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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Possible reasons of electrocution in a good earthed appliance during sudden power off [closed]

I was working in a industry. When I was using a machine, I felt slight electrical shock at the exact moment when the power supply went off. The machine is properly earthed. In spite of that I got ...
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Forces on a wire moving in a magnetic field?

When a wire is placed inside a magnetic field and current starts to flow in that wire, that wire experiences the Lorentz force = $IL \times B$ and beings to move. Aside from induced motional - $\...
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Why soft iron 'plates' are used to hold the bar magnet pairs that are available in shops? [closed]

I know that retentivity and coercive force for hysteresis are smaller for soft iron, than steel. But still, only soft irons are found to be stuck together with the pair of bar magnets when unboxed. ...
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Confusion in the derivation of the potential of a magnetic shell

I am reading an old book on electromagnetism (THE MATHEMATICAL THEORY OF ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM) and I have some confusion in the following pages: First let me clarify what a "magnetic shell" ...
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About the closed line integral of electric field intensity

In electrostatics, we know that the closed line integral of electric field is zero : \begin{equation} \oint\limits_{C} \mathbf{E}\left(\mathbf{x}\right) \boldsymbol{\cdot} \mathrm{d}\mathbf{x}=\;\;...
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about the Pound-Rebka experiment and the answer to a second year undergrad student' s question 7 months ago [closed]

The answer tells us about a specific subtraction of the doppler shift so as to obtain the net gravitational redsift. Can anyone explain all this thing about that subtraction?
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Magnetic field inside of a long rotating cylinder

I have a simple question. I need to find out what is the magnetic field inside a rotating long cylinder with a charged density $\sigma$. The cylinder rotates around its axis with angular speed $\...
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Magnet dimensions for 3-phase permanent generator

I'm making a 3-phase permenant generator. According to Faraday's law, the emf produced is negative number of turns times the change in magnetic flux over the change in time. If it is only the CHANGE ...
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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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Landau Levels and Magnetic length

I am looking into Landau Levels and keep coming across a magnetic length defined as follows for a 2D system: $l_B=\sqrt{\frac{\hbar c}{e B}}$ I have seen numerous sources say this is: $l_B\approx ...
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Gauge transformation of vector potential multiplies wavefunction by phase

Consider an electron in an electromagnetic field with scalar and vector potentials $\phi, \mathbf{A}$. Suppose for simplicity that $\mathbf{A}$ is time independent. Suppose also that we know the ...
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Energy of electric field and magnetic field

I am studying about inductors and capacitors. They store their energy in the form of electric field and magnetic field.Energy is required to create fields.But if we take an isolated charge and nothing ...
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Minimum frequency of an electromagnetic wave

Is it possible to create an electromagnetic wave of near zero frequency? An electromagnetic wave carries energy. If we can make the frequency of an EM wave vanishingly small and make it practicality ...
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How to find the direction of an eddy current?

Suppose there is a magnetic field going from left to right. Suppose a thin sheet of metal conductor (e.g. a 1m*1m square) is dropped through the magnetic field such that the plane of the conductor is ...
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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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Why doesn't a uniformly moving particle radiate?

When considering a uniformly moving charged particle, we have the following fields: $$\vec E = \frac{q(1-\beta^2)}{4\pi\epsilon R_a}\vec R$$ $$\vec B = \frac{1}{c^2}\vec u \times \vec E$$ With $\vec ...
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Reference frequency

In my experiment, I have to obtain a relation between magnetic field of a solenoid and the applied Vp-p. The setup is as follows. http://www.teachspin.com/instruments/faraday/ Does my choice of ...
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Calculating potential difference for fraction of loop with induced current

Given a circular wire loop of radius r, resistance R enclosing a magnetic field perpendicular to the plane of the loop that increases with time ($B=\alpha t$), I have calculated the induced current $I=...
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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, a charge is injected by the electrodes. When steady state is reached (constant current flow), does the total charge of the (semi)conductor differ ...
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Scalar and Vector Potential

I am a physics undergraduate student currently studying electromagnetics. I have previously studied electrostatics and magnetostatics yet the concept of scalar potential, $V$ and the vector potential, ...
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Why does current follow a conductor above a ground plane

Suppose there is a conductor above a ground plane. Current flows from a source through the conductor to a load on the other side. Depending on the frequency of the current the return path through the ...
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Does momentum increase with out of phase photons?

This paper speculates that the EM drive produces thrust with out of phase photons: http://scitation.aip.org/content/aip/journal/adva/6/6/10.1063/1.4953807 My question is this, do out of phase ...
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Why does a electric Potential have to be real, but not a Potential in quantum mechanics?

So I had this Problem when I had to learn about classical electromagnetism: Why is it, that we use complex numbers when calculating stuff, but in the end only the real part is important (for example ...
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HOW is an electric field induced when there is a time varying magnetic field?

I have just learnt electromagnetic induction. When the magnetic flux through a closed loop changes with time, a current is produced in the loop. My teacher told me that this was due to an "induced ...
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By special relativity, a particle can only couple to an EM field? [closed]

By special relativity, the Lagrangian for the coupling must be $$ u_i A^i . $$ Here $u_i $ is the four-velocity, and $A^i$ is the four-potential. So, a particle can only couple to an EM field? ...
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Self-Capacitance of Disc [duplicate]

I was reading a paper today modeling capacitances, and came across self-capacitance of a disc. After skimming google, it looks like this is defined as "the capacitance between the object itself, and ...
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Voltmeters and changing magnetic fields

A changing magnetic field pierces the interior of a circuit containing three identical resistors. Two voltmeters are connected to the same points, as shown. V1 reads 1 mV. What does V2 read? ...
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Is the Potential Energy just a bookkeeping device?

