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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World's Largest Radio Telesope : How accurately does it need to be figured?

In Guizhou Province, China, the worlds largest radio telescope is almost complete, measuring 500 metres across. I am aware that todays largest optical telescope require very accurate figuring and ...
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Variation of spin in the rest frame of an electron in an external magnetic field

In Jackson's Classical Electrodynamics, the equation of motion for the angular momentum $\textbf{s}$ of an electron in an external magnetic field is given by (eq. 11.101) ...
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Magnetic field between 4 wires with the same current

if I have 4 long wires with a current I and all of them have the same distance from each other (looked at from the front you'd have a square) shouldn't the magnetic field vanish in the middle of all 4 ...
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Determine potential function given initial conditions?

Assuming a radially symmetric circular disk (let's say r=1). Given two simple initial conditions: Potential at the centre is 4 V Potential at the edges is 0 V How would I determine the potential ...
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advantages/disadvantages of a cylindrical microwave oven cavity in comparison to a rectangular cavity

Why are rectangular cavities preferred for standard microwave ovens with a frequency of 2.45 Ghz? What is the reason that you can hardly find a circular cavity? What are the disadvantages of ...
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Photon transmission

I want to know exactly how light travels. Are each photon in a light beam traveling in a cosine function? I'm confused because only when it goes through polarization that it starts to show this type ...
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Why the motion of rotating magnet doesn't stop if we use a superconducting wire?

I would like to know why magnets rotated,wouldn't stop their motion if we place a superconducting wire as said by William Beaty at MadSci Network.
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Geometric Algebra formulation of EM in nonuniform dielectric media

Normally, there is a straightforward formulation of Maxwell's equations in free space under the GA framework, which reduces to (picking the right units): $$ \nabla F = \mu_0 J $$ with some ...
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Lab experiment: hysteresis disappears, reappears and then disappears again. How?

In my college laboratory we were assigned an experiment to measure the hysteresis curves of a certain ferromagnetic material at different temperatures. Sounds simple, right? Well, the block of Monel ...
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How to compute the magnetic force between two electromagnets?

I wanna compute the magnetic forces between two solenoids with iron cores, is there any analytic formula for this? I guess that dipole-dipole interaction in the link ...
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Coulomb Gauge under Lorentz Boost

In the Coulomb gauge for the Maxwell potential we have $$ A^0 = 0 \\ \partial_i A^i = 0 $$ Under an infinitesimal Lorentz Transformation with parameter $\epsilon$, we have $$ A^\mu(x) \rightarrow ...
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Can orbital angular momentum of an electron be changed?

In a lab at my university they are working on a project that deals with changing the "net magnetization" of a material by "flipping" the spins on some electrons. Is orbital angular momentum not ...
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With the help of a given charge is it possible to obtain a charge many times greater in magnitude

Consider a spherically conducting sphere. If a charge(say positive) is placed near the sphere, then it will lead to separation of charges inside the sphere.My question is, can we create charges more ...
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Attraction between electromagnet and a permanent magnet - at which point is the force the strongest?

You have an air-core inductor with current applied, so that the magnet in the picture will be attracted to it. At what position will the force between the two be the strongest and at which the ...
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Wigner-Eckart theorem and Van Vleck paramagnetism

Using the Wigner-Eckart theorem, we can express the matrix elements of Langevin's paramagnetic Hamiltonian $L_z + g_S S_z$ using only the quantum numbers of the total angular momentum, $J$ and $m_J$, ...
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What is a simple model to find the jump height for the Thomson's Jumping Ring experiment?

I'm trying to devise a basic formula that could give a rough estimate for the jump height reached in the Thomson's Jumping Ring experiment, as detailed here. However, it's pretty difficult as most ...
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Can a circuit produce a magnetic force on itself?

Well I think that it is kind of obvious, because the magnetic force does not specify if the fiel is produced or not by the circuit that feels it, but I had never heard about "autoinduced forces" or ...
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Electromagnetic Tensor under Lorentz transformation, $F'(\Lambda x)= \Lambda F(x) \Lambda^T$?)

Suppose we have a configuration of electric and magnetic fields $E(x1,x2,x3,x4)$ and $B(x1,x2,x3,x4)$, they depend of position and time for a fixed coordinate system. And I want to know how someone in ...
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Energy density inside anisotropic materials

I'm taking some college courses on electromagnetism and there was some talk of energy stored by electromagnetic field and its density. The expression that we use to calculate energy density stored by ...
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Electro magnet strength to weight ratio

I was wondering. How would I work out how strong a magnet would have to be to support my weight.
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Is frictional heat just electromagnetic interactions creating infrared radiation?

Example: Rub your index finger on a sheet of paper and you will feel that it will get noticeably hotter Is the reason you feel this increase in heat (technically an increase in kinetic energy of the ...
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How do Hertzian dipoles relate to reflection of EM waves?

