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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Maximum electric field of a circular ring

How do you differentiate the equation for electric field of uniform ring $$ E_x = \frac{kxQ}{(x^2+r^2)^{3/2}} $$to get the maximum at a point? My book says $x = \frac{r}{\sqrt2}$. I tried ...
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Electric field due to a time and space varying current density?

Let us say I have a current density: $$\vec J\equiv\vec J(\vec r, t)$$ This will produce both a time varying magnetic field and a net charge density. Both these effects produce an electric field. If ...
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Manifestly Lorentz invariant quantity [closed]

Doing my reading for electrodynamics I came across an exercise where I am asked to argue that $\partial_\mu\partial^\mu \phi = 4\pi\rho $ is manifestly Lorentz invariant. I know that ...
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Does a rotating electric field vector (in circular light) moves slower than the speed of light?

We can imagine circular light as a combination of two rotating vectors moving through space: the electric field vector that´s rotating together in sync with the magnetic field vector. As the vector ...
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Realigning of atomic structure by dissolving and electrowinning(electro extraction)? [closed]

Can the atomic structure(that makes up the magnetic domain) be realigned by dissolving a neodymium magnet(that has been demagnetized permanently) with acid(aqua regis or HNO3) and thus separating the ...
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Can circular light be produced with more than one vector, tracing out multi stranded strand helixes in space? [closed]

Is it possible to construct circular light with more than one vector tracing out a one strand helix in space? For example, circular light with two vectors in opposite directions (on the same line), ...
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How do I find Magnetic field given Electric field? [closed]

Given a electric field in terms of an equation (e.g.: (a1p+a2q)e^-jkz*e^jwt, how do I find Magnetic field( Magnitude and direction)?
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Magnetostatic field inside a wire and current density

Right now I'm studying magnetostatics an I ran across a problem when trying to understand a question in a book witch led me to thing that the steady-state current density inside a wire is not ...
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Why doesn't the group velocity of a plasma EM wave equal the phase velocity here?

For plasma EM waves we have the dispersion relation $$\omega^2=\omega_p^2+c^2k^2$$ where the plasma frequency $$\omega_p^2=\frac{n_e e^2}{\epsilon_0 m_e}$$ One can show that $v_p v_g=c^2$, i.e., the ...
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Does charge injection from electrodes increases the total charge in a (semi)conductive channel?

When a (semi)conductor is connected to a voltage bias, charge is injected from the electrodes. When steady state is reached (constant current flow), does the total charge in the (semi)conductor is ...
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B field of an EM pulse

I am trying to find the B field associated with the following E field (to eventually find the effect it has on a charged particle): $$E(\vec{x},t)= \Re[E_0(z-ct)]e^{ik_0(z-ct)}$$ Where $E_0$ is an ...
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Solving Schrodinger equation in magnetic field with mixed gauge condition [closed]

Consider electrons in magnetic field at low temperature, solve the Schrodinger equation to find out Landau level for the vector potential chosen as follows $$ \vec{A}= ...
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How to calculate the maximum value of a 2 dimensional vector from complex $x$ and $y$ phasor components? [closed]

I have a pretty simple goal, but I haven't been able to figure the best way to achieve it. The components of a 2D Electic Field vector are both phasors, meaning they're time-varying functions in the ...
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Using 2 pair of like pole magnet side by side will increase magnetic field?

I would like to know if using two pairs of magnets with like poles side by side will strengthen the magnetic field? As I understand, placing 2 pair of magnetic with like poles side by side will dry ...
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Induced Electric field around a current carrying wire [closed]

I was trying to work out the induced electric field near an infinitely long current carrying conductor whose current is increasing at a constant rate of $k\,As^{-1}$. Starting with the calculation, ...
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Do we use rms values or peak value for calculating power of a transformer?

Do we use rms values or peak value for calculating power of a transformer? I have an A levels exam tomorrow and I wasn't able to find any kind of explanation in the book.
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Purcell's approach to Larmor's formula, assumption?

