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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is it possible to shape electromagnetic field?

Is it possible to produce a magnetic field of specific shape? For example a magnetic field that will be confined in a cylindrical shape of specific dimensions.
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Load matching in a transmission line [closed]

Can somebody explain me easily and clearly why when you want to transform a 50 ohm load impedance through a piece of transmission line in an arbitrary one let's say $Z$ (complex number); that it's the ...
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Can an electromagnetic potential be in two gauges at once?

I have a plane wave vector potential found using the free field form of Maxwell's equations and the Lorentz gauge: $\vec{A}(\vec{r},t) = \vec{A}_0 e^{i(\vec{k}\cdot\vec{r}-\omega t)}$ If I take the ...
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Load matching in a transmission line [duplicate]

Can somebody explain me easily and clearly why when you want to transform a 50 ohm load impedance through a piece of transmission line in an arbitrary one let's say Z (complex number); that is exactly ...
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High Level Understanding Q: What *is* a magnetic/electric field?

Note: I have seen this question -> (What is a magnetic field) and would still like some clarification. I have also seen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFAOXdXZ5TM and ...
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How to compute the magnetic force between two electromagnets?

I wanna compute the magnetic forces between two solenoids with iron cores, is there any analytic formula for this? I guess that dipole-dipole interaction in the link ...
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What is wavelength of electric field generated in a wire? [closed]

I read link given below: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speed_of_electricity Above link says _The speed at which energy or signals travel down a cable is actually the speed of the electromagnetic ...
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In electromagnetism are standing waves same as destructive waves [closed]

In electromagnetism are standing waves same as micro waves. also do standing waves decrease the actual intensity of wave.
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How does back-emf oppose the input-current?

A circuit, has current $A$ flowing at a certain $V$. When there is a change in magnetic-flux, based on Faraday's law of induction & Lenz's law, we know that there is change in Potential ...
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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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Question about superconductivity

A long cylinder of radius $R$ is made from two different material. Its radius $r<r_0$ $(r_0<R)$ part is a material with superconducting transition temperature $T_1$, and its $r_0<r<R$ ...
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Poynting's theorem - energy conservation

Poynting's theorem: $$\int_V\left(\vec{E}\cdot\vec{J}\right)\,\mathrm dV = -\dfrac{\partial}{\partial t}\int_V\dfrac{1}{2}\left(\epsilon_0 E^2 + \dfrac{1}{\mu_0}B^2\right)\,\mathrm dV - ...
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Coulomb Gauge under Lorentz Boost

In the Coulomb gauge for the Maxwell potential we have $$ A^0 = 0 \\ \partial_i A^i = 0 $$ Under an infinitesimal Lorentz Transformation with parameter $\epsilon$, we have $$ A^\mu(x) \rightarrow ...
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Quantum levitation (locking) 3mm thick disk could carry 1000kg small car claim

I watched this TED presentation: http://www.ted.com/talks/boaz_almog_levitates_a_superconductor.html It is about superconductivity and quantum levitation. It tells that super-thin, three-inch disk ...
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What are the proposed theoretical explanations for the EmDrive?

The EmDrive is a proposed propulsion mechanism for spacecraft in which some form of microwave device provides the propulsion. The consensus from the physics community, including many voices on this ...
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Is the CHAMP missile capable of doing what they say it does? [closed]

CHAMP, A new counter-electronics directed energy USAF weapon was created by Boeing Phantom Works with the intention to damage and / or destroy electronic target equipment without causing structural ...
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Do Weyl fermions carry electric charge?

Do Weyl fermions carry ordinary electric charge? That is, do they interact with, for instance, electrons or photons?
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Can we use magnetic energy to produce electricity?

Magnets attract each other with a force (magnetic force), because they possess magnetic energy. My question is, is there any way, by which we can convert that magnetic energy into electrical energy? ...
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Boltzmann Distribution of Electrons in Confining Potential

I have a particle simulation wherein many non-interacting electrons are trapped in a electric potential well. I would expect, and therefore I initialize according to this, that the electrons would ...
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Is the uniqueness theorem correct in superconductivity?

There is an uniqueness theorem in electromagnetism. It says that the solution of Maxwell's Equations is determined uniquely by boundary conditions. We can treat superconductivity as a completely ...
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Maxwell Stress Tensor at material boundaries

I am trying to grasp the meaning of the Maxwell Stress tensor $T_i^j$ at material boundaries. Concretely, I am trying to calculate the force between two waveguides. The results are given in an article ...
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What would happen to a motor without a split-ring commutator?

I realise that a similar question has already been asked (Why does the coil in this apparatus reverse its direction of oscillation?), however after reading the answers, I am still unclear on certain ...
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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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Relation between potential difference and electric field

I was reading an article about resistivity when I faced this equation: $$V_P-V_O=\int_P^O E.dr$$ The equation is in one dimension and $P$ and $O$ are points on the $x$ axis. The Electric field is ...
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Biot-Savart law from Ampère's with multivariate calculus

Let us assume the validity of Ampère's circuital law $$\oint_{\gamma}\mathbf{B}\cdot d\mathbf{x}=\mu_0 I_{\text{linked}}$$where $\mathbf{B}$ is the magnetic field, $\gamma$ a closed path linking the ...
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Are magnetic hysteresis losses relevant to alternating currents flowing in a wire?

