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 (i.e. with what instruments) can one measure electric flux? [closed]

Supposing we have a charge distribution and some curve $C$ bounding a surface $S$, how does one measure the electric flux through $S$ with practical equipment/instrumentation? Does one use a ...
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How does one measure the phase of a wave?

Given an electromagnetic wave of unknown characteristics, is it possible to measure its phase? Or does it always have to be inferred from interference with another wave (e.g. beating etc.)?
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Books on Hall integrated circuit (IC)? [closed]

Can anyone suggest a good reading on Hall integrated circuit that is used in practicals on magnetism?
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Magnetic Force Confusing Paradox

Actually I had posted a very similar question, but I wasn't quite satisfied with the answer so I am posting a new variety again. Imagine an infinitely long wire carrying current $I_1$ from West to ...
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Einsteins thought experiment on travelling with a light wave

This might be better suited to the science.history.SE; but I thought I would try here first. Einstein reportedly considered a thought experiment where one considers travelling alongside a light wave; ...
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How to prove the following relation $H=\frac{E\times v}{c}$ [closed]

Using CGS units, how can we prove the following relation $$H=\frac{E\times v}{c}$$ where H is magnetic field, E is electric field and v is velocity
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What is the role of the Cowling, Pedersen and Hall resistivities (or conductivities) in plasma physics?

The current density $\vec{j}$ can be computed as $\vec{j} = \vec{\vec{\sigma}} \vec{E}$, where $\vec{\vec{\sigma}}$ is the conductivity tensor and $\vec{E}$ is the electric field. This conductivity ...
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Why do electrons and positrons exhibit opposite helical motion in a magnetic field?

When you throw an electron through a solenoid, it moves helically around the field lines, as per this schoolphysics illustration: © Keith Gibbs 2013 Then if we were to throw a positron through the ...
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Dyon condensation and generalized Meissner effect

In section 2.B of Metlitski and Vishwanath's paper: "Generally condensation of a dyon with charges $(q,m)$ gives rise to an analogue of a Meissner effect for the gauge field combination ...
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Physics of color: why do visible colors absorb all colors except the color itself?

It's funny I cannot answer this question, but I really don't have a very good physical intuition for how color works. I know that sunlight and (say) light from lightbulb is a superposition of all ...
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Showing that the magnetic field inside an infinite current carrying cylinder is zero

I'm doing some self studying of introductory physics, and was working a question from a textbook that has several parts. The first few parts asked me to show that the magnetic field of an infinite ...
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Why curvature produced by electric field in spacetime is so small?

The electric field due to charge is $E=\frac{Q}{r^2}$. Why is the curvature in spacetime produced by this electric field so small? Let's say we want to calculate curvature(in spacetime) produced by ...
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Dipole moment and magnetic power of permanent magmets(circular or disc shaped)

Is any circular or disk shaped permanent magnet has its dipole magnetic moment and if answer is no,then why and how are the behaves as magnetic materials or say that they show magnetic power?
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The source and sink phenomenological description of charge - how realistic is it?

I've heard over and over an electron described as a source of the electric field, but that is a misleading term. Source makes one thing of a tap, with a constant flow of something coming out of it. ...
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General relativity without curvature?

Is there a reformulation of general relativity without curved space time, just with fields (like classical E&M)? Edit: removed the part about E&M with curvature (multiple posts).
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Which photons pass through a circular annulus?

Passing light through a circular sieve: Well, actually, let’s think about radar or microwaves with a wavelength of order a centimeter or two, so you can tailor your aperture, say by etching a silver ...
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How to divert water flow by magnetic field or static electricity or electricity?

Is it possible to make a magnetic or electric plate that prevent hitting water to itself or at least divert it? Which force is most effective, magnetic field or static electricity or electricity?
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Electromagnetic Waves and Magnets

Does an electromagnetic wave have an affect on a permanent magnet or on a piece of metal? When light hits a regular bar magnet is there a magnetic push or pull on it? And Does an electromagnetic ...
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Observing a photon during flight

When I was reading about the double-slit experiment in quantum mechanics, everything seems to make sense in terms of the waves and the interference pattern, but if thinking more about this ...
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Energy in conductors with $\vec{E}$-field

The question is deceptively simple. Suppose I have a uniform circular wire in which I have created the a E-field by some mean. We that without the source the electric field should not be there, so if ...
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What does magnetic flowmeters measure?

What parameter does the magnetic flowmeter actually measure? Velocity of the conducting liquid flowing through it or the amount of conducting liquid directly? The volume of liquid can be calculated ...
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What is direction of induced current in a rotating rod pivoted at one end in a magnetic field?

This is rod of length l, placed on metallic ring of the same radius as rod's length. This set up is placed in a magnetic field perpendicular to the rod and into the plane. It is very clear that an ...
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Can we say that gravity(indirectly) is responsible for motion of electrons around nucleus? [closed]

From Wikipedia But because general relativity dictates that the presence of electromagnetic fields (or energy/matter in general) induce curvature in spacetime From Wikipedia An ...
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When to use separation of variables in E&M? [closed]

I'd really like to know if there is a fast way to recognize if separation of variables is the most appropriate way to go about solving a problem. Are there any kind of guidelines for when to use ...
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Does a charged particle propagating in free space have a 'self-energy' like term due to it’s interaction with the fluctuations of the quantum vacuum? [closed]

Does a charged particle propagating in free space have a 'self-energy' like term due to it’s interaction with the fluctuations of the quantum vacuum? (particle-antiparticle pairs popping into and out ...
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An IE IRODOV Electrodynamics problem

A ring (radius R) is given a negative charge -q and at the centre a positive charge +q is kept. We have to calculate the electric field on the axis of the ring at a distance X from the centre. Take ...
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Rate of change of current in an Inductor

Considering an Inductor in a DC circuit: when the switch is first closed there is a change in current through the inductor, which induces an emf in the opposite direction (Lenz's Law). My question is ...
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Predicting path of light?(general relativity and electromagnetism)

In the first image we can see bending of light by gravity,in the second image I placed a big glass(it almost has zero weight) of considerable thickness near sun which will refract light coming ...
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Which part of a real Type II Superconductor magnetization loop represents the Meissner state?

