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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Do the fields exist without electric charges? [closed]

I read in an old book on electrodynamics by Pauli that theoretically there does not exist any need of charges to be there. Fields can even exist without the charges but still independent fields ...
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Fresnel equations of reflection applied to microparticles

I wanted to know if the Fresnel equations of reflection, as described here, can be used to calculate the reflectance on the interface of particles which have a diameter near the size of the wavelength ...
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Basic question in electromagnetic duality

In electromagnetic duality, where does this relation come from? $$\overrightarrow{E} \rightarrow \cos \alpha\overrightarrow{E} - \sin \alpha\overrightarrow{ B}$$ $$\overrightarrow{B} \rightarrow \cos ...
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Why is electricity 'the screwing force'?

In one of his lectures Richard Feynman, a great genius and a 'naughty Bronx kid', refers to to the Coulomb force, electricity as "the screwing force". Apart from the obvious joke and double entendre, ...
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What are the physical interpretations of $\nabla \times \textbf{P}$ and $\nabla \cdot \textbf{M}$?

In the text I am reading, it is made clear that it is incorrect to assume that the electric displacement $\textbf{D}$ is identical to the electric field with the exception that it is raised from the ...
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Vector potential in presence of monopole [duplicate]

In this paper http://www.hcs.harvard.edu/~jus/0302/song.pdf when Song was explaining dirac string. He said "In the presence of a magnetic monopole, the vector potential cannot be defined everywhere. ...
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I wnt to know HOW to create TM, TE, and TEM waves; and is it being used in industry? [closed]

Transverse Magnetic (TM) and Transverse Electric (TE) modes So I'm wholly ignorant of any knowledge surrounding these modes, so bear with me here.. One component is infinitesimally small in the ...
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What's the relationship between velocity factor and refractive index?

Wikipedia on velocity factor explains: For optical signals, the velocity factor is the reciprocal of the refractive index. On refractive index, Wikipedia also has an explanation of refractive ...
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Why do we use the Coulomb potential for the hydrogen atom?

When solving the Schrodinger equation for the hydrogen atom, the Coulomb potential $V = \frac{e^2}{4 \pi \epsilon_0 r}$ is used. The Coulomb potential comes from classical electrodynamics, so why ...
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Does a magnetic field do work on a moving rod?

In a case such as this one, my textbook says that I might be tempted to think the magnetic force is doing work (against the moving rod). It then says this isnt the case because "charges move ...
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Speed of an electromagnetic soliton in free space

What is the speed of an electromagnetic soliton in free space? Is it equal to 'c' ? P.S. My understanding of the Fourier transform says it's not.
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Is Magnetism and Electromagnetism the Same Thing?

I keep hearing everywhere that magnetism and electromagnetism are different but is seems to me that when a current is moving and it creates a "magnetic field", it is just electrons repulsing other ...
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Too many antennas around a single energy transmitting antenna?

I am not a physicist. So I am not even sure, if I am phrasing this question properly. Lets say there is a wireless transmitter transmitting energy. Let us say I place $N$ number of antennas around it ...
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How to design a Bitter electromagnet? [closed]

I am designing electromagnets at my home and want to know how can I design electromagnets at home. Bitter electromagnets are really a challenge.
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Ampere's loop inside capacitor

The figure is a view of one plate of a parallel-plate capacitor from within the capacitor. In the question, we are required to rank the 4 paths (a, b, c and d) according to the value of $\oint B\...
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Question about calculating the torque of a magnet in an additive field

I did an experiment in the lab today where I placed a magnet in between two coiled magnets, with one coiled magnet having its south side up and north side down and the other coiled magnet with the ...
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Induced EMF of a rectangular loop should be zero?

Considering the shape of a rectangular loop in a changing magnetic field: The induced $\epsilon$ would be zero? Since a rectangular loop is a combination of wires in series to create such a shape. ...
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Does the Magnetic Flux change (at a point) If the wire which causes it was cutted into a half?

If the electric charges move through a wire Does the generated Magnetic flux at any certain point chanage if this wire was cut into a half
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What is the connection between linear, circular and elliptical polarization versus perpendicular and parallel polarization?

In the EM course, we suddenly went from linear, circular and elliptical polarization to perpendicular and parallel polarization. What is the connection between these concepts and when it is ...
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Electric field due to rotating charged sphere

Consider a spherically symmetric charged object (charge $Q$) rotating about its axis. From Gauss's law we know that all that matters for the electric field $\mathbf{E}$ is the charge $Q$ enclosed ($\...
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Work done by the Lorentz force?

Im trying to calculate the work done on a single wire placed inside a magnetic field. Now for the force I've used the Lorentz force formula to calculate it, for the distance should I used the width of ...
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Deriving Maxwell's Equations from Electromagnetic Tensor

Given $ F_{\mu\nu} = \partial_{\mu}A_{\nu} - \partial_{\nu}A_{\mu} $ It is obvious that the diagonals are zero, as $ F_{ii} =\partial_{i}A_{i} - \partial_{i}A_{i} = 0 $ And, ...
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How is energy conserved in magnet?

