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 are electromagnetic waves not able to pass through a hole with a diameter smaller than the wavelength?

I am doing research on Faraday cages for school, and I want to know how it works. Faraday cages can have holes in them, and if the diameter is smaller than the wavelength of waves you want to block, ...
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Exact formula in simplest terms for Magnetic field at a point outside a solenoid

I need the COMPLETE formula for magnetic field outside the solenoid. So the situation I am stuck in is I have to solve this question: The magnetic field at the centre of coil of $n$ turns, bent in ...
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How do we know that time dilation applies to objects other than light?

Here is a traditional derivation of time dilation: There's a train with a lamp in the ceiling, moving at velocity v with respect to an observer. In the frame of the observer, the path taken by the ...
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Far Field Diffraction of EM waves: what does the zero frequency signify?

If you have a system of independently radiating electrons/point-charges, the far field distribution of the EM waves can be approximated by the fraunhoffer diffraction integral, or simply by the ...
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Why is the Luminiferous aether theory wrong? [on hold]

I saw on this page about the constant speed of light that there are two ways of interpreting this constant speed: General relativity The Luminiferous aether theory I understand why the theory of ...
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A few questions related to Magnetic fields [on hold]

Before starting the question, I would like to say that these questions might be easy to solve, the concepts required may be simple, but I did not understand how to do these questions, and so I am ...
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Resemblance between Coriolis force and magnetic part of Lorentz force

If we interchange velocity with charge and omega that is rotation of a system with $B$, magnetic field, we get the same thing. Is there any deeper meaning to this same mathematical form?
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How electromagnetic fields travel through vacuum?

How electromagnetic fields travel through vacuum is it right to say that they propagate or travel? do they alternately form each other by charged particles?
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Motion in a Paul trap: $2n$th harmonic with larger amplitude than $n$th harmonic

Using a Paul trap, we captured the motion of a light charged particle (based on a rotating potential applied by AC current). Our rotational frequency was 50 Hz, and so when used FFT on the data, we ...
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What are the boundary conditions for EM waves normally incident on the interface between two dielectric media?

An EM wave, amplitude $E_0$, frequency $\omega_0$, is incident upon a material with relative permittivity (dielectric function) $$\varepsilon \left( z \right) = \left\{ \begin{gathered}{\varepsilon ...
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Electrons and Magnetism

Electron at rest generates Electric field. Electron moving without acceleration produces electric and magnetic field. Electron moving with acceleration produces electromagnetic waves. Please explain ...
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Back EMF & Current, how can we make I stable?

Lets assume we have a wire that has $10V$ across and $1$ $Amp$ flowing, now if this conductor is introduced to a changing magnetic field, $-EMF$ is induced, can we control our voltage to increase it ...
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Understanding Poynting's Theorem intuitively

I understand that, broadly speaking, Poynting's theorem is a statement of conservation of energy. Energy density of a volume of current and charge decreases proportionally to work done on charges ...
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Possible dangers of power lines radiation, wi-fi and gsm technology [on hold]

I'd like to know more about the topic mentioned in the title. I have 3 questions. I'd be happy to hear your thoughts on any of those. So if high voltage power lines can cause harm to a human in some ...
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In the Pound-Rebka experiment, does light lose energy?

In the Pound–Rebka experiment the redshift / blueshift of photons is measured in small distances. This experiment one explain by the influence of gravitational field on the photon: "When the photon ...
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Wave guide boundary conditions

Why only the normal component of Electric field and the parallel component of Magnetic field exist at the surface of a wave guide or any conductor?
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“And God said…and there was light.” What does these equations mean? [duplicate]

Today while I was on the Internet I came across an interesting picture, that caught my eye. It's : I don't have to explain why this picture seems interesting to someone who knows the meaning and ...
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Calculating the magnetic field from rectangular conductor?

I want to apply the Biot-Savart law to calculate the magnetic field at a point created by current flowing through a square/rectangular conductor. More specifically, a trace on a printed circuit board. ...
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Boundary conditions on current carrying wire

I'm trying to simulate by finite elements method Maxwell equations for a current carrying wire. My 3d geometry consists of a cylinder and a box containing it. I will use a mixed formulation and ...
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Why is there a voltage drop across a superconducting inductor?

If there is no electric field inside a perfect conductor, then why is there a potential difference across an (superconducting) inductor?
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Landau levels. Gauge symmetry

If we try to find wave function for different vector potential, we will get wave functions, that do not have the same probability at any point( $|\psi_{E,p_y,p_z}|^2 \neq |\psi_{E,p_x,p_z}|^2)$ For ...
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close or open circuit?

A electric source provides a non electrostatic influence on the charges inside the source which pushes the positive charges from the negative terminal to the positive one. Does this happen when the ...
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How can Drift Velocity of an electron causes change?

Assume we have a conductor that has current flowing and its placed in a magnetic field so that it experiences the Lorentz force, and it gains Kinetic energy due to that force. Would drift velocity ...
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Where does the permittivity of free space constant come from

Does anyone know why the permittivity of free space is defined as: $\epsilon_0 = \frac{1}{\mu_0 c^2}$ ?
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How much does the magnetic force change in a solenoid with the distance between turns?

I was looking for answer in my physics book and in Internet but not. I guess that more distance should be an smaller magnetic field but I do not know how much.
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Drift Speed and Current in Two Different Inertial Frames

We have a long, cylindrical wire carrying a constant current I in an inertial frame. At a distance of R from the center of the wire, the magnitude of magnetic field is $μI/2πR$. What is the magnitude ...
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Is there a strong force analog to magnetic fields?