In 'Electricity and Magnetism' By E.M.Purcell, a derivation is given of Larmor formula (a version of which can be found here). I will give a brief overview here: A particle is considered at ...
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Does a source of photon emission “sense” if the photon is absorbed? [closed]

Can the absorption of a photon be 'felt' by the source that emitted it? At least, if we assume that it emits a steady stream of photons? Is there a back reaction of some kind on the source?
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Rotating magnet and magnetic field intensity change?

if magnetic disc is rotating on it's axis super fast and electric field is produced(because of time varying magnetic field),does this means that in the frame of non moving observer magnetic field no ...
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what do we mean by speed of light dependent on direction?

I have a statement in textbook saying "When the speed of light is independent of direction,the secondary waves are spherical". Can someone tell when it is dependent on direction and how the secondary ...
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Special Relativity, refractive index and catching up with a wave

Einstein was partially motivated by the following: With Maxwell's equations, a plane wave is a sinusoidal wave that varies in space in time and moving with speed $c$. These variations are linked by ...
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How can I approximate calculate the magnetic force between electromagnets?

I try to find an approximate amount of force exerted between two electro magnets. The below site could've helped me but the problem is that the below just talks about the number of coil turns and so ...
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Levitation inside a solenoid

Is it possible to levitate something inside a solenoid? If yes, is it possible in any direction (horizontal, vertical)? Also, is it possible when an object is traveling through? Thanks in advance!
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Am I wrong about the right hand grip rule?

The right hand grip rule (also known as right hand screw rule) tells you the direction of a magnetic field due to a current. If you point your thumb in the direction of the current, your fingers will ...
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Why don't conductive objects change color when electric dipoles are induced in them?

I was playing around with a comb, my hair, and pieces of paper when it occurred to me that inducing a dipole on the pieces of paper meant that many valence electrons previously on the side closer to ...
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Calculating the rate of change of Magnetic Field strength [closed]

I'm a bit stuck on this question (which is homework so hints are more welcome than outright answers). The question is: A very long wire carrying a current I is moving with speed v towards a small ...
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Light Ray component field strength

When looking at a diagram of the electric and magnetic fields oscilating down the time axis of a light ray diagram the field amplitude and frequency of each component is shown equal.Are they infact ...
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What is the interrelationship among PD, T1 and T2 in relation to MRI

Proton Density (PD), Spin - Lattice Relaxation Time (T1), Spin - Spin Relaxation Time (T2) are three major characteristics by which we can distinguish different types of tissues and all three are ...
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Do EM waves create action in receiver antenna without reaction?

If EM waves such as radio waves, can induce electrons in the receiver antenna to move, and electrons have a small amount of mass, isn't this action without a reaction? Is it possible to use the ...
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How come light waves don't get caught and absorbed by the electrons of oxygen atoms in the in air?

Shouldn't air be opaque since instead of coming into our eye, the lightwaves get caught in the electrons? If oxygen does absorb light waves, how come air is not hot and you can see through it? The way ...
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Which is the form of Born-Mayer repulsion term?

I have found in many textbooks different and unclear form of the Born-Mayer repulsion term. I write the interatomic potential as $V(r)= -\frac{e^2}{r}+V_{BM}$ and for $V_{BM}$ I expected something ...
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Differential Operator

I am trying to understand the following expression \begin{eqnarray} e^{-ik.x}D_{\mu}D^{\mu}e^{ik.x} & = & e^{-ik.x}(i\partial_{\mu}+A_{\mu})(i\partial^{\mu}+A^{\mu})e^{ik.x}\\ & = & ...
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Unpolarized wave, $\Delta\varphi =\Delta \varphi(t)$?

I have seen a unpolarized wave defined in a number of places (e.g. here) as a wave such that: \begin{align} E_x&=E_0 \cos(kz-\omega t) \\ E_y&=E_0 \cos(kz-\omega t+\varphi) \end{align} Where ...
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Introducing a phase, what changes?