When an object (i.e.magnetic) is attracted towards the magnet, work is done so that the energy is used but from where this energy comes from?
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Given $\tilde {E}$, which formula should I use to find $\tilde {H}$

Given $\tilde {E}$, there exist two formulas in my book (Cheng) to compute $\tilde {H}$: Maxwell's formula: $\nabla \times \tilde {E} = -j\omega\mu \tilde {H}$ Plane wave formula: $\tilde {H} = \...
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Force on a loop with induced current

Consider an infinitely long ideal solenoid with current $I$, radius $a$, turns per unit length $n$. Put a closed conducting loop around it (radius $b > a$), on a common axis through their centers. ...
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Why do Magnetic North and South Poles never exist by themselves? [duplicate]

As the title suggest, whilst I was reading I saw written that a 'Magnetic North or South Pole has never been found by itself'. And I was wondering why this was?
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Coulomb's Law in the presence of a strong gravitational field

I was under the impression that the $1/r^2$ falloff of various forces were because of the way the area of a expanding sphere scales. But that strict $1/r^2$ falloff would only be globally true in a ...
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Combination of Maxwell equations and other form of Maxwell equations

In reference to this paper on arXiv, page three, we have the following: We know that the Bianchi Identites are $\partial_{[\alpha F_\beta\gamma]} = 0$ and are equivalent to $$\nabla \cdot B =0 $$ $$...
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Why are electrons attracted to a magnetic field?

In a cathode ray tube, the deflecting system can consist of either magnetic or electrically charged plates. I understand the fact that electrons are attracted or repelled by the electrically charged ...
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Domains of electromagnets

I know that magnetism is due to the alignment of domains of a magnetic substance. Due to this reason, an iron bar may be magnetized by stroking it with a permanent magnet such that its domains are ...
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What is the difference between electromagnet and solenoid?

What is the difference between electromagnet and solenoid? Both these terms seem as the same thing to me. The only difference that I can find seems to be that an electromagnet contains a soft iron ...
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Find magnetic field in a solenoid for different regions?

A steady current I flows along an infinitely long hollow cylindrical conductor of radius R. This cylinder is placed coaxially inside an infinite solenoid of radius 2R. The solenoid has n turns per ...
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$G_{\mu\nu}$'s field equations in electromagnetic duality

Given $$G^{\mu\nu} = -2 \frac{\partial L}{\partial F_{\mu\nu}}$$ it is written in http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/9506035 that the field equations are (eq 1.8) $$\partial_{[\alpha} \star G_{\beta \gamma]}=...
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Magnetic monopole and vector potential

Does anyone know how to prove (in a simple way if possible) that it is impossible to define a single-valued globally defined magnetic vector potential $\vec{A}$ on the manifold $M=\mathbb{R}^3\...
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Formulas which describe Electric power loss accurate

What formulas describe the real power loss in conductors the best? I heard that there are different effects, like skin effect etc. I want to calculate the % the power drops per meter distance. ...
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Alternative air transportation and magneto-aerodynamics

Firstly, I am not a big fan of UFOs, however, a flying saucer makes me think if is there another, comparatively agile way to travel through the air without jets, turbines or propellers (balloons are ...
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When mutual inductance are occurring between two coils, why the two coils have the same mutual inductance?

I learned that $$\epsilon_1 = -M_{12}\frac{di_2}{dt}$$ $$\epsilon_2 = -M_{21}\frac{di_1}{dt}$$ And the book tells us directly that $M_{12} = M_{21}$ without a reason. Is there a mathematical proof ...
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How does this “simple” electric train work?

In this YouTube video, a dry cell battery, a wound copper wire and a few magnets (see image below) are being used to create what can be described as "train". It looks fascinating but how does this ...
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Can you stop an electron in vacuum?

If we shoot an electron in vacuum tube, then stop it with electromagnetic field, and switch off the field, what will happen with electron? Will it continue its movement? If there is a gravitational ...
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The Electric field & Coulomb's law [closed]

A point charge is moving in an electric field at right angles to the lines of forces .Does any force act on it ? Please explain why.
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Can two transformers used to make tesla coils?

Tesla coils seem to perform the same as a transformers: they use two coils and use magnetic field to transfer the energy. Doesn't using two transformers produce the same result? It doesn't seem to be ...
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What happens to a superconductor when a magnetic fields strength increases?

I'm curious about what happens when a HTS is locked in place above a magnet via the Meissner Effect and say another magnet is added. Would the superconductors height fluctuate? Or would the extra ...
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Can the physical properties of the EM field be described directly from the 4-gauge potential?

I'm trying to make an argument that classically, the EM field is considered a more 'real' physical quantity than the potentials, and am tempted to say that the fact that the field carries energy & ...
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Magnetic Hysteresis

I'm a bit confused about when magnetic hysteresis occurs in ferromagnetic materials. Does it only occur with a rapidly changing external magnetic field or with a slowly changing field? Does the speed ...
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Is four-current a vector or a vector density?

According to MTW, $$F^{\alpha\beta}{}_{;\beta} = 4\pi J^\alpha$$ and we can infer that the four-current must be an ordinary vector field because the left side is tensorial. But Wikipedia says that ...
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What is the refractive index of a gas-like system solely consisting of protons?

I know that the permittivity of a medium is somewhat dependent on the density of electrons orbiting protons. What if we have a gaseous system with no electrons consisted of protons like H+ or He++? ...
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In the Pound-Rebka experiment, does light lose energy?

In the Pound–Rebka experiment the redshift / blueshift of photons is measured in small distances. This experiment one explain by the influence of gravitational field on the photon: "When the photon ...
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Reflection coefficient as a function of frequency

I am trying to relate the equation for reflection coefficient in oblique mediums to the frequency but can't figure out how the frequency affects the reflection of light. $n_1$= intrinsic impedance of ...
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Electric and magnetic field in a black hole

I have many questions about this topic: Does the electric field of a charged black hole look like this? I mean how can it have an electric field if nothing can escape from a black hole, and what is ...
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Why is signal bad in a tunnel?

Consider this: you are driving through a tunnel listening to your AM radio and a GPS, all of the sudden AM radio has nothing but statics and your GPS says "reconnecting - please hold". You say to ...