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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Voltage of a quadrupole magnet

I have a simple question and it's my first one in this community. :) Does the voltage of a quadrupole magnet depend on the power of the electron beam in a synchrotron? Perhaps someone has a good ...
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Polarizability and the Clausius-Mossotti Relation

There seems to be a fairly large inconsistency in various textbooks (and some assorted papers that I went through) about how to define the Clausius-Mossotti relationship (also called the ...
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Boundary conditions for Maxwell's equations at the interface between two media

Consider the following simple Maxwell's equations: $$ \nabla\cdot\mathrm{D}=\rho $$ $$ \nabla\times\mathrm{E}+i\omega\mathrm{B}=0 $$ $$ \nabla\cdot\mathrm{B}=0 $$ $$ ...
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Why do I hear voices when I touch my turntable needle?

So I was trying to figure out the reason why my old (and probably sufficiently damaged) needle on my phonograph (turntable) was not working like it was a little while ago. With my headphones on, I ...
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Induced emf in stationary conductor lying in varying magnetic field

We explain that motional emf is induced because charges in a conductor move along with the conductor and as a result a magnetic force pushes them to one side of the conductor. But in case of a ...
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Uniformity in a solenoid

I know the magnetic field strength increases as the number of turns in the solenoid increases. However, I've learnt the field inside the solenoid is usually nearly uniform. So, does the number of ...
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Are photons just electric waves in an electron's frame of reference?

They say that electrons emit photons when they jump to a lower orbit. But the way electrons should see it, there's no any emission, really. There's just rapid change in electric field due to a rapid ...
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Electromagnetic braking hypothetical situation?

Let's say there is a conducting rod in space - with a constant external magnetic field. If you spin the rod - will electromagnetic braking make the rod stop eventually? I feel like there is a change ...
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What are the boundary conditions for EM waves normally incident on the interface between two dielectric media?

An EM wave, amplitude $E_0$, frequency $\omega_0$, is incident upon a material with relative permittivity (dielectric function) $$\varepsilon \left( z \right) = \left\{ \begin{gathered}{\varepsilon ...
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Currents induced by rotation of a coil about magnetic field lines

If the coil on the left is rotated about the magnetic field lines, will there be an induced current? I know that the flux concerns only the component of the magnetic field perpendicular to the ...
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Earnshaw Theorem for ionic solids

Is a single molecule of sodium chloride (say) or a cluster of molecules of NaCl unstable, although macroscopically NaCl is in fact, stable? How can I reason this based on Earnshaw's theorem?
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Enough high&configured field disabling electron avalanche?

The electron avalanche starts after sufficient high electric field through the hole where one electron is, often >300keV. However, I seem to be getting results, that at some energy instances of the ...
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Magnetic force paradox

Suppose a current carrying wire Is placed in vertical direction. A charged rod is placed is placed nearly horizontally.It is clear that magnetic field due to current carrying wire is inside the ...
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Is the wobbly rope depiction of a radio wave inherently wrong? And how do vectors of parallel waves align with each other?

I don't have a scientific education, yet I'm scientifically curious. Among other things, I'm struggling to understand the nature of electromagnetic waves. What I have recently realized is that the ...
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Can electromagnetic fields be used to deconstruct and reconstruct molecular bonds?

I was thinking one day and came up with a theory after reading about how scientists were studying anti-matter by using electro magnetic fields to separate matter from the anti-matter they made. It got ...
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Net electric field of a nanowire in the vicinity of a quantumdot

I know how to find the electric field when both nanostructures are same and in the vicinity of each other. However, when it comes to nanostructures of different dimentionality (ie.nanowire and a ...
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In magnetostatics, is there any relation between flux and current?

I have noted while trying to find analogy between electrostatics and magnetostatics, for the equation, flux = charge/epsilon, is there any corresponding equation in magnetostatics, relating magnetic ...
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Why is the inner product between divergence-free current $\vec{J}$, and a gradient field$\nabla \varphi$ zero?

I read an article saying that the inner product between divergence-free current and a gradient field is zero. A divergence-free surface current is $\nabla\cdot\vec{J}=0$, and $\vec{J}$ could be ...
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Classical Mechanics - Equation of motion, Lagrangian, Newtons 2nd Law [closed]

I really don't even know where to start with this question. A particle with charge $q$ moving in an electromagnetic field is described by the Lagrangian $$L=\frac{m\mathrm v^2}2+\frac qc\mathrm ...
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Eddy Currents – Tubes with slits

When a magnet falls down a tube, eddy currents form and flow around the tube, perpendicular to the direction in which the magnet falls. However, when there is a vertical slit in the tube, are ...
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Difference between steady and moving electrons

Recently I am reading about the elecctromagnetism. When the electrons are at rest, they produce electric field and when in motion they produce magnetic field. Why so? What happens to a electron when ...
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Using the Mirror Rule to determine the magnetic field of an infinite slab

Consider a slab infinite in the y and z direction but with finite width W in the x direction. Current flows in the (+y) direction. I'm supposed to use the "mirror rule" to show that at a point in the ...
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Reproducing electricity [closed]

We all know reproducing solar energy is possible. Same stands for mechanical energy (air, water, coals) - they are all reproducible. But what about other types of light ? A diode light for example ...
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Coercivity of a ferromagnetic material?

