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 radiation perpendicular in brehmsstrahlung?

wiki says: Bremsstrahlung is electromagnetic radiation produced by the deceleration of a charged particle when deflected by another charged particle, typically an electron by an atomic ...
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Why moving charges cause magnetic field (module and direction)?

Why an constant electric current in a wire produces a magnetic field, that circles that wire? I know that this question was posted before. However, all answers talk about Maxwell equations, axioms, ...
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What would occur between the parallel plates of the capacitor?

In capacitors dielectric materials are sometimes inserted between the parallel plates. What would happen if a diamagnetic, or a paramagnetic material is inserted between the parallel plates of a ...
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B field, reaction to magnetic medium

I've read 'if you put a magnetic medium into a conductor loop the B-field will change everywhere while if you put an electric charge into a dielectric sphere the dielectric sphere won't have any ...
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Experimentally finding units of physical quantity?

Say you had a new physical quantity you wanted to determine the units for. How do you go about this? For the strength of an electromagnet for example, you could carry out a simple experiment like the ...
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To what extent can speed of light be reduced? [duplicate]

Light slows down upon entering different transparent objects, and the ratio is taken as refractive index of the object. If light can be slowed down, then is there a limit up to which it can be slowed ...
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Does a displacement current have to be included in the Biot Savart Law?

Consider two spherical balls given charges of equal magnitude and opposite signs. Now, we connect them with a conducting straight finite wire. A current will flow in the wire till the charges on the ...
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Electron deflected by moving magnet

My original question was far too long, so I am editing it down to this much smaller version: The Lorentz force for an electron traveling through a uniform magnetic field with no electric field is $F=...
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Does removing half of toroidal ferromagnetic core significantly reduce flux density in the remaining half?

Assuming a DC current in a cable has induced a magnetic field around the cable, and a ferromagnetic toroid is used to concentrate the field; if half of the toroid were cut away (so the cable is no ...
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Relativistic explanation of Radiation

I ask this question again in a simpler, shorter form. Maxwell's equations can be derived with Special relativity starting from the Coulomb's law. Therefore all the phenomena of classical ...
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Why can't weak core-less electromagnets be used in conjunction with strong permanent magnets to perpetually harvest energy?

Why can't weak core-less electromagnets be used in conjunction with strong permanent magnets to perpetually harvest energy? Magnets will attract ferrous materials but some materials like copper or ...
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Time derivative of total angular momentum in Dirac equation

I would like to calculate the time derivative of the total angular momentum of a Dirac particle in an electromagnetic field $(\vec A, \phi)$: $$\vec J = \vec r \times (\vec p - \frac{q}{c} \vec A) + \...
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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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Potential energy from opposing magnets repelling each other with a gap of 1 mm

I have two powerful rare earth magnets, that are separated by a distance of 1 mm. I applied energy to bring them closer to each other, hence increasing the potential energy. Now, when one of the ...
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Could superconducting magnets be used to form a shield around a spacecraft?

If superconducting magnets could be used in space to form a field around a spacecraft of a similar field strength on the earth 25 to 65 microtesla's? Would the temperature in space at -246c be OK ...
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Using a magnetometer in a sub-sea application, how to get a good magnetic bearing?

Mechanical engineer here, getting in over my head concerning magnetic sensors, electronics and the like :-) Quick situation description:For a work-application I am looking at using a MEMS based 3 ...
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Spherical magnet inside a solenoid

When passing a bar magnet through a long solenoid why is it that the induced emf when the magnet is in the middle of the solenoid is zero? And if a spherical magnet is put inside the solenoid, will ...
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Magnetic fields in transformers and back emf?

i am having some trouble with understanding the magnetic fields inside transformers and how they relate to back emf. My first query is: is the magnetic field produced inside the soft iron core ...
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Purcell's approach to Larmor's formula, assumption?

In 'Electricity and Magnetism' By E.M.Purcell, a derivation is given of Larmor formula (a version of which can be found here). I will give a brief overview here: A particle is considered at ...
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Calculating capacitance of integral PCB components

I posted this question originally with Electrical Engineering Stack Exchange but nobody seems to know the answer. So I thought a physicist might find the question more approachable. Formulas for ...
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Induced EMF of a rectangular loop should be zero?

Considering the shape of a rectangular loop in a changing magnetic field: The induced $\epsilon$ would be zero? Since a rectangular loop is a combination of wires in series to create such a shape. ...
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Transmission line model proof?

Why 2 distributed lines is represented with series inductor and resistor along with parallel capacitor and resistor? What is the motivation for that? In circuit theory I Knew the assumptions to ...
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Feynman path integral interpretation of the Aharonov Bohm effect [closed]

I have recently been reading about the interpretation of the Aharonov-Bohm effect via Feynman's path integral (see viXra:1403.0950). I do not know whether I am missing something, but I do not ...
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Will non-ferrous materials like Gold that have been magnetised by a slight electric current become attracted to much more powerful permanent magnets?

If a magnet interacts with Gold it will magnetise it to a very slight degree but if the gold is in turn magnetised by passing a generally weak current through it will the gold more easily attract ...
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Why does a laserbeam bent downwards when shined through a solution of salt?

