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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The electric field of a conductive sphere containing a charge - grounded vs not grounded

Let's suppose we have a sphere but unlike theoretical ones it'll have some thickness say $\Delta r$ and inner radius $R$. What I was wondering about is how will it behave if we place some charge $q$ ...
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The source and sink phenomenological description of charge - how realistic is it?

I've heard over and over an electron described as a source of the electric field, but that is a misleading term. Source makes one thing of a tap, with a constant flow of something coming out of it. ...
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Problem on electromagnetic induction and Newtonian physics

Please imagine a solenoidal toroid (i.e. a donut shaped inductor) powered by an AC voltage source. It creates a changing magnetic field which is confined to the interior of the toroid (i.e. within the ...
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Is this a Lorentz-scalar? How do I tell?

I'm struggling to identify whether a scalar is a Lorentz-scalar. E.g: $$\partial_i A^i \quad i \in {1,2,3}.$$ How do I determine if this is a Lorentz-scalar or not? If got the same problem with ...
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calculating magnetic field strength for a very small electromagnet

I am trying to calculate the magnetic field (in tesla/gauss) of an electromagnet that is very small and has very few windings. For example 12 windings over 0.003 meters. I know this is not going to ...
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Propagation Of Wave in Rectangular Waveguide

From what I understand, electric and magnetic fields are perpendicular to one another and the direction of wave propagation.The text book states that the direction of wave propagation in the ...
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Magnetic susceptibility anisotropy

I have some problems in understanding magnetic susceptibility anisotropy. I know that magnetic susceptibility can be described via a rank 2 symmetric tensor so the magnetization induced in a sample is ...
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Longitudinal Polarization and Spin-0 for Massive Vector Fields

I was wondering if anybody would be willing to explain how a plane wave solution of the form $\vec{B^\mu}=\epsilon^\mu{e^{k_0ct+\vec{k}.\vec{x}}}$ for a massive vector field's equations, say for ...
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Hall effect with similar positive and negative carriers?

The Hall effect includes the transverse (to the flow of current) electric field set up by the charges which accumulate on the edges, to counter the magnetic component of the Lorentz force acting on ...
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Gauge transformations for Schrödinger equation [closed]

I want to prove the Schrödinger equation is invariant under the gauge transformations \begin{align*} \mathbf{A} & \rightarrow \mathbf{A}' + \mathbf{\nabla} \chi \\ \phi & \rightarrow \phi' - ...
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Path dependent phase in quantum mechanics

In elementary treatments of quantum mechanics, we are taught that the wavefunction of a single particle is complex valued ($\Psi : \mathbb{R}^3 \to \mathbb{C}$). In particular, the wavefunction has a ...
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Is it possible to create arbitrary shapes of magnetic fields?

I've been reading about Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) which can activate neurons using a magnetic field, which got me thinking... what if we can pick and choose exactly which neurons to ...
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May the total charge in a supercapacitor be different using unipolar and bipolar voltage power supply?

Consider a supercapacitor where a Helmoltz double layer is formed at each of the 2 electrodes, which is like having 2 capacitors mounted in series, but with different polarities. The total charge at ...
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Why magnetic field lines and force are not orthogonal with magnets?

The below explanation why magnetism exists is superb in this video. The explanation about magnets is also great in this video. A magnet has atoms with unpaired electrons forming mini magnets. The ...
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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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Ampere's law for a rectangular plate?

If a conductive wire was carrying current $I$, it would create a magnetic field: $$B=\frac{\mu_0I}{2\pi r}$$ However, if it's not a wire, but instead a plate how would the expression change/adjust ...
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Probable mistake in the derivation of the vector form of Biot-Savart's Law

In the course of "Classical Electrodynamics", our professor stated Biot-Savart's Law as follows: $$\vec {dB}=\frac{\mu_0}{4\pi}\cdot \frac{i\vec {dl} \times \vec r}{r^3}$$ Then he proceeded to derive ...
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Definition of a field as a condensate state of bosons

I would like to know if a single boson can create a field or is it a requirement to have a condensate state of them where the number of bosons is not determined. For example, if you create a single ...
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Electromagnetic field produced by a charge?

I guess vibration of a charge particle produces vibrating EM wave and oscillation of a charged particle will produce oscillating EM wave. If charge is only accelerating (speeding up) what will happen ...
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Which part of my idea is wrong about infinite energy produced by EMF for certain circumstance?

As a someone who is on the first year of EEE student, facts in a simple way: time varying magnetic fields around conductors produce electricity for outer space, object will keep going at the same ...
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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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Are EM radiation and EM waves the same thing?

Are EM radiation and EM waves the same thing? I have seen this topics treated separately in many books. It is still not clear to me whether EM radiation and EM waves are synonymous. Is there any ...
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Torque of a current loop (circular) inside another one

I have a circular coil of 12cm of radius that conducts a current of $13A$. A second coil, with 50 turns, and a current of $1.3A$ is in the certer of the other one. I need to find: a) the magnetic ...
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Difference between radio waves and other electromagnetic waves?

