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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Behaviour of free electron with constant velocity

Can a free electron with a constant velocity V то move eternally at this rate in the inertial frame? The question arises from the fact that a moving charge creates near its trajectory varying electric ...
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Toroidal magnet in Tonomura et al. demonstration of Aharonov-Bohm effect

What does the magnetic field look like in Tonomura's toroidal magnet coated with a superconductor? See this paper to find results showing conclusive proof of the A-B effect and flux quantization. ...
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DC current in ideal conductor and skin effect?

I know that the skin depth derived for AC current goes as $$\delta \propto \sqrt{\frac{1}{\omega \sigma}}$$ where $\omega$ is the angular frequency of the field and $\sigma$ is the conductivty. Now: ...
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Energy conservation in diamagnetic levitation

How do we account for conservation of energy in diamagnetic levitation when no external energy is required?
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Solving non-linear ODE for divalent solution at a 1-D surface boudary

I am trying to solve the following equation for a positively charged plane with charge density $\sigma$ at $z = 0$. $$ \phi''(z)=-\frac{e}{\epsilon \epsilon_0} \big(z_+n_{+} e^{-\beta z_+ ...
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Magnetic moment and other invariants of Lorentz System

It's a standard fact that the quantity $\mu = v_{\perp}^{2}/B$ is approximately conserved in the system $d_{t}\mathbf{v} = \gamma (\mathbf{v}\times\mathbf{B})$. The paper Magnetic Moment to Second ...
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Earnshaw's Theorem for ferromagnets

Why is Earnshaw's Theorem inapplicable for moving ferromagnets? Can I get a mathematical classical proof for this?
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E and B field from Time Varying Current

How would I go about calculating the B field and E field from a time varying current charging a capacitor. Theoretically I feel like a solution should exist, but there seems to be a dependence between ...
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Reducing Eddy Currents?

A conductor that passes a magnetic field, decreases its velocity due to the opposing magnetic forces created by the Eddy Currents. This "magnetic breaking" effect can be reduced if we change the ...
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Optical chirality and its possible hierarchy of generalizations

Optical chirality refers to a constant of motion of the electromagnetic field, which measures in some sense how chiral a light field is. Specifically, the pseudoscalar quantity $$ ...
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Relationship between the force exerted by a coil and the stress

I can't remember what the equation is for the relationship between the force exerted by a coil and the stress in terms of the current density, the radius and the length. I was thinking just standard ...
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Is light electromagnetic waves or quantumn particle waves? [duplicate]

Is light electromagnetic waves or quantum physical particle waves. Or are they the same? Note: My question is specifically how electromagnetism plays into the quantum physics and the double slit ...
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Electron Electric Field Mass?

I am confused of whether or not the expected electromagnetic field generated by the point-like electric charge of the electron distributed smoothly across space as a probability distribution creates ...
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Electric field due to charge in one direction

I am supposed to calculate the electric field due to the charge density $\rho(x) = Ax e^{-\lambda |x|},$ where the density is supposed to be homogenous in $y,z$ direction. The problem is, that the ...
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Magnetization force on domains after alignment?

When a domain is aligned to an exterior uniform magnetic field. There are no forces acting on it? Magnetization force = 0, and all other force?
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Does the Fringe effect occur in capacitors in the interdigitated form?

I am currently doing my undergrad dissertation on graphene supercapacitors. I have read that the fringe effect is a well established phenomenon on parallel plate capacitors, but does it also occur in ...
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Will the way you make a coil affect magnetic induction?

We had an experiment about magnetic induction. We discoved that as the number of coils you make the induced voltage and current increases. But I'm wondering if I made the coil messy or made the ...
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Why doesn't the magnetic field of a coil “cancel out”?

In a coil, we can see that the current moves right, then left, then right, then left, and so on as it travels down the coil. According to the right-hand grip rule, isn't the magnetic field going in ...
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In which direction does the current flow in a wire moving north to south along the Earth?

I stumbled upon this question and I can't seem to figure it out. I think you have to use the right hand rule, but it doesn't get me the right answer. The question is something along the lines of: ...
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When to use which representation for an electric field

In class we covered three types of possibilities to evaluate the electric field for static problems. Unfortunately, most physics textbooks cover these ways without addressing the question of ...
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How would charge distribute if electrons were balls?

In a conductor, any excess charge will distribute itself evenly over the surface of the conductor. Because of quantum mechanics, this is possible with small charges (i.e. 1e). But if electrons were ...
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Confusion with curl of Lorentz magnetic force

Since the magnetic force is a no work force, $dW=\vec F\cdot d\vec r=0$ for $\vec F(\vec r)=q(\vec v(\vec r) \times \vec B(\vec r))$, therefore $\oint \vec F \cdot d\vec r=0$ by Stoke's theorem. ...
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Equation describing magnetic hysteresis

So when you're looking at B-H curves for ferromagnetic substances, you often see these magnetic hysteresis curves, which occur, I gather, largely because of domain formation which has some reversible ...
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Explanation of Lorentz-Force

In high-school level books (for example the german standard text: "Dorn-Bader") I have often seen an explanation of the Lorentz force as on the following picture: The textbooks consider the ...
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Do multiple permanent magnets aggregated together approach the same strength as a single magnet of the same size?

