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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Antenna direction

I have a router with a wifi antenna that can be turned in any angle. I wonder what difference does the direction of the antenna make to the electromagnetic signals propagation? Where is the signal ...
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Typo in Griffiths' electrodynamics

We are referring to the second equality in equation (9.24) in section 9.1.3 Boundary Conditions: Reflection and Transmission. $$ \frac{\lambda_1}{\lambda_2} = \frac{k_2}{k_1} = \frac{v_1}{v_2}. ...
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Does the skin effect, eddy current / hysteresis losses contribute to Johnson noise in an inductor?

Based on my very basic understanding of the Johnson noise, it's not just a DC phenomena, but should change with frequency in a system, where there is a frequency dependent, real component to the ...
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Lorentz force on superconductor vortices

I am reading a paper on superconductivity and in it it says that the vortices are subject to a Lorentz force given by $$\vec{F}_L=\frac{\Phi_0\vec{I} \times \vec{H}}{cH}$$ Here $\vec{F}_L$ is the ...
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Determining wave vector

If I have an $\mathbf{E}$ field: $$ \mathbf{E}_1 = (\hat x 2e^{j\pi/2} + \hat y5)e^{-j4z} $$ How do I find the wave vector $\vec{k}$? If I multiply through I get $ \mathbf{E}_1 = \hat x ...
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Induced Electric Field inside Faraday Cage

Imagine there is a hollow toroidal conducting chamber and a solenoid in the middle. When we power the coil, does the induced electric field "propagate" inside the chamber? My prediction is that the ...
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E field using cylindrical coordinates

Can someone explain why, when I am going to calculate the $\vec{E}$ or $\vec{B}$ field of a charged ring in its axis (using cylindrical coordinates), the position of source field is $(R,0,0)$ and not ...
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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 ...
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Electromagnetic perfection required

An electromagnet consists of turns and current, the more of each the better up to saturation but how is the maximum saturation achieved? The lower the resistance the better for current but this will ...
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How does static protection really work?

I've read that while working with circuits you want your body to stay at the same voltage as the components you are trying to protect. So you're supposed to connect those wrist things to one of the ...
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As the magnetic field propagates does it have a momentum that can be felt by another magnetic field of the same charge?

If I have a solenoid and a permanent magnet, and I placed the magnet an inch away from the solenoid, oriented in a position where the magnet would be repelled as the solenoid is turned on. Is it a ...
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Do electrons move easier depending on the way a TIG tungsten head is grinded?

I'm in a TIG welding course, and during the course we (inevitably) messed up a few (suicidal) tungsten heads by grazing/suicide dive into the molten puddle during operation. Standard procedure is to ...
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Could some astronomical objects have superconducting properties?

The colder it is, the more efficient the superconductivity process works. And as we know, if there is no star nearby, space gets pretty cold. I do appreciate that many condensed, burnt out, stars ...
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Magnetic dipole near black hole

Usually it is said that black holes cannot have electric or magnetic dipole, only electric charge and angular momentum are allowed quantities besides mass So, it would seem that black holes behave as ...
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Electricity on magnetic powder

I had the idea of, what if you ground up some magnets into a fine powder, what would happen with the powered, and how would it act? After some google searches, it seems that this isn't done very ...
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Electron moving in constant magnetic field

I'm revisiting an old problem which is to show that the trajectory of an electron in a constant magnetic field $\textbf{B} = (0,0,B)$ is a helix. I started with the Lorentz force equation $$ ...
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Converting Pendulum into Electricity? [closed]

I've been thinking about this, I want to use this as my science project. The two viable solutions I've thought of so far are magnet or rotary based. Pendulum clocks could be powered once a day and ...
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Energy emitted by a nonuniformly accelerated charge

The question I have is like this: A charged particle of mass m and charge q is accelerated in a straight line along a potential gradient of x V/m from initial velocity u to to final velocity v (u and ...
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Analytical Calculations For a Stable Electret in Motion in Interplanetary Space. Determining the magnetic field

We know that a charging capacitor has, associated with the increasing E-field, a magnetic field. Now please consider the case of a very strong dipole or E field produced in an electret. Let us say ...
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Finding the magnetic moment of a permanent magnet to calculate the torque when exposed to a magnetic field

A permanent magnet has a magnetic moment $m$ associated with it. When exposed to a magnetic field $B$ the torque acting on the magnet can be calculated as $\tau = m \times B$. I am trying to ...
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Wave number of $\mathbf{E}$ field

If I have an $\mathbf{E}$ field: $$ \mathbf{E}_1 = x E_0 e^{-j(y-z) } $$ I think I can find its wave vector direction by finding the $\mathbf{H}$ field and then solving for the Poynting vector ...
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Question about Meissner Effect video

In this video, what material is on top of the superconductor disk that keeping it cold? Is it just a circular chunk of dry ice? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ws6AAhTw7RA I'm planning on recreating ...
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Does an electron beam always repel electrons outside the beam?

Having read that question: Magnetic force as a relativistic effect? And quoting from the answer: http://physics.stackexchange.com/a/143901/7743 If you want to analyze things in the electrons' ...
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Is infinite Energy possible? [duplicate]

Suppose I have a loop. Where i give initial current to a dynamo which rotates , generates electricity to light a bulb -> then I send it through a step up transformer-> then back to dynamo-> remove ...
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The notion of fixing a gauge

I don't understand the notion of gauge fixing; can we choose any gauge or are there some restrictions? For example why can we choose $\nabla\phi = 0$ here: Determine the Electric field using ...
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Determine the Electric field using magnetic vector potential

How to determine $\vec{E}(t)$ form the magnetic vector potential ? when $\vec{B} = \frac{\mu_0i(t)}{2\pi r}\vec{e_\phi}$ is the magnetic field at the point given by : $M(r,\phi,z)$ ( cylindrical ...
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How to calculate magnetic flux density in gap

I have the following setup (where the relative permeability of the ring is $\mu_{r}$): I am struggling to work out how to calculate the magnetic flux density $\vec{B}$ in the gap in the ...
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Ampere's law and magnetic circuit

For magnetic circuit there is an equation NI=HL. This equation is obtained by applying Ampere's law. H is magnetic field intensity and L is the length of the circuit. In following picture the equation ...
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How to write magnetic dipole transition hamiltonian using ladder operator?

