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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Charged rotating sphere in Maxwell-ChernSimons theory

Does anybody know what the electromagnetic field of a charged rotating sphere in five dimensional Maxwell-Chern-Simons theory is? This theory has action \begin{equation*} S = - \frac{1}{4} \int d^5 ...
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Magnetic field of one electron

I want to reproduce a calculation of the magnetic field at the atomic nuclei produced by one electron in hydrogen: Maxwell gives us: $\vec \nabla \times \vec B = \mu_0 \vec j$ Doing the surface ...
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Surface bound charge density in dielectric displacement

In Griffiths, it derived that the electric potential caused by Polarization $\bf {P}$ is written $$V({\bf r}) = \frac{1}{4\pi \epsilon_0} \int_{\mathcal{V}} \frac{\hat{\gamma} \cdot {\bf P}{({\bf ...
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Magnetic Field Flux Density Disambiguation

The Electric Field is defined as the electric force exerted on a positive test particle: $$\vec{E}=\frac{\vec{F}}{q}$$ The Electric Flux is defined as: $$\Phi=\iint \vec{E}\cdot \vec{dS}$$ The ...
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Superconductors and hoverboards

We know that superconductors are repelled by magnetic fields. The earth has a magnetic field of about $10^{-5}$ Tesla. I just want to know if it is possible to use this property of earth to make ...
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What is the direction of area vector while calculating flux in AC generators?

I was told that in case of an open surface, the direction of area vector is considered to be in the direction of magnetic field but my doubt is won't the direction of area vector change as armature ...
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What's “the” physical explanation of hysteresis in ferrimagnetic materials?

I am wondering what is "the" or "a" physical explanation of hysteresis in ferrimagnetic materials. From what I've read in wikipedia and Cullity's book, there is a simple physical explanation for ...
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Field line Direction and exerted force

Magnetic field lines of a magnetic field have different directions. What information about the force exerted on a charge will give us the direction of field lines?
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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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(boundary conditions) Interface between two lossless media

I'm wondering why there's usually no free charges nor free currents in the interface between two lossless media? no free current "I guess" is due to the insulating nature of a lossless media but why ...
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induced current in loop

I'm re-asking this question that was posted by @zhzh and subsequently closed. If you have a loop that is spun clockwise as a magnet is moved near it, is a current induced in that loop? If the ...
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Does the form of a hysteresis curve depend on the magnetic field change rate?

I have given some people access to a Monte Carlo program that I created to simulate ferrofluids. They adapted it in order to simulate hysteresis loops. I had warned that Metropolis algorithm can only ...
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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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Time dependance of oscillating sheet of charge

I am working on a practice problem involving maxwells equations. We have an infinite sheet of charge density $\sigma$ in the x-y plane and it is oscillating as x= $\Re [x_0e^{-i\omega t}]$. I want to ...
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influence of soft iron in magnetic lenses

I'm currently working as an intern in a research group which is specialized in transmission electron microscopes. I'm reading a book from David B. Williams and C. Barry Carter : Transmission electron ...
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Low kenitic Energy and High Kinetic Energy Atoms Attract

Will atoms of 2 difrent energy levels electron and/or Kinetic attract more than 2 Atoms at he same energy level? Do 2 high energy level atoms attract more than 2 low energy atoms?
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Relationship between magnetic force acted upon a diamagnetic substance and the magnetic field applied to it

I have a sample of bismuth that I have applied a measured B-field to through the use of a solenoid electromagnet. I've been trying to find a formula relating the B-field to the force that the bismuth ...
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Light reflecting off a sphere

Suppose light of momentum $-P\hat{\textbf{k}}$ is shone on a sphere. What is the momentum transferred onto the sphere? I think the transferred momentum upon reflection is given by ...
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The frequency induced by the alternating current

Let set up the experiment as followed. A string is stretched at two ends. Two magnet poles N and S are placed under and above the string. Now we let an alternating current go through the string with ...
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Response function in plasma

I am reading an article where authors investigate how a particular type of electrostatic waves propagates in a plasma. They start with the Poisson's equation in the next form: $$\nabla^2 ...
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Problem in computing self-induction for a wire with zero diameter

This is quoted form Edward Purcell's Electricity and Magnetism; it tells about the problem of computing magnetic flux during self-induction for a wire with zero-diameter: You may think that one of ...
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Increase Phase Velocity by Losing Power

I just read some words from the book Optical Waveguide Theory by Snyder, Allan W., p226. It says that However, although it is possible for the phase velocity of a mode to exceed the maximum speed ...
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What's the analogy of a single photon from the perspective of “classical electromagnetic wave”?

I guess there isn't an accurate analogy. But what is the best analogy we can use? It seems an idea sinusoidal wave of a single frequency doesn't fit as a photon at all. In a certain sense, at least ...
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What is capacitance, in general?

In circuit analysis software capacitance can be measured between any two nodes of a circuit or of a multiterminal device. In practical terms we take $C_{ij}$, the capacitance between $i$ and $j$ as ...
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angular momentum of electromagnetic wave

EM waves that are circularly or elliptically polarized have angular momentum. Is there any experiment that proves/shows this ? like shine a light on something and it rotates ? The correspondence is ...
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Understanding the magnetic field near a solenoid

I'd like to model the magnetic field strength of a solenoid at different points close to it. Is it as simple as summing up the individual magnetic fields from the wires assuming the conductors are ...
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Finding the magnetic field of an arbitrary arrangement of current-carrying wires

For an arbitrary arrangement of current-carrying wire, I am trying to show that the Taylor expansion around $\vec{r} =0$ of a magnetic field $\vec{B}(\vec{r})$ is given by \begin{align} ...
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Magnetic vector potential of an infinite wire

Using the integral $A=\frac{\mu_0}{4 \pi} \int \frac{I \vec{dl}}{r}$ for calculating magnetic vector potential of an infinite wire we get $$A = \left(\frac{\mu_0 I}{4 \pi}\right) ln(\sec \theta + \tan ...
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Is there theoretical description of such plasmonic nanostructure?