It is said that if the space is homogeneous then momentum is conserved. But I've been thinking in the following situation: Consider a parallel plates capacitor. In between the plates there is a ...
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The form of the metric after a dimension is compactified

Upon the compactifiation of one spatial dimension, it is said (as though an axiom) that the 5 dimensional spacetime metric separates into a 4 dimensional metric, a vector, and a scalar, (4D gravity, ...
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Calculating the magnetic field from rectangular conductor

I want to apply the Biot-Savart law to calculate the magnetic field at a point created by current flowing through a square/rectangular conductor. More specifically, a trace on a printed circuit board. ...
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Energy density with complex permittivity?

Question What is the correct form of the energy density when we have a complex permittivity (such as in a dielectric)? Additional information A complex permittivity means that we have: $$\vec ...
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Electromagnetic field produced by a charge?

I guess vibration of a charge particle produces vibrating EM wave and oscillation of a charged particle will produce oscillating EM wave. If charge is only accelerating (speeding up) what will happen ...
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How can I find the position of an image charge when the boundary is parabolic or hyperbolic?

If the position of some charge $Q$ is known, the boundary condition is $u=0$ on some parabolic surface, and we know the image charge has its electric volume of $Q'$, then how can I determine the ...
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definition of left and right circular polarization?

Which is the left and right circular polarization ? page 1 Wiki says this is right circular polarization ...
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Explaining Walter Lewin's “Complete Breakdown of Intuition”

This Walter Lewin lecture hinges on the solenoid producing a non-conservative field. I read in the Feynman Lectures that "all the fundamental forces in nature appear to be conservative" (Vol 1, 14.5) ...
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Boundary conditions on current carrying wire

I'm trying to simulate by finite elements method Maxwell equations for a current carrying wire. My 3d geometry consists of a cylinder and a box containing it. I will use a mixed formulation and ...
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Reflection coefficient of transition coaxial and wave guide

Suppose you have a 1 GHz generator connected to a wave guide with a coaxial cable with a characteristic impedance of $Z_c =45 \Omega$. The wave guide is connected to the system which has a reflection ...
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From gauge invariance to charge conservation in covariant electrodynamics

I tried to solve the equations of motion using the action for the electromagnetic field interacting with a current, like $$ L = F_{\mu\nu}F^{\mu\nu} + A_{\nu}j^{\nu} $$ getting the right Maxwell's ...
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Magnetic Levitation : Confusion with Lenz's Law

Considering the above diagram, I am failing to see why the aluminium ring floats upwards rather than oscillates. I understand Faraday's law, but I am struggling with Lenz's law - as there is an ...
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Can electromagnetic fields be used to deconstruct and reconstruct atoms?

I was thinking one day and came up with a theory after reading about how scientists were studying anti-matter by using electro magnetic fields to separate matter from the anti-matter they made. It ...
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What is the strength of the magnetic field required to penetrate an average human body?

Introduction Suppose you are an experimental nanobot researcher trial-ling a new form of medication that involves activation and control of nanobots within the cells of the interior of the human body ...
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Does Maxwells equations imply $R=const*\rho$?

Suppose we have a resistor in a strange shape, filled with a medium of resistivity $\rho$, assuming only maxwells equations apply, is it true that R is proportional to rho, even for very low ...
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calculating magnetic field strength for a very small electromagnet

I am trying to calculate the magnetic field (in tesla/gauss) of an electromagnet that is very small and has very few windings. For example 12 windings over 0.003 meters. I know this is not going to ...
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According to relativity theory, what is the force that two electrons moving radially apart exert on each other?

According to relativity theory, what is the most general expression for the force that two electrons moving radially apart exert on each other? I am looking for a function $$F(r(t)),$$ where $F$ is ...
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Transmission Lines and Antennas

In Transmission Lines, does the electric field exist between the two conducting wires or does it exist inside a wire, pushing the flow of electrons? And do all antennas radiate energy by spark?
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Force on an electric or magnetic dipole

The formulae for the force on an electric dipole and the force on a magnetic dipole seem to be closely related: $$\mathbf{F}_{e} = (\mathbf{p} \cdot \mathbf{\nabla}) \mathbf{E}, $$ $$ \mathbf{F}_{m} ...
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optical properties of metal-dielectric-metal microcavities

I would like to figure out the optical properties of metal-dielectric-metal microcavities, used in the fabrication of micro patch antenna. The paper that I'm reading is this one. Now the specific ...
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Is there an easy way to see that $\phi =\frac{\mu_0}{4\pi} \frac{\vec m \cdot \vec r}{r^3}$?

The scalar potential of an electric dipole is given by: $$\phi =\frac{1}{4\pi\epsilon_0} \frac{\vec p \cdot \vec r}{r^3}$$ The derivation of this is quick, however, is there an easy way to see that ...
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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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Two different electrostatic charges in rotation

It's a theoretical problem. I mean I drawn a circle and I consider this circle exist. I would like to understand how works this device composed of a circle and two charges: Two charges fixed on a ...