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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Insignificant Potential difference?

Is it possible, that a conductor with an extremely short length, say $1\text{mm}$ or less passing a magnetic field of $1T$ with a reasonable velocity of $20\text{m}/\text{s}$ would induce little to no ...
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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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Why is electric charge the conserved quantity corresponding to global $U(1)$ symmetry? [duplicate]

An example of a symmetry transformation for certain Lagrangians (notably the canonical complex scalar field Lagrangian) is multiplication of the fields by a complex phase. When we multiply the fields ...
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Why does electricity need wires to flow?

If you drop a really heavy ball the ball's gravitational potential energy will turn into kinetic energy. If you place the same ball in the pool, the ball will still fall. A lot of kinetic energy will ...
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Physical representation of magnetic vector potential

In electrostatics, for scalar potential $V$, we can represent the equipotential surface as a perpendicular surface of the direction of derivative. such as $$ {\bf E}~=~-\nabla V \tag{1} $$ & the ...
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Why do circuits work so fast?

Drift velocity (explained to me as how fast the electrons are moving) is really slow. My book says the electrons move at around 10 mm/ s. If electrons move so slowly how do circuits work so fast? If ...
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consequences of properties of electric charge [closed]

I am reading Irodov's Basic Laws of Electromagnetism and it is saying on the first page that three properties of electric charge namely: 1) existence of positive and negative charges, 2) conservation ...
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What is “above” and what is “below” the surface of a sphere?

When studying Electromagnetism using D.J. Griffith's Introduction to Electrodynamics, the boundary conditions for the electric potential across a surface charge density are expressed using the normal ...
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Infinitesimal transformation [closed]

If we have: $$F_{\mu\nu} \rightarrow \cos\alpha F_{\mu\nu} +\sin\alpha \star G_{\mu\nu}$$ $$G_{\mu\nu} \rightarrow \cos\alpha G_{\mu\nu} +\sin\alpha \star F_{\mu\nu}$$ for rotation $\alpha$. If ...
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Do the fields exist without electric charges? [closed]

I read in an old book on electrodynamics by Pauli that theoretically there does not exist any need of charges to be there. Fields can even exist without the charges but still independent fields ...
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Does there exist a hyperbolic relationship between frequency $\omega$ and wavenumber $k$?

As the title states, is it possible to derive a hyperbolic relationship in the form of $\frac{x^2}{a^2} - \frac{y^2}{b^2} = 1$ between frequency $\omega$ and wavenumber $k$ I have tried to start this ...
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Electromagnetic space launch system using evacuated metal tube? [closed]

It may be highly efficient and inexpensive to launch spacecraft electromagnetically. Is there a simple method which could be used to launch a payload electromagnetically up a lightweight evacuated ...
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Polarization vector of dielectric electrostatics

I know two laws for Polarization vector of a dielectric material $$\vec P = N q \vec{\Delta L}$$ Where N is the number of dipoles per meter cube, $\vec{\Delta L}$ is the vector that represents the ...
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Fresnel equations of reflection applied to microparticles

I wanted to know if the Fresnel equations of reflection, as described here, can be used to calculate the reflectance on the interface of particles which have a diameter near the size of the wavelength ...
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Basic question in electromagnetic duality

In electromagnetic duality, where does this relation come from? $$\overrightarrow{E} \rightarrow \cos \alpha\overrightarrow{E} - \sin \alpha\overrightarrow{ B}$$ $$\overrightarrow{B} \rightarrow \cos ...
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Superconducting electromagnets?

Is it true that superconducting electromagnets don't need any power? So... energy to created a magnetic field via a superconductor would be zero? Since resistance is zero, does that also mean that ...
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Why is electricity 'the screwing force'?

In one of his lectures Richard Feynman, a great genius and a 'naughty Bronx kid', refers to to the Coulomb force, electricity as "the screwing force". Apart from the obvious joke and double entendre, ...
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Effect of Motion on Capacitors

What will happen if a capacitor is accelerated or rotated very very fast? Will its capacitance decrease? Will one of the plates be able to hold the electrons which is providing the Potential ...
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Electromagnetic duality and (electric induction D and magnetic intensity H)

We originally have $$\overrightarrow{\nabla}\cdot\overrightarrow{B} = 0$$ $$\overrightarrow{\nabla}\times\overrightarrow{E} = -\frac{\partial \overrightarrow B}{\partial t}$$ When electromagnetic ...
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Attributes of a polarized light

Which of the following is true for a polarized light? The electric vector is constant in its module and direction The electric vector oscillates in every plane that passes through the ...
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Is there an emf generated when a magnet moves linearly across own field [closed]

Is an emf created across the body of a magnet when the magnet is linearly moving across its own field? If ABCD is a rectangular magnet of thickness t, AB is the north pole and CD is the south pole. ...
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Coercivity of a ferromagnetic material?

I understand that coercivity is the field/force required to demagnetize/magnetize a ferromagnetic material. What if we had two opposite magnetic fields of different strengths values H acting on the ...
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What are the physical interpretations of $\nabla \times \textbf{P}$ and $\nabla \cdot \textbf{M}$?

