Plasma Physics by Bittencourt (Problem 2.7): Analyze the motion of a relativistic charged particle in the presence of crossed ...
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A force in a homogeneous magnetic field

Semi infinite parallel conductors, while on them without friction slides a crossbar . Perpendicular the plane of the conductors is a homogeneous magnetic field. To what extent of force we must act on ...
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What can change a photon's frequency?

I found this question: Is it possible to apply force to a light particle? As it states, gravity can change the frequency of light by changing its momentum. My question regards other phenomena that ...
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Current and current density

Current, $I$, is generalised as: $I=\iint_{A}^{} \vec{J}. d\vec{A}$. I know that current density always points in the direction of flow of positive charge. I wonder if the infinitesimal element, ...
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What exactly happens in an electric circuit?

After reading chapters on Electrostatics, I have been having lots of problems in understanding current electricity.I will be trying to tell what my problems are by telling what I already know.Please ...
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Why are cereals attracted by a magnet?

Many cereals (from the supermarket) are attracted by a magnet. This can be seen by crushing the cereals into a very fine powder and approaching a strong magnet. The usual explanation is that cereals ...
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Lorentz force Law

I want to ask a fundamental question about Lorentz force equation. Why is it important to incorporate both electric and magnetic forces into one single expression? I know magnetism is electricity's ...
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Constant charge density and magnetic field

Suppose we have an arbitrary number of point charges in a vacuum, described by a constant charge density $\rho$. Can they be the sources of a magnetic field $\mathbf{B}$? My intuition is that they ...
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Question about Gauss' law and dipoles

I've got a question about dipoles and Gauss' law: Consider an electric dipole $p=ql$ in free space, centred at the origin of a Cartesian reference frame. Using Gauss’s Law, discuss if the electric ...
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Technical question about 2-forms

A technical question about the electromagnetic tensor, but before that, it is know if, say, instead of being $$F_{\mu\nu}=\partial_{\mu}A_{\nu} - \partial_{\nu}A_{\mu}$$it were ...
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Why do magnets vibrate near an AC source?

Why do they vibrate and simply not get pulled closer or further from the source of emf? This may be related to the shape, but if I take a small N45 disc magnet and put it near an electrical ...
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What is the speed of the charge in this setup of spherical conductors? [on hold]

Two concentric spherical conductors respectively have radius $r_1 = 0.145\ \mathrm{m}$ and $r_2 = 0.207\ \mathrm{m}$. The inner sphere carries a charge of $-6.00 \cdot 10^{-8}\ \mathrm{C}$ . An ...
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Reflectivity of Metals - real and imaginary part of k-vector and complex dielectric function

De electric field component of an electromagnetic wave that is traveling in the $x$-direction is given as $$E(x,t) = E_0 e^{i(kx - \omega t)} $$ with $E_0$ the amplitude and $k$ the wave vector. From ...
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Semi infinite parallel conductors [on hold]

Semi infinite parallel conductors separated by a distance of 0.5 m are at the endpoints associated with the resistance R = 4, while according to the two without friction slides bar by weight: 0.1 kg ...
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The approximation of the potential field of a half wave dipole antenna

I'm currently deriving an approximation of the potential field of an dipole antenna in the far-field in two dimensions, and I have some troubles. Since using two methods give two different answers. ...
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Influence of spacetime curvature on electromagnetic wave propagation [duplicate]

Classical physics assumes that spacetime is evenly distributed in the sense that Coulomb's Law predicts that a charged particle will create a spherically symmetric electric field around its location. ...
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Holding magnet near CRT monitor damages the screen?

Few days ago I tried keeping my magnet in front of my CRT monitor screen and it was showing some cool effects like showing so many different color but then when I removed it ,that blurr effect was ...
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Amplitude of electric field produced by satellite dish [on hold]

A telecommunications satellite is in geostationary orbit and it has a 1 m transmitting dish optimised for coverage of Europe. If the output power from this dish is 100 W, very roughly estimate the ...
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Calculating work needed to move a charge between plates of an uncharged capacitor [on hold]

My first guess was zero work because there's no electric field(I think). E.g. a parallel-plate capacitor $4.9 cm$ on a side, spaced $1.0mm$. The work needed to move $6.8\mu C$ seems to be $1.1J$ And ...
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What does it mean for $\vec E \in C^3$ [on hold]

What is this $C^3$ and why is $\vec E$ an element of C^3?
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Finding the magnetic field [on hold]

A mechanical pendulum is made of a metal rod, one end of which is attached to a string. The mass of the rod is $m$ and the string length is $l$. The oscillation period of the thus obtained pendulum ...
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from control torque to magnetic moment

I am designing a system which generates a magnetic field to make itself move in space (a cubesat with magnetorquers). This magnetic field is known as the magnetic control torque, i.e. it will torque ...
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How can electric field accelerate fog dissipation?

