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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Electric Potential of a sphere given electric field

I'm studying for a course in electromagnetism, and I've been given an electric field for which I need to find the associated scalar potential. The field is the field generated by a sphere of radius ...
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How do you levitate a foam rock? ('Endless Second' artwork)

I saw this in an art museum: How is this possible? The materials used to make this were foam, wood, stone dust, paint, electromagnets, and metal. I would like to know how this was make and how I ...
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Magnetic field inside and outside cylinder with varying current density

I am reading through Introduction to Electrodynamics by David J. Griffiths and came across the following problem: A steady current $I$ flows down a long cylindrical wire of radius $a$. Find the ...
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How could electromagnetic waves propagate through space although they have no electrons?

How could electric fields in these waves propagate through space although in space there's no electrons for the electric field to be formed? is there another type of charged particles that carry the ...
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Moving wire relative to stationary charged particle

"Now we turn our attention to what happens in $S'$, in which the particle is at rest and the wire is running past (toward the left in the figure) with the speed $v$. The positive charges moving with ...
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Variation of Electrostatic Potential with Distance in a Uniform Field

I came across this question in a problem book: If a proton is released from rest in a uniform electric field, does the electric potential at those points where the electron moves increase or decrease. ...
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Will we need to update Electrodynamics?

A contradiction to the Electrodynamics by the experiment. The author has said that, accordning to the experiment, photon is no more gauge invariant? Why is that? An important thing is that Although ...
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Copper coils for nMRI

Given the lack of financial efficacy in the medical industry, I was wondering if nuclear magnetic resonance imaging would be possible with a copper/silver coil if the use is short 10 second imaging ...
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Conservation of energy in transformers

How does energy remain conserved in a transformer if emf is increasing, or decreasing? Does the current decreases to accomodate?
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Velocity in Motional EMF

To calulate motional $\epsilon$, we use the following formula: $\epsilon$ = $-vBL$ To calculate the velocity so the motional $\epsilon$ can be calculated, what is the proper formula from what is ...
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Do intergalactic magnetic fields imply an Open Universe?

According to a recent paper on the arXiv, they do. How credible is this result? The abstract says: The detection of magnetic fields at high redshifts, and in empty intergalactic space, support ...
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One question about derivation of Maxwell equations

I saw the following way of derivation of Maxwell equations: author starts from Lorentz transformations for the 3-vector of force, then he applies them for the Coulomb law, after that gets the Lorentz ...
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How to measure vector potential such as that of magnetic field?

If we want to measure gravitational potential energy of a body-earth system, we can simply do it by measuring the body's height from ground. How could we can measure vector potential such as that of ...
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Direction of current flow

In one of my homework questions, I was given the following setup. I was asked to determine if the induced current flows from X to Y, or from Y to X. From Lenz's Law I know that the current in the ...
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Work done by Lorentz Force in case of motional emf

In the classical example of the slidewire generator where the rod slides on a U-shaped conductor in a magnetic field, we get a charge separation due to the Lorentz force. The way the induced emf is ...
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Boundary conditions on current carrying wire

I'm trying to simulate by finite elements method Maxwell equations for a current carrying wire. My 3d geometry consists of a cylinder and a box containing it. I will use a mixed formulation and ...
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Conservation of energy in electromagnetism?

How is energy conserved in electromagnetism? Is it hinted only from Lenz's law or from Maxwell? Also, if a solenoid's flow of current produces a magnetic field, and from the magnetic field forces are ...
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Torque per unit length on infinite rotating charged cylinder

For homework I have the following question, but I am stuck on finding the torque on the cylinder. An infinite cylinder of radius $R$ carries a uniform surface charge $\sigma$. We start rotating the ...
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Behavior of multiple flat coils in a cylinder

I am trying to wrap my head around how this would work. The setup is quite simple - there are multiple flat coils sealed in insulated disks, and an active coil with alternating current underneath. ...
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Can electromagnetic fields be used to shield electromagnetic radiation?

Can electromagnetic fields be used as shielding for electromagnetic radiation?
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Why Change Of Magnetic Flux Induces Current In circuit?

Why change of magnetic flux with the time through a coil induces current in it? Please tell me that what happen to charge in the coil if the magnet or electromagnet wave around this? Also, why a ...
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Symmetries of a Uniform Magnetic Field

Simple question. A system with a uniform electric field everywhere in space has translational invariance in the directions perpendicular to the electric field but no translational invariance parallel ...
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Is the existence of electromagnetic standing waves dependent on the observers reference frame?