I'm preparing a reasearch about plasmonic nanoparticles and I'm interested about their arrays placed above a metallic film (like on the picture). Until now i found following articles: ...
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Effect of reference frame on magnetic force

Consider a charge $q$ moving with speed with speed $v$ near a wire carrying current $i$. Observer at rests sees force $$F_B=q\vec v\times \vec B $$ Now if the observer moves with the particle with ...
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Can TE and TM modes propagate together in a waveguide?

I recently came to understand the TE and TM modes. As it is defined that E=0 for transverse electric and vice-versa. I have a few basic questions in mind which I thought to ask in one thread only. ...
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How is my guitar cable picking up clear radio-signals?

I've recently noticed radio-signals coming through my guitar amplifier. I'm on the top floor of a building in a densely populated city, with a clear visual path to many other buildings. My guitar ...
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Why do magnetic forces scale down so poorly?

Im told by experts in MEMS and nanotech that magnetic forces scale down very poorly. This is one reason we have many MEMS devices based on electric forces/electrostatics but not on magnetics. Can ...
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Why does inter-electron distance in wire grow with acceleration?

When you have an electrically neutral wire, and apply a voltage across it, free electrons (provided by source) flow through the wire and thus an electric current is created. Assuming an ideal ...
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The Magnus affect and charge, angular momentum and the electromagnetic field

In the Magnus effect, a rotating body undergoes deflection along its direction of travel under the turbulence created by its interaction with air. Similarly, a charged particle with linear and angular ...
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When a coil makes a complete turn, why is does magnetic flux double with respect to time?

EMF, $\mathcal{E}$, is equal to -d($\phi$)/dt Where $\phi$ is magnetic flux. Why is it that if from $t_1$ to $t_2$ the coil makes a complete turn and during this turn the normal vector's angle with ...
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Hollow metallic waveguides versus optical waveguides versus cables

In almost every physics program, you learn about electricity, electromagnetism, photonics, ... Within the electricity course, you learn about transporting electric energy as electrons through cables. ...
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What is the role of the hyperfine interaction in singlet-triplet transition of spin correlated radical pairs?

I don't really understand the hyperfine structure. I understand, that the magnetic dipole moment of the nucleus interacts with the spin of an electron, causing a split between the energy levels of ...
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Fields with source property != influenced property?

As far as I know, a field (gravitational, electric, magnetic) is created by something (mass, charge, moving charge) and can exert a force on something (a mass, charge, moving charge). Is there a ...
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Eddy current brake with superconductor

There are eddy current brakes used with metal plates to stop trains. It converts kinetic energy of the metal plate to heat via eddy current on it. So what if we have a superconducting metal plate and ...
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Diffusion of magnetization (NMR)

In the context of MRI I'm trying to understand the mechanisms of magnetization diffusion. Consider a sample that is magnetized by an external magnetic field. We have displacement of magnetic moment ...
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interaction of permanet magnetic field with electromagnetic field

I am working on non contact breaking system for a rotating permanent magnet in an electromagnetic field.so I would like to know if the interaction between the magnetic field and an electromagnet will ...
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Distribution of current, charge and EM radiation from a centrally AC fed ball-shaped antenna

As far as I can understand, it is generally accepted that every classical electromagnetic phenomena can be explained by five equations: Maxwell's four equations and the Lorentz force law. However you ...
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Energy stored in a polarized, uncharged conductor's electric field distribution

I am trying to solve the following problem: A charge $Q$ is brought in from infinity to the neighbourhood of an isolated uncharged conductor. The fields due to the induced charge distribution on ...
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Can iron filings on a magnet be removed using a stronger magnet?

After some experiments, I had some NdFeB permanent magnets "contaminated" with iron filings, sticking to it's poles surfaces/edges - you may have seen that before. There are some working ways to ...
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Wave equation - Cases where separation of variables doesn't work

Separation of variables combined with the Fourier's theorem is the most common technique of solving D'Alembert's wave equation: $$ \Delta\Phi-\frac{1}{c_0^2}\frac{\partial^2 \Phi}{\partial t^2}=0 $$ ...
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Induced emf by an induced emf

A time varying magnetic field will produce an induced emf in a closed loop. This induced emf will in turn produce an electric current which itself will produce a magnetic field. My questions are: Is ...
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Dipoles in an external rotating field?

Consider a bunch of magnetic dipoles in $x-y$ plane in an external magnetic field $B(t)=B_0 \hat{z}+B_1(\cos\omega t~\hat{x}+\sin\omega t~\hat{y})$. The dipoles are rotating around $z$ axis and of ...
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Why can xenon gas stay ionised after the “trigger voltage” is removed?

From my understanding of a Xenon flash circuit, a storage capacitor and a trigger capacitor are charged up to about 240V (both with similar RC values, but less capacitance is needed for the trigger ...
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Why is it necessary to break symmetry to get magnetoelectric effect in multiferroics?

Spatial or time symmetry needs to be broken for both magnetic and electric to happen in the same material. But how is symmetry hindering the process?