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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Magnets arranged in a sphere

If I was to take a bunch of magnets and arrange them in a sphere (And keep them there with glue or plastic or something) so that the north pole faces the outside of the sphere and the south pole faces ...
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What's the relation between virtual photons and electromagnetic potentials?

Given that: 1) virtual photons mediate the electric and magnetic force fields 2) the magnetic field is the curl of the magnetic vector potential 3) the electric field is the negative gradient of ...
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Why Are Maxwell's Equations Preferred Before Those Proposed by H. Hertz?

In a recent exchange it was pointed out that in certain situations Maxwell's equations need Lorentz force as a patch (the latter not being part of those equations neither is it derivable from them). ...
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How does one calculate the force applied on an object by a magnetic field?

I've tried very hard to find an answer to this question, and every path leads me to an abstract discussion of fundamental forces. Therefore, I will propose two very specific scenarios and see if they ...
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Charging a black hole?

What would happen if we have a black hole and we start shooting at it a single electron at a time, and go on doing it forever? Would the electrons start to bounce off eventually?
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Do We Need Maxwell's Equations Since They Fail to Account for An Experimental Fact at Least in One Occasion?

This question is an outgrowth of regarding voltage and emf where @sb1 mentioned Faraday's law. However, Faraday's law as part of Maxwell's equations cannot account for the voltage measured between the ...
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bound charges in materials

I have a question regarding the bound charges in electrostatics, I think I am a bit confused, on one side I have read that bound charges in a capacitor with a dielectric inside the plates are on the ...
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Numerical software to manipulate a light beam in its plane wave representation?

Any light field can be expressed as a sum of plane waves. Such an ensemble of plane waves is called the plane wave spectrum of the light field. The plane wave spectrum is the Fourier transform of the ...
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To what extent is the “minimal substitution” or “minimal coupling” for the EM vector potential valid?

In all text books (and papers for that matter) about QFT and the classical limit of relativistic equations, one comes across the "minimal substitution" to introduce the magnetic potential into the ...
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What happens if you x-ray an x-ray?

The title largely sums up my question, what does happen if you either x-ray an x-ray, or point two x-ray generators at each other?
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What Is the Noise of an MRI Machine

What is the source of the loud noise of an MRI medical scanning machine? Is it due to some mechanical moving parts such as pumps, or is it an effect, similar to magnetostriction of superconducting ...
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What is the difference between gravitation and magnetism?

If you compress a large mass, on the order of a star or the Earth, into a very small space, you get a black hole. Even for very large masses, it is possible in principle for it to occupy a very small ...
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Moving charge as a magnet, is the sign relative?

A thought experiment: Suppose we are moving in a spacecraft (A), carrying an excess of electrons on spaceship surface, but we can't go outside to measure it, and it's moving at constant speed $v$, ...
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What Is the Physical Size of a Magnet?

With present day materials and technology what is the physical size of a one milli Tesla magnet? How much "power" it has to attract pieces of iron? Please compare it with the objects we have around. ...
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How is the operation of a Goldleaf Electroscope explained in terms of virtual particles?

If an electroscope is charged negatively the electrons on the leaves will repell each other and stand apart. It is clear than there is a steady force between the leaves that counters gravity. How is ...
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What does it take to understand Maxwell's equations?

Assume I want to learn math and physics enough to reach a level where I understand Maxwell's equations (The terms and reasoning in the equations I.e. why they "work"). What would I have to learn in ...
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How do you determine power flow direction in a transmission line?

Below is a picture of a typical transmission line(about 200 kV). Is there a simple physics experiment which can be performed safely near the line, to determine the power flow direction. Or in other ...
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What is the cause of the normal force? [duplicate]

I've been wondering, what causes the normal force to exist? In class the teacher never actually explains it, he just says "It has to be there because something has to counter gravity." While I ...
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What is the physical process (if any) behind magnetic attraction?

I understand that the electromagnetic force can be described as the exchange of virtual photons. I also understand that it's possible for virtual photons, unlike their real counterparts, to have mass ...
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Separation of solids from liquids using magnetic waves

Using magnetic forces, I want to separate solids from liquids in a solution as a centrifuge would do. Is there a way to hit a volume of liquid and get it to separate liquids and solids with heavy ...
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How much power can be drawn from stray electromagnetism in the atmosphere?

I know this probably varies quite a bit from place to place on earth. But just some rough estimates: if I were to pull power via multiple antennae tuned to a variety of different frequencies, how much ...
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When does voltage drop occur?

Why or when does it occur in a circuit? What does it imply when you speak of a voltage drop across a resistor? (Obviously, it probably means that the current's voltage before the resistor is higher ...
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Does space have to be filled with charged particles to carry electromagnetic waves?

I'm a newbie here so have mercy. I'm studying electromagnetic waves. This is the propagation of energy via the vibration of charged particles, as I understand it. A charged particle could be like ...
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How to find the poles on a spherical magnet?

To any nonmagnet, the whole sphere is a magnet. To another spherical magnet though, there is a rough area on the surface where it is strongly repelled. Given a spherical magnet, how should the poles ...
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Paramagnet: Negative specific heat?

for a simple paramagnet ($N$ magnetic moments with values $-\mu m_i$ and $m_i = -s, ..., s$) in an external magnetic field $B$, I have computed the Gibbs partition function and thus the Gibbs free ...
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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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Interference of EM Waves with Orbital Angular Momentum

If you have two coherent collinear e-m beams of same frequency and polarization, but 180 degrees out of phase, they will destructively interfere. If you introduce orbital angular momentum of L=3 ...
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How long does a permanent magnet remain a magnet?