The magnetic dipole transition Hamiltonian is $\hat{H}=\frac{e}{2m_ec}\hat{\mathbf{B}}\cdot\hat{\mathbf{L}}$ How do I express it in terms of ladder operator $\hat{L}_+$, $\hat{L}_-$, and the ...
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Explanation of van der Waals force

Can someone please explain why the van der Waals force is attractive instead of repulsive? My understanding is that is has to do with the electron cloud creating a dipole, but I can't seem to ...
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$H$ field in Faraday's law problem?

In my textbook it says, Consider a rectangular loop in the vicinity of an infinitely long wire carrying a current $I(t)$. To calculate the magnetic field, we can use the quasistatic approach, which ...
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Polarization type/direction of $E$ field

I have an E field given as $E(z) = [xE_a - yjE_b]\exp(-jkz)$ and I know the answer is that the field is right-hand circularly/elliptically polarized depending on whether $E_a = E_b$. Can someone show ...
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Torque on a wire loop from straight wire [closed]

I need to show that the torque on this wire loop is $$N = \frac{\mu_0}{\pi} 2abdII' \frac{(b^2+d^2)\sin(\theta)}{b^4+d^4-2b^2d^2\cos(2\theta)}$$ The where $\theta$, is the angle between the loop ...
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Calculating electric field using a given magnetic field equation (Maxwell-Faraday law)

The following magnetic field is given (and nothing else is known): $$ \begin{cases} B_0 \frac{t}{T} & \quad\quad\quad r < R \\ 0 & \quad\quad\quad r > R \end{cases} $$ I need to ...
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Photon field interaction

I want to know is there interaction between photon and electric or magnetic field? In other word can I deflect photons by electric or magnetic field? If it is possible, under which condition one can ...
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Do transformers lose energy?

EDIT: The title should rather be how/why transformers lose energy My idea of a transformer is that it is composed of two separate wire windings around some metal core. The purpose is to ...
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How do I evaluate this general magnetic dipole equation for this given setup?

This shouldn't be too hard a question (mostly focused on vector multiplication) but I'm still not confident in my answer. Basically, I am looking at the force between two magnetic dipoles and using ...
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Does a rotating disk develop a potential difference between the centre and rim?

This stems from thinking about the question If a perfect conductor where to move what happens to the electrons?. Suppose we have a rotating disk with no external magnetic field, so this is not a ...
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If a perfect conductor were to move, what happens to the electrons?

Theoretically, if a perfect conductor were to move (or start spinning), would the electrons inside it remain where they were or be 'dragged' along with the conductor?
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Obtaining quantum Hamiltonian for charged particle from path integral formulation

I was working on Shankar 8.6.4, which is about obtaining in one dimension the Hamiltonian operator of a charged particle from the path integral formulation. First, I get the propagator over a time ...
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Why do similar smooth metals seem to stick together?

We have a stack of thin (0.025in) stainless steel plates (round 2in)that seem to stick together. Surfaces are clean of oil/grease, and when we lift the top piece off the stack with a suction cup, the ...
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What is the voltage at every pair of points along a ideal wire that is connecting the two terminals of a battery?

If you stick a wire across a battery, obviously it is going to discharge the battery. This will be due to a voltage difference between the two terminals. However, the equation $V = IR$ tells you how ...
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Force between two point charges moving parallel to each other

When we observe two point charges moving parallel to each other we can see two forces acting on each of the charges: the Coulomb force the magnetic force ($\mathbf{F}=q\mathbf{v}×\mathbf{B}$) ...
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Relation of resistance between two metals and capacity

My schoolbook goves the resistance between two metals in a material with conductivity $\sigma$ as $R=\frac{\epsilon_0}{\sigma C}$, but they don't show how they got this result. Can someone show me how ...
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How does Kohn's theorem demonstrate that a rotating microwave field can only connect the ground state with the cyclotron mode?

This is a follow-up question to Proof of Kohn's theorem. I am confused about a point in the answer given by @NowIGetToLearnWhatAHeadIs. It is noted that the perturbing Hamiltonian in Equation 12 ...
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What will happen when lightning strikes on the surface of the deep sea?

The lightning is having enormous amount of energy, as it strikes the ground it makes various electrical and magnetic effects. If the lightning strikes a tree, that will be burst by lightning. ...
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By what mechanism is back-emf induced in a railgun?

I don't see what causes a back-emf in a railgun, because as the projectile moves along the rails, there is no change in field on any part of the projectile. Therefore, there shouldn't be any back-emf, ...
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Why doesn't this magnetic perpetual motion machine work?

I know that this machine does not work, via thermodynamics. I am asking for an analysis in terms of mechanics and magnetism. Anyway, so here is the machine: The magnet (the red ball) pull the ball ...
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Conductors - force needed to maintain a constant velocity

There runs a current $I_0$ through a straight and long conductor. Two more conductors are placed parallel to it in a plane with distances a and b respectively. The resistance of the connection is ...
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How can I have a voltage in hall effect with zero magnetic field?

How can we obtain a voltage with no magnetic field is applied to the semiconductor? They told me that if the points where I measure the potential difference are not at the same level I would obtain a ...