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 field at a point on the axis of a solenoid

I am working on solving the problem stated in this image: I understand almost everything about this problem. I solved for the magnetic field along the axis of a circular loop, and now I need to ...
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Aharonov-Bohm experiment: A possible way to understand potentials?

I'm posting this question as a function of an another question I found here: What is potential energy truly? The answer of WetSavannaAnimal aka Rod Vance. As I understand the hole point is to see ...
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Flux Linkage Inside of a Conductor

Can someone explain to me why the flux linkage inside of a conductor is dependent on the cross sectional area of the conductor? My book says that d$\lambda$=$\frac{x^2}{r^2}$$\phi$. Where $\phi$ ...
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Hydrogen atom Ionization by Magnetic Field

The source of a magnetic field (it could be a magnetic dipole) is moving at relativistic speed. This magnetic field encounters a hydrogen atom at rest with respect to the source. Will this encounter ...
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Radiation pressure (Jackson exercise)

Here's an exercise from Jackson: A plane wave is incident normally on a perfectly absorbing flat screen. From the law of conservation of linear momentum show that the pressure exerted from the ...
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Show that a solenoidal field is always a curl of a vector field

Can someone prove that: $$\nabla \cdot \mathbf{B} = 0 \implies \mathbf{B} = \nabla \times \mathbf{A}~?$$ I know that $$\nabla \cdot (\nabla \times \mathbf{A}) = 0$$ identically. But can one prove ...
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An equation for any charge distribution in a constant external electric field. Is it correct?

Is the equation (torque, $\tau = p \times E$) correct for any kind of charge distribution? (E is an external constant electric field.) If so, why? Will somebody prove it to me? I'm only sure of its ...
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Was Nikola Tesla right about his ether theory?

There are a lot of articles on the net that mention Nikola Tesla's ether (aether) theories (like this). Was there any truth to this idea of his ? Why was it rejected by the scientific community ? Did ...
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Effect of a magnetic field on a current carrying wire

When a magnetic field is applied perpendicular to a current carrying wire, a Lorentz force $$\mathrm{\vec{F}=i(\vec{L}\times\vec{B})}$$ acts on the conducting wire. Of course the applied magnetic ...
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Time changing potential gives rise to “force”?

Imagine a charged particle inside a Faraday cage (i.e. charge on outside, zero electric field inside, but non-zero electric potential on the inside). Suppose the charge distributed on the outside of ...
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Electrodynamic near fields around black holes

For the standard Schwarzschild black hole, the temperature of Hawking radiation is simply related to the Schwarzschild radius as $kT = \hbar c/(4\pi r_S)$, meaning that the typical wavelength of ...
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Does the Lorentz force law explain Flemings left hand motor rule and the right hand dynamo rule?

the Lorentz force on a charged particle $F=qv \times B$ can explain Flemings left hand rule (motor rule) and the right hand (dynamo rule) In the left hand rule, the direction of the current gives ...
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Poynting vector from 1st term in Lienard-Wiechert field

I start with 1st (non-radiative) term from Lienard-Wiechert fields: $$ \vec{E} = q (1-v^2) \frac{\vec{R_{t'}} - \vec{v}R_{t'}}{(R_{t'} - \vec{v}\vec{R_{t'}})^3} $$ $$ \vec{H} = - q (1-v^2) ...
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Why doesn't light, which travels faster than sound, produce a sonic boom?

I know that when an object exceeds the speed of sound ($340$ m/s) a sonic boom is produced. Light which travels at $300,000,000$ m/s, much more than the speed of sound but doesn't produce a sonic ...
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How do you find current in this electromagnetic induction problem? [on hold]

I'm a bit lost on this. I'm given bfield strength, a velocity, and a length, and also resistance. However, I have no idea how to use any of those variables to find a current.
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Concerning railguns and magnetic fields

I'm part of a group working on a Physics II project based on electromagnetism, and my group decided to create a proof-of-concept railgun, shown here: ...
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Physical meaning of the separation constants in Laplace's Equation for Electrostatics

In Electrostatics, if we consider a region without charges the electrostatic potential $V$ obeys Laplace's Equation $\nabla^2 V = 0$. We can tackle this with separation of variables. In cartesian ...
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What are the general rules for determine on which two ends of a bar magnetic are its poles located?

I am wondering. Maybe somebody be nice enough to put a explanation that doesn't involve too much math. I did notice that for bar magnets, their poles are not always on the two ends separated by the ...
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From Liénard-Wiechert to Feynman potential expression

When studying the potential of an uniformly moving charge in vacuum, Feynman proposes to apply a Lorentz transformation on the Coulomb potential, which reads in the rest frame $ \phi'(\mathbf r',t') ...
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Motional emf with rod

We know that $\mathcal{E} = -N \frac{\mathrm{d}\phi}{\mathrm{d}t}$. When we have a rod such as the one on the left moving through a constant magnetic field, how is it the case that the flux is ...
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Is there a magnetic force affecting point charges outside of a toroidal coil with sinusoidal current?

To clarify my question a bit more, if we have a toroidal coil with sinusoidal current flowing through wires around the core of the toroid, is there a magnetic force that affects charges outside of the ...
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How do I obtain the metric tensor of a constant electric or magnetic field? [on hold]

Consider the empty space with a constant magnetic or electric field. From the Faraday or the Maxwell tensor that describes this situation, how do I obtain its metric tensor? I could try the Einstein ...
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Maxwell's equations invariant under all linear transformations?