When you have a aquarium with salt on the bottom and add water to it the salt will solute in water, but most of it will initially probably stay more or less down. Now is you shine a laserbeam through ...
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Appears the world more reddish due to our vitreous body in our eyes?

Our vitreous body in our eye consist mostly of water. The refractive index of water is 1.33. If ligth is refracted the frequency stays the same but the wavelength will get shorter to equal to the ...
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How does a charged body sense the presence of another charged body? [duplicate]

If a charged body B is placed within the electric field of another charged body A,then B senses a repulsive or attractive force exerted by A. But how does this information actually transfer from A to ...
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Motion of Thompson's jumping ring

Thompson's jumping ring experiment is set up as follows: There is a force acting on the ring $F(x)$ where $x$ is the vertical displacement. The force is due to the $90^\circ$ out of phase flux ...
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Why isn't cosmic microwave background radiation on Earth drowned out by thermal noise

The Penzias/Wilson experiment, which detected the CMB, doesn't sound feasible given thermal noise. When Penzias and Wilson reduced their data they found a low, steady, mysterious noise that ...
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Electron traveling through gravitational and magnetic field

When an electron travels through a magnetic field it experiences the Lorentz force. The force acting on the electron causes an acceleration and therefore Cyclotron radiation is emitted. After reading ...
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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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Simple Explanation of Kondo Effect

Does anyone have a simple explanation of the Kondo Effect? (i.e. a simple physical picture + maybe equations to think of?) My current understanding is this: If we consider an electron scattering ...
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Cavity resonator modelling and simulation of em fields inside the cavity

I want to model a cylindrical cavity resonator and study the different modes of em fields inside it using MATLAB/COMSOL. Please refer me books/articles or other resources so that I can achieve my goal....
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Force on a magnetic dipole due to a magnetic field

Imagine a solenoid which has current $i$ and is producing a magnetic field $B$ which equals $$B=\mu N i$$ Now, imagine we put a small cylindrical magnet at the end of the solenoid. Then because at ...
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Why do planets not radiate EM waves in their orbits?

Despite being overall near-netural, I would expect the individual electrons and proton to radiate long EM waves as we accelerate around the Sun or rotate around our poles. Is the acceleration so small ...
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Magnetic flux density of a solenoidal electromagnet

I am designing an electromagnet which will be used to test magnetic sensors. So I used to formula found at hyperphysics which relates the magnetic field flux density to the number of turns, the ...
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Invariance of Maxwell's Equations under inverting variables - Reference and use

Some months ago, an ArXiv paper mentioned in passing that Maxwell's Equations were invariant under reciprocating the variables, or at least this results in a dual set of Maxwell Equations. (Actually I ...
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Can the Hall effect drive a current?

In the Hall Effect current is passed through a wide strip of metal in a perpendicular magnetic field. Since (some of) the negative charges in the metal move but the positive ones stay put, the ...
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Is the Biot Savart Law applicable only for continuous currents?

There is a widely known formula for the magnetic field due to a moving charged particle. $$\frac{\mu_0}{4\pi} q \frac{\vec{v}\times\vec{r}}{r^3} $$ The usual derivation is as follows. $$ dB = \frac{...
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How strong is Earth's magnetic field in space?

I've been searching around Google and Youtube about the strength of Earth's magnetic field. By the help of wikipedia, I have found out that it's magnitude is 25 to 65 microtesla or 0.25 to 0.65 Gauss ...
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Relationship Between Conductivity and Lossiness of a material

I read that a material is loss-less if the conductivity is zero. I have always learned that conductivity is a measure of how easily the material can conduct a current. Does this then mean that the ...
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Hamiltonian formulation of the semiclassical Model of electrons

I'm currently reading the book Solid State Physics by Neil W. Ashcroft and N. David Mermin. In Chapter 12 they introduce the "Semiclassical Model of Electron Dynamics". In short: After having solved ...
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How to calculate flux density in a toroidal CT that has an electrical line pass through the center?

I have seen the Biot–Savart equation, but I don't know how to apply it. Does the conductor length need to be considered finite and equal to the core length, or will the calculation be for a conductor ...
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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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How would I construct an EMI shield for low frequency EMI?

By low frequency, I mean 30-100 Hz. Would a Faraday cage or something like it be feasible? I am trying to shield two separate locations on a high voltage cable.
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How do you derive Fleming's left hand rule?

How do you derive Fleming's left hand rule? What is the theoretical explanation for the directions of the magnetic field, current and the force on the current for being oriented in that way relative ...
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why the electromagnetic wave transmits momentum in the direction of the movement?

Ordinarily a transverse wave does not transmit momentum, as it is the case of the well-known sea wave phenomenon. But the electromagnetic radiation has both fields transversal to the movement of the ...
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Explanation of force amplification inside a solenoid

For a system being actuated by a motor, the force can be amplified by gearing. The energy is being used for force instead of distance, so it produces more torque but moves slower. For a system being ...
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EMF Induced in a solenoid

When is the emf induced in a solenoid higher,when making or breaking the circuit? Isn't it the same magnitude since change in flux is same in both rhe cases?