In special relativity, magnetism can be re-interpreted as an aspect of how electric charges interact when viewed from different inertial frames. Color charge is more complex than electric charge, but ...
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What is the area in Faraday's law if we have only a piece of metal moving in a magnetic field?

If a piece of metal of length $l$ is moving with a speed $v$ in a region where there is a uniform magnetic field $B$ perpendicular to it, there will be a potential difference across its terminals ...
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How to simulate 2 AC electrodes putting into a pool in Maxwell3D (ANSOFT)? [on hold]

I am using Ansoft Maxwell3D to simulate the magnetic field produced by an AC current flowing through a water channel. Suppose i have 2 AC electrodes putting at two ends of a water channel or a pool ...
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How to compute speed without knowing mass or charge values?

A gold nucleus is $460$ fm ($1$ $fm = 10^{(-15)} m$) from a proton, which initially is at rest. When the proton is released, it speeds away because of the repulsion that it experiences due to the ...
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Biot-Savart for current carrying wire

A homework question has made me doubt my understanding of the application of the Biot-Savart law. Question: The magnetic field 43.0 cm away from a long, straight wire carrying current 5.00 A is ...
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Equation of Trajectory [on hold]

I was reading about Lorentz force law and motion of a charged particle under Electric field or magnetic field and I understood how they move in it. But as I was moving further I came across the ...
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Torque per unit length on infinite rotating charged cylinder

For homework I have the following question, but I am stuck on finding the torque on the cylinder. An infinite cylinder of radius $R$ carries a uniform surface charge $\sigma$. We start rotating the ...
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If we have a current $I$ flowing down a wire, why must the net bound current be zero?

Say we are dealing with a wire that has a current $I$ flowing through it, i.e. $I$ is the free current. Why must it then hold that the net bound current, that is, the bound volume current, $J_b$, and ...
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Determining the minimum pull force of a magnet required to hold it in place

If I place a magnet on the underside of a metal object so that it is held there by its attraction to the metal, how can I determine the minimum pull force the magnet needs to have in order to keep it ...
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Different frequencies working together

How do the different waves of EM spectrum present in the environment not interfere with each other? If they do, how does everything work properly? The radio waves of mobile phones and wi-fi work ...
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For AC current is it better to have a solid or a strandled wire?

For alternating current in wires there are two effects that make energy losses (increase effective resistance): Skin effect which comes since alternating current produces alternating magnetic field ...
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Difference between spin and polarization of a photon

I understand how one associates the spin of a quantum particle, e.g. of a photon, with intrinsic angular momentum. And in electromagnetism I have always understood the polarization of an EM wave as ...
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Electromagnetic reaction force?

The classical (retarded) Lienard-Wiechert scalar and vector potentials describe the electromagnetic field due to an arbitrarily moving electric point charge. Thus given the motion of electron $A$ one ...
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How can a magnet have a greater magnetic field strength than a bigger, heavier and more powerful magnet made of the exact same material?

Here are some informations I found on the magnetic field strength (also called "magnetic flux density" or "magnetic induction", commonly denoted as B and expressed in tesla or in gauss) of an average ...
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How does the magnetic field gain energy through the induced non-conservative electric field?

This is a further question derived from this question about storing energy in an inductor. The accepted answer showed that, during the current increasing, it is the induced non-conservative electric ...
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How does a magnetic field cause objects to move?

Let me start off by saying that I never got a degree in any field but I do read and study physics (both classical and quantum); although I personally can't solve quantum physics equations I do have a ...
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Can a current carrying loop or wire produces no magnetic field?

A current carrying wire produces magnetic field around it. We can find the direction by Fleming's Right hand rule. We know change in electric filed produces magnetic field and change on magnetic field ...
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Why does a magnetic field raise the ground state energy of an electrical particle?

I heard a statement that the ground state energy of a electrical particle in a magnetic field is larger than its ground state energy without the magnetic field. I just heard this statement. This ...
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Why does the superposition principle work? [on hold]

I am reading Feynman volume 2. (I was reading Griffiths at first.) I don't really understand why the superposition principle of electrical forces (or fields) works. Is there anything deeper in that? ...
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Near Infrared for distance determination

Would near-infrared be an efficient frequency to use in determining the distance from the source of the infrared signal to an object, maybe in the range of 5 to 20 meters away? I need a formula for ...
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In which direction due to a polarizing grid the photon's electric field is oriented?

After a photon passes the slit, is it's electric field oriented perpendicular or parallel to the slit and why this is so?
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What topics do I need to study electromagnetism on the quantum scale? [closed]

What topics do I need to study (in order) so that I can study electromagnetics on the quantum scale? What is the name of the discipline studying electromagnetism on the quantum scale? Do I need to ...
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How are the Lorentz force, Maxwell's third law and Faraday's law of induction clasically related?

Faraday's law of induction can be used in any situation where the magnetic flux is changing through a closed conducting loop. While giving the correct answer, it seems to me that for the following ...
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Do magnets\ magnetic fields become weaker when exposed to para magnetic objects?

Do magnets (permanent) become weaker as they are exposed to para-magnetic objects? I was thinking about this after seeing this. I am buying a magnet and wish to know if a magnet (permanent) loses its ...