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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Propagating higher order Hermite Gaussian modes. What are complex amplitude coefficients?

I've been tasked with writing a code (in MatLab, but I'm currently using Mathematica because I don't know MatLab %\ ...) to simulate the propagation of a Gaussian beam. I don't really know anything ...
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Can a material be diamagnetic to electromagnetic waves, such as the visible spectrum

Diamagnetism is shown to repel a magnetic field and therefore the material counterpart of that field. Can an object be diamagnetic to electromagnetic waves, and repel them? I understand that there is ...
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Electromagnetism and magnetic fields

Would it be possible to fill hollow non-magnetic blocks of metal with ferromagnetic fluids and use magnetic fields to move the blocks in a certain way? I am only asking this because I think that if it ...
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Two objects with mass m with charge q connected to spring [closed]

I am taking Physics 201 on Yale Open Courses. I having trouble with the 5th problem in the problem set 1, which says as follows: Two sphere of mass m and negligible size are connected to two ...
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Why can't I measure electric potential from source to point according to this formula

The formula for electric potential of points A and B in the presence of an electric field due to a point charge where $R_a$ and $R_b$ are the distances from source to point A and B respectively is: ...
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Relation between magnetic moment and angular momentum — classic theory

How do I prove the relation between the vectors of magnetic moment $\vec\mu$ and angular momentum $\vec L$, $$\vec\mu=\gamma\vec L$$ ? Many text books and lecture notes about the principles of ...
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Is the magnetic field calculated by Ampere's Law only because of the currents crossing the loop? [duplicate]

In Ampere's Law, $$\oint \vec B \cdot \mathrm d \vec l = \mu I$$ the current outside the curve is not included on the right hand side of the equation.* Does it mean that the magnetic ...
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If EM waves are made of oscillating electric and magnetic fields, how come photons have no charge?

I just recently learned that electromagnetic waves are made of oscillating electric and magnetic fields, and I have a question. In the standard model, photons are described as having zero charge, and ...
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Does hitting metals magnetize them?

I was on my workshop lab today and had to file (rub on metal surface with rough surface to smooth-en it) an iron bar. It made iron dust fall of the surface. To mark some points on the bar I then had ...
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Is this a standing or moving wave?

The electric field of a uniform plane wave traveling in a source free region of free space is given by: $ \vec E= (0.5j \vec x + \vec y)(e^{j \beta z} - e^{-j \beta z})$. Is this a traveling wave or ...
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What will be the motion of an electron kept at rest in the vicinity of a magnetic monopole?

Consider that both an electron and a magnetic monopole are kept at rest close to each other. Will this result any motion of the electron? If yes, please give a derivation of the equation of motion.
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AC Electromagnets

Could someone help explain the uses of AC electromagnets. Wherever I look it says that DC electromagnets create stronger magnetic fields. I understand why AC electromagnets could be used in ...
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Understanding Poynting's Theorem intuitively

I understand that, broadly speaking, Poynting's theorem is a statement of conservation of energy. Energy density of a volume of current and charge decreases proportionally to work done on charges ...
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How does one calculate or even approximate the force observed by a magnet as its dropped inside of a diamagnetic cylinder?

How does one calculate or even approximate the force observed by a magnet as its dropped inside of a diamagnetic cylinder? Wikipedia and Google does not provide much information on this topic. ...
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Is there an electric field in the direction of a uniform current?

In an infinite plane where uniform current is passing through,is there any electric field? Because i know that charge produces an electric field but in a uniform current and because it is an infinite ...
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In the electric field we have dielectrics.What about the magnetic field?

Do we have insulators in the magnetic field just like we have dielectrics in the electric field? How are they called and how do they work?
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How would an atom behave (in terms of atomic particles) if the electrons were much heavier than the nucleus?

In other words, does the mass of electrically charged particles affect the electromagnetic forces that operate between them ? Is the electrons revolving around the nucleus simply a consequence of the ...
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Magnetic flux from an infinit wire through a Square loop [closed]

Okay so I need to solve this exercise. I know that the magnitic field from an infinit wire is given by: $ \vec{B} = \frac{\mu_0I}{2\pi r} \hat{\phi}$, And that I must do an intergral looking ...
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Non-conservative Electric Field

I was watching this video from Walter Lewin and while watching these two videos, I noticed there is a "contradiction" in what he is doing. All links direct you exactly to where he begins, so you don't ...
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Correlation between entangled photon polarisation measurement?

From Malus's law we know that if we measure a the polarisation of light with a filter angle $\theta$ to the direction of polarisation then the intensity goes like: $$I=I_0 \cos^2(\theta/2)$$ Firstly ...
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How to apply voltage source in FEM when solve Maxwell equation?

I need to solve the Maxwell equation of electric field by finite element method. In this function, the right hand side is the current density. However, in my problem, the voltage source with 1 MHz ...
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Ampere's Law and Gauss's Law for EXACT CENTER of Finite Wire: Mathematical Justification [closed]

I have always seen it explained that: Ampere's Law (in integral form) works whenever B is constant around a path, so that you can pull it out of the integral. Similarly, if you can draw a ...
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Is it safe and theorotically correct to heat a bar magnet using an open fire/furnace, provided conditions given below?

For a project, I will have to heat a bar magnet to any temperature above 40 degree celsius. For this, can I place the magnet over an open fire --like one in a furnace-- for 20 minutes or so to achieve ...
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Is Jefimenko's assertion regarding E and B fields a physical fact? [duplicate]

Standard textbooks says: "Time varying Electric field and magnetic field produce each other". But Oleg Jefimenko says NO to this. Who is correct: standard textbooks OR Jefimenko ? Both can not be ...
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1 Tesla electromagnet?

