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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Can an induction coil heat two layers of metal?

Imagine we have an induction coil which is strong enough to heat a sheet of metal. We can put a sheet of ferromagnetic metal close to the coil at distance $h_1$, and it gets heated to temperature ...
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D'Alembert operator and special relativity

We are currently covering special relativity in the theoretical physics lectures where we defined: $$ \mathrm ds^2 := \mathrm dt^2 - \mathrm dx^2 - \mathrm dy^2 - \mathrm dz^2 $$ In Road to Reality, ...
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What is the covariant expression for action of the Lorentz force density on charge-current density?

In a continuous medium the Lorentz force density is known to be written in the form: $f_\alpha = F_{\alpha \beta} J^\beta$, where $F_{\alpha \beta}$ is an electromagnetic field tensor, and $J^\beta$ ...
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Forcing quadrupole moments to vanish for a neutral system

For a system of electric charges $q_i$, at positions $\mathbf{r}_i$, with a nonzero net charge $Q=\sum_i q_i$, one can define a "centre of charge" in the obvious way as $$ ...
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4-velocity and electromagnetic fields

Can anyone see a reason for $$\left(1+{U_\rho U^\rho\over c^2}\right)\left(U_\nu{d^2 U^\nu\over d\tau^2}\right)=0$$? Here $U^\rho$ is the 4-velocity for a particle and $\tau$ the proper time. The ...
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First experiment which was used to prove existence of Electromagnetic waves

When I was in high school I heard from my physics teacher in the last year of high school when he was starting the chapter of electromagnetic waves that the first person who proved existence of ...
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Is there an equation for the magnetic field of a conductor attached to a magnet?

Let's say I have a hollow conductive rod, 10mm diameter (O.D.), and I place a magnet of known strength 50mm up the shaft. What is the microTesla (mT) or Gauss (G) of the magnetic field (or flux ...
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Can I find the frequency generated by tapping a battery on a coin?

According To How Stuff Works , if you tap a 9 volt battery on a coin it will transmit Radio waves. I was wondering, because I don't have a radio with me at the moment, Is there a way I could discover ...
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Basic question on magnetism regarding north and south pole

I am currently busy with some magnetism and quite shockingly (to me at least) I haven't yet read anything about the difference between the north pole and the south pole of a magnet. Before I started ...
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Gravity force strength in 1D, 2D, 3D and higher spatial dimensions

Let's say that we want to measure the gravity force in 1D, 2D, 3D and higher spatial dimensions. Will we get the same force strength in the first 3 dimensions and then it will go up? How about if ...
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Quick introduction to electromagnetism / Maxwell's equations [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Electrodynamics textbook that emphasizes applications I am a graduate student in applied mathematics and I am looking for a concise introduction to Maxwell's equations / ...
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Does the shielding around a solenoid actuator affect the force on the plunger?

I'm looking to minimize the weight of some solenoid actuators I want to build, so I'm trying to better understand the effects of the shielding / frame commonly found on solenoid actuators. My ...
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How do superconducting materials float in magnetic field?

The movie Avatar got me interested in the subject, but so far I only found sophisticated articles loaded with unfamiliar words. Is there a simple way to explain how magnetic field affects ...
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charge density in a wire

If we have a infinitely thin and infinitely long straight wire on the $z$-Axis with given current $I(t)$, how can I compute the charge density? I figured out that the current-density is given by ...
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Noether theorem and classical proof of electric charge conservation

How to prove conservation of electric charge using Noether's theorem according to classical (non-quantum) mechanics? I know the proof based on using Klein–Gordon field, but that derivation use ...
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How is the polarity of a magnet decided (before its creation)?

This is not how to determine a magnet after it's created, but rather before it is created. How is the polarity of a magnet created (why does one side go this way and the other go the opposite)? Is ...
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Why don't Microwave ovens use more energetic EM radiation?

Because in theory, visible light contains more energy than the microwaves actually used to cook your food. 1) Does it have to do with resonance frequency of the $H_2O$ molecule? 2) How can ...
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What is the difference between a photon and a phonon?

More specifically, how does a wave-particle duality differ from a quasiparticle/collective excitation? What makes a photon a gauge boson and a phonon a Nambu–Goldstone boson?
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Numb3rs TV series - Antenna

Most of you might have watched the TV series 'Numb3rs'. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numb3rs In one of those episodes they were discussing about how to capture the contents on the screen of a ...
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Linear dependence of magnetic potential on current density

I'm a mathematician learning physics to provide some background for my mathematical work (especially pde's!). I have been reading through Jackson's Classical Electrodynamics (3rd edition), and I was ...
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Can I replace neodymium magnets with similar-size electromagnets?

I am interface designer that occasionally steps out and does some product/concept design. The last one I'm working on is something that would require me to make a matrix of little electromagnets, and ...
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What forces affect point charges?

I am working on a point charge simulator, and I was wondering what forces can affect point charges (assuming that they operate in a closed system, with no externally generated light, and initial ...
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Can the poles of a magnet have varying intensity?

In re-reading Is it possible to separate the poles of a magnet? (amongst others) the question mentioned in the title here just occurred to me. It may not be possible, at our current levels of ...
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Is there is any difference between Electric Flux ($\Psi$) and Total number of Electric Field lines ($E\times$Area)?

Is there is any difference between Electric Flux ($\Psi$) and Total number of Electric Field lines ($E\times$Area)? $\psi = \Sigma Q$, and $\phi$ = Electric field intensity $\times$ Area where Area ...
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How to count magnetic repulsion

I have two equal flat round magnets. I know amount of force $F$ which attracts iron objects to one of them and geometric characteristics of magnets. I want to fix first of magnet and some additional ...
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Why is low temperature required for optical lattice systems to enter magnetic regime?

