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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Derivation of Maxwell stress tensor from EM Lagrangian

From Noether's theorem applied to fields we can get the general expression for the stress-energy-momentum tensor for some fields: $$T^{\mu}_{\;\nu} = \sum_{i} (\frac{\partial \mathcal{L}}{\partial ...
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Electrical Resistance of Spherical, Contacting Colloids

So, I work a lot with Magneto-Rheological (MR) fluids - which are essentially electrolyte solutions with suspended, paramagnetic colloids/particles. Once a magnetic field is applied to such a fluid, ...
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NMR rotating frame

I'm reading about a linearly polarized field (in the context of NMR). The field is given by $$ {\bf H_{lin}}=2H_1({\bf i}cos(\omega_zt)).$$ This can be created by having a pulse field plus its ...
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How do transformers work?

A transformer is basically a primary inductor connected to a voltage $U_P$ which you want to transform. You also have an iron rod and a secondary inductor. So when there is a current $I_P$ the iron ...
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Intuition behind Faraday's Law?

Faraday's Law seems more like an observation than an explanation. Sure, a changing magnetic current causes emf, but why? How does a changing magnetic field cause electrons to move in the direction of ...
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Do We Need Maxwell's Equations Since They Fail to Account for An Experimental Fact at Least in One Occasion?

This question is an outgrowth of regarding voltage and emf where @sb1 mentioned Faraday's law. However, Faraday's law as part of Maxwell's equations cannot account for the voltage measured between the ...
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Does magnitude of a charge influence magnitude of force that individual charge exerts on another charge [on hold]

two point charges, q1 and q2, are placed 0.3m apart on the x-axis, as shown in the figure above. Charge q1 has a value of -3 nano Coulomb and q2 has a value of +4.8 x10^-8 C. The net electric field ...
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Electrical field of the coil

Take the case of two coils, first one connected to alternating current supply, and the second one connected to load. First coil creates magnetic field, and electric field is reduced by anti-emf ...
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What was Feynman's “much better way of presenting the electrodynamics” — which did **not** appear in the Feynman lectures?

Does anyone know what Feynman was referring to in this interview which appears at the beginning of The Feynman Tips on Physics? Note that he is referring to something that did not appear in the ...
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Is it correct to say “like poles attract, unlike poles repel” while two magnets are placed such that one is inside another?

As we know a solenoid is considered as a electromagnet(magnet) if there's a current flowing through it. if a soft iron core is placed inside the solenoid, the former get magnetised. Consider the ...
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Prove a dielectric with infinite dielectric constant behaves as a conductor for static fields

I read the following problem: Prove that a dielectric medium for which $\varepsilon \to \infty$ behaves as a perfect conductor in the presence of static electric fields. So, the easy part is that the ...
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Permanent magnet rail device [on hold]

There are several examples of rail guns using permanent magnets on You Tube. Is there anything in physics that says these cannot work?
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Voltage across an inductor contradicts Lenz's law?

Imagine a simple circuit consisting of an alternating current source connected to an inductor. Assume they are connected in the following fashion: AC source - terminal A - Inductor - terminal B - AC ...
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What determines the magnitude of force of an electromagnet?

Let's assume that there is an electromagnet with $B = 1 Tesla$ , what is the magnitude of the force it could generate on other dipoles equal to it's surface area? Can the magnitude of force (in ...
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Looking for a simple proof of symmetry of linear susceptibility tensor

Getting a diagonal susceptibility tensor: Define the linear susceptibility tensor as $\chi_{ij}$: $P_i = \epsilon_0\chi_{ij}E_j$, using standard notation for the electric field and the polarization. ...
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Electric charges on compact four-manifolds

Textbook wisdom in electromagnetism tells you that there is no total electric charge on a compact manifold. For example, consider space-time of the form $\mathbb{R} \times M_3$ where the first factor ...
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What happens when a force is applied to a flux pinned superconductor?

When a force is applied to a superconductor to move it in a direction that it resists because it is flux pinned, where does the additional energy used to overcome the flux pinning resistance go? E.g. ...
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How can we derive that an accelerated charge particle will radiate EMWs?

All the properties of the electromagnetic entity is said to be fully described by the four golden rules of Electromagnetism : The Maxwell's Equations.How can we derive that a charged particle will ...
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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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Conceptual question on helmholtz equation

Given the homogeneous Helmholtz Equation $[\triangledown ^2 + \kappa^2] E= 0$, I understand $\kappa$ represents the wavenumber $\omega_0 / c$. In light of this, what physical meaning can be taken from ...
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Circuit breaker Trips during thunderstorm

The circuit breaker at the electrical mains trips at home when there is a thunderstorm outside. Why does this occur?
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What is $\epsilon_\infty$ in this equation and why can it be neglected in the IR?

I'm reading this paper (warning, PDF) and they mention that the complex permittivity $\epsilon$ and complex conductivity $\sigma$ are related through the equation $$\epsilon - \epsilon_\infty = (4\pi ...
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Why does the magnetic force exerted by two charged particles on each other do no work?

An electron and a proton are moving under the influence of mutual forces. In calculating the change in the kinetic energy of the system during motion, one ignores the magnetic force of one on another. ...
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Confusion between magnetic field and magnetic flux

I've been learning about electromagnetism and Maxwell's equations (in integral form), and I'm slightly confused. The Ampere-Maxwell law (as I know it): $$ ...
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Where does the $\partial \vec{E}/\partial t$ term from Maxwell's equation go in Ampere's Law?