Here's an applied physics question. ;) If I buy some cube or sphere magnets like these, can I aggregate them together to create a stronger magnet (almost as strong as a single magnet)?
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Deriving the relativistic Larmor equation

I have derived the Larmor equation as $$P = \frac{q^2}{6\pi \epsilon_0 c^3} |\ddot{r}|^2.$$ How do I make this relativistic? Apparently, I have to consider the acceleration parallel and ...
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Is a magnetic field just a moving charge? [duplicate]

I am trying to understand electromagnetism. I would like to pare myself down to the minimum number of necessary concepts. From my physics education (high school only), I understand that a moving ...
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Laminations and current capacity,

When a conductor that's purpose is to carry current ,is laminated to reduce eddy currents, does it affect the current capacity for that same conductor? Will it reduce the current capacity?
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Relativistic charge density in a closed loop

When charges of conductance are at rest, there is an average distance between them. The relativistic origin of magnetic field says that distances between electrons shrink when they are set into a ...
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How do the single photon energy and em-signal energy correlate? [duplicate]

If the photon (as a quantum of the electromagnetic field) has no defined(?) amplitude, how does (or where from?) the electromagnetic wave's amplitude appear? The formulation of the question is not ...
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Relativity and Current in Wire

If an observer is stationary relative to a current-carrying wire in which electrons are moving, why does the observer measure the density of moving electrons to be the same as the density of electrons ...
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Is dimensional analysis always sufficient to establish equivalence of quantities?

In dealing with the Biot-Savart law, it was argued that $$ q\frac{d\vec{s}}{dt}\equiv Id\vec{s} $$ using the fact that the units are equal. Does this kind of argument always work? It seems too ...
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Why are magnetic lines of force invisible?

We can very well feel the magnetic field around a magnet, but we can't see it. Why is that so? Also, can we cut a portion of the field and use it?
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Is an electron attracted to one of the magnetic poles in this scenario?

Do magnets attract electrons? I don't think so, but maybe in certain cases they can be? I guess it would depend on what direction the velocity and magnetic field is in so that the force acting on the ...
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Why can't an excess of electrons or holes by themselves cause current flow?

I am a beginner in electrical engineering. Often times (most cases actually), the underlying physics aren't really explained to us and we are just left to assume that it works "because it works." This ...
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How might eddy currents and terminal velocity be broken down?

This is a branch from this question. With regards eddy currents and terminal velocity I have located a homework question but would appreciate more detail (and translation of the symbols described ...
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Long wave EM Attenuation in liquid

I want to transmit a long wave (electromagnetic wave) through a crude oil line using the pipe as the ground. I am just wondering what the attenuation will be and how best to set up this test. The ...
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How might inducted current/ voltage in multiple coil layers connected in parallel behave?

This is a branch from this question. In the event that two or more layers are connected in parallel - would the energy created across each layer likely be significantly less? In the event of (say) ...
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What does $\int_C V \,d\mathbf{l}$ mean?

What does $$\int_C V \,d\mathbf{l}$$ mean? I initially thought it was simply a line integral around $C$, that is, if $\mathbf{r}: [0,1] \longrightarrow \mathbb{R}^3$ is a paremetrization of $C$, then ...
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Hysteresis Curve and how to implement it using Preisach model or other models

As a homework I need to draw a hysteresis curve (preferably an interactive one) using Matlab or any other programming language. The problem is I have trouble finding a good algorithm to do so. I need ...
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Uniform constant magnetic field and traditional attractive force

Why uniform constant magnetic fields can not exert net force on a piece of iron whatever strong it might get?
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Electric field and magnetic field question here?

Are the energy of the electric field and the energy of the magnetic field concentrated on their sources OR are they scattered in the environment where the fields arent zero? Can you base your answer ...
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Associated Legendre Integer Giving Full Asimuthal Range and Physical Interpretation of $l(l+1)$

In separating the Laplacian in spherical coordinates, one arrives at the associated Legendre equation (ALE). Write the ALE as $$\frac{1}{\sin \theta} \frac{\partial }{\partial \theta}(\sin \theta ...
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Flux, intensity, etc in ferromagnetic core by integral

Cheng, Field and Wave Electromagnetics (newest ed.), ex 6-10, page 252 Some of the examples in this book are kind of sloppily described. Having trouble with this one. We have a toroidal core with ...
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Could a strong AC electric field adversely affect the capacity of a lithium battery?

I run some battery powered test equipment in close proximity (~10cm) to a conductor carrying 25kV (50Hz AC). I find the battery life is much shorter than expected, having checked the current ...
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A few questions about the Fermi Level/Energy

My first question is, how is the Fermi Energy for a material actually determined? I know this derivation, but it seems to say that the Fermi Energy is just based on the electron density (and maybe ...
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Realtivistic explanation of forces between two conducting wires

The formula for the force between two infinite conducting wires per unit of length, $F_l = \frac{\mu_0}{2\pi} \frac{I_1 I_2}{r}$, is quite well known. It was used for definition of ampere and was ...
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Basic magnet through a copper coil experiment - What if poles were rotated 90 degress

I was wondering what voltage or current, if any, would be produced if the basic magnet through a copper coil experiment had the poles rotated 90 degrees so north and south faced the top/bottom of the ...
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What is the energy distribution of light if it has an infinite length?

What is the energy distribution of light if it has an infinite length? I have read in one of the answers here on phys.SE that light has actually an infinite length. But then what is the energy ...
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Horizontal magnetic attraction?

I came across and interesting effect today, I have a dozen of Neodymium magnets around my house. And, they are very strong. Anyhow, one of them got attracted to my large steel plate table(use for ...