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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Looking for a simple proof of symmetry of linear susceptibility tensor

Getting a diagonal susceptibility tensor: Define the linear susceptibility tensor as $\chi_{ij}$: $P_i = \epsilon_0\chi_{ij}E_j$, using standard notation for the electric field and the polarization. ...
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Is “scalar electromagnetics” real science?

This page claims that original Maxwell's equations, when formulated by Maxwell himself in quaternion form, had some special scalar part of electromagnetic field, which somehow appeared to describe ...
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Direction of compass needle nearby an electric wire

Let through a straight wire flow an electric current. Using a compass needle how the needles tip will be directed to the wire? What happens when we switch the current direction and approach the needle ...
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Interaction Between Two Bar Magnets

How would one describe the interaction between two bar magnets? In the E&M course I took we described quite a few very basic electric interactions, but things that I would have thought of as being ...
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Electromagnetic Theory [closed]

As, using the fact that E*A stays constant for a point charge ( E= electric field, A=area of sphere centered on charge touching the point where we have to measure E) , we can prove that E falls by ...
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Magnetic Force on a Ferromagenetic Material

I am currently working on a project involving solenoids, and I needed a force(Newtons, not a measure of magnetic field strength) equation. What I came up with after some digging around on the ...
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Coefficient matrix of quadratic Lagrangian

I've been studying path integrals from Weinbergs QToF vol 1. He says that when the $\mathcal{L_0}$ is quadratic in fields we can always write free term $I_0$ in the generalized quadratic form ...
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What physical forces allows for electromagnetic induction

In electromagnetic induction, what force is actually doing the work? what physical force actually drives the electrons around the circuit? Let's say we have a coil and an increasing magnetic field ...
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Are voltages discrete when we zoom in enough?

Voltages are often thought of as continuous physical quantities. I was wondering whether by zooming in a lot, they are discrete. I feel like the answer to the above question is yes as voltages in the ...
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Teflon and induction cookware

I remember once getting new Teflon (non-stick) cookware; however, when I tried this new cookware on my induction cooker the cookware did not heat up. My regular steel cookware worked just fine on the ...
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amplification of magnetic field

can we by any means amplify magnetic signal as we can with electric signal. As both electric and magnetic field can be represented in the form of a wave the analogy seems to be natural. I want the ...
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Is magnetic levitation a good way to vibrationally isolate a speaker from its support?

I recently heard about this company planning to sell a magnetically levitating bluetooth speaker. I understand that the levitation is partly motivated by visual aesthetics, but on the website the ...
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Very short physics question (electromagnetic field): Just draw the figure of the problem? [closed]

Can you please draw me the figure of the problem? I dont want the solution,just the figure? A straight, stiff, horizontal wire of length 25 cm and mass 50 g is connected to a source of emf by light, ...
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Do electrons flow only on the surface of a wire?

Since the $\vec{E}$ field inside a "perfect" conductor is zero, do the electrons(the current) flow only on the outer surface? This has bothered me since I studied electromagnetism. Thank you for ...
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Current Density

I'm trying to understand the definition given on my electromagnetism course for the current density. More specifically, I want to know why, as defined below, the current density is given the name ...
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Splitting of degenerate energy levels with a perturbed particle in a box

Suppose you have a particle in a square box $[0,L]\times[0,L]$. As the box is a square, the (2,1) and (1,2) eigenfunctions will have the same energy. If you were to apply an oscillating electric field ...
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Sequence of E and B field in radio waves and in single photons

In antenna technology we distinguish between nearfield and widefield. In the nearfield the electric and the magnetic fields are shifted by 90°. If you look closer you can see that there are two ...
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How much power you might need to generate dangerous EMP shock?

While playing with voltage multiplication and capacitors, I began to think if my experiments could damage my electrical equipment (eg. mobile phone) by creating strong magnetic fields over a short ...
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Physical reason for magnetic mirroring?

I understand the mathematical derivation of magnetic mirroring, which usually starts from the conservation of the magnetic dipole moment (e.g. in a plasma). But physically: a mirrored particle is ...
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Poynting Vector Volume Integral Inside a Cavity

Given an electromagnetic wave in resonance mode in a vacuum cavity inside a perfect conductor, on the boundary, the parallel component of $E$ field vanishes, and the perpendicular of component of $B$ ...
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Smallest view-able object by radio wave or UV magnification with metamaterial?

What is the theoretical and in practice microscopic maximum/best resolution of a meta material radio wave XOR UV lens (assuming diffraction or beyond diffraction techniques)? I'd also like to use ...
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Transformer ratios - 1:2 vs 50:100

I am only the equivalent of a high school student, so please, if possible, don't answer this question with anything too complex or really advanced university level. I am very happy to research new ...
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Circuit breaker Trips during thunderstorm

The circuit breaker at the electrical mains trips at home when there is a thunderstorm outside. Why does this occur?
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Magnetic force and relative frame

The magnetic field for to a moving charge depend on its velocity (Biot Savart's law). My question is that is it then not frame dependent? If it is, it means if a man is walking and other is standing ...
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Ampere's law and external currents

In Ampere's law the current outside the curve taken is not included in the expression. Does this mean that only the currents crossing the area bounded by the curve taken contribute to the magnetic ...
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Single Photon emission from positronium in strong magnetic fields; how is momentum conserved?

