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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Right hand solenoid example

I am just studying for my physics final exam. I came across this example and am not satisfied with the answer. My answer is that Z is South and the current would flow from Y to X because of the ...
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What determines the magnitude of force of an electromagnet?

Let's assume that there is an electromagnet with $B = 1 Tesla$ , what is the magnitude of the force it could generate on other dipoles equal to it's surface area? Can the magnitude of force (in ...
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Relationship between the material properties of an edge and the fringes behind this edge

The double-slit experiment shows fringes on a screen. Closing one of the slits there is still an interference pattern on the screen behind the slit. Making the slit wider we still see fringes between ...
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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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Two concentric conducting shells connected by wire with modified Coulomb law?

This question is related to this one, but is a bit different. Consider two concentric and conducting spherical shells connected by a wire. Inner shell has radius $b$ and (unknown) charge $q_b$ while ...
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What could be the cause of a phase shift between the torque and the angular speed in DC generator?

Introducing some variations in the form of sinusoids in the electromagnetic flux of a DC generator connected to a hydraulic turbine runner I obtained some strange results for the phase shift between ...
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Why is a stellarator-type nuclear fusion reactor so oddly-shaped?

My first impression: It's a mess. Why is it shaped like that? I can't find any info about its shape other than it's a special arrangement of magnetic coils. (link) Here's some more images of it on ...
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Self dual electromagnetic fields [closed]

Has anyone developed (or is working on) a self-dual EM field in toroidal coordinates? If so, please reference. Self dual refers basically to the EM field tensor but the practical meaning is that the ...
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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 can I find the position of an image charge when the boundary is parabolic or hyperbolic?

If the position of some charge $Q$ is known, the boundary condition is $u=0$ on some parabolic surface, and we know the image charge has its electric volume of $Q'$, then how can I determine the ...
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Is light moving because of self induction? [duplicate]

Light is made by an electric field wave and a magnetic field wave. Induction laws state that a variation in the electric field creates a magnetic field and vice versa. Therefore can it be said that ...
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polarization of a transverse wave travelling in ionosphere with polarization direction perpendicular to earths magnetic field

Assume a transverse electromagnetic wave entering ionosphere such that its Electric field of wave is perpendicular to earths magnetic field. Now, i read that as it will enter plasma, the wave will ...
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Ferromagnets - Permanent?

When researching about the Curie-Temperature and magnets in general, something got me confused. What is the difference between a ferromagnet and a permanent magnet? In a ferromagnet the spins are ...
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The electric field of a conductive sphere containing a charge - grounded vs not grounded

Let's suppose we have a sphere but unlike theoretical ones it'll have some thickness say $\Delta r$ and inner radius $R$. What I was wondering about is how will it behave if we place some charge $q$ ...
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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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How do I show for an ideal transformer $M^2=L_1L_2$?

I've been stuck on this problem for about an hour. In an ideal transformer, the same flux passes through all turns of the primary and of the secondary . Show that in this case $M^2=L_1L_2$, where ...
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Why can't electrons leave negatively charged objects in a vaccum?

If an object is negatively charged, and electrons repel each other since they have like charges, why doesn't that negatively charged object "kick away" electrons? Why doesn't diffusion occur? Why ...
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How does electrical energy gets converted to sound energy?

I have seen that inside headphones there is a magnet with a coil of thin wire around it. There must be longitudinal waves coming out of it that is why we can listen to audio. There must be pressure ...
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What does this coordinate transformation in the Wave equation mean?

My tutor derived the following of which I do not understand the transformations (2.1) and (2.2): $$\Delta\vec{E} - \frac{1}{c^{2}} \frac{\partial^{2}\vec{E}}{\partial t^{2}} = \frac{4\pi}{c^{2}} ...
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Magnetic Levitation : Confusion with Lenz's Law

Considering the above diagram, I am failing to see why the aluminium ring floats upwards rather than oscillates. I understand Faraday's law, but I am struggling with Lenz's law - as there is an ...
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I need proof for dW=eIdt [closed]

I need help to understand from where this equation is formed inorder to continue to study energy stored in an inductor.
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Landau levels in uniform magnetic field

Intro Landau levels are obtained by gauging the vector potential to be $$ \vec{A}=\left(-By,0,0\right) $$ By which the Hamiltonian: $$ H={1\over 2m}\left(\vec{p}-q\vec{A}\right)^2 $$ can be ...
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Should the electric potential of a positively charged sphere be negative?

Because the indefinite integral of the electric field results in a negative value? (As the function is proportional to $r^{-2}$? I've got to be missing something... Help please!! Thanks! Also, I ...
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What kinds of behavioural anomalies can a zero-field-cooled (ZFC) / field-cooled (FC) split indicate?

