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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What is the energy density of a spinning orbiting ball of uniform mass with surface charge?

What is the energy density of a spinning orbiting ball of uniform mass with surface charge? I know that all the energies involved are mass-energy, spinning energy, orbiting energy, electric energy ...
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What is exact difference between gravitational force and magnetic force? [closed]

I've read that gravitational force is due to mass only and magnetic field is due to moving charged particles. But my question is: what are other difference between them? Can we set up a small ...
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Electromagnetic Field caused by accelerating and oscillating charge particles?

Will accelerating and oscillating charges will cause EM waves of different shapes ? As EM waves are always shown as sinusoidal Electric and Magnetic Fields perpendicular to each other. Does it mean ...
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Frequency of other light in white light [closed]

I have this question in mind because I read that the frequency of light depends only on the source of light. If we consider a source of white light then it emits light of different colours also. Then ...
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Finding the speed of electrons in a magnetic field

So I'm trying to solve this problem in which an electron beam is "drawing a picture" on a TV screen. The electrons are accelerated to a voltage of $3 kV$ by wire coils and are then directed to ...
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Charge Magnitude Based on Isoline Spacing

Suppose we have two positive charges of unknown magnitudes. We are given the isoline map (the equipotential lines) for the two-charge system. One has isolines more "squashed together" (more closely ...
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Wire with current in magnetic field $\vec{B}$has force $\vec{F_1}$. When rotated, $\vec{F_2}$. Find $B$ [closed]

I have the following question: In a wire with $10cm$ there is a current $4A$ going 'upwards' in the $z$ axis. The force over this field, under a constant magnetic field $\vec{B}$ is $F = -0.2\vec{i} +...
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Magnetic monopoles gauge theories

I'm quoting 't Hooft: "[...] Locally stable field configurations may exist that have some topological twist in them [...].Careful analysis of the existing Lie groups and the way they may be ...
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Is there any electric current in a continuous medium of moving charges?

Consider a continuous charged fluid (unlike in real life where charge is carried in discrete chunks like electrons) in a bottle. Suppose that the fluid is stirred in a circular manner and then left to ...
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Hamilton's equations of motion on Dirac's formalism

I'm having several doubts about the procedure proposed by the Dirac-Bergmann algorithm in order to get the correct equations of motion of electrodynamics (Maxwell's equations). Suppose I've already ...
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Electromagnetic waves and photons? [duplicate]

Electromagnetic waves are photons or photons cause electromagnetic waves ? Its said that when charges are accelerated we get electric and magnetic field that carries energy but then they say that this ...
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Why the motion of rotating magnet doesn't stop if we use a superconducting wire?

I would like to know why magnets rotated,wouldn't stop their motion if we place a superconducting wire as said by William Beaty at MadSci Network.
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How do electromagnetic waves carry energy?

Its said that electromagnetic waves carry energy. Is this because these waves are made up of electric and magnetic fields which can cause changes to the stuff that falls with in their range? Is that ...
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Can bending spacetime produce electromagnetic fields?

Let's say that we can somehow bent spacetime, can this produce electromagnetic fields? or EMF can only be emitted from charged particles of matter?
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Electromagnetic Radiation and Communication!

I read that the accelerated charges create electromagnetic field/spectrum which consists of following different waves: gamma, X-rays, ultraviolet, visible light, infrared, microwaves, & radio ...
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Geometric Algebra formulation of EM in nonuniform dielectric media

Normally, there is a straightforward formulation of Maxwell's equations in free space under the GA framework, which reduces to (picking the right units): $$ \nabla F = \mu_0 J $$ with some ...
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Could I pick up a human with a strong enough magnet? [duplicate]

Could I pick up a human with a strong enough magnet? Humans contain magnetic materials, such as iron.
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Electromagnetism question involving magnets on the ends of a metal pole

My teacher showed us a phenomenon in school involving a metal pole with two magnets on each end. The magnets are aligned so that both south poles are stuck to each end of the metal pole. This results ...
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Field equations of a given action

