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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gradient strength units in MRI

This may not be the appropriate forum for this but seemed to be the closest. I am trying to understand some concepts around MRI physics and it is common to use external magnetic fields created using ...
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How to solve “EM wave equation” for the field of uniformly moving charge?

Is it possible to show that the field of a uniformly moving charge, which is according to Biot-Savart law is given by... $${\bf E}({\bf r},t)=kq\left(\frac{1-v^2/c^2}{(1-v^2 \sin^2 ...
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Can a grounded spherical shell have a charge?

Can a grounded spherical shell lying inside another bigger non-grounded shell have charge on it? If yes then why? Won't the charge on the grounded conductor flow to the ground?
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How to solve the following wave equation? [closed]

We have paraxial beam propagating in a uniaxial anisotropic media. When such is the case wave can be divided into two orthogonal parts: Ordinary wave beam Extraordinary wave beam. The ordinary ...
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What would be the suggested material for blocking EM waves of a 600V 160kW 5kHz coil?

I am building up a reactor for heating material inside, but I need its EM waves not to interfere with the rest of my near circuitry. Its working conditions are: 600 VAC 300 A 160kW 5kHz What ...
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Effect of magnetic field on stationary charge

Consider a long infinite current carrying wire in N-S direction. Consider a charge +q at a distance of r from wire. Clearly, Lorentz force on charge is 0. But, their is a relative motion between ...
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Dipole in a spherical cavity in an infinite dielectric

In this example the assumption is made that inside a spherical cavity (with an infinite dielectric) with a dipole placed at its centre, the potential takes the following form: $$\phi_{in}= \frac{p ...
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Magnetic field in the centre of a square loop [closed]

I've a problem with the Biot-Savart's law. In particular i'd like to know if I could get the magnetic field in the centre of a square loop without integrating. Could you help me? Thankyou so much!
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Homopolar motor and Lorentz force

My second grader thought making a homopolar motor for her science experiment would be fun. And, it was. Now I am trying to explain how it works and the Lorentz force. Please help me by giving me a ...
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Electron travel speed in spinning object [closed]

My question is in the hypothetical circumstance that you could spin a disk or something close to the speed of light how would that effect the travel of electrons through the material. Picture a circle ...
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What is the inconsistency between Maxwell's electrodynamics and newtonian mechanics?

As far as I understand, when a modification of a theory is made it is because some observation required this modifcation. Quantum Mechanics is a nice example of that: observations of microscopic ...
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Amplitude of unpolarized EM wave after a polarizer

The amplitude of a linearly polarized wave after a polarizer is $$E_1 = E_0\cos(\theta)$$ and the intensity is $$I_1 = I_0\cos^2(\theta)$$ Now for unpolarized light, the time averaged amplitude is ...
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What do I see if I move quickly past a charge surrounded by iron filings?

This might be a straightforward exercise, in which case I apologize. Suppose I surround a charge by iron filings initially oriented in some fixed direction, and I then move past the charge at an ...
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Energy conservation of permanent magnets engine

How to explain the fact that magnet can attract an object (apply a work W) without losing a (significant) part of its internal energy? How to apply the energy conservation principle? Please think to ...
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Do intergalactic magnetic fields imply an Open Universe?

According to a paper on the arXiv (now published in Phys Rev D), they do. How credible is this result? The abstract says: The detection of magnetic fields at high redshifts, and in empty ...
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Derivation of Poynting theorem in matter

In most textbooks I have read they derive the Poynting theorem using the Maxwell's Equation in vacuum and the fact that the force density $f=\pmb{E} \cdot \pmb{J}$. Then they just generalize it ...
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What does the Poynting flux represent?

I know that the Poynting flux is the cross product between $\vec E$ fields and $\vec B$ fields, but I'm wondering, are the field lines of the Poynting flux considered as electromagnetic energy? Let's ...
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An experiment related to Faraday's laws

This question is out of an Indian competition. I do not know calculus yet. I have some idea about how magnetic fields and electric fields work together but i don't know how to go about thinking ...
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Find magnetic field in a solenoid for different regions?

A steady current I flows along an infinitely long hollow cylindrical conductor of radius R. This cylinder is placed coaxially inside an infinite solenoid of radius 2R. The solenoid has n turns per ...
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Are deflection of compass and speed of electron relative to each other?

If one holds an electron in one hand and a compass in the other hand, and the starts running at the speed of light holding those, then will there be any deflection of the compass ?
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Calculating magnetic field strength in gap of tapered toroidal electromagnet

Consider a toroidal electromagnet filled with a magnetic material of large permeability $\mu$. The torus contains a small vacuum gap of length $h$. Over most of its length the torus has a circular ...
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Hidden momentum

I'm trying to learn about hidden momentum. After reading what I could find with a google search, I understand that it is equal to the momentum carried by radiation, calculated with the Poynting ...
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Can the physical properties of the EM field be described directly from the 4-gauge potential?

I'm trying to make an argument that classically, the EM field is considered a more 'real' physical quantity than the potentials, and am tempted to say that the fact that the field carries energy & ...
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Gauss law and electrostatic induction. Concentric spheres

Imagine you have hollow concentric spheres A and B with radius a and b (b>a), respectively. If A is a conductor and B has a certain density charge, I´ve been taught that B will induce some net charge ...
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How does sunlight undergo interference as shown in the video?