If I take two plane EM waves travelling in opposite direction e.g. $E = E_0 \sin(kx-\omega t)$ and $E=E_o \sin (kx + \omega t)$, they sum to give a standing wave with a time-averaged Poynting vector ...
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Magnetic field in a cylinder with an off-axis hole

Take a long cylinder of radius $ a$. It has a long cylindrical hole of radius $b$ parallel to the cylinder axis. The distance between the two axes is $d$. If the cylinder has a uniform current density ...
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How a plasma reacts with an AC electromagnet

Any metal conductor such as aluminium or copper is a conductor because of the free electrons in such metals. Plasma also has free electrons so I would like to know if you can repel plasma the same ...
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Temperature stability of permanent magnets

Hello physicists/engineers, I have a somehow very specific question I hope some expert can answer me: I'm working at university and try to build an experiment which requires comparable high magnetic ...
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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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What is the meaning of electron's magnetic effect cancelling each other?

I'm trying to understand, why magnets attract certain metals but not objects made out of paper, plastic etc. And the answer I got is "in paper, electrons cancel each other". What does it mean?
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Why is an optical magnon with k=0 not an eigenenergy state?

I found in a paper the following explanation. Unfortunately, I can't understand it. Can anyone help me on this? In the limit of equal spins an optical magnon with k=0 gets an acoustical one at the ...
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Do radio waves travel around the Earth or through it?

Whenever you hear someone illustrating/describing the transmission of radio waves they always make it seem like they'd travel perfectly around the Earth to another distant location. For example, a ...
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what happens from the point when we apply potential difference across an inductor?

I am in a serious doubt about it Consider a battery of emf E and we connect it to an inductor. Initially the switch is open , now we close the switch ..... My question is What mechanism happens just ...
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Is the magnetization direction of a permanent magnet fixed?

I am now playing with a permanent magnet made of Neodymium. It is impressively strong. A question is, is the magnetization direction of the magnet fixed relative to its crystal structure?
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internal conversion and the electromagnetic force

I have read that the mechanism behind internal conversion, in which a nuclear transition leads to the ejection of an electron in one of the lower atomic orbitals, is related to the fact that the ...
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Faraday's law and “infinite induction”

I may have confused after thinking too much about Faraday's law. If an emf is induced in a circuit due to some changing magnetic field, the induced current will be in a direction such that the ...
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Gauge invariance and Feynman path-integrals

Let me look at the Hamiltonian of a charged particle in a plane in a constant magnetic field ($\vec{B}$) pointing upwards - then in usual notation it is, $$\hat{H} = \frac{1}{2m}\biggl(\hat{p} + ...
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Is visible light and radio waves made of the same thing?

I understand that there is such a thing as the electro magnetic spectrum, and that light and RF are both on it, so dose that mean that they are made of the same thing? Just at different frequencies.
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Physical, intuitive reason for divergence of dielectric constant at electronic percolation transition?

Several papers such as this (warning, PDF) and this (PDF again) talk about how, near the electronic percolation transition for a metallic 2D film, the real part of the dielectric constant diverges ...
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What makes Poynting's theorem consistent for a charge moving in a static electric field?

Poynting's theorem is given by $$\frac{\partial}{\partial t}\int_{v}Udv + \oint_{A}\vec S\cdot \vec {dA} +\int_{v}\vec E\cdot\vec J dv =0 $$ Where, the total electromagnetic energy inside the ...
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Poynting's theorem and escaping particles

I've edited my original question into horrible monstrosity (I apologize to all who spent their time on it). Here is rephrased version which hopefully will be clear. Lets have following model ...
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Any simple reason why Helium in the ground state is diamagnetic?

I know the electrons are in the spin singlet state, and the spatial part of the wave function is an S-state. But that is not sufficient for it to be diamagnetic.
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The workings of the Hall effect?

I want to ask about the workings of the Hall effect. Why do the electrons come to rest on the edge of the wire? The magnetic field pushes them up, and the electric field pushes them forward. Shouldn't ...
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How can I apply Conservation of Energy in electromagnetism?

How can I apply C.O.E to a system that applies magnetic & electric fields at the same time to do work, and convert energy from one form to another? Let assume we have a conductor that moves ...
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Surely force on shell can't be balanced by field momentum?

Imagine a particle with charge $q$ at rest at the origin. It is surrounded by a concentric spherical insulating shell, also at rest, with charge $Q$ and radius $R$. At time $t=0$ I apply a constant ...
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How does determinism manifest out of QFT?

Classical electrodynamics is deterministic. QED is indeterministic, or probabilistically random. Yet they agree with each other? What am I missing?
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Electric field from conductive to dielectric media

I am interested in the main difference between transitions from electric fields from Conductive to Conductive/ Dielectric to Dielectric and Dielectric/Conductive media. What are the boundary ...
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Does a change in electron's direction affect direction of force?

A current carrying conducting wire is placed in a magnetic field, and hence, accelerates. Assuming the wire is moving in a constant magnetic field, will the electrons change direction due to the ...
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Poynting's Theorem simplified?

How can I apply Poynting's theorem to any system that has a magnetic field & electric field, to state conservation of energy? How does Poynting's theorem state conservation of energy in EM? I ...
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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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What are correlated magnetic moments?

My book has the following sentence and I don't understand what correlation or lack of correlation means: At high temperature the magnetic moments of adjacent atoms are uncorrelated (to maximize ...
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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 ...