"Optical lattice requires a very low temperature scale to enter magnetism regime." Why is that? What I know: optical lattice systems suppress kinetic energy (hopping parameter: $t$ small); ...
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Is the Earth's atmosphere a Faraday cage?

X-ray telescopes are required to be above the atmosphere as the atmosphere blocks EM waves with wavelengths < UV . Does this mean that the Earth's atmosphere can be thought of as a Faraday cage ...
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Will a magnet loose too much strength it cut with a hacksaw?

Can a magnet be cut with a hacksaw, by hand, without losing its essential characteristic of being magnetic? I know i would have to be very careful with heat but I don't know how careful
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Why do Maxwell's equations contain each of a scalar, vector, pseudovector and pseudoscalar equation?

Maxwell's equations, in differential form, are $$\left\{\begin{align} \vec\nabla\cdot\vec{E}&=~\rho/\epsilon_0,\\ \vec\nabla\times\vec B~&=~\mu_0\vec J+\epsilon_0\mu_0\frac{\partial\vec ...
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Magnetic fields and gravitational waves. How far do they reach?

I read that magnetic fields perpendicular to a current shoot out and expand all the way to infinity. Additionally a gravitational wave, no matter how small will also expand to infinity at the velocity ...
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Is it possible to determine astronomically/astrophysically whether other planets have ever encountered polarity reversal?

We know of geomagnetic flip in Earth's history by studying geologic data. Given other planets in the system also possess a magnetic field leads to the assumption that such polarity reversal may not be ...
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separation between slip rings of DC generator

this is a DC generator which converts mechanical energy to Direct Current. The commutators in a DC generator are separated (as you can see in the image). It is explained in our book that it prevents ...
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Reference request for the Aharonov-Bohm effect

I am looking for a good reference to an online source or book, on the magnetic Aharonov-Bohm effect. I have read the appropriate sections from the book by Griffiths and Ballentine, and still haven't ...
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Is the induced electric field due to time varying magnetic flux always circular?

According to Faraday's law, changing magnetic flux induces an electric field. Is that electric field always circular?
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How can I cause a levitating magnet to rotate?

I have a device like this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kA_hw_lY-OY (All of them work the same) Here's an image: I want to make it spin without touching it with hands. I tried using magnets ...
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Optical constants of noble metals: the Drude model for microwave modelling

I have a question regarding the optical constants of noble metals. According to Johnson and Christy's paper Optical Constants of Noble Metals (Phys. Rev. B 6, 4370–4379 (1972), ...
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How EM waves are produced by accelerating charged particles?

How the electro-magnetic waves are produced by the accelerating charged particle? Graphical explanations are most welcomed. Is the explanation given by the below mentioned article correct regarding ...
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Design and use of the RLC model for signal processing systems and spatial acoustics

Given a frequency response for a signal processing device, set of devices, or physical space it is possible to construct an equivalent (identical frequency response) series RLC circuit. 1) Does this ...
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Why can't a superconductor make a DC motor self sustaining?

Superconducting wire can host a low current magnetic field. I do not know if it supports a corresponding electrical field. Can a superconducting wire that sustains a current accelerate a DC motor? ...
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Physical meaning of magnetic length

What is the physical meaning of magnetic length $\ell_B=\frac{\hbar c}{e B}$ in 2D electron system under magnetic field? When $\ell_B \longrightarrow a$, where $a$ is the lattice constant, does that ...
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Is it possible to create an electrified silicon gas vortex?

Is it possible to create, and sustain, an electrified silicon gas vortex? If it is possible: would it produce an electromagnetic field? And how would that field affect the vortex?
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Point where resulting magnetic field is equal to 0

I am trying to solve the following task Given 3 infinitely long current carrying wires, as shown on image ($I_1=I_2$ , $I_3=2I_1$) and $r=5 cm$ calculate the point between them (in the same plane; ...
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What would the magnetic field look like for a rod like this?

Imagine I have a long rod of metal. Let's say it's 1m long, 1cm wide and 1mm high. Now suppose I pass DC through it. But instead of running the current through lengthwise, I want to run it sidewise. ...
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How does the aluminium foil do the thermal and WiFi isolation?

Aluminium foil is widely used for thermal isolation. As far as I know it reflects the thermal infrared radiation. Also I've seen a lot of guides about strengthening WiFi signal by putting the ...
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CGS Units to SI Units

This may be a stupid question but I am having trouble getting the same result in CGS units as I would if I used SI units for a unitless calculation. I have to calculate $E_c=\frac{m_e c\, ...
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Is diffraction affected by interaction between photons and electrons?

Suppose we take a sheet of ordinary metal, make a narrow slit in it, and shine a light beam through the slit onto a screen. The light beam will diffract from the edges of the slit and spread out onto ...
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A point in multiple magnetic fields

Given two parallel wires carrying a current (e.g. 2 and 3 Amperes) and the distance between them, 5 cm, how do I determine the magnitude of the magnetic field at a point M mid-distance between the ...
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Maxwell's Correction to Ampere's Law

I have not yet officially studied Electromagnetism but am trying to teach myself at the moment. I understand Maxwell's equations in the context of Magneto- and Electrostatics: they are equivalent, ...
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Rough, easy DIY method of measuring magnetic field strength

How to easily, using standard DIY equipment measure the strength of magnetic field generated by a permanent magnet? Narrowing down the "loose language" of the above: strength of magnetic field: ...
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Materials with different gravitomagnetic permeability?

If you start with general relativity, and assume small perturbations around a nearly flat metric, it is possible to obtain linearized equations of gravity that look a lot like Maxwell's equations, ...