Yes radio waves have different frequency and wavelength than others but it seems that radio waves are produced by sinusoidal current while other electromagnetic waves do not need need sinusoidal ...
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Direction of magnetic field

How did we know that the direction of magnetic field is from north to south and not the opposite? For example, we may use iron filings, and they will take the shape of the magnetic field, but how we ...
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electrical field in coaxial cable

When getting the electric field between the outer and inner cylinder. why is it that we are only concerned with the field generated by the positive charge distribution on the inner surface and not ...
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Can one deduce absolute motion through magnetism? [closed]

I am trying to understand forces in relativity: Suppose there are two electrons A , B travelling side by side at 1 cm distance at .99 c (in space or at lHC, ignoring all other factors). I know that ...
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Charge affected by EM-pulse. What is the equation of motion?

I'm studying for my test on radiation for Tuesday. I came across this exercise. Thought it looked interesting but now I'm stuck and I can't move forward before I finish this one. Exercise: A ...
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Frequency of Electromagnetic Radiations/Waves?

"A charge that is accelerated will produce variable electric and magnetic fields. These are electromagnetic waves. If the charge oscillates with a frequency f, then the resulting EM wave will have a ...
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How do electromagnetic waves carry energy?

Its said that electromagnetic waves carry energy. Is this because these waves are made up of electric and magnetic fields which can cause changes to the stuff that falls with in their range? Is that ...
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Two charged conducting spheres when placed in contact with each other [duplicate]

What happens when two charged conducting spheres of different radii are brought in contact with each other. How does it affect the charge distribution and field lines of spheres?
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What experiments confirmed Poynting's Theorem?

Actually, I have two related questions. The fist is the above question. The second is, what experiments confirmed that $\varepsilon_0\left(\frac{E^2}{2} + c^2 \frac{B^2}{2}\right)$ is the ...
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Why is the electric field homogenous inside a circuit?

In a circuit between to poles of a battery, there is an electric field accelerating the charges in the wire towards lower potencial (but due to resistivity they only travel at drift velocity). Is ...
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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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Biot–Savart law for a finite wire or the center of a square coil

I need to find the magnetic field inside the center square of a coil (I think this is the name, I'm translating, but if not, I'm talking about a loop of a wire, just 1 turn) of side $50cm$. So, I ...
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The radiation intensity considering dipole, quadrupole and magnetic dipole parts

In page 204 and page 205 of the book "The Classical Theory of Fields" written by Landau and Lifshitz, there is this sentence In averaging the square of the magnetic field, all the cross-products ...
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Can we use magnetic energy to produce electricity?

Magnets attract each other with a force (magnetic force), because they possess magnetic energy. My question is, is there any way, by which we can convert that magnetic energy into electrical energy? ...
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Ampere's law and Stokes' Theorem for current density

In both Griffiths and Jackson, Ampere's Law (or conversely the curl of the magnetic field) is derived by applying Stokes' Theorem to the surface integral of the current density J. The argument relies ...
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Principle of capacitor

It is said that second conductor reduces the potential of fist conductor and hence increases charge taking ability of first conductor My confusion... As per my limited knowledge it is electric ...
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Magnetic force on a charged particle doesn't affect total energy

So there's this sentence in a book I am reading. It states "When a charged particle is placed within a magnetic field, despite the magnetic force acting on the particle, there will be no change in the ...
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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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What limits the maximum sustainable surface charge density of a sphere in space?

Suppose I charge a sphere and leave it in vacuum for 10 years. After that time, I want its surface charge density to be in the order of 10^5C/m^2. Would that be possible? Would it depend on the ...
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What is the energy density of a spinning orbiting ball of uniform mass with surface charge?

What is the energy density of a spinning orbiting ball of uniform mass with surface charge? I know that all the energies involved are mass-energy, spinning energy, orbiting energy, electric energy ...
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What is exact difference between gravitational force and magnetic force? [closed]

I've read that gravitational force is due to mass only and magnetic field is due to moving charged particles. But my question is: what are other difference between them? Can we set up a small ...
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Frequency of other light in white light [closed]

I have this question in mind because I read that the frequency of light depends only on the source of light. If we consider a source of white light then it emits light of different colours also. Then ...
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Electromagnetic Field caused by accelerating and oscillating charge particles?

Will accelerating and oscillating charges will cause EM waves of different shapes ? As EM waves are always shown as sinusoidal Electric and Magnetic Fields perpendicular to each other. Does it mean ...
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Calculating the magnetic force on a charged particle

For my homework I'm supposed to answer the following: Now consider the example of a positive charge q moving in the xy plane with velocity v⃗ =vcos(θ)i^+vsin(θ)j^ (i.e., with magnitude v at angle ...
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$U(1)$ 5-dimensional Kaluza-Klein topological defects

Five-dimensional Kaluza-Klein theory is well-known to predict that the electromagnetic field can be described as a curled additional dimension over four-dimensional spacetime. That is, you only need ...
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Finding the speed of electrons in a magnetic field

So I'm trying to solve this problem in which an electron beam is "drawing a picture" on a TV screen. The electrons are accelerated to a voltage of $3 kV$ by wire coils and are then directed to ...
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Artificial planetary magnetic field

I wonder how difficult it is to create an artificial planetary magnetic field with generators? What power they would need? The question is inspired by thinking about possible colonization of ...