We recently performed an experiment where the intensity of microwave radiation reflected off different materials was measured. A comment in the script noted that the mechanism by which reflection of ...
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Turning a k-space integral into an energy integral for a conductivity tensor

Looking over a derivation of the conductivity tensor for magneto-resistance, I got stuck trying to go from (1.133) to (1.134), transforming the k-space integral into one over energy. In this ...
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Transformer core area

I want to ask you people that where does this formula ca = 1.152 ×√ (output voltage × output current) I am keen to know about 1.152 factor and amaze to see that how vs and is are reslonsible for max ...
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multipole moments of dipole with finite spacing

Can a dipole with finite spacing between poles be represented by pure multipoles centered at the origin? Say for example that I have a dipole with finite spacing $2\epsilon$ between the poles. I ...
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Physical interpretation of Robin's boundary conditions for Poisson equation

i want to know the physical interpretation of Robin's boundary conditions for Poisson equation on $\Omega=]0,a[$x$]0,b[$ $-\Delta u =f $ and $\frac{\partial u}{\partial n}+\alpha u =g $ on ...
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(Induced) Surface charge/current density of dielectric material?

Consider an incident $s$-wave traveling from vacuum to a linear dielectric material (at an angle), clearly there's no surface charge density since $\vec{E}$ has no normal component. However, we can ...
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Feasiblity of a long spinning top using an electromagnet to pull on Earth's magnetic field

Would it be feasible to build a infinitely spinning top (ref. Inception) by including a battery powered electromagnet who's polarity flipped in sync with the top's rotation such that the pull against ...
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Current induced in concentric superconducting loops

Suppose you have two superconducting loops, concentric, in a plane. Also suppose that their radii, $R_1$ (outer) and $R_2$ (inner) have the same order of magnitude (so you can't assume $B$ through the ...
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Good textbooks on nonlinear electrodynamics?

Looking for suggestions for a good textbook on nonlinear electrodynamics, not going into optics immediately as most textbooks tend to do but perhaps a rigorous mathematical exposition on the ...
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Relating noise spectral densities of magnetic flux and voltage

My problem is as follows. I generate a voltage $V$. This voltage is applied to a resistor R, producing a current $I$. This current is then passed through a superconducting coil, producing a magnetic ...
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Change in energy eigenvalue of Schrödigner-Pauli equation

If I apply a uniform magnetic field to a paramagnetic material, I will re-orient the quantum spins of the electrons on the atoms to create a net magnetic dipole moment. When the re-orientation occurs ...
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Relation between intensity of light and amplitude of electric field?

A question in my textbook involve finding the electric field amplitude at a point in space given the intensity of light. It uses the following equation to solve it: - ...
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How will EM waves behave if they are made to pass through a region of intense magnetic/ electric field?

My question is exactly what the title says. I think they should not be affected as photons are uncharged. But shouldn't the oscillating Electric and Magnetic fields be affected by the electric/ ...
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Electric Field From a point P

A rod of length $L$ and total charge $Q$ creates an electric field at a point $P$, $x$ units away. We need the electric field at this point. I am working on a physics problem for homework and the set ...
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What causes that the outer electrons of iron have the same spin and creates a dipool?

Iron has the capability of magnetism. The cause of that is that the spins of electrons in the outer shell are the same so they pushes each other away because of Pauli exclusion principle so they are ...
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how would an iron encapsulated electromagnet work?

I have been searching for this for a while now, but, a normal electromagnet works with(example) an iron cylinder and a copper coil around it, but would it work the same if you were to encapsulate it ...
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Relationship between the g-factor and the gyromagnetic ratio?

From what I have read the g-factor and the gyromagnetic ratio are two different quantities. It appears to me that the gyromagnetic ratio is the ratio between (any) angular momentum and the magnetic ...
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What does this coordinate transformation in the Wave equation mean?

My tutor derived the following of which I do not understand the transformations (2.1) and (2.2): $$\Delta\vec{E} - \frac{1}{c^{2}} \frac{\partial^{2}\vec{E}}{\partial t^{2}} = \frac{4\pi}{c^{2}} ...
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Radius of solenoid on the magnitude of magnetic field

I'm working on a project and have made a solenoid. I want to know the effective parameters on the magnitude of the magnetic field. $$B=μNi$$ In this equation, the radius of the solenoid don't have any ...
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Landau levels in uniform magnetic field

Intro Landau levels are obtained by gauging the vector potential to be $$ \vec{A}=\left(-By,0,0\right) $$ By which the Hamiltonian: $$ H={1\over 2m}\left(\vec{p}-q\vec{A}\right)^2 $$ can be ...
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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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(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 ...