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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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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What are poles of a circular loop carrying current? [on hold]

Why are the poles located where they are? How is an electromagnet formed? How can I determine the poles of an electromagnet? I'm confused about the polarity of a circular loop carrying current.
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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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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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Why magnetic field lines and force are not orthogonal with magnets?

The below explanation why magnetism exists is superb in this video. The explanation about magnets is also great in this video. A magnet has atoms with unpaired electrons forming mini magnets. The ...
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Is there any other solution to this ray tracing problem? [closed]

We have the following scene: We can see that in this scene, there are places which are very bright and there are places which are dark(shadows). I want to know which theory other than classical ...
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In terms of the Ampere-Maxwell law, why is $\vec {E}=0$ in a wire of a capacitor circuit?

I'm currently studying from "Introduction to Electromagnetics" by D.J. Griffiths. In the book the significance of the displacement current term is explained by looking a non-steady capacitor circuit ...
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Eddy currents on a conductors surface, and induced current flow in a circuit coexist?

The title seems confusing, because Eddy currents are induced currents... however, let me explain. Assume the following closed loop passing a uniform magnetic field like so: Now, this loop would ...
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How to achieve vertical lift using magnets [duplicate]

Is there a way to create vertical lift using magnets which are aligned with same facing polarity?
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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 to model radio wave attenuation by seawater?

From the very limited literature I can find regarding radio waves in saline-water solutions (as in seawater), I have been able to find very few corroborating models of radio wave propagation through ...
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Can light (electromagnetic radiation) cause electromagnetic induction in a wire?

Can light, as an electromagnetic wave, cause electromagnetic induction in a wire by passing near the wire? Does a moving electromagnetic wave cause a varying magnetic field in the region near 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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EMF Induced in a solenoid

When is the emf induced in a solenoid higher,when making or breaking the circuit? Isn't it the same magnitude since change in flux is same in both rhe cases?
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Will this system of magnets rotate?

A system of four magnets are placed as shown in the figure. As per the application of Maglev, a stationary magnet produces electro motive force with the magnets in motion. Note That the point O is ...
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Induced EMF, additive to conductor's closed circuit?

Assume the following conductor, with current flowing, powered from a source $S$: Now, I've introduced a magnetic field($B) to the conductor covering a small area of it like so: The change in ...
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Magnetic field lines

When I searched the net about magnetic field lines, Wikipedia told something about contour lines and that magnetic materials placed along a magnetic field has some specific loci, which i did not ...
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Is Newton's third compatible with retarded Lorentz force?

In Griffiths Introduction to electrodynamics it is said that Newton's third law is not valid in electrodynamics, but, in the example given, the it does not consider the retarded values for the fields ...
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Single slit diffraction treated as a differential equation

I want to find the values of electromagnetic fields that result from single slit diffraction. This should be possible by solving maxwell's equations for appropriate boundary conditions. But I'm not ...
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Coordinate Systems Transformation(Rectangular to Cylindrical) [closed]

I am new to this subject: Cartesian, Cylindrical and Spherical coordinate system. Coordinate System Transformation I have this example problem that I cant get the right answer. Transform to ...
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Can a train with magnets attached move with less fuel?

For a train, if we attach magnets ( big ones ) such that, for each compartment north faces front and south faces back, can that train move. So if this is right, we can move a train by just moving the ...
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Electromagnetism boundary condition

The dielectric slab surrounded by air as shown in diagram has permittivity $\epsilon$ different from air and permeability almost same as air. Electric field everywhere within the slab is given to be ...
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How come the length of a wire does not affects on the circuit current?

Today we started learning about the electromagnetic induction. Out teacher gave us the following explanation: Suppose we have a conduction frame inside a magnetic field $\vec{B}$ going towards the ...
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Electric Potential Between Two Like Charges

At the point horizontally across and equidistant from the centers of the two charges (also oriented horizontally), what is the electric potential? At that point, the electric field of the first charge ...
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How does the hendo hoverboard achieve omni-directional movement?

An older thread already gave away the wonderful details of how the Hendo hoverboard achieves levitation, but how does it achieve its form of omni-directional control and movement? My idea was that ...
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Could a magnetic field repel electromagnetic waves?

If I understand magnetism correctly, then two magnetic fields with opposing directions would repel each other. Could this same affect happen to electromagnetic waves? And if so, could it be reproduced ...
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How do electrons actually move in a circuit?

Last year, we were taught about electricity, about how electrons move in a closed circuit. But as our teacher had not taught us about electric fields yet, she gave us a simplified model of motion of ...
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Do permanent magnets have an electric current surrounding them?