One of Maxwell's Equations (ME) is: $$\nabla\times\vec B = \mu_0\vec J+\epsilon_0\mu_0 \frac{\partial \vec E}{\partial t}.$$ While Ampere's Law (AL) is: $$\nabla\times\vec B = \mu_0\vec J.$$ ...
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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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Will there be an induced emf in this situation?

Here is a (horrible) illustration: The first ring has a voltage $V_1$ applied to it through the voltage source on the left. Ring 1 has resistance $R_1$ whereas ring 2 has resistance $R_2$. Will ...
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Why are most ferromagnets metals while antiferromagnets are insulators?

This seems to be experimentally true, but I don't quite have an intuition as the why. In the Ising model, we usually consider an insulating ferromagnet if $J>0$, where $J$ is the exchange coupling. ...
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How big can be gradient of magnetic induction (in lab)

I'm thinking about magnetic levitation and how big force can push a diamagnetic when we put it in inhomogenious magnetic field. As far as I know, force exerted on a diamagnetic is proportionald to ...
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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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Speed of a charge in a magnetic field

Does speed of a charged particle change in a non-uniform magnetic field? I know that a uniform magnetic field cannot change the $KE$ of the particle, i.e. $\frac{1}{2}mv^{2}$ is constant. And we ...
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Can the vector potential be mirrored or otherwise manipulated? [on hold]

Is it possible to reflect the vector potential, just as one reflects electric and magnetic fields at surfaces or to manipulate it otherwise with dielectrica? Let's assume furthermore that I have a ...
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Junction conditions in GR including electromagnetism

I have recently learned about the Israel junction conditions in GR (as explained in for example Gravitation by MTW). I then tried to generalize it when including Electromagnetism, ie matching two ...
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What is the meaning of electron's magnetic effect cancelling each other?

I'm trying to understand, why magnets attract certain metals but not objects made out of paper, plastic etc. And the answer I got is "in paper, electrons cancel each other". What does it mean?
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Could a 1kHz EM field be detectably disturbed by an action potential?

This might be completely off base, but I'm wondering if this would be possible. Neurons fire action potentials that can be modeled as low-intensity (~100mV) EM pulses of 1kHz frequency (up and back ...
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Orientation of spontaneous magnetisation in cooling ferromagnet

I'm trying to understand the direction of magnetic moments in a ferromagnetic material after cooling down below it's Curie temperature. A permanent magnet of ferromagnetic material will loose it's ...
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Why doesn't this perpetual motion machine work?

Imagine a non-magnetic tube bent into the shape of a triangle, with two sides forming downhill ramps, and the third side connecting the two ramps. Through this tube travels a metal ball, which is ...
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Maxwell's Stress Tensor

What really is the Maxwell Stress Tensor? I understand that it's derived from $$\mathbf {F} = \int _V ( \mathbf E + \mathbf v \times \mathbf B )\rho \ d \tau$$ Griffiths describes this as "total EM ...
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Finding electric field of a line charge [on hold]

I have a bit of an issue setting up the integral for finding an electric field of a particular scenario. The scenario is that a line charge of length R is a distance R from the left side of the ...
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Frequency of rotating coil

Given a coil initially in the x-y plane, rotating at angular frequency $ \omega $ about the x-axis in a magnetic field in the z-direction. This uniform time varying magnetic field is given by $B_z ...
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electric field due to planes of charge [on hold]

A battery consists of three large non-conducting planes that are parallel to one another and separated by 100 nm air gaps. The surface charge density of each plane is -δ, -3δ, and +4δ, in that order. ...
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Force exerted by light on a moving mirror

Consider a light with energy density E shining uniformly over a mirror. The mirror has an area A. The mirror is moving at with a velocity β. Calculate the force that the photons exert on the ...
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Are the poles of a hollow electromagnet on the ring or in the center?

Question: Will this work as I've shown it here, more or less, or will the iron cylinder being hollow produce results not shown? Topic: I'm experimenting with magnetic fields and have been testing ...
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Boltzmann Distribution of Electrons in Confining Potential

I have a particle simulation wherein many non-interacting electrons are trapped in a electric potential well. I would expect, and therefore I initialize according to this, that the electrons would ...
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Magnetostatic energy density — derivation without introducing inductance?

I was looking for a derivation of the expression for the energy density at any point in a static magnetic field. I do know that it is $$u_B=\dfrac {1}{2 \mu_0}\left|\mathbf{B}\right|^2,$$ I was just ...
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How does one determine whether an object will make an EM wave refract in a qualitative way?

for example, i have a vague notion that the actual answer is that the permittivity and permisivity are different in each different material, so all waves refract at every boundary, but we only call it ...
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about field gradient

I read the term field gradient in most of the article about magnetic field. I search it online but most of the explanation is about the math. I wonder in physics, what the gradient field really mean? ...
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Superconducting wire in a Magnetic Field?

A superconducting wire($SC$) is moved rapidly in a magnetic field( $1$ $Tesla$), what would happen to the wire? Are there any forces induced of attraction or repulsion? In a typical conductor, we ...
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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, ...
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Maxwell's equation for non inertial observer

Applying Maxwell's equation we can prove that light will move at the speed of light for every inertial frame, is it true as well for non-inertial frames? How light moves slowly near a black hole??