As far as I know, for interference to happen in a double-slit experiment, the light source should be coherent and monochromatic. If that is the case then how come sunlight undergo interference and ...
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Motion of an electric charge within an electric field with two electric charges

Assume that air resistance and gravity are negligible and the only significant force acting in the scenario is the electric force. There are two electric charges, both with an equal and positive ...
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Find the radius of the path of an electron in a magnetic field [closed]

In a question I am asked to find the radius of the circular path that an electron follows in a magnetic field. The field strength is $B=10^{-5}T$ along the positive y axis, the velocity of the ...
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Why do electric motors stop working when physically stopped (burned up)? [closed]

I found a rock lodged between the fan and the radiator on my motorcycle. Now the fan does not work when the computer prompts it to. I tried directly attaching the 12 volt battery to it as well. No ...
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How, if at all, does the behavior of a parallel plate capacitor change in the presence of a magnetic field?

I'm an AP physics student curious about magnetism and my teacher couldn't answer this question. We already learned about velocity selectors, so I know that, when the plates of the capacitor are in the ...
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Why don't E&M fields change orientation after hitting a surface?

In essentially every derivation of the Fresnel equations, the general problem of radiation hitting a surface at a certain angle is broken into two parts (out of which we hope the solution any general ...
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Questions about Magnetic field [duplicate]

I have two questions about Magnetic Field. Given a particle with mass m, charge q and uniform B field. B is going into the page, and particle is moving to the right Like this. The textbook says ...
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How can the thrust due to radiation pressure be amplified in photonic laser thruster?

The thrust is amplified due to repeated bouncing of photons between two mirrors as shown in the diagram in this: Why does repeated bouncing of photons produce amplified thrust when the answer in ...
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Question about the fields in a solenoid

I am very familiar with using Ampere's Law to find the B field inside a solenoid ($\mu_0nI(t)$). Then I can use Faradays to find the E field inside ($\propto\dot I$). I want to get this result ...
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How can Drift Velocity of an electron causes change?

Assume we have a conductor that has current flowing and its placed in a magnetic field so that it experiences the Lorentz force, and it gains Kinetic energy due to that force. Would drift velocity ...
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Is magnetic field of a uniformly moving charge constant everywhere?

As far as I understand, for the field of a uniformly moving charge, curl of $\mathbf E$ is zero everywhere. Since $\nabla \times \mathbf E = -\dfrac{\partial\mathbf B}{\partial t}$, magnetic field ...
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At an instant, does a system of gravitational charges exhibit equivalent behavior to a time-reversed system of like electric charges?

Question: In principle, does a system of gravitational charges exhibit equivalent behavior to a time-reversed system of like electric charges? (At a single instance in time?) Additional Notes: I am ...
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Why doesn't the changing field of a moving charge create EM waves? [duplicate]

EM wave phenomenon is usually described as "changing electric field creates changing magnetic field which creates a changing electric field etc." But fields of a uniformly moving (not accelerating) ...
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Easiest way to levitate a ferromagnetic material that is not a permanent magnet?

I want to levitate an iron cube that is not a polarized permanent magnet. What is the easiest way to do this?
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Is it possible to levitate large objects through diamagnetic levitation?

I am currently building a diamagnetic levitator with a strong neodymium magnet, two slabs of bismuth (a diamagnetic material), and a small neodymium cube to levitate. However, I was wondering if it ...
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Can a diamagnetic levitator levitate non-permanent ferromagnetic materials?

I am building a diamagnetic levitator that will eventually levitate a small neodymium cube. However, is it also possible for an iron cube to be levitated as well? I know that diamagnetic materials ...
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Two concentric conducting shells connected by wire with modified Coulomb law?

This question is related to this one, but is a bit different. Consider two concentric and conducting spherical shells connected by a wire. Inner shell has radius $b$ and (unknown) charge $q_b$ while ...
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Wave Velocity vs. Phase Velocity

I am trying to understand the difference between 'wave velocity' and 'phase velocity'. I know that generally they are equal, but when is that not the case? I, of course, tried to google it, and ...
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how do we actually count the number of magnetic field lines and what does the gap between those lines describe?

on the internet,(http://nuclearpowertraining.tpub.com/h1011v1/css/h1011v1_53.htm), there is a statment which says that 1 Wb is $1\times 10^{8}$ magnetic field lines. My question is, How do we count ...
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Why do ferromagnetic materials channel magnetic field lines?

I have read that the total magnetic field of a ferromagnet, $\vec{B} = \mu_0\vec{H}+\mu_0\vec{M}$ where $\vec{H}$ is an external magnetic field and $\vec{M}$ is the magnetic field of the ferromagnet ...
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Magnet gyroscopic force spin

I was wondering whether a magnet exerts any measurable gyroscopic effects. I understand that magnetism is caused by alignment of spins of electrons which have angular momentum. (I realise that that ...
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Explanation of absorption from Bloch Equation

Suppose in a magnetic resonance experiment the microwave/rf field is applied in x-direction.How to say that the component of magnetization which is out of phase with the microwave magnetic field leads ...
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From Liénard-Wiechert to Feynman potential expression

When studying the potential of an uniformly moving charge in vacuum, Feynman proposes to apply a Lorentz transformation on the Coulomb potential, which reads in the rest frame $ \phi'(\mathbf r',t') ...
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Water flow in salt solutions contemporary exposed to an electrical and constant magnetic field

When a permanent magnet is held motionless close to a salt solution which already has been exposed to an electrical field a flow in the water will be induced and can be detected by applying some ...
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Does the field of a unifirmly moving charge satisfy Maxwell's wave equation?

The so-called "electromagnetic wave equation" is so general that it should obviously hold for every point in space and for all field configurations (if there are no charges). Here it is: $$ \left(c^2 ...