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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Exciting Surface Plasmon-Polaritons with Grating Coupling

I'm very new the topic of SPPs and have been trying to understand this particular method of exciting surface plasmons using a 1D periodic grating of grooves, with distance $a$ between each groove. If ...
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Difference in induced current, when magnetic field “span” is reduced?

A conductor of known volume $(V)$ passes a uniform magnetic field$(B)$with a constant velocity $(v)$ the conductor is a source of induced EMF, a power source to a circuit. The induced EMF can be ...
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Is it degeneracy pressure rather than electrostatic repulsion that stops us falling through the floor?

From Wikipedia: Degeneracy Pressure Freeman Dyson showed that the imperviousness of solid matter is due to quantum degeneracy pressure rather than electrostatic repulsion as had been previously ...
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Why do magnets silence anvils?

Today I've been to a forge. The blacksmith demonstrated that if he beats the anvil without a magnet attached, it make horrible noises. As soon as he reattached it, the sound of the anvil was way more ...
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Can someone please explain extraordinary optical transmission (EOT)?

Can someone please explain extraordinary optical transmission (EOT)? I'm hoping someone can describe the physical process by which light is transmitted through a periodic metal hole array which is ...
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Symmetries of a Uniform Magnetic Field

Simple question. A system with a uniform electric field everywhere in space has translational invariance in the directions perpendicular to the electric field but no translational invariance parallel ...
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Does voltage produce a physical field?

Does voltage produce an electric field, like how a current produces a magnetic field?
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Understanding magnetic force on charged particle

if we put any charged motionless or static particle in the constant magnetic field, then why does it don't feel a magnetic force? Mechanism by which electric and magnetic fields interrelate I have ...
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Using magnetic field readings for gesture recognition “along a line”

I don't think the title is quite right, I'll try to explain my question as better as possible. I am thinking about using a magnet as an input device for my smartphone. I have been reading some ...
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Why is permittivity or permittivity negative in certain metamaterials?

I read some papers and I think the explanation is that the driving electric (magnetic) field leads the response by π, thus making the effective permittivity (permeability) negative. But my question ...
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Poynting vector of a wire between capacitors

A capacitor made of two circular plates of radius $L$ separated by $d$, initially the plates carry $\pm$ Q charge. Then a wire of resistance R is placed between them, how do I go about deriving a ...
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Magnet dimensions for 3-phase permanent generator

I'm making a 3-phase permenant generator. According to Faraday's law, the emf produced is negative number of turns times the change in magnetic flux over the change in time. If it is only the CHANGE ...
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What is the difference between the magnetic field of a permanent magnet, and that of an electromagnet?

What is the difference between the magnetic field of a permanent magnet, and that of an electromagnet? In the diagram below, you can see that the magnetic field of a wire which carries a DC ...
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Is there a way to induce a net negative electric charge in an electrically conductive material, and If not why?

From what I've been reading, moving electrons don't compress relative to the protons within the atom, For reasons that I'm having difficulty understanding. Seeing that this is the case I would like to ...
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How to make something charged using electricity?

If I had a piece of metal and i wanted it to be negatively charged. How can I do that?
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Artificial planetary magnetic field

I wonder how difficult it is to create an artificial planetary magnetic field with generators? What power they would need? The question is inspired by thinking about possible colonization of ...
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Help understanding Diamagnetism in external field

Lorentz force can not do work. Therefore it can not change the velocity of electron. Then how do you explain diamagnetism in terms of speed of a pair of electrons in the orbit?
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magnetic field of bar magnet [on hold]

two bar magnet each of magnetic moment M are hang through mid point of each. such that both are perpendicular to each other . find the magnetic field at the line which is angle bisector of the two ...
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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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Why will a 'Non-Electric Faraday Motor' which just uses permanent-magnets, not work?

Regarding Faraday's Electric Motor (which is in a pool of mercury, or salt-water) Why will a 'Non-Electric Faraday Motor,' which just uses permanent-magnets, not work? Can someone explain this ...
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Why does the electric polarisation (polarisation density) have this direction?

It can be inferred that the amount polarisation $ P $ is dependent upon and proportional to the magnitude of the electric field $ E $ applied: \begin{equation} P \propto E. \end{equation} This ...
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Which makes an electromagnet stronger? AC or DC? [on hold]

I need a clear answer and a good explanation about this. Please tell me what happens with an AC or DC current. I have already read a lot of books but I did not get this at all. So please tell me: ...
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Are magnetic hysteresis losses relevant to alternating currents flowing in a wire?

Say we have an AC in a magnetically lossy material, like iron. Because of iron's relatively high permeability, skin effect will be more pronounced than it is in say, copper, so this iron wire isn't so ...
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Do electrostatic fields really obey “action at a distance”?

In an electromagnetic theory class, my professor introduced the concept of "action at a distance in physics". He said that: If two charges are at some very large distance, and if any one of the ...
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Forces on a wire moving in a magnetic field?

