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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How do EM waves propagate?

I have read about this and what I surmise is that when charged particles such as electrons accelerate they produce time-varying electric fields. These E-fields produce H-fields and the process goes ...
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Is the wobbly rope depiction of a radio wave inherently wrong? And how do vectors of parallel waves align with each other?

I don't have a scientific education, yet I'm scientifically curious. Among other things, I'm struggling to understand the nature of electromagnetic waves. What I have recently realized is that the ...
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Field emission vs. electrical breakdown

In vacuum a tungsten needle sits in front of a copper plate at some separation $d$. How does the ratio of the voltage at a fix field emission current (e.g. 1 pA) $V_{fe}(1 \ \text{pA})$ and the ...
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How does an inductor store magnetic energy?

I am trying to figure out what the potential energy of an inductor with a current really means. In a capacitor, the energy stored works like this: if you let the plates attract each other, before ...
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“X-rays”, “gamma rays”, “sun rays”… But electromagnetic waves are NOT rays and DO NOT consist of rays?

In a separate question I'm struggling to figure out the nature of EM waves. But it's a vast topic and I'm trying to narrow it down to small specific questions. It turns out that all electromagnetic ...
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Do electrostatic fields really obey “action at a distance”?

In an electromagnetic theory class, my professor introduced the concept of "action at a distance in physics". He said that: If two charges are at some very large distance, and if any one of the ...
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Is it possible to use electromagnetic waves to power an entire city [on hold]

I have a theory that it's possible to produce a huge amount of electric current through electromagnetic devices placed in four directions (N.S.E.W) with each facing the opposite side and an amplifier ...
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Problems with Maxwell density Lagrangian [on hold]

I want to expand the right-hand side of $$\dfrac{1}{4} F_{\mu\nu}F^{\mu\nu} = \dfrac{1}{4}\left(\partial_{\mu}A_{\nu} - \partial_{\nu}A_{\mu}\right)\left(\partial^{\mu}A^{\nu} - ...
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Surely force on shell can't be balanced by field momentum?

Imagine a particle with charge $q$ at rest at the origin. It is surrounded by a concentric spherical insulating shell, also at rest, with charge $Q$ and radius $R$. At time $t=0$ I apply a constant ...
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solving an electromagnetic problem in the frequency domain

I study a course in electromagnetic fields and I don't understand why when I solve a problem in the frequency domain I lose the transient solution. can anyone show me mathematically why does it ...
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How can electric and magnetic fields have any component in the direction of propagation of electromagnetic waves?

In case of waveguides we talk about E and H having non zero component in the direction of propagation of wave. But the entire basis of EMW is that E and H are perpendicular to the direction of ...
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How is light slowing down in a medium thought of in the photon picture? [duplicate]

The speed of light in any medium besides vacuum is smaller than $c$. In a classical way, I just look at that as a wave that propagates less fast, the change in EM-field is passed on slower. How should ...
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Maxwell said the dimension of charge is $L^3 T^{-2}$ and of mass is $L^3 T^{-2}$, is he right? [on hold]

If his right then, from Lorentz magnetic force, $$F= BQV$$ where $F$ is force, $B$ is magnetic flux density, $Q$ is charge and $V$ is velocity. Therefore, $$M L T^{-2} = B Q V \, .$$ Substituting for ...
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Is gravity weak negative electric charge? [duplicate]

This could be true since the both have infinite range and other common properties. They both have fields.
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Physical distribution of salt anions and cations during electrophoresis

If I have a volume of $L$ liters of salt water at a concentration of $\approx N$ mM NaCl and I pour it into an electrophoretic apparatus (like this one: ). Once we turn the apparatus on, and set the ...
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Is the proton mass to charge ratio equal to the plank mass?

Using a proton charge 1.602*10^-19 coulombs is equal to proton mass 1.673*10^-27 Kg. One coulomb = 1.673*10^-27 Kg divide by 1.602*10^-19 Therefore One coulomb is equal to 1.044*10^-8Kg. Therefore ...
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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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Does radiation force depend on group velocity or on phase velocity?

What is the radiation force $F$ due to a beam of photons of power $P$ undergoing perfect reflection? Is it $$a) F = 2 P / c$$ or $$b) F = 2 P / v_g$$ where $v_g$ is the group velocity ? Note that ...
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Torque per unit length on infinite rotating charged cylinder

For homework I have the following question, but I am stuck on finding the torque on the cylinder. An infinite cylinder of radius $R$ carries a uniform surface charge $\sigma$. We start rotating the ...
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2 ways to generate electromagnetic wave

According to Maxwell's equations, accelerating charges emit electromagnetic radiation. According to Quantum physics, heating causes electromagnetic radiation too. These 2 radiations, are they ...
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How can radiation be a transverse wave? Does light really resemble a rope? How can a 3D field be a medium for non-spatial 1D waves? Need mental model

I understand longitudinal waves. For example, I've got a clear mental modal of air waves: a slice of air becomes overcompressed, then the slice next to it becomes overcompressed and the first slice ...
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Is internal resistance relevant in motional EMF?

When a conductor passes a magnetic field and connected to a circuit, the induced voltage is calculated via the motional EMF($\epsilon$): $$\epsilon=-vBL$$ Is the conductor's resistance (or internal ...
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Current Electricity and E.M.F of a cell

The E.M.F of a cell is the work done in moving a unit positive charge in a loop or from the terminal to the same terminal. The force it experiences is a conservative force. Therefore, the work-done in ...
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Why do we always consider the area of inner solenoid while calculating the mutual inductance of two coaxial solenoids?