Say we have an AC in a magnetically lossy material, like iron. Because of iron's relatively high permeability, skin effect will be more pronounced than it is in say, copper, so this iron wire isn't so ...
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Will a cone of magnetic material increase the strength of earth's magnetic field?

If it's possible to guide magnetic field lines using a shaped magnetic material(cone) and the increase in magnetic field strength is proportional to the ratio of the areas of the two ends of the ...
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In Crookes (roentgen) tube where does electrons come from?

In Crookes (roentgen) tube X-rays are generated by bombarding metal target by accelerated electrons. Where does the electron come from? Are they produced by ionization of residual air or from the ...
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How to calculate pull force of a solenoid with permanent magnet plunger (NdFeB)?

The solenoid is air core. If we use permanent magnet like NdFeB as a plunger, how to calculate the pull/push force of the solenoid with plunger?
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Newtons third law and magnetism?

If I take a really big magnet and use it to pull a large metal object then clearly there will be a force pulling this metal object toward the magnet. But is Newtons third law obeyed here? Will the ...
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Velocity in the Drude model

In the Drude model, we have the equation of motion for electrons in the presence of an EM wave: $$m \frac{\partial\mathbf{v}}{\partial ...
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Why is the direction of E field inside a Linear Dielectric same as an external field?

If an uncharged linear dielectric is exposed in a uniform external field, an e field inside is induced that points in the same direction as the External field, Why is this so? Isnt the field be ...
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Thickness uniformity comparison between a bilayer and superlattice

For a heterostructure grown using pulsed laser deposition to be used in polarized neutron reflectometry, is there any difference between a superlattice and a bilayer in terms of thickness uniformity ...
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How to conserve momentum when numerically-integrating the path of a charged particle through a magnetic field

I have the python script attached below, which is intended to track the trajectory of a charged particle in a static, uniform magnetic field. It is very simple to calculate the instantaneous force ...
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Why is second harmonic Intensity periodic in coherent length?

Solving for the intensity of second harmonic generation we get that intensity is $sinc^2(\pi/2*L/L_{coherent})$. How is calculated that the intensity is periodic in L_{coherent} (coherent length, L ...
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How is the curl of the electric field possible?

Taking the curl of the electric field must be possible, because Faraday's law involves it: $$\nabla \times \mathbf{E} = - \partial \mathbf{B} / \partial t$$ But I've just looked on Wikipedia, where it ...
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Tensile strength of a chain of electromagnets

I was having a discussion about the tensile strengths of various materials. Could something like a chain of electromagnets be made to have a tensile strength proportional to the power applied to it? ...
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Macroscopic & Microscopic Electric Field

What are the precise mathematical definitions of the macroscopic & microscopic electric fields? For example, when I study the boundary conditions for an static electric field $\vec{E}$, the ...
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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 ...
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How to derive the expression for the electric field in terms of the potential?

How can I derive that $$\vec{E}=-\vec{\nabla}\phi-\frac{\partial \vec{A}}{\partial t}$$ where $\phi$ is the scalar potential and $\vec{A}$ the vector potential?
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Drift Speed and Current in Two Different Inertial Frames

We have a long, cylindrical wire carrying a constant current I in an inertial frame. At a distance of R from the center of the wire, the magnitude of magnetic field is $μI/2πR$. What is the magnitude ...
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Why does a 2-sided propagating EM wave become 1-sided if B is made proportional to E?

If you simulate the propagation of an electromagnetic wave in 1D free space (no charges or currents) with initial conditions of $E\neq0$ and $B=0$, and you look at a movie of $E$ vs time, then after ...
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Does the Lorentz force law explain Flemings left hand motor rule and the right hand dynamo rule?

the Lorentz force on a charged particle $F=qv \times B$ can explain Flemings left hand rule (motor rule) and the right hand (dynamo rule) In the left hand rule, the direction of the current gives ...
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Problem with understanding boundary conditions in electromagnetism

In some books on electrodynamics they stress that electric current won't radiate if it is placed on a perfect electrical conductor (PEC), citing image theory: exactly opposite current will appear and ...
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Is absorption probality modulated by interferance instanteneous or retarded effect?

Let say the absorption probability at some atom 1 location is modulated by photo ionized electron wave (ionized from 1) that scatters by neighboring atom 2 and returns to the 1. (Around the absorption ...
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Momentum around an accelerated electron

Assume that an electron is accelerated along the +x-axis. The electron will radiate electromagnetic energy and momentum in every direction. But it seems to me that the EM momentum it radiates in ...
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Why doesn't the magnetic field polarize when polarizing light?

If the magnetic field doesn't polarize does it follow the electric field path of propagation? or does it vanish?
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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 is supposition of equilibrium? How do Rayleigh, Jean know the electromagnetic wave in equilibrium behave?

In a cavity of size $L$, the wave must give zero amplitude at the wall, means wave equation has zero amplitude. Why? Answer from hyperphysics "since a non-zero value would dissipate energy and violate ...