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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Boundary Condition for Generating Evanescent Waves

I'm reading through Novotny and Hecht's book on Nano-Optics (Principles of Nano-Optics), and I've come across a subtlety in the boundary conditions for evanescent wave generation (via total internal ...
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Why is a paramagnetic material attracted into a magnetic field?

I want to start by saying I've seen this topic: Attraction and repulsion of Magnetic materials and its supposed duplicates and it hasn't helped me very much. In the book Introduction to ...
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Physical Interpretation of Poynting Vector

I'm looking for a physical interpretation of the Poynting Vector. I understand that it should be thought of as an energy flow due to the electromagnetic field, but would I be correct in saying that in ...
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Why is an optical magnon with k=0 not an eigenenergy state?

I found in a paper the following explanation. Unfortunately, I can't understand it. Can anyone help me on this? In the limit of equal spins an optical magnon with k=0 gets an acoustical one at the ...
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Circularly polarized light incident at Brewster's Angle

If a perfectly circularly polarized wave of light is incident on a dielectric medium (coming from air) at Brewster's Angle, what will the polarization state of the transmitted wave be? I am aware ...
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Electric potential difference from electric field of isolated spherical conductor

I'm wondering if my train of thought is correct. Say you have Point $A$ which is $A$ distance away from the center of an isolated spherical conductor, and Point $B$ which is $B$ distance away from the ...
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$\hat{\imath}$ component of force exerted on an electron by a magnetic field?

The magnetic field over a certain range is given by $\vec{B} = B_x\hat{\imath} + B_y\hat{\jmath}$, where $B_x= 4\: \mathrm{T}$ and $B_y= 2\: \mathrm{T}$. An electron moves into the field with a ...
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The Goos Hanchen shift mechanism

When the light is totally reflected in the interface between dense and less-dense medium, we know that the reflected beam will shift a little. Currently I have known the reflection coef r, will be a ...
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Detecting EM radiation using android app

I wrote a simple android app that shows the magnetic field(using the magnetic field sensor in the phone) in the current location. When I place a two inch steel screw on the top of the phone (which ...
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What is supposition of equilibrium? How do Rayleigh, Jean know the electromagnetic wave in equilibrium behave?

In a cavity of size $L$, the wave must give zero amplitude at the wall, means wave equation has zero amplitude. Why? Answer from hyperphysics "since a non-zero value would dissipate energy and violate ...
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Lasers can demagnetize ferromagnets?

How is it possible to demagnetize a magnet with a laser? Source: http://www.helmholtz-berlin.de/pubbin/news_seite?nid=13657&sprache=en&typoid And the paper: ...
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How would I explain Ohm's Law in terms of Electrical Fields and Force?

In terms of current, resistance, and voltage, it's easy: Ohm's Law is the relationship between current, voltage, and resistance of a circuit. Boom, simple as that. How could I put this in terms of $E$ ...
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Speed of Magnetic Signal over Large Distance [duplicate]

If I had a very strong magnet on Earth and a very sensitive compass on Mars (just using planets to illustrate large distance), how long would the compass take to notice if I turned the magnet 180deg? ...
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Is there a good experiment to demonstrate Gauss's Law for Magnetism?

I'm trying to come up with a simple experiment that can demonstrate the properties of Gauss's Law for Magnetism. I am aware that it is a mathematical representation of the fact that magnetic ...
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A difference between Plane Wave and Collimated?

Collimation is clearly in reference to ray($\vec{k}_{xy}$ vector) orientation unlike waterfront continuity( $\phi_{xy}$ phase shift) described by plane-wave. Not to say that one is not directly ...
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which induced current produce due to magnetic field?

please i want to ask when induced current produced by changing magnetic field according to faraday's law is this current DC or AC current ?
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Vector potential $A$ on a 2-sphere $S^2$ of radius $R$ with some points removed

I am preparing myself for an exam and I got stuck with the following problem. If I wanted to calculate the vector potential $A$ on a sphere (not off or in), where some points are removed, how would I ...
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how can electromagnetic waves reach a cell phone in faraday cage?

is there any way to make electromagnetic waves reach a cell phone in faraday cage although conductor surround cell phone everywhere , can we pass current through conductor to make charges move as a ...
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In a strong field, how long would it take for domains to align?

How fast is the rate of "switch" for the domains to align with an exterior field? Possibly in milliseconds? I assume it won't take much time since domains are very small, and they only turn from a ...
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Determination of a unique electric and magnetic field produced by a point charge

Let's suppose I have a point charge moving arbitrarily in space. As far I know, Maxwell's equations don't determine a unique electric and magnetic field, they only determine a family of electric and ...
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Magnetic Dipole: How to plug into Maxwell's equations?

I read Magnetic Dipole point source in computational electro-magnetic literatures where it is used as exciting source. But I do not know how to plug this source into Maxwell's equations. Does it go ...
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$D$ and $H$ in macroscopic Maxwell's equation: auxiliary or constitutive?

I'm not a physicist. I want to understand the macroscopic Maxwell's equations. But after reading Wikipedia and other Googled stuffs, I got very confused. In particular, $D$ and $H$ have two different ...
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What is the mechanism by which magnetic fields do work?

I've seen some conflicted answers to this question in texts and on the web, in the case of a dipole, for example. Do magnetic fields do work directly, or is it their induced electric fields that do ...
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Electron double slit experiment and the electric field

In the electron double slit experiment, why is it not, in principle, possible to know which slit the electron went through by the electron's effect on the surrounding EM field? As the electron ...
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How is bound charge and free charge possible?