In the text I am reading, it is made clear that it is incorrect to assume that the electric displacement $\textbf{D}$ is identical to the electric field with the exception that it is raised from the ...
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Faraday's paradox

I have studied that Faraday's law of induction and motional emf are two different lines of thinking but are essentially same. But then, how can Faraday's paradox be explained by Faraday's law of ...
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Moving conducting bar in (changing) magnetic field

In my exam today I've been given this problem, yet even with the results at hand I simply can't warp my head around it; Given the picture below, a bar is placed on two conducting rails with a ...
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What is the connection between linear, circular and elliptical polarization versus perpendicular and parallel polarization?

In the EM course, we suddenly went from linear, circular and elliptical polarization to perpendicular and parallel polarization. What is the connection between these concepts and when it is ...
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Vector potential in presence of monopole [duplicate]

In this paper http://www.hcs.harvard.edu/~jus/0302/song.pdf when Song was explaining dirac string. He said "In the presence of a magnetic monopole, the vector potential cannot be defined everywhere. ...
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I wnt to know HOW to create TM, TE, and TEM waves; and is it being used in industry? [closed]

Transverse Magnetic (TM) and Transverse Electric (TE) modes So I'm wholly ignorant of any knowledge surrounding these modes, so bear with me here.. One component is infinitesimally small in the ...
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Dielectric Tensor vs. Conductivity Tensor in (Cold) Plasmas

I'm studying Waves in Cold plasmas right now, but I guess my question is generalizable. It's about the 4th Maxwell Equation in polarizable / conductive media: $\nabla \times H = \frac{1}{c} ...
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What's the relationship between velocity factor and refractive index?

Wikipedia on velocity factor explains: For optical signals, the velocity factor is the reciprocal of the refractive index. On refractive index, Wikipedia also has an explanation of refractive ...
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Why do we use the Coulomb potential for the hydrogen atom?

When solving the Schrodinger equation for the hydrogen atom, the Coulomb potential $V = \frac{e^2}{4 \pi \epsilon_0 r}$ is used. The Coulomb potential comes from classical electrodynamics, so why ...
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Spontaneous de-excitation of an atom

Consider the Hamiltonian for the process of spontaneous de-excitation on an excited atom, (an electron jumped to a higher energy level while a lower energy level is not complete). This Hamiltonian ...
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Is Magnetism and Electromagnetism the Same Thing?

I keep hearing everywhere that magnetism and electromagnetism are different but is seems to me that when a current is moving and it creates a "magnetic field", it is just electrons repulsing other ...
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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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Speed of an electromagnetic soliton in free space

What is the speed of an electromagnetic soliton in free space? Is it equal to 'c' ? P.S. My understanding of the Fourier transform says it's not.
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Charge on a fork in a microwave

I left a fork in the microwave and when the turntable pushed it against the interior wall, there were sparks and black arc welder-like burns on the wall. I think this means that the microwaves induce ...
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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 water be magnetized?

This may be a stupid question, so feel free to shoot it down. Assuming all atoms have a magnetic moment, I would assume the water molecule too would have a resultant magnetic moment; ergo, it may be ...
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Too many antennas around a single energy transmitting antenna?

I am not a physicist. So I am not even sure, if I am phrasing this question properly. Lets say there is a wireless transmitter transmitting energy. Let us say I place $N$ number of antennas around it ...
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Asymmetry of induced e.m.f due to a bar magnet falling through a coil

It is well known that as a bar magnet falls freely through a coil, an electromotive force is induced in the coil by Lenz's Law. However, it appears that the peak e.m.f induced (ignoring the ...
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Stimulated emission direction

Place a sub-micron clump of crystal violet molecules in front of a multipixel detector. Raise the molecules to an electronically excited state with a beam of 590 nm light, illuminating from the side ...
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How is the current flow perpendicular to the wire?

This answer gives a great explanation of how surface charge builds up to force the current to move perpendicular to the wire: http://physics.stackexchange.com/a/102936/41086 However, it fails to ...
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How to design a Bitter electromagnet? [closed]

I am designing electromagnets at my home and want to know how can I design electromagnets at home. Bitter electromagnets are really a challenge.
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Total Momentum From a Standing Electromagnetic Wave

How does one show the momentum imparted to a perfect conducting resonance cavity (boundary) of any shape by a classical standing electromagnetic wave inside is zero? It should be by conservation of ...
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Electromagnetic waves should stop while encountering a conducting shell?

I am a high school student who has just started reading elementary electromagnetism and am a completely beginner in this subject. I have read in books that EM waves are nothing but sinusoidal ...
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Ampere's loop inside capacitor

The figure is a view of one plate of a parallel-plate capacitor from within the capacitor. In the question, we are required to rank the 4 paths (a, b, c and d) according to the value of $\oint ...
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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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Can someone please explain magnetic vs electric fields?

I've looked through about 20 different explanations, from the most basic to the most complex, and yet I still dont understand this basic concept. Perhaps someone can help me. I dont understand the ...
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Question about calculating the torque of a magnet in an additive field

I did an experiment in the lab today where I placed a magnet in between two coiled magnets, with one coiled magnet having its south side up and north side down and the other coiled magnet with the ...
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Does the Magnetic Flux change (at a point) If the wire which causes it was cutted into a half?

If the electric charges move through a wire Does the generated Magnetic flux at any certain point chanage if this wire was cut into a half