Permanent magnets seems to have different properties to electromagnets, such that electromagnets can be used for induction and energy transfer if a conductor is placed within their changing magnetic ...
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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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Is this a Lorentz-scalar? How do I tell?

I'm struggling to identify whether a scalar is a Lorentz-scalar. E.g: $$\partial_i A^i \quad i \in {1,2,3}.$$ How do I determine if this is a Lorentz-scalar or not? If got the same problem with ...
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Are Landau levels always degenerate?

Solving the Landau problem, namely the quantum mechanical problem of a particle in a magnetic field leads to degenerate energy states, the famous Landau levels. My question consists of two parts. ...
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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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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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What is the *cause* of the Lorentz Force

Is it possible to explain what actually causes the force on a current carrying conductor in a magnetic field. I have read that this is due to the magnetic fields 'interacting' in some way. This ...
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Electromagnetic waves in detail

So I have read many things on electromagnetism and I have competed in the IPhO lf 2015, got an honorable mention. That is my level of physics. Now, I have been reading many topics again, this time ...
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Interpretation of a term in the Maxwell stress tensor

With no magnetism, the $xx$ component of the Maxwell stress tensor $T$ is $$T_{xx} = \frac{1}{2}(E_x^2 - E_y^2 - E_z^2)$$ I can see why there should be a $+E_x^2$ term, but intuitively I don't see why ...
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What is the electric field of a diffraction grating?

I'm trying to follow the equations in "Introduction to Modern Optics" by Fowles. He starts out with equation for a single slit of length $L$ and width $b$: $ U_p = C \int \int e^{ikr} dA $ where $U$ ...
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Wave propagation in 2D metal cavity

I would like to know there is an analytic solution for the propagation of electromagnetic waves in metals in a 2D case. The 1D case is well known to lead to a traveling wave with exponential decay ...
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why dosen't a charged particle radiate energy in circular motion in a uniform magnetic field?

I have studied in my Physics course that one of the drawbacks of Rutherford's atomic model was that when an electron will revolve around the nucleus, it is undergoing acceleration and so it should ...
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Motion of electrons in electric field

If an electron is allowed to pass through two parallel horizontal plates in a strong electric field such that the electron takes a parabolic path between the parallel plates. Will the electron stick ...
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What are some of the failed experiments to determine electron's position? [closed]

One that I could think of is trying to observe it with the help of electromagnetic radiation which could tear apart the atom. I asked this because I want to know what sort of methods are used to ...
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Magnetic fields in transformers and back emf?

i am having some trouble with understanding the magnetic fields inside transformers and how they relate to back emf. My first query is: is the magnetic field produced inside the soft iron core ...
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$U(1)$ 5-dimensional Kaluza-Klein topological defects

Five-dimensional Kaluza-Klein theory is well-known to predict that the electromagnetic field can be described as a curled additional dimension over four-dimensional spacetime. That is, you only need ...
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Energy-Momentum Tensor for Electromagnetism in Curved Space

$\newcommand{\l}{\mathcal L} \newcommand{\g}{\sqrt{-g}}$$\newcommand{\fdv}[2]{\frac{\delta #1}{\delta #2}}$I want to calculate the energy-momentum tensor in curved free space by functional ...
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What is the magnetic flux density “outside” the solenoid when AC current is passing through it?

I know that there are well defined equations explaining the magnetic flux density in the solenoid. However what about magnetic field outside the solenoid? How is the magnetic flux density related ...
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Connection between Polarization and Coherence in optics

It is not completely clear to me how the notions of polarization and coherence, in optics, work together! I quite understand both of them but it's still hard to grasp their deep connection. I'm quite ...
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Looking for lists of student difficulties with electromagnetism, circuits (DC and AC)

I'm trying to help with an Instructor's Guide for an introductory calc-based physics text, and it would really help if I could locate some lists of typical student difficulties with topics like ... ...
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Is EM interpreted in a principal or vector bundle?

I've read in a few places that EM is a $U(1)$-principal bundle; but is this correct? Isn't it rather an associated vector bundle using the adjoint representation of $U(1)$?
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Free Electromagnetic field in Lorenz gauge

To get rid of the extra term in the QED Lagrangian we need to redefine the electromagnetic four-vector: $A^{\mu} \rightarrow A^{\mu} - \frac{1}{c} \partial_{\mu} a(x)$ where $a(x)$ is the function ...
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Does special relativity explains working of an electromagnet?

I heard that special relativity could be used to explain the working of electromagnet, but couldn't dig anything out of it. Can somebody give some explanation of the above? I also heard that it is ...