Is it possible to create a powerful electromagnet at home? With use of a ferromagnet it seems so... Using the following formula: $B(Tesla)= k\mu_0nI$. I understand some ferromagnet's like iron could ...
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Why does a good conductor shows pronounced skin effect?

I am currently studying transmission of em waves and skin effect is puzzling me. Let us consider an em wave propogating in z-direction with electric field in x-direction & magnetic field in ...
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Problem with the Ampere-Maxwell Law [closed]

We know that $$J=\sigma E$$ where $J=dI/dS$ is the current density, $\sigma$ the conductivity, and $E$ the electric field. So, if we put that into the Ampere-Maxwell law, then the law transforms ...
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frictional force is nonconservative force [duplicate]

In nature there are mainly four kind of fundamental forces,electromagnetic force is one of them which is conservative force.If friction force is belongs to electromagnetic force then why it is not ...
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What do we mean by this statement : “some positive charge is put on a metal piece”?

What do we mean by this statement : "some positive charge is put on a metal piece" ? (I know it will be distributed on the surface of the metal piece, if metal is isolated.) Electrons are ...
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What does it mean to perturb the electromagnetic energy with respect to a change in a Lorentz frame?

I am perturbing the energy of an electromagnetic field using \begin{align} \dfrac{\partial U}{\partial \zeta} = \dfrac{1}{\mu} \boldsymbol{H}\cdot \dfrac{\partial \boldsymbol{H}}{\partial \zeta} + ...
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Are we working in the double slit argumentation with destructive interference arguments?

Stimulating water with two long straight bars one could produce linear waves. Having the right distance between the bars and the correct frequency of the steady system we get in the middle between the ...
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Why is there a voltage drop across a superconducting inductor?

If there is no electric field inside a perfect conductor, then why is there a potential difference across an (superconducting) inductor?
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Why are permanent magnets permanent?

Let me see if I get it right. When an iron bar is attracted by a permanent magnet it becomes a magnet itself because all of its magnetic domains start to point in the same direction. When the iron bar ...
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Can Ampere's Circuital law be used on an infinite number of alternating Helmholtz coils?

I have the following surface current density $$ \bar{\sigma}_s = \hat{\phi} \sin(kz) |\bar{\sigma}_s| $$ to approximate an infinite number of alternating Helmholtz coils stacked along the z-axis with ...
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Calculating the potential of 2 spherical perfect conductors with the image method

I am searching for a way to calculate the potential on the surface of two perfect conductors that are spheres. I am not sure my method is correct. Here is a diagram of what I am studying : They ...
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How does one determine whether an object will make an EM wave refract in a qualitative way?

for example, i have a vague notion that the actual answer is that the permittivity and permisivity are different in each different material, so all waves refract at every boundary, but we only call it ...
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Why does the Schwinger limit fail to predict the electron radius?

One might think that the minimum electron radius is given by the Schwinger limit, since, were it smaller, spontaneous radiative effects might begin to occur. This value is 3.3*10^-14 m, but we know ...
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$B$ field around an infinite wire symmetry argument

Consider the infinity current carrying wire wire drawn below along with the three possible components of the magnetic field at a point a distance $r$ from the centre. I know how to use symmetry to ...
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Bar magnet dropped through coil

If you have drop a bar magnet through a coil so that it goes all the way through I was told the graph of emf induced in the coil vs time looks something like this: (emf induced is on y axis, time ...
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Earth's core electric charge

Forgive my limited knowledge, but the Earth's magnetic field is created by the conductive liquid in the core and to the best I can tell organizing itself (which means separating charges?). Would this ...
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Halbach array possible shapes?

Looking at images on the web most hallbachs are either rings or blocks but I have seen a couple pictures of what look to be rectangles or pyramids. They are just illustrations though and maybe ...
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Does a battery in a vacuum produce a current?

I've always assumed that the strong resistance of air is the reason there is no flow of electrons between the terminals of a battery until a wire is connect. However, in a vacuum there is no resistive ...
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How to tell apart a permanent and induced magnet which are otherwise identical?

In his educational series "Demonstrations in Physics" the late Prof. Julius Sumner Miller posed the following riddle: Given two identical bars of iron, one magnetized and one not, how can you ...
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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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How can a black hole have a charge? [duplicate]

Under current particle theory, the four fundamental forces use a force-carrying particle. The particle for electromagnetism is the photon. By definition a black hole is a mass from which light can ...
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Relation between magnetic fields of magnets and magnetic field of currents

When I started to study magnetostatics it was said that magnetic fields are created by charges in motion, that is, they are created by currents. On the other hand, we have magnets and those have ...
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What is the difference between Right Hand Palm Rule, Fleming's Right Hand Thumb Rule and Fleming's Left Hand Thumb Rule?

I dont understand in what scenarios are the three rules applied and are any two of them similar or are they all different?
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Detection of the Electric Charge of a Black Hole

By the "No Hair Theorem", three quantities "define" a black hole; Mass, Angular Momentum, and Charge. The first is easy enough to determine, look at the radius of the event horizon and you can use the ...
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Meaning of negative density

Charge density depends on the area/volume and the amount of charge. Before electromagnetism I used to think of density as being positive only. What is the intuitive meaning of negative density? Does ...
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What's the shape of electric field line in a rectangular metal under varying magnetic field

We know that,the shape of electric field line in a cylinder under varying magnetic field is circle,and I wonder,what's the situation if it is a piece of metal with rectangular cross section? I think ...