This question is related to: Mach-Zehnder interferometer and the Fresnel-Arago laws Let us say we have unpolarised wave taking the form: $$\psi=\psi_0 e^{i(kx-\omega t)+i\phi(t)}$$ Where $\phi$ ...
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Electromagnetic Wave Impedance

In a derivation of the transmission and reflection coefficients for light incident at an angle onto a surface where we have a change in refractive indices the proof says that ...
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How does always the magnetic field lag the elctric field in a conductor?

In conductor, the relation between the phase of the magnetic field $\delta_B$ and that of the electric field $\delta_E$ is given by $$\delta_B-\delta_E=\tan^{-1}(\frac{\beta}{\alpha})$$ where $\alpha$ ...
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Free charges inside a conductor and propagation of EM wave

In Griffith's book on Electrodynamics, while discussing the propagation of electromagnetic wave in a conducting medium, he set $\rho_{free}=0$. He argues that, any extra charge given to the conductor ...
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Eddy currents in a superconductor

Just had a lesson we just had our teacher introduced the concept of eddy currents, and showed us how a magnet moves slowly through a metal tube due to the opposite generated magnetic field. If you ...
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Torque on a charged ring

I have been studying electromagnetic induction. As I understand, a magnetic field will exert a force on a moving charge. What I would like to know is whether a changing magnetic field will exert a ...
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Net magnetic field in a loop

The Ampere's law states that the net magnetic field in a loop is proportional only to the current inside the loop. So if we calculate the net magnetic field in figure 1 and figure 2 we would obtain ...
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Magnetism In Space

I am not an expert when it comes to physics. I was looking at maglev technology the other day and a thought crossed my mind. Would similar systems work for deep space exploration. I understand ...
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Magnetic Field from Portion of Infinitely Long Cylindrical Shell

I just had this question on an exam and got a weird answer. A $\theta=30^\circ$ portion of an infinitely long cylindrical shell carries current with density $J=\frac{di}{dl}$ in the $\hat{k}$ ...
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Photon transmission

I want to know exactly how light travels. Are each photon in a light beam traveling in a cosine function? I'm confused because only when it goes through polarization that it starts to show this type ...
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Why is the electric potential zero in this case?

The situation: a charge of $-2q$ is situated a distance $r$ to the left of a charge of $q$. What is the electric potential at a point $p$ a distance $r$ to the right of charge $q$? So basically: -2q ...
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Propagation Of Wave in Rectangular Waveguide

From what I understand, electric and magnetic fields are perpendicular to one another and the direction of wave propagation.The text book states that the direction of wave propagation in the ...
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Magnetic susceptibility anisotropy

I have some problems in understanding magnetic susceptibility anisotropy. I know that magnetic susceptibility can be described via a rank 2 symmetric tensor so the magnetization induced in a sample is ...
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Longitudinal Polarization and Spin-0 for Massive Vector Fields

I was wondering if anybody would be willing to explain how a plane wave solution of the form $\vec{B^\mu}=\epsilon^\mu{e^{k_0ct+\vec{k}.\vec{x}}}$ for a massive vector field's equations, say for ...
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Gauge transformations for Schrödinger equation [closed]

I want to prove the Schrödinger equation is invariant under the gauge transformations \begin{align*} \mathbf{A} & \rightarrow \mathbf{A}' + \mathbf{\nabla} \chi \\ \phi & \rightarrow \phi' - ...
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May the total charge in a supercapacitor be different using unipolar and bipolar voltage power supply?

Consider a supercapacitor where a Helmoltz double layer is formed at each of the 2 electrodes, which is like having 2 capacitors mounted in series, but with different polarities. The total charge at ...
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Induced current for conjoined loops in varying magnetic field

How do we calculate the emf and the current induced in two loops of wire, that have a portion in common between them? The specific example we had solved in class is: The left side loop is a square ...