I have a bunch of magnets (one of those game-board thingies) given to me when I was a school-going lad over 20 years ago, and the magnets feel just as strong as it was the day it was given. As a ...
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speed of an electromagnetic wave

I have this equation $$\dfrac{\partial E_z}{\partial y^2} - \mu_0 \varepsilon_0 \dfrac{\partial E_z}{\partial t^2} = 0$$ Why is $v^2 = 1 / (\mu_0 \varepsilon_0)$ ?
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The energy carried from one winding of a transformer to another, in quantum terms

I have read in wikipedia this statement "The energy carried from one winding of a transformer to another, in quantum terms is carried by virtual photons, not real photons" (wikipedia src: virtual ...
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Changing magnetic flux graph?

In regards to a graph of the changing magnetic flux in a generator such as this one: a) The equation of the graph should be $\Phi = BA \cos \theta$. As $\theta=\omega t$ (angular velocity*time), ...
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What was meant by the 'ponderomotive force' as understood by Minkowski?

Skimming through Minkowski's famous 1907 paper, he uses the term ponderomotive force. What does he mean by this?
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Where can I find simulation software for electricity and magnets?

Is there easily-available* software to simulate coils, solenoids, and other magnetic and electromagnetic devices? I'd like to play around with some design ideas, such as Halbach arrays, but physics ...
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Why does current alternate in an AC generator?

I understand how generators work, but I can't for the life of me conceptualize why the current in an AC generator reverses every 180 degrees!!! I understand that, using the right hand rule, it can be ...
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Why exactly does current carrying two current wires attract/repel?

When to parallel wires carrying currents in same direction I1 & I2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43AeuDvWc0k this video demonstrates that effect. My question is, why exactly does this happen? ...
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What is the effective spring rate of a magnetic spring

Consider a magnetic spring as seen on this YouTube video, but ignore gravity. If I wanted to calculate the effective spring rate (Force vs. Deflection) curve for the top magnet, how would I go by ...
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Pollen Particle Attracted to TV due to Which Force?

A pollen particle has no charge so I cannot understand how the Lorentz force $\bar{F} = q \bar{E} + q(\bar{v} \times \bar{B} )$ could explain the event. I speculated that it is because of the electric ...
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What is the origin of the Dirac delta term in the dipole electric field?

I am a bit lost how one has deduced the formula for electric field with electric dipole because of some inconsistency between different sources. The Wikipedia article contains a delta function in the ...
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Using Ampere's circuital law for an infinitely long wire & wire of given length

According to Ampere's Ciruital Law: Now consider two straight wires, each carrying current I, one of infinite length and another of finite length ...
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Mangnetic Flux summing up like Kirhoff?

You have a coil over an iron hearth. There is a current in coil which creates the flux $\phi_{1}$. The flux then distributes over the wider area in the iron (using wrong word?): $\phi_{2}$ the flux ...
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Magnetic field in the Centre of Circular loop wire with Current?

By biot-savart: $$\bar{H} = \frac{I}{4\pi} \oint \frac{d\bar{l} \times \bar{r}}{r^{3}}$$ so $$\bar{H} = \frac{I}{2a} \hat{n}$$ Please, explain the last implication. I cannot find such integral to ...
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Can superconducting magnets fly (or repel the earth's core)?

If a superconducting magnet and appropriate power supply had just enough $I\cdot s$ (current $\cdot$ length) so that when it was perpendicular to the earth's magnetic field, the force of the ...
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Why is the magnetic field inside a solenoid constant?

Why is the magnetic field along the length of a solenoid constant? (preferably in relatively simple terms) Thanks!
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What role does electrical charge play in black holes?

Not having studied General Relativity, I have sometimes been puzzled by references to the behaviour for "classic" black holes — as they are popularly portrayed — as being true for black ...
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References for real life applications on advanced EM

For EM (freshman level physics) and advanced EM (Junior/Senior level) to help students appreciate the material, I am looking for books/websites that contain: 1-applications of electricity and ...
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Question about Rayleigh scattering

To quote from Wikipedia on elastic scattering, "In this scattering process, the energy (and therefore the wavelength) of the incident photon is conserved and only its direction is changed." How does ...
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What is the source of Earth's magnetic field?

I saw on Discovery channel that the source of Earth's magnetic field is the molten iron and metals in the earth's core. The spinning of these liquid metals produces the same effect as electric current ...
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Magnetic field from a half-cylinder [closed]

I am preparing for an exam, on this problem I had the opposite direction of the magnetic field. A conductor-cylinder with radius R has been cut in half ($\phi \in [0,\pi]$) A DC current $I$ runs ...
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Lenz' law versus $-\frac{d\Omega}{dt}$

I am preparing for an exam, on one problem my answer differ from the solution. The current $i(t)=I_0e^{-\alpha t}$ runs in a long straight conductor along $\hat z$. Point A,B,C,D forms a triangle. ...
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How to measure faster than light electric energy?

According to relativity,nothing can break light barrier.But a recent preprint shows energy transmission of commercial electric power (f=60Hz) is faster than light. (It is not the drift velocity of ...