I am studying Introduction to Electrodynamics by Griffiths and I came along a concept I cannot seem to understand properly. The concept of free charge AND bound charge. I do not understand how we can ...
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Current induced from a magnet moving through a solenoid?

If we had a magnet we move it towards a solenoid a half sine wave current is induced when we make it move back, the other half is induced, inducing an AC current in the solenoid. What if the magnet ...
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What is the area in Faraday's law if we have only a piece of metal moving in a magnetic field?

If a piece of metal of length $l$ is moving with a speed $v$ in a region where there is a uniform magnetic field $B$ perpendicular to it, there will be a potential difference across its terminals ...
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Su­per­lu­mi­nal in­ter­ac­tions

The fact that photons emitted from an electric-dipole active atom cannot be spatially localized better than to the near-field zone of the atom is seen as the origin of genuine superluminality. ...
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How do virtual-photons curve in a magetic field?

From what I understand photons only move in straight lines unless reflected or refracted (other than influences from gravitational fields and their usual wavelike movement). And since they are a ...
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Does a Faraday cage block all magnetic field frequencies lower than x?

Where x is a function of the dimension of its holes. I mean, if I build a faraday cage able to shield magnetic field at 100kHz, will it we able to shield also all frequencies lower than 100kHz, such ...
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Does the magnitude of an electrical field change with frequency?

I am trying to model the frequency response of a force (dielectrophoresis) that is based on gradient of an electric field. One of the components is the CM factor which has a frequency component, but ...
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Current Source that produces transverse electromagnetic field

Given only $y$ component of Electromagnetic Field $\vec{E}$, $$E_y = \begin{cases} E_0\cos(\omega z/c - \omega t), & \mbox{ z > 0} \\ E_0\cos(\omega z/c + \omega t), & \mbox{z < 0} ...
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Calculating $dB/dt$ from velocity

I have recently carried out an experiment to verify Faradays law for a falling magnet. My starting point was to keep both the area of the coil and the number of turns constant whilst changing the ...
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Which interaction is the responsible for long-range magnetism?

I'm taking solid state physics, subject mostly based on Ashcroft-Mermin's "solid state physics". Yesterday I sat for an exam and there was a question I couldn' t even answer: "Which interaction is ...
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Why do some of the iron fillings arrange in a particular pattern when sprinkled around a magnet, instead of getting attached to the magnet?

My sir started a new chapter "magnetism and matter". Sir said that iron fillings form a particular arrangement when sprinkled around a magnet. I saw the figure in my book where it was shown the ...
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Deriving expression for motional emf

I'm having a trouble deriving the expression for emf caused by the Lorentz forces in a moving conductor. Consider the following classical example of a slidewire generator which consists of U-shaped ...
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Exciting Surface Plasmon-Polaritons with Grating Coupling

I'm very new the topic of SPPs and have been trying to understand this particular method of exciting surface plasmons using a 1D periodic grating of grooves, with distance $a$ between each groove. If ...
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Magnetization force on domains after alignment?

When a domain is aligned to an exterior uniform magnetic field. There are no forces acting on it? Magnetization force = 0, and all other force?
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Power dissipated on internal resistance of short-circuited voltage source

Suppose we have a voltage source with an EMF of $\mathcal{E}$ and an internal resistance $R$. If we connect to it a perfect wire with zero resistance, we get a short circuit. The value of the current ...
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Is the sum of the amplitudes of an electromagnetic wave always 1?

It's been a while, and I'm trying to verify my understanding. I remember reasoning (but never being taught) that the sum of the (normalized) electric and magnetic waves in a single electromagnetic ...
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Do electric fields generated by plane charges lose intensity over distance? If not, why?

Sparknotes' studyguide for the SAT II: Physics test says that for a point charge (1-dimensional, e.g. an electron), the formula for intensity of the generated electric field is given by ...
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Analog of Klein-Gordon equation from Proca action

What would be the general form of Lagrange Equation when instead of a scalar field we have a vector potential? has anyone derived the klein gordon equation for a corresponding vector potential ...
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Coefficients of capitance

In my syllabus about electromagnetism, they introduce the coefficients of capacitance by stating that, if we have $n$ conductors enclosed by linear dielectrics, then we can write 'because of ...
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Exterior (covariant) derivatives and electromagnetism

I'm porting Maxwell's equations to curved spacetime and am having trouble reconciling the tensor and forms treatments. I think the problem boils down to a misunderstanding on my part concerning the ...
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TEM mode and currents

In a TEM mode, if the electric field is perpendicular to the direction of propagation, i.e. electron drift is perpendicular to direction of propagation, why do we have a current flowing into the load? ...
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Want to achieve maximum magnetic force & find out the max point [closed]

Hi Sir/ Madam Want to achieve maximum magnetic force & find out the max point for this setting, want to know is the strongest magnetic force must in the 'dot' area ( middle poin of setting ) ...
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What prevents an atom's electrons from “collapsing” onto its protons? [duplicate]

Forgive me if the answer to this is obvious. I have no formal physics training, and I remember that when I asked my physics teacher this, she just frowned and said "Good question." An electron is ...
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Solenoid core and magnetism

I understand the core of a solenoid can help increase magnetic field produced by a given current and every metal has a specified permeability $\mu$, but what if we had a hybrid core, say 50% iron ...
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Electromagnetism: Conductors

Even though the thermal velocity of electron in a conductor is comparatively high, the thermal velocity is not responsible for current flow? Why is this the case?
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Scalar Field of a long thin wire

Given the situation that $B=-\nabla A$ where B is magnetic field and A is some Scalar Field. How can I calculate the scalar field, A. We are dealing with current free region, here. I know we can ...