I recently came across a paper (which I will not describe in detail, however, the authors examine the probability of positronium producing a single photon, while under the influence of a strong ...
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Electromagnetic induction of an uniform magnetic field

EDIT: Thanks to the first answer, I may see that there is differences between a giant solenoid and a completely uniform magnetic field. Therefore it would be great if one can explain to me both the ...
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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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An electromagnetic induction problem [closed]

The question goes like this : A thin non conducting horizontal disc of mass $m$ having total charge $q$ distributed uniformly over its surface, can rotate freely about its own axis. Initially ...
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Broken bar magnet repels? [duplicate]

Why a bar magnet broken from between repel on joining again even if the poles are opposite, i.e. North and South.
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What is the derivation of the speed of light $c$ that is not based on electromagnetism? [duplicate]

The "speed of light" is not just the speed of electromagnetic radiation, but of any massless particle. Therefore must not there be an expression for $c$ that is not in terms of $\mu_0$ and ...
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Calculating the magnetic field due to a rotating ring using Biot–Savart law

I wish to calculate the magnetic field due to a charged ring rotating about an axis perpendicular to the plane of the ring and passing through a point on its circumference $(P)$. I arrive at something ...
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How does a fixed amount of transmitted radio energy supply an unknown number of destinations?

I did some maths and physics up to the age of 18, and hold an amateur radio licence. This thing has puzzled me for a while - does reception of an electromagnetic wave imply an interaction with the ...
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Weak localization and constructive interference

To my knowledge weak localization is a result of constructive interference between scattering processes and their time reversed. Traveling a given path in a vector potential leads to the phase $q\int ...
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Spin-dependence of the directionality of dipole radiation

I am interested in understanding how and whether the transformation properties of a (classical or quantum) field under rotations or boosts relate in a simple way to the directional dependence of the ...
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Explain the infinitude of magnetic flux about a finite length of wire

Ok so it is clear the flux caused by an inductor is limited. If I integrate about a flat spiral inductor I will find that the flux lines going up are a fixed quantity. Since every flux line going up ...
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About memory effect in E&M when E and B field has dependence in the history of E and B fields

How should one define the memory effect in E&M formally? What is the physical way to visualize the memory effect? How should one understand it intuitively?
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Why magnetic field generates around current carrying wire? [duplicate]

Why magnetic field generates around a wire when current flow through it ?
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EmDrive Cavity modes

The EMDrive described in patent application GB 2493361 is a simple section of a sphere surrounded by a superconducting cooling system. I have attempted to solve the oscillation modes possible and ...
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Doubt regarding Ampere's Circuital Law

The Ampere's Circuital law states $$\oint B\cdot d\ell~=~ \mu_0I$$ We can use it to derive the magnetic field of an infinitely long current carrying wire easily. My question is, why does the wire ...
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Utility of gauge four-potential $A_{\mu}$ (as opposed to electric and magnetic fields ${\bf E}$ and ${\bf B}$) in E&M?

The action for an electromagnetic field with source charges is given by $$S= \int \left\{ \frac{1}{4\mu_0}F^{\mu\nu}F_{\mu\nu} - J^\mu A_\mu \right\}dx$$ By setting $dS=0$ and taking the Lorenz ...
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Which of these theories on why light slows in media are true?

This question is similar to previously asked questions, but the responses to them are confusing and I think it may be better covered by listing out all the potential answers for clarity. It's a ...
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Self inductance & time constant formula

Is this a correct formula for calculating the induced EMF of a wire after the current stabilizes/ or while it stabilizes in the beginning of a DC circuit? What is the difference between the above ...
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Induced emf in stationary conductor lying in varying magnetic field

We explain that motional emf is induced because charges in a conductor move along with the conductor and as a result a magnetic force pushes them to one side of the conductor. But in case of a ...
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Optical absorption in multilayer structure

Assume a hypothetical 3 media/ 1 layer structure with the following indices of refraction: $$n_1 = 2, n_2 = 2+i0.5, n_3 = 1$$ where the thickness of the layer is 100 nm and wavelength = 1000 nm. ...
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What restores balance to a repulsive electric force on an electroscope?

I am an amateur physics enthusiast (during the day I am a police officer), and recently, I learned how to build an electroscope. I regret that I am learning how wonderful our universe is so late in my ...
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Penetration and skin depth in 'metallic' magnetic induction tomography (classical electromagnetism)

Does anyone know how AC magnetic fields behave in 'metallic' magnetic induction tomography (MIT). Do they form a magnetic circuit around a metallic specimen or penetrate through it, or both? This ...
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Effect of variable permittivity

If I immerse a rod vertically in a liquid with a relative permittivity gradient (the permittivity decreases with depth), will the rod stretch (will the spacing of the atoms in the rod be affected by ...
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Make an Electric motor work with help of 4 magnet wheels? [closed]

I am working on a car prototype that should work on the electricity that it generates with the help of magnets. The strong magnets will be fixed at the wheels. A Coil of thin copper wire(solenoid) ...
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Magnetic Field in the presence of a conductor

I am studying for my quals and came across an old question that reads like the following: There are two regions in space separated by an infinite conducting plane. Region 1 has a magnetic dipole ...