So if we consider an ideal type II superconductor the magnetization should look like this The Meissner state is to be found between $0$ and $H_{c1}$ and the superconductor works as an ideal ...
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Why we unified electromagnetic and weak force?

We have unified electromagnetic and weak force into one single force called Electroweak force. I mean we can use these different forces within their respective domains like weak interaction for short ...
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Rate of Acceleration of an Object Pulled by Magnetic Force

Gravity on earth pulls objects toward it with an acceleration of 9.8 m/s/s on Earth until the object reaches it's max potential free fall speed. (I call this terminal velocity though I think that this ...
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How large or small can frequency in the EM spectrum get?

The largest frequency range is gamma rays, but does the EM spectrum 'stop' somewhere? Like is there a limit to how large a frequency can get? Or how small frequency can get? Is it one of those things ...
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Can I disperse a droplet with electromagnetic fields?

If I have a droplet of water, can I apply an electromagnetic field in order to disperse the droplet into smaller subdroplets (tiny vapor) and fill a space with them? The same way that magnetic dust ...
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How does permanent magnets attract each other if the $B$-field can do no work? [duplicate]

How can two permanent magnets do work on each other? If you put two magnets with opposite poles facing each other they will attract each other. If you put them with the same poles facing each other ...
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Using ion beam to create strong magnetic field

Consider, I want to make very strong magnetic field in some spot in space ( focus ) but I cannot put any solid material ( like metal conductor, or superconductor ) close to that spot (e.g. because ...
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Most fundamental quantity in magnetostatics and magnetodynamics [closed]

In both elctrostatics and electrodynamics, the electric charge is defined as the most fundamental quantity. What is the most fundamental quantity in case of magnetostatics and magnetodynamics ?
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Reflection of EM waves

In reflection of e m waves at the boundary, to show the reflected magnetic fields we put negative sign in the unit vector, example, if the B is along z direction we put (-k) in he reflected wave, ...
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Question about defining potential energy of a magnetic dipole placed in a magnetic field

We know that magnetic field is a non-conservative field, since it exists in closed loops. Then how can we define the potential energy of a magnetic dipole placed in a magnetic field ?
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Electron beam in magnetic field - increase or decrease the field?

When I fire an electron beam into homogenous magnetic field ( eg. inside Helmholtz coil ) it will bend into a circle => it will form a coil ( = current loop ) itself. The magnetic field created by ...
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Vector Potential As Electron Momentum Amplifier

Konopinski's "What the electromagnetic vector potential describes" (Gaussian dimension) equation (3): $\frac{d}{dt}[M\vec{v}+(q/c)\vec{A}]=-\nabla q[\phi-(\vec{v}/c)\cdot\vec{A}]$ contains a dot ...
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Is the photon's wave function the same as an electromagnetic wave(light)? [duplicate]

The first that i have been taught in Quantum Mechanics is the photoelectric phenomenon. Without analyzing it, it concludes that when we shine light at the circuit(roughly speaking), the work required ...
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Torque on a current carrying loop in non-uniform magnetic field

Does the formula $\mathbf{\tau = \mu\times B}$ work for a non-uniform magnetic field? Why? If not, how to calculate the torque on a current carrying loop placed in x-y plane, supposing the non ...
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Clarification needed:Projection Or Whole Length to be considered during integration

Sometimes in magnetism,electrostatics,friction problems when a force is acting over a curved we usually take the net projection of the curved path as the distance(to avoid integration).But it certain ...
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Finding the magnetic field due to a current carrying field at a point within the circumference

This is a question me and my friend were wondering about. How can one calculate the magnetic field due to a current carrying loop at a point in the area enclosed by the loop. For example, at point P ...
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Definition of self inductance of a coil

I saw a definition in a textbook for the term self-inductance of a coil as emf induced in a coil when rate of change of current is 1 ampere per second. But I think the following is correct: ratio of ...
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Wave propagation in micro strip waveguide

I am trying to understand wave propagation in micro-strip waveguide, the way i came to understand rectangular waveguide is this way (in brief): EM waves can be understood as reflecting from the ...
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Is there a Lagrangian that can lead to the Rayleigh-Jeans law?

Is there a way to derive the Rayleigh-Jean's law using classical statistical mechanics only? On the internet there is a common way to arrive at the equation by using concepts in electrodynamics. This ...
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Two Current Carrying Loops: Multiple Choice Question

I'm studying some simple multiple choice questions from an old test in electrostatics and I have some trouble intuitively grasping this question. I hope someone can explain the solution! Two current ...
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Electromagnetic wave and quantum mechanics [duplicate]

I'm very new to physics. I studied and read about quantum mechanics and what the assumptions are (wave particle duality, uncertainty principle, observation, wave function collapse, etc.), but I also ...
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doubts regarding the classical electron radius

When estimating the classical electron radius, people normally equate the energy needed to assemble a charged sphere to $mc^2$, due to the so-called mass-energy relation. However, personally I don't ...