The four fundamental fundamental equations of electromagnetism.

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Interpretation of the displacement current

From Maxwell's equations, why is the displacement current viewed as a source for a magnetic field? If the displacement current were moved to the other side of the equation it would like like a current ...
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Knotted solutions of Maxwell's equations in flat vacuum - do they really exist?

The paper http://arxiv.org/abs/1502.01382 claims that such solutions exist and that a number of specialists know them since a long time. Is this paper correct? Jackson's text on electrodynamics does ...
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Free charge density and current in an ohmic material

I have come across what seems a paradox -or at least an exotic conclusion- regarding current conduction in an ohmic material. It is well known that free charge density can only be zero on an ohmic ...
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Anyone know of a flow chart or list of common/useful consequences of Maxwell's equations?

I just recently started to appreciate the Maxwell equations. I had never really take the time to study them but I feel like I'm finally more familiar with them. I've noticed that it seems like a lot ...
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Can a charge moving in an open trajectory qualify as current?

It is sometimes said that a point charge is equivalent to an electric current. If it were a steady current, I should be able to find it from Ampere’s law or Biot-Savart’s law. Even if the current is ...
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Why does charge build up at the boundary surface of two media?

On a homework problem, we are asked to to use the first two Maxwell equations, $$\nabla\cdot \mathbf{B} = 0$$ $$\nabla \cdot \mathbf{D} = \rho$$ to show that along the boundary surface of two ...
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Help understanding electromagnetism integral from exercise in MTW? [closed]

I was skimming through Misner, Thorne and Wheeler's book Gravitation looking for exercises to challenge myself with and came across the following exercise on page 178: Verify that the variational ...
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Can someone reconcile the Boltzmann transport equation with the Maxwell equations for photons/light?

Having taking courses in both physics and nuclear engineering, I've noticed that the two fields tend to describe photons/light in two different settings. In nuclear engineering, the radiative ...
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Field Vectors and satisfying Maxwell's equations

If I have an electric field that its direction is parallel to the direction of the wave propagation, it will not satisfy Gauss's law for vacuum. However we can say it satisfies Gauss's law for ...
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How to experimentally reconstruct Maxwell's equations from scratch

What are the minimal experiments would one need to perform in order to reconstruct Maxwell's equations from scratch, assuming even the concepts of $\vec E$ and $\vec B$ are unknown? While I'm not ...
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Do the integral forms of Maxwell's Equations have limited applicability because of retardation?

In the usual bookwork treatment, it is easy to show that the differential and integral forms of Maxwell's equations are equivalent using Gauss's and Stokes's theorems. I have always thought that ...
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Why do different wavelengths travel at different speeds through a medium? [duplicate]

Someone gave an explanation in another question: "Maxwell's equations predict that in a linear medium with permittivity ϵ and permeability μ, the speed of light in the medium will be v=1/ϵμ. When ...
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Spherical Magnet Inside a Solenoid

When passing a bar magnet through a long solenoid why is it that the induced emf when the magnet is in the middle of the solenoid is zero? And if a spherical magnet is put inside the solenoid, will ...
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Why is $\mu_0$ missing in EM formulas in Peskin and Schroeder?

In this post, $\hbar=c=1$ units are used throughout. It is well known that the action of classical electromagnetism is given by $$\mathcal S_{\text{Maxwell}} = \int ...
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How to propagate a planar e/m field in free space using plane waves?

I read this great answer to this question: Numerical software to manipulate a light beam in its plane wave representation? The main thing that I am trying to clear in my head is the following: ...
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Why did Heaviside eliminate the magnetic potential from Maxwell's Equations?