Provided an action: $$S[A_\nu] = \int\left(\frac{1}{4\mu_0}(A_{\gamma,\mu}-A_{\mu,\gamma})(A_{\zeta,\alpha}-A_{\alpha,\zeta})\eta^{\gamma\zeta}\eta^{\mu\alpha}+\frac{1}{2}\nu^2A_\mu A_\gamma -\beta A_\...
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Expressing charge density in terms of spherical multipoles

How to express the charge density in terms of the full set of the spherical multipole moments? That is, how to invert the relationship $$ Q_{lm}=\frac{4\pi}{2l+1}\int Y_{lm}^*(\theta,\varphi)r^l\rho(\...
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Do stars remain electrically neutral? [duplicate]

How electrically neutral do stars remain through their lifetime? As an example, I could imagine processes such as coronal mass ejections leaving the Sun in a slightly charged state. Are there such ...
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Motion of an electron in a magnetic and electric field [closed]

I have this problem where i should find the direction and magnitude of the electric and the magnetic force on the electron. E = 1000 N/C B = 2,5 T v = 500 m/s ...
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What does it mean physically to set $\exp(ikr)=1$ in the dipole approximation?

In the dipole approximation one sets the $exp(ikr)=1+ik.r+...=1$. ($|<f|exp(ikr)\epsilon.r|i>|^2$). Which makes $k.r=0$. What does it mean physically? Is the plane transverse wave converted to ...
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Lab experiment: hysteresis disappears, reappears and then disappears again. How?

In my college laboratory we were assigned an experiment to measure the hysteresis curves of a certain ferromagnetic material at different temperatures. Sounds simple, right? Well, the block of Monel ...
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How to find the force of a magnetic field, resolving the components?

So, in answering this question the book resolves the components of the Force vector in this manner; $\mathrm dF_x= \mathrm dF \sin \theta$ $\mathrm dF_y= \mathrm dF \cos \theta$. And then, it ...
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Definition of the Lorentz transformations [closed]

Until very recently I believed that the Lorentz transformations were defined as "the transformations that carry one inertial reference frame into another". In Wikipedia's page we find something along ...
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How do you calculate the expected force of an electromagnet?

What is the equation to find the expected force of electromagnet? What do the variables mean and how do you find each variable?
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Approximating magnetic field at center of current loop by solenoid of 1 turn

It's well known that by application of biot-savart law, the magnetic field at the center of a loop of current is $\frac{\mu_0 I}{2r}$. Now when we consider a solenoid, isn't the resulting magnetic ...
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Lorentz sphere correction

I am studying Lorentz surface correction for magnetic fields. I know that if we consider a uniform distribution of magnetization, the field can be computed as three contribution: $H+H'+H''$ where $H$ ...
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Why does thicker aluminum do better at reflecting wifi

I have performed a experiment based one the ability of aluminium reflecting wifi radio waves. I have found out that the more aluminium foil i put on my reflector, the better result I can get. I did up ...
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Magnetic flux through the torroid

I am trying to derive the magnetic flux through a toroid of inner radius $\rho_0$ and outer radius $\rho_0 + 2a$, having $N$ turns I started off, by saying $$\phi = \int \vec{B} \cdot \vec{dS}$$ We ...
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Ampere's law for a rectangular plate?

If a conductive wire was carrying current $I$, it would create a magnetic field: $$B=\frac{\mu_0I}{2\pi r}$$ However, if it's not a wire, but instead a plate how would the expression change/adjust ...
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Eddy current damping heat generation

Background According to this source (page 7): https://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/bitstream/handle/2027.42/109373/me450w10project16_report.pdf?sequence=1 the "braking" torque a magnetic field on a ...
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Current density to find the magnetic field and Lorentz force?