While we know that flux linked to an area is the dot product of the area vector of the loop(and not the actual area encountering the field lines) and the magnetic field linked to it, why then do we ...
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Separating aluminium sheets with magnetic field

all! I would like to know if it would be possible to induce a strong enough magnetic field in sheets of aluminium so they would be separated between each other, like when you use magnets to separate ...
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How is Magnetic force on a current carrying conductor $Blb$

I was reading an answer about torque acting on a rectangular current carrying loop kept in a uniform magnitude field B. Force acting on each sides is $F_1$, $F_2$, $F_3$, $F_4$. It's written here : ...
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Can you depict the electron's electromagetic field?

I've had a number of discussions with individuals about electromagnetism. A recurring issue concerns the distinction between field and force, and seems to be associated with the lack of unification in ...
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Could electromagnetic charge curve something like spacetime in analogy with general relativity? [duplicate]

Newtonian gravity and electrostatics have the same form; this analogy is extended when we look at full dynamic electromagnetism, and correspondingly "gravitomagnetism". We are quite capable of ...
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Constant magnetic field attenuation by µ-metal (mu-metal)

I am interested in the magnetic field attenuation by µ-metal. Specifically shielding from earth's magnetic field $\boldsymbol{H}_E$ through closed cylindrical layers of such a metal, yielding an ...
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Force of a solenoid on a ferromagnetic material

As I was trying to find an answer to another problem, I was informed that the equation I was using would not work. The equation I was using was $$F = (NI)^2\mu_0\frac{\text{Area}}{2g^2}$$ If this ...
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Rotating cone magnetic field [on hold]

how to calculate the magnetic field of a rotating cone with a superficial charge distribution that varies with the altitude? It knows : height of the cone , truncated cone rays bases , there are ...
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Far Field Diffraction of EM waves: what does the zero frequency signify?

If you have a system of independently radiating electrons/point-charges, the far field distribution of the EM waves can be approximated by the fraunhoffer diffraction integral, or simply by the ...
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Question about Elon Musk's Hyperloop Suspension [on hold]

So one of the proposed suspension systems that will be used on the hyperloop include the externally pressurised air cushions. These cushions lift (or atleast help lift) the capsule and reduce drag ...
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How to calculate magnetic pole strength?

I have 2 magnets. I need to know the force between them. In a previous Phys.SE question, conclusion was: we need to use a dipole-dipole interaction equation, which included m, which the magnetic ...
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What is supposition of equilibrium? How do Rayleigh, Jean know the electromagnetic wave in equilibrium behave?

In a cavity of dimension 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 ...
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electromagnetic induction and magnetic shielding

In the figure I have a circular conducting wire. Somehow, in the middle circular region I have a magnetic field (this means the magnetic field is shielded in this region and it is possible from what ...
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Neither Biot-savart nor Ampere Law can solve this problem?

I'm confused about the use of the Ampere's Law and the Biot-Savart Law due the inconvenience of each law. I want to calculate the magnetic field due to current carrying a circular loop over itself, ...
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Are magnetic hysteresis losses relevant to alternating currents flowing in a wire?

Say we have an AC in a magnetically lossy material, like iron. Because of iron's relatively high permeability, skin effect will be more pronounced than it is in say, copper, so this iron wire isn't so ...
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Symmetries of a Uniform Magnetic Field

Simple question. A system with a uniform electric field everywhere in space has translational invariance in the directions perpendicular to the electric field but no translational invariance parallel ...
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How is momentum conserved when a magnet attracts a metal?

Suppose your have any magnetic object and no external force acts upon it, and the object comes near a metal which causes an impulse (think that will happen). However, the magnetic force is internal to ...
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Physical meaning of wavelength of a EM Wave

The wavelength of a wave is defined as the spatial separation after which it repeats its shape. It is easy to visualize it for one dimension but if we consider a light wave/EM wave which is ...
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question about Gauss law

If I have an infinite plate with the surface charge of sigma. I know that my electric field is constant $2\pi\sigma$ (using Gauss's law). If I build the Gaussian surface above the plate the charge ...
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Force of electromagnet on a wire [closed]

I'm trying to produce an equation for the force produced by an electromagnet on a wire. I'm very aware I don't know any vector calculus but I think as it's the special case (Perpendicular) I can just ...
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What happens when you pass a current through a coil made of a ferromagnetic substance?

I know when you pass a current through a length of copper coil or a solenoid, there is the induction of a magnetic flux. But what of the coil made of the ferromagnetic material, the permanent type ...
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Resource for mass-charge interaction

My GR professor mentioned that trajectories of charged particles in GR are not the same as those of non-charged particles (i.e. charged particles don't move on geodesics). As I understood it, the ...
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More about the right hand rule?

We started learning about electromagnetism in physics class, and the Right Hand Rule comes in handy as seems easy to use, but I'm curious as to how it actually works. I guess it's more of a math ...
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Energy distribution for a monochromatic plane wave [closed]

the task it to examine the energy distribution over the spectral components of a monochromatic plane wave averaged over time. To do this, I need to prove: There are no other clues! How do I ...
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What is the electric field generated by a spinning magnet?

Consider a cylinder of permanently magnetized material, with uniform magnetization pointing along the cylindrical symmetry axis (the $z$-direction). The magnet is rotating about its cylindrical ...
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How did Weyl's 1918 paper; Gravitation and Electricity, influence classical physics? [migrated]

The main-stream view seems to be that Weyl's 1918 paper Gravitation and Electricity was initially considered a failure for reasons first pointed out by Einstein. But these initial ideas were reapplied ...