Maxwell's original equations had magnetic potential, but Heaviside eliminated this variable. What was the reason for Heaviside's removal of the magnetic potential?
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How to calculate the magnetic and electric fields in an electrical system with arbitrary geometry? [closed]

What physics and mathematics are involved in calculating the fields around an electrical system of arbitrary geometry? Is it possible to describe a system in 3D, assign physical properties to the ...
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Galilean and Lorentz Covariance in Julian Schwinger's book Electrodynamics

In the book Electrodynamics (pp. 8-11) Julian Schwinger "derives" (in this special case) the complete Maxwell equations from the Coulomb potential using only the Galilean transformation $$ ...
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Would a rotating magnet emit photons?

If a magnet is rotating, around an axis perpendicular to the axis north-south axis of the magnet (which I assume to be cylindrical symmetrical), in space (so no-gravity/freefall or friction), should ...
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Does the anisotropic Fermat eikonal equation predict the extraordinary ray direction given by Poynting vector?

Does the anisotropic Fermat eikonal equation predict the extraordinary ray direction given by Poynting vector?
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Finding scattering cross section for a sphere

I am trying to determine the scattering cross-section for a sphere ($\sigma_s$). I have filled a scattering matrix $F(\phi,\theta)$ for all $\theta$ from $0$ to $180$ degrees and all $\phi$ from $0$ ...
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Maxwell's Equations, cast in terms of magnetic vector potential [closed]

Derive $$ \nabla \times \frac{1}{\mu_r} \nabla \times A + \mu_0 \sigma \frac{\partial A}{\partial t} + \mu_0 \frac{\partial}{\partial t} \left( \epsilon_0 \epsilon_r \frac{\partial A}{\partial t} - ...
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Why is the displacement current term needed in the Maxwell's equations?

Why did Maxwell believe that a displacement current term needed to be added to Ampere's circuital law? I have found loads of answers online about the plates acting as capacitors but i don't ...
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How are plane waves, $p$-forms, and Maxwell's equations related? [closed]

I am very new to the concepts of $p$-forms and trying to get a better grasp of physicist use them to state Maxwell's equations. Wikipedia has a picture of a plane wave ...
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Is this even possible to understand this proof? [closed]

Can someone explain what kind of sorcellery is this proof about Maxwell's equations: http://proofs.wiki/Maxwell%27s_equations_predict_that_the_speed_of_light_is_constant. Is this a joke?
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Validity of Maxwell's equations with no aether or relativity?

In From Paradox to Reality: Our Basic Concepts of the Physical World by Fritz Rohrlich page 55 it states that [...] just doing away with the ether would not have resolved all problems. The ...
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“And God said…and there was light.” What does these equations mean? [duplicate]

Today while I was on the Internet I came across an interesting picture, that caught my eye. It's : I don't have to explain why this picture seems interesting to someone who knows the meaning and ...
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For AC current is it better to have a solid or a strandled wire?

For alternating current in wires there are two effects that make energy losses (increase effective resistance): Skin effect which comes since alternating current produces alternating magnetic field ...
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How are the Lorentz force, Maxwell's third law and Faraday's law of induction clasically related?

Faraday's law of induction can be used in any situation where the magnetic flux is changing through a closed conducting loop. While giving the correct answer, it seems to me that for the following ...
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How can electric field representation be obtained from Enge representation using Maxwell's equations?

Suppose we have a long electric capacitor. Let $L$ be its length ($z$ coordinate), $W$ its width ($y$ coordinate), and $D$ its full height (full aperture; $x$ coordinate). Let $L\gg W\gg D$. The ...
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Derivation of the speed of light using the integral forms of Maxwell's Equations

Having just finished physics 2, I've been (slightly) exposed to showing that light is a wave with speed $1/\sqrt{\mu _0 \epsilon _0 }$ using the differential forms of Maxwell's equations, though this ...
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Do the fields exist without electric charges? [closed]

I read in an old book on electrodynamics by Pauli that theoretically there does not exist any need of charges to be there. Fields can even exist without the charges but still independent fields ...
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Deriving Maxwell's Equations from Electromagnetic Tensor

Given $ F_{\mu\nu} = \partial_{\mu}A_{\nu} - \partial_