Problems where there is a copper wire of a large diameter, the solution would tend to use current density $J$ to accurately compute the magnetic field $B$ at a distance. Why so? Why not simply use $I$?...
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Do electrons in a CRT emit radiation?

According to electrodynamics, accelerating charged particles would emit electromagnetic energy as radiation. Isn't it applicable to the accelerated electrons within a cathode ray tube? Do they give ...
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Ampere's law and Stokes' Theorem for current density

In both Griffiths and Jackson, Ampere's Law (or conversely the curl of the magnetic field) is derived by applying Stokes' Theorem to the surface integral of the current density J. The argument relies ...
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EM: relative permittivity

After having defined the relative permittivity in lectures, I have problem understanding why it is a complex quantity. Thank you for your help,
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Can one deduce absolute motion through magnetism? [closed]

I am trying to understand forces in relativity: Suppose there are two electrons A , B travelling side by side at 1 cm distance at .99 c (in space or at lHC, ignoring all other factors). I know that ...
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How does cavity resonance produce EM waves? [closed]

My understanding is it acts like a capacitor and inductor in a loop. The capacitor releases stored energy which is absorbed by the inductor through a magnetic field which then returns it to the ...
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Force on a charged particle in a field of an EM wave [closed]

For example if there is a charge q with mass m travelling with a velocity v "in the field" of a plane electromagnetic wave that is travelling in the z direction (in free space). My question is what ...
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Show the Berry phase is invariant under $U(1)$ unitary transform [closed]

Recall that $$\gamma_n = \oint A_n(R) \cdot dR = \oint \langle\psi_n(R)|i\nabla_R|\psi_n(R) \rangle \cdot dR.$$ Under the $U(1)$ transform, $$\psi_n \to \psi'_n \equiv e^{i\xi_n(R)}\psi_n,$$ where $\...
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What is really sought when we purpose Einstein's postulates in Special Relativity?

Special Relativity can be motivated by looking at Maxwell's Electrodynamics and noticing that there is some kind of inconsistency between it and Newtonian Mechanics. Indeed, as Einstein pointed out on ...
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Lorentzian nature of reflected microwave power in Electron Spin Resonance

Reflected microwave power has Lorentzian shape when plotted against frequency in ESR. How to mathematically prove this?
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Derivation of Biot Savart law for a curve

I'm ok with the following expression for Biot-Savart: $$ {\mathbf B}({\mathbf r}) = \frac{{\mu _0}}{{4\pi }}\int\frac{{{\mathbf J}({\mathbf r'}) \times {(\mathbf{r-r'})}}}{{|\mathbf{r-r'}|^3 }}dV'. $$ ...
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Why do metal filings line up in parallel (non-curved) lines on a knife blade?

My girlfriend works at a knife factory and was grinding a new knife model today made of a very hard, magnetic steel. She noticed that the metal filings were lining up on the knife blade in ...
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What's the difference between electromagnets and induced magnetism?

I am studying over the basic introductory concepts of magnetism, and I cannot comprehend definition of the following words below: Electromagnets- objects that are magnetic only when electric current ...
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Confusion over plant's “magnetic field” being used to reduce wastage of pesticide

As far as I am aware, a plant does not have a magnetic field of any significant magnitude. What I wonder is, is there any electromagnetic related basis for the crop spraying technique outlined in ...
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What is the difference between length and velocity gauge when it comes to a dipole approximation?

Lets say we have plane wave with $\vec E$ perpendicular to $\vec k$. The dipole term will come from $\vec A\cdot \vec p$. Is the electric field longitudinal in the length gauge for the dipole ...
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Coulomb law and photons

When we consider process like $e^- e^- \to e^- e^-$ in QED, we see that from exchanges of one photon (tree-level diagrams) one can obtain Coulomb's law, while loop-diagrams give quantum corrections ...
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gradient strength units in MRI

This may not be the appropriate forum for this but seemed to be the closest. I am trying to understand some concepts around MRI physics and it is common to use external magnetic fields created using ...