I understand that coercivity is the field/force required to demagnetize/magnetize a ferromagnetic material. What if we had two opposite magnetic fields of different strengths values H acting on the ...
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Repelling a weak permanent magnet with an electromagnet

I have a question about magnetic repulsion. Suppose I have a permanent magnet (axially magnetized) placed on top of the iron core of an electromagnet. I want to switch on the elctromagnet to repel the ...
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Is it possible to eliminate Van der Waals interactions?

I came to know that the friction force actually depends on the surface contact area due to weak interactions (adhesion due to Van der Waals forces) between the atoms of both materials increasing in ...
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Constant magnetic field attenuation by µ-metal (mu-metal)

I am interested in the magnetic field attenuation by µ-metal. Specifically shielding from earth's magnetic field $\boldsymbol{H}_E$ through closed cylindrical layers of such a metal, yielding an ...
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Transmission of light, sub-wavelength apertures, and cut-off frequencies

I was hoping someone could please explain how the transmission of light through a sub-wavelength aperture in a metal film, at a particular wavelength, changes when the aperture is: i) above cut-off ...
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Can someone please explain extraordinary optical transmission (EOT)?

Can someone please explain extraordinary optical transmission (EOT)? I'm hoping someone can describe the physical process by which light is transmitted through a periodic metal hole array which is ...
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Can colour be synthesized from frequency?

Given the frequency of a mechanical vibration in the audible range, one can synthesize the sound on a computer. For example, I ask "what does 440Hz sound like?" and I can listen to this frequency as ...
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what is the meaning of “x dB of isolation” for Faraday cage box?

I need a Faraday-cage box that block the device from transmitting or receiving any signals when it is in it. When I search for such a box I always see the companies that are making describe it is ...
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Does Biot-Savart law apply in changing electric field or it needs a modification just like Ampere's law, to become as true as Maxwell's 4th equation?

Does Biot-Savart law apply in changing electric field or it needs a modification just like Ampere's law, to become as true as Maxwell's 4th equation? In the update to Ampere's circuital law, the ...
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Why does a current-carrying conductor behave like a magnet?

I have heard that a current-carrying conductor behaves like a magnet, the reason why the magnetic needle of a compass kept near the circuit, deflects. Why is it so?
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Calculating the resistance of a 3D shape between two points

If I have an arbitrarily shaped object made of a uniform material of some specified resistivity, how would I go about calculating the resistance between two measurement points with known contact ...
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Magnetic force between an infinite and a finite current carrying wire

My question is simple. What would be the magnetic force between an infinite and a finite but obliquely placed current carrying wire? One end of the finite wire is at a perpendicular distance $a$ ...
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How does infrared radiation increase temperature?

Temperature is proportional to the average kinetic energy of particles in a medium. When impinged by infrared radiation, what happens on the microscopic level that translates that EM wave into the ...
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Frequency of rotating coil

Given a coil initially in the x-y plane, rotating at angular frequency $ \omega $ about the x-axis in a magnetic field in the z-direction. This uniform time varying magnetic field is given by $B_z ...
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Should I use Coulombs law when magnets attract/repel?

When magnets attract to each other or repel. Should I use Coulombs law? If not, why not? Some would say that I shouldn't because: "Coulomb's law deals with static charges and force due to them. ...
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Meaning of boundary condition for steady current density?

Although I understand the derivation of boundary condition in case of steady electric current but I did not understand, that the electric field which is in direction of $J$ current density that is ...
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Potential energy from opposing magnets repelling each other with a gap of 1 mm

I have two powerful rare earth magnets, that are separated by a distance of 1 mm. I applied energy to bring them closer to each other, hence increasing the potential energy. Now, when one of the ...
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Is an electron attracted to one of the magnetic poles in this scenario?

Do magnets attract electrons? I don't think so, but maybe in certain cases they can be? I guess it would depend on what direction the velocity and magnetic field is in so that the force acting on the ...
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Why do we always consider the area of inner solenoid while calculating the mutual inductance of two coaxial solenoids?

While we know that flux linked to an area is the dot product of the area vector of the loop(and not the actual area encountering the field lines) and the magnetic field linked to it, why then do we ...
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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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Work functions of ceramics/insulators

Is anyone aware of or know of a good source or means of estimating the work function of a ceramic material? Typically, work functions are given for pure elemental metals, rather than for compounds, ...
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Dispersion relation in wave guides

I am reading Griffiths section 9.5. Assume that wave guides are surrounded by perfect conductors, and geometry is $z$-independent, as in the text. I understand he proved that in a hollow wave guide, ...
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Current flow direction, based off the equipotential line?

From the following diagram: Given the wires are only connected to a certain portion of the conductor, will current flow all around the conductor? Or only throughout the equipotential line(diagram ...
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Is it possible to make an electromagnet w 2 like ends?

HELP! Is it possible to create an electromagnet with one continuous wire with 2 like poles (i.e. both ends either north or south)?. Visualising it with the right hand screw rule for current ...
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Why do electrons occupy the space around nuclei, and not collide with them?

We all learn in grade school that electrons are negatively-charged particles that inhabit the space around the nucleus of an atom, that protons are positively-charged and are embedded within the ...
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Difference in induced current, when magnetic field “span” is reduced?

A conductor of known volume $(V)$ passes a uniform magnetic field$(B)$with a constant velocity $(v)$ the conductor is a source of induced EMF, a power source to a circuit. The induced EMF can be ...
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Can photons accelerate? [duplicate]

I was just wondering if there's a (hypothetical) situation where a photon could accelerate and what the consequences of this might be?