When a wire is placed inside a magnetic field and current starts to flow in that wire, that wire experiences the Lorentz force = $IL \times B$ and beings to move. Aside from induced motional - ...
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Asymmetry of relativistically treated EM force between atoms

There are two neutral atoms set separated at a long distance $R$ and let's consider them phenomenologically through Bohr model. Let's also assume that the nuclei (charged $+q$) of the atoms are fixed ...
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electromagnetic waves accelerating reference frame

A charge is at rest in an inertial reference frame. Consider this situation: From the point of view of an observer who is accelerating relative to the charge. Would the observer observe ...
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Faraday's law and “infinite induction”

I may have confused after thinking too much about Faraday's law. If an emf is induced in a circuit due to some changing magnetic field, the induced current will be in a direction such that the ...
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Why the rotational speed of a simple single-coil DC motor will increase as the number of turns in the coil increases?

I am working on a report about a simple DC motor. I have known that the speed of a DC motor is directly proportional to the applied voltage. However, based on the data collected, why the speed of the ...
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Force of a solenoid on a ferromagnetic material

As I was trying to find an answer to another problem, I was informed that the equation I was using would not work. The equation I was using was $$F = (NI)^2\mu_0\frac{\text{Area}}{2g^2}$$ If this ...
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Current Electricity and E.M.F of a cell

The E.M.F of a cell is the work done in moving a unit positive charge in a loop or from the terminal to the same terminal. The force it experiences is a conservative force. Therefore, the work-done in ...
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What is supposition of equilibrium? How do Rayleigh, Jean know the electromagnetic wave in equilibrium behave?

In a cavity of dimension L, the wave must give zero amplitude at the wall, means wave equation has zero amplitude. Why? Answer from hyperphysics "since a non-zero value would dissipate energy and ...
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How is Magnetic force on a current carrying conductor $Blb$

I was reading an answer about torque acting on a rectangular current carrying loop kept in a uniform magnitude field B. Force acting on each sides is $F_1$, $F_2$, $F_3$, $F_4$. It's written here : ...
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Use of Amperian loop to calculate the $B$-field inside a co-axial wire

The problem asks to calculate the magnetic field at point $a$ of a co-axial cable with a wire at the center surrounded by a rubber layer, and then another hollowed cylindrical wire followed by a ...
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What happens if I have a square conducting wire being permeated by a magnetic field and the field suddenly disappears?

Suppose there is a square conducting wire in a magnetic field. The two vertical branches will have the same emf, and the two horizontal branches will have 0 emf, resulting in a net emf of zero and ...
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is copper a non-magnetic?

I'm working on an optics project that I'm using Fresnel Equation for Intensity. but I've got a question, is copper a non-magnetic ? You know because in Fresnel Equation, for non-magnetic materials ...
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How does magnetic field depends upon Linear momentum? [on hold]

has magnetic field depends on momentum? if it depends on it then how it works and what will be result about that?
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How to get image current in magnetostatics? (magnetic slab)

I want to know the image current and its location which satisfies the boundary condition at the interface. This problem was originated from the problem 6-33 in Fields and wave electromagnetics, D. ...
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Can electromagnets repel?

So I saw a video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzXRFp0DDrU (See the full video first) I don't understand that how is the electromagnet repelling things in the second half of the video? Also ...
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Show that the electric dipole term vanishes for a particular current

I'm interested to show that given a ring with radius a where there's a current $I_0 \cos \omega t$ ($I_0$ is a constant) there is no radiation due to the electric dipole term (appearing in the ...
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Magnetic field at focus of parabola [on hold]

A parabola in $x$-$y$ plane carries current $I$, find the magnetic field at the focus of the parabola. Assume focus is at the origin and the focal length of parabola is $d$.
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Where does the energy come from when a current heats a wire (resistor)?

I'm trying to figure out an example from a textbook (Demtröder -- Experimentalphysik 2, pg. 198) where the energy transport caused by a current is depicted: Assume you have a wire (with some ...
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How does back-emf oppose the input-current?

A circuit, has current $A$ flowing at a certain $V$. When there is a change in magnetic-flux, based on Faraday's law of induction & Lenz's law, we know that there is change in Potential ...
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Can a magnet damage a compass?

I've heard the claim before that a magnet can ruin a compass, and was about to repeat it to my son when I realized it sounds like complete nonsense. Googling turned up such unsubstantiated and ...
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What happens when you pass a current through a coil made of a ferromagnetic substance?

I know when you pass a current through a length of copper coil or a solenoid, there is the induction of a magnetic flux. But what of the coil made of the ferromagnetic material, the permanent type ...
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Induced EMF of a rectangular loop should be zero?

Considering the shape of a rectangular loop in a changing magnetic field: The induced $\epsilon$ would be zero? Since a rectangular loop is a combination of wires in series to create such a shape. ...
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How to get the magnetic field strength in space near a solenoid

I am trying to find the magnetic field strength along the axis of a solenoid. If I know the strength of the field at the center of the solenoid, and I know the distance from the center of the ...
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Eddy currents Vs. Inducing EMF in opposing the change?

In the following circuit there is a power supply applying a voltage(+$V$) to a circuit with resistance ($R$), current($I$) is now flowing in the circuit, and there is a movable part like so: The ...
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How does the conductor knows which side is outside?

For a electrostatic equilibrium state, we know charges only stay on the outer surface of the conductor. But, how does the conductor know which side is outside? If it's about the curvature, then ...
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Books of dynamo theory

I wanted recommendations of dynamo theory pdfs to make a report about magnetic fields of planets and stars with all the math behind it, like vector calculus, Lagrange functions, partial differential ...