If a material shows a spiltting in the ZFC and FC curves, is it necessarily superparamagnetic, or could there be any other reason for the irreversibility? I have heard spin glasses also show ZFC-FC ...
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Potential energy of the dipole-dipole interaction for two parallel dipole moments

I am looking for an equation that gives me the potential energy of the interaction between two parallel dipoles.
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Radius of solenoid on the magnitude of magnetic field

I'm working on a project and have made a solenoid. I want to know the effective parameters on the magnitude of the magnetic field. $$B=μNi$$ In this equation, the radius of the solenoid don't have any ...
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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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How does a flywheel generate electricity at a constant voltage?

I believe I am missing something simple here. My question concerns flywheel energy storage. Say we have stored some amount of energy in a spinning flywheel. The flywheel is attached to a generator. ...
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Charged rotating sphere in Maxwell-ChernSimons theory

Does anybody know what the electromagnetic field of a charged rotating sphere in five dimensional Maxwell-Chern-Simons theory is? This theory has action \begin{equation*} S = - \frac{1}{4} \int d^5 ...
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Magnetic field of one electron

I want to reproduce a calculation of the magnetic field at the atomic nuclei produced by one electron in hydrogen: Maxwell gives us: $\vec \nabla \times \vec B = \mu_0 \vec j$ Doing the surface ...
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Two different electrostatic charges in rotation

It's a theoretical problem. I mean I drawn a circle and I consider this circle exist. I would like to understand how works this device composed of a circle and two charges: Two charges fixed on a ...
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Stored energy and momentum in a magnetic field?

How is it possible for a magnetic field to store energy and momentum? And can deliver it to another object(charge/dipole) or field? I can't depict it. I know it occurs but how? For example, the ...
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Potential energy of a spherically symmetric charge density in a spherically symmetric electrostatic potential

I'm interested in calculating the potential energy of a spherically symmetric charge density in a spherically symmetric electrostatic potential. More specific, I'm currently trying to calculate the ...
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Physical meaning of multipole moment

Is there a physical interpretation for multipole moments? For a quantity governed by the Laplace equation ($\nabla^2 \omega = 0$), I understand that the general solution is given by the multipole ...
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Surface bound charge density in dielectric displacement

In Griffiths, it derived that the electric potential caused by Polarization $\bf {P}$ is written $$V({\bf r}) = \frac{1}{4\pi \epsilon_0} \int_{\mathcal{V}} \frac{\hat{\gamma} \cdot {\bf P}{({\bf ...
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Opacity/transparency of conductive meshes to charged particles (electrons/ions)

When using a conductive (metal) mesh, effectively a metallic woven fabric, in vacuum applications as a "grid" for charged particle optics, how does one calculate (or at least estimate) the opacity or ...
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Motion of Particle due to Lorentz Force

So my professor gave us the following question: A particle with electric charge $Q$ and mass $M$ is initially traveling with velocity $v_0$ in the $x$ direction at time $t= 0$. There is a constant ...
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Boundary conditions for Maxwell's equations at the interface between two media

Consider the following simple Maxwell's equations: $$ \nabla\cdot\mathrm{D}=\rho $$ $$ \nabla\times\mathrm{E}+i\omega\mathrm{B}=0 $$ $$ \nabla\cdot\mathrm{B}=0 $$ $$ ...
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How to attract liquid metal with magnets

I would like to know if there is any way that I could make mercury or another liquid metal be attracted or repelled by magnets. Absolutely any solution would be okay with me. For example... can I ...
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Data analysis for a magnetic hysteresis loop

I'm a physics undergrad and I have MOKE data for a magnetic material (thin permalloy film on a silicon substrate). Here is one of the hysteresis loops I obtained, plotted using python: The form of ...
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What causes the magnetic field around a wire with current to be circular and perpendicular to the flow of current?

I understand that a moving charge will produce a magnetic field, but what causes them to appear circular and perpendicular to the flow of current, as they are?
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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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magnetic friction

If you take attracting magnetic fields, or opposing fields, and rotate them in opposite directions in close proximity, would this not generate an increase in temperature? This would also conclude that ...
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Resistance in A.C. circuits

Why do electromagnets offer maximum resistance in A.C. circuits?
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EMF produced by mutual induction

In the phenomenon of mutual induction, when primary coil is connected to an A.C. suppy, does the induced EMF in secondary coil also keeps changing with the changing magnetic flux?
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Induced Current in a wire

I am just surprised why EMF and Current are not induced in an unclosed wire. I know Maxwell's equation is only defines closed integral. But it doesn't means that it is not generated in a unclosed ...
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induced Current I

I am working with the Problem which I've seen in a book. That Problem was : Direction of induced current I can't find any meaningful explanation for this problem in any source. So, I am working with ...
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How can one meaningfully say that one field generates the other in an EM-wave?

This is a follow up question to: Do the electric and magnetic components of an electromagnetic wave really generate each other? Clearly there are nuances of how one states the "mutual induction" ...
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Surely force on shell can't be balanced by field momentum?

Imagine a particle with charge $q$ at rest at the origin. It is surrounded by a concentric spherical insulating shell, also at rest, with charge $Q$ and radius $R$. At time $t=0$ I apply a constant ...