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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Displacement current - how to think of it

What is a good way to think of the displacement current? Maxwell imagined it as being movements in the aether, small changed of electric field producing magnetic field. I don't even understand that ...
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Maxwell's Equations-Relativity

How did Maxwell develop the magnetic field without relativity? Was it purely experimental? I don't see how else he would have developed any understanding for the magnetic field.
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Simple ohms law on a battery ? Paradox or conceptual error?

Suppose we have a regular pencil battery which supplies DC voltage $V$. Say we take copper wire and connect the ends of the battery to an $R$ ohms resistance. Then Ohm's law tells use the current in ...
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Magnetic induction outside of the finite length solenoid

I'm programing simulation software for solenoid and hemholtz coils, where I have to calculate B(x,y,z). I have found dozens of variations of Biot-savart law for determining B on axis. But how about ...
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Row of pivoted magnets and energy scale

This question is about a system involving a horizontal row of length L of equally spaced pivotable magnets, each with a pole at either end. These magnets will often be referred to as units. So each ...
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Retrieving Maxwell's equations from the minimum action principle

I'm currently working at the start of Alexei Tsvelik's book Quantum Field Theory in Condensed Matter Physics. I'm kinda stumped on a few essential steps. Starting with the action: $$S = \int dt \int ...
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iPhone compass not being affected by current

As you probably know, electrical current and magnetic fields are close friends. In an iPhone there is a compass, however there are also lots of cables and in all of them, or at least in most of them ...
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A simple electromotor?

I have to build a simple electromotor in the following way: I attach a permanent magnet to a battery, connect some metal supports to the terminals of the battery, and place a coil of wire on the ...
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Ginzburg-Landau model for superconductivity

Could someone kindly elaborate more on the Simple Interpretation section from this Wikipedia Article? I refer to the part on the natures of $\alpha , \beta$. Why can one assume that ...
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Solving the equation of relativistic motion

How does one solve the tensor differential equation for the relativistic motion of a partilcle of charge $e$ and mass $m$, with 4-momentum $p^a$ and electromagnetic field tensor $F_{ab}$ of a constant ...
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North and south of magnetic field

The current I is flowing upward in the wire in this figure. The direction of the magnetic filed due to the current can be determined by the right hand rule. Can we determine the north and the south ...
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The gauge-invariance of the probability current

It is simple to show that under the gauge transformation $$\begin{cases}\vec A\to\vec A+\nabla\chi\\ \phi\to\phi-\frac{\partial \chi}{\partial t}\\ \psi\to \psi ...
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Magnetic Field and the Speed of Light

Is it just a historical choice that both magnetic field and the Lorentz force equation include the speed of light? I figure that whoever wrote up the equations (in cgs!) could have put both factors ...
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Uncertainty-principle and the Maxwell formalism of electromagnetic waves

An electromagnetic wave (like a propagating photon) is known to carry it's electric and magnetic field-vectors perpendicular and each depending on the differential change of the other thus "creating" ...
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CGS Units for Magnetism

Why does the formula for magnetic field force include the speed of light in the denominator in cgs units? Where does the extra $c$ go in SI units?
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inductance value of a single turn thin circular coil

the question may seem simple but I haven't found any fitting formula yet. The problem is the following: consider a single-turn, circular coil made of reasonably thin wire (diameter of the wire much ...
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There must be free positive charges, moving oppositely to electrons for the wire with current to stay neutral

All popular expositions (e.g. these ones) of relativistic electromagnetism claim univocally that electrons in motion become more dense due to the speed. They teach that Lorentz contraction of charges ...
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Small charged sphere's motion in earth's magnetosphere?

Suppose that a spherical metal sphere with mass $m=10^{-16}kgr$ radius $R=10μm$ charge $Q=10^{-9}C$ travels with $v=c/3$ and is trapped in the earth's magnetosphere at a distance around $r = 1000km$. ...
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Vector potential

I have difficulty understanding the following vector calculus example. Text can be found here. It is the 5th Q&A -- starting with equation (31.1035).It concerns finding the vector potential of a ...
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EM Fields in a Rotating Frame of Reference

I'm struggling on my approach to the problem of figuring out E and B fields in a non-relativistic way for a rotating frame of reference in the x-y plane around the z-axis. I am attempting to do this ...
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Non reciprocal light propagation

In search for some explanation in why magneto-optical materials (like the one used in the Faraday rotator and, consequently, in the "optical diode") act in such a "strange" way, I saw that this kind ...
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Phasor representation of voltage in frequency domain

In a text on application of electromagnetism in transmission line, there introduces a phasor for the voltage (in frequency domain) $$\tilde{V}(x) = V^+e^{-i\beta x} + V^-e^{i\beta x.}$$ Here $V^+$ ...
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Physical explanation for why total internal reflection occurs

I have been trying to understand total internal reflection (and have read several posts on this site already). Mathematically, I feel that I understand how the evanescent wave decays exponentially as ...
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Where is the amplitude of electromagnetic waves in the equation of energy of e/m waves? [duplicate]

Does the amplitude of the photon oscillations always stay constant and if it is not - what are the physical differences between the photon with higher amplitude in comparison to the one with the less ...
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Could Space Travel be achieved using a very strong magnetic field to warp space?