I should emphasize that I view the problem as a 'research' rather than a 'textbook' level. However, as I am almost unfamiliar with the subject it may be that the answer is elementary and well-known. ...
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Magnetic field size from electric field [on hold]

An electric charge oscillates about the origin along the y axis. A distant observer is located at a point on the +z axis. You observe the wave from a given location and find that at a given ...
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How can I tell apart the composition of my soft ferrites

I have an assorted bunch of soft ferrites. I need to know which ones are MnZn and which ones are NiZn, so I can sort them for usage at different frequencies.
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What are the proposed theoretical explanations for the EmDrive?

The EmDrive is a proposed propulsion mechanism for spacecraft in which some form of microwave device provides the propulsion. The consensus from the physics community, including many voices on this ...
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Potential difference inside charge distributions

Always when I think about potential difference inside a symmetrical charge distribution, I think of it being equal to zero because it's dependent on the field and I imagine the directions of each of ...
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Net force between two Electromagnets considering Back EMF [on hold]

First this Q might be trivial thus apologies. Consider two bar electromagnets that can simulate bar magnets M1 and M2, placed end to end at distance D apart (North Pole of M1 facing South Pole of ...
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Magnetic field due to long current carrying conductor at a point near its end [duplicate]

How can one show that the magnetic field due to an infinite long current carrying conductor (length a) at a point near its end is given by $$B = \frac{\mu_0I}{4\pi a}$$ using Ampere's Circuital ...
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Why is emf 0 for coil rotating in field?

Say you have a coil (that can carry a current) rotating in the field between two magnets. When the area of the coil is perpendicular to the field lines the emf induced in the coil is 0, why is this?
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What is the electric field inside a hollow sphere?

If you have a conducting hollow sphere with a uniform charge on its surface, then will the electric field at every point inside the shell be 0. The reason the electric field is 0 at the center is ...
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Phase added on reflection at a beam splitter?

If we have light of a particular phase that is indecent on a beam splitter, I assume the transmitted beam undergo's no phase change. But I thought that the reflected beam would undergo a phase change ...
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What subtopics should I read in order to understand practical electromagnetism? [closed]

I apologize if this question might be not exactly on-topic here. But it seems related enough, and I found no better place to ask. I'm a student that is fairly behind in his course. I have already ...
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Density of polarisation charge is zero always for linear isotropic homogeneous dielectrics?

It seems to me that the volumetric density of polarisation charge in a linear homogeneous isotropic dielectric in an external field is always zero, but I find this rather surprising. Consider such ...
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Flux due to a charge placed just outside the vertex of a cube [duplicate]

There was a solved example in my book on Gauss's Law. The question says that there is a charge q placed at a distance d outside one of the vertices of a cube such that d tends to 0.My objective is to ...
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About the non-physicallity of the scalar derivatives of potentials in Lorenz qauge and longitudinal EM waves [closed]

First, I'm quoting from a 13 page article: "Within the framework of Classical Electrodynamics (CED) it is common practice to choose freely an arbitrary gauge condition with respect to a gauge ...
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How long does it take a magnet to lose its magnetization? [duplicate]

As we all know, a magnet has some magnetization that lets it attract other ferromagnetic materials but I was wondering how long it takes to lose this magnetization? Is it even possible or not?
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How do I calculate the energy flux for this toroid?

My question is how do i calculate the total energy flux through the walls of the torus in this situation? The Poynting flux is given by $\vec{N} = \frac{1}{\mu} ( \vec{E} \times \vec{B})$ but the ...
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What about the Electric energy density of the toroid?

But what about $U_{E}$, the electric field energy density?
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Current Density Boundary Conditions and its Implications

According to Ohm's Law, one can say $ \overline{J} =\sigma \overline{E} $ if the field is in a conductor, and $ \overline{J} =0 $ if it's in empty space. Now if we take the surface of a conductor and ...
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Why is the Meissner effect not used for levitation in MagLev trains?

The Meissner effect does not seem to be used as primary source of levitation in MagLev trains, instead, electromagnetic and electrodynamic syspension are mainly used. Why is this? Could it be that the ...
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Are the EM waves that result from each of these processes distinguishable? Phase of light upon emission

In case 1, you have a single source of light that you pass through a diagonally oriented linear polarizer and then a half waveplate, such that the horizontal and vertical components become $\pi$ out ...
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Can a magnet lose its strength over time? Especially when repulsive magnets are around? [duplicate]

I was thinking of hanging delicate art glass pieces separated by opposing magnets on walls simply using the power of magnets. I was wondering will the opposite poles have any effect on the strength of ...
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Is it possible to focus an electromagnetic field such as an aura into a stream of pure energy? [closed]

Is it possible to focus an electromagnetic field such as an aura into a stream of pure energy? http://www.biofieldglobal.org/what-is-human-aura.html
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Is it possible for two polarizable bodies to induce dipoles in each other in the absence of an external electric field?

If there exist two initially neutral bodies (say atoms) some distance apart, with no external electric field applied, can they induce dipoles within each other?
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Does the equation CV = q break down when V is small or a wire is very long?

I'm trying to understand how the equation $CV=q$ relating the voltage difference and charge stored on a charged capacitor breaks down under extreme circumstances. In most problem statements that I'm ...