Maxwell's equations in tensor notation read: \begin{align} \partial_\mu F^{\mu\nu} &= J^\nu \\ \partial_{[\lambda}F_{\mu\nu]} &= 0 \end{align} Consider doing a general coordinate ...
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MRI and precession

A lot of explanations of the quantum mechanics of MRI discuss the precession of a proton in an external magnetic field, for example here: http://www.physicscentral.com/explore/action/mri.cfm Doing ...
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Why do we feel hot because of sunlight? [on hold]

sunlight , light generally , is an electromagnetic wave which turns into heat when it contacts a matter (solid,liquid,etc..) is that right ?
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why do electromagnetic waves have no charge?

i would have thought that because the electric and magnetic fields oscillate, the charge could be positive or negative between 0 and 1 inclusive at any one point in time. i cannot see any explanation ...
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langevin theory of diamagnetism

According to langevin diamagnetic theory when an electron orbiting the nucleus is subjected to an uniform external magnetic field (say perpendicular to plane of orbit) then the angular frequency of ...
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Shouldn't the currents be time-continuous here?

My intuition is that the current upon an inductor (say, a solenoid) will always be time-continuous, without "sudden changes". But below is a case that seemingly contradicts this point of view. There ...
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What makes waves propagate?

Why do electromagnetic waves propagate? I have searched a lot about EM waves, but I am still unable to understand what is driving them. Could you explain?
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Relation between frequency, speed, and coverage range

From http://superuser.com/a/901075/9265 about wireless network: Higher frequency signals degrade over shorter distances, but can carry data more quickly. I wonder what theorem/theory in Physics ...
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Electromagnetic wave reflection [on hold]

Is there any Rf reflector(In Practical) with attenuation greater than -120 dB? I have searched for a Rf reflector with attenuation of -100 dB(MAC 2200) but now i need a reflector with attenuation ...
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Gaussian cgs units [on hold]

Gaussian representation of Electric charge in M L T does not prove that charge is a fundamental quantity. He also says in cgs says that Permittivity of free space is dimensionless. Is he right?
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Question regarding charge and acceleration

From a stationary charge electrostatic fields arise. From a moving charge, magnetostatic fields arise. From an accelerating charge, EM waves arise. So i wonder -- what about a non-constantly ...
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Special relativity, electromagnetic fields, charge and Q

Is it true, were Coulomb's constant k to be several orders of magnitude smaller, that there would be no (or increasingly negligible) magnetic fields generated by moving charges? The reason being the ...
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Current direction and magnetism

So using the right hand rule, I understand current is clockwise. Because I read the magnetic field emerges from the north pole, I thought the answer was a, that the north pole is on the top. But the ...
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What does it mean that a magnetic field's flux vanishes through any closed surface?

I'm reading the Britannica guide to Electricity and Magnetism, and I came across the following quote: A fundamental property of a magnetic field is that its flux through any closed surface ...
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A current through a wire produces a magnetic field around it. Is the reverse possible?

If somehow a magnetic field around a wire can be made to exist that is identical to the magnetic field produced when a current passes through the wire, will a current be produced in the wire?A thought ...
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When does $\mathbf n\times(\nabla V_2-\nabla V_1)=0$ imply $V_1=V_2$

I was reading a paper on electrohydrodynamics which has the following sentence (in my own words): At the interface/boundary, the requirement of continuity of the tangential component of the ...
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Neutral $K$ and $B$ mesons decay to 2 photons?

The neutral pion $\pi^0$ decays almost exclusively to 2 photons, $\pi^0 \rightarrow \gamma \gamma$, which got me thinking: Can we have $K^0 \rightarrow \gamma \gamma$ and $B^0 \rightarrow \gamma ...
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Is there no electric field inside a conductor?

I came across this statement while studying electric currents and I am confused: "There is no electric field inside a conductor. Hence no current can flow through it". Is there a fallacy in this ...
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Eddy currents are out of phase with respect to the field generated by a coil?

I have a coil from which a sinusoidal current (low frequency, few kHz) should generate a precise AC magnetic field in the surrounding space. Another coil intercepts this field and the corresponding ...
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Superconductivity induced by magnetic flux or temperature fluctuations (+/-)

Does anyone know of an experiment with magnetic flux rotations that can make a difference in local temperature? I would really appreciate it, I need it for my theoretical model of some things and ...
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Magnets quantum locking/levitating [duplicate]

How does cooling a magnet allow it to quantum lock/levitate? I have seen it in videos but do not know how it works.
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Are magnetic field lines level sets?

I have been learning a bit about level sets. After doing this, I looked at a diagram of magnetic field lines and noticed they don't intersect rather like the lines on closed curve level sets. My ...
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Why does a voltmeter give a positive reading for a path in the same direction as the electric field?

Straight from my textbook: If the direction of the path from initial location to final location is the same as the direction of the electric field, the potential difference is negative. Yet a ...
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In a noiseless environment, how accurate do today's transmitters send EM waves?

Suppose that there is no external noise in the environment. How accurate are today's TEM wave transmitters in such a case? So if we want to send $200\cos(1000\pi t)$, can transmitters send exactly ...
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Charge of a moving particle [duplicate]

Is there an experiment that measures the electric charge of a moving particle, therefore proving "experimentally" that it is indeed the same as a static particle?
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The force on the northern hemisphere

I am reading Griffiths' Introduction to Electrodynamics. On page 364, example 8.2 (4th edition), he calculates the force on the northern hemisphere of a ball with total charge $Q$ spread uniformly. ...
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Induced electric field

Let's consider a thin cylinder of radius $r$ with a charge in is outer surface. It is made of an isolator. Let the magnetic field be parallel to its axis. If the magnetic field changed by $dB$ in time ...