An Alcubierre Warp Drive could theoretically achieve faster than light space travel but requires exotic matter or negative energy to compress space in front of the spaceship and expand space behind ...
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Microscopic picture of an inductor

I have a good understanding of how inductors behave in electrical circuits, and a somewhat rough-and-ready understanding of how this behaviour arises from Maxwell's equations. However, what I don't ...
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EM Waves Energy Loss

Where does the energy go when two photons interfere destructively at a point on a screen in Young's double slit experiment ?
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Induced Current, Dipole Falling Under Gravity Towards Circular Loop [closed]

Suppose a magnetic dipole $\mathbf{m} = m \hat{z}$ is falling towards a circular loop of radius $b$ under gravity. Assuming the dipole always stays along the $z$-axis of the loop, determine the ...
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Relativistic origin of magnetic field

There is an explanation in the Wikipedia. Unfortunately the article is quite verbose and doesn't clearly explain why both positive and negative charges vary density even if only one is moving. It is ...
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Relativistic charge density in a closed loop

When charges of conductance are at rest, there is an average distance between them. The relativistic origin of magnetic field says that distances between electrons shrink when they are set into a ...
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What materials focus EM radiation in the 2.4GHz range

If glass and similar materials refract visible light effectively, what materials would be best for focusing lower frequencies of EM radiation, if any? If not, what other methods exist for focusing ...
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Importance of Ampere's Law

Consider a hollow cylinder carrying a current $I$ and a wire outside the cylinder carrying a current $I'$. Let's say the cylinder is symmetrical with even current distribution etc.. so the ...
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Uniqueness and existence of polygonal orbits through a spherical shell

Say we have a spherical wire mesh raised to a negative voltage. Then let's say we release a proton from near the surface, and away from the surface, at some angle and speed. Also, imagine that the ...
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What does it mean for electric current to be a scalar?

After reading the reasons for considering electric current as a scalar quantity, I was confused at a point which read "The magnitude and direction of current does not depend upon the direction of the ...
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Faraday's law - does the induced current's magnetic field affect the change in flux?

I've had this conceptual problem with Faraday's law and inductance for a while now. Take the example of a simple current loop with increasing area in a constant field (as in this answer). So ...
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Is it possible for a charged, fast-moving object to slow down and enter geo-stationary orbit?

I've had a wild idea which I can not discuss at length in this forum, but it comes down to the following problem: A sphere of radius R=~10μm and mass m=~10-16Kgr is travelling towards the earth at v ...
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Attraction and repulsion of Magnetic materials [duplicate]

Why are diamagnetic materials repelled when placed in magnetic field and why are paramagnetic materials attracted when placed in magnetic field?
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Work due to introducing a dieletric in a capacitor

I have a doubt about a couple of exercises tha asks to find the work done on introducing a dieletric between the plates of a capacitor. Yes, this question is in the general case, how do we procede? I ...
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Forces as One-Forms and Magnetism

Well, some time ago I've asked here if we should consider representing forces by one-forms. Indeed the idea as, we work with a manifold $M$ and we represent a force by some one-form $F \in ...
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How the inverse square law in electrodynamics is related to photon mass?

I have read somewhere that one of the tests of the inverse square law is to assume nonzero mass for photon and then, by finding a maximum limit for it , determine a maximum possible error in ...
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Induced voltage by a rotating ring

Two concentric rings dielectrics and uniformly charged are suspended on the same floor. The outer ring has a radius R and mass M, while the other has radius r << R and mass M. The outer ring ...
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Magnets and speed of light

I am in no way a physicist but I do have a fascination with physics. My question is if magnets are being explored / studied as a potential source to achieve the speed of light and if that is even ...
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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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measuring electromagnetic induction

There is a famous law which says that a potential difference is produced across a conductor when it is exposed to a varying MF. But, how do you measure it to prove? It is quite practical. ...
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Understanding drift velocities in currents

I have a doubt about the understanding of drift velocities in a current. My problem is that the textbook speaks very loosely about this. It's like: "well, if we apply a field $E$ then the charges will ...
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Cancel out Earth's Magnetic field

Is there any tools except helmholtz coil to cancel out earth's magnetic field to calibrate magnetometers in practice.
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Back motor effect of loaded generators?

The back motor effect (see Counter-electromotive force) is the counter torque which opposes the rotational motion of the coils in a generator when the generator is under load. The back motor effect ...
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Negative emf in AC generator

At a certain instant in AC generator, when the normal of the plane (rectangular coil) makes an angle of 270 degrees with with the magnetic induction B, the value of emf is: $E = -NAB\omega$ My ...
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Difference between electrostatic and magnetic field [closed]

In this, F (the force set by the field) is perpendicular to the speed of the particle. In which case does F change the absolute value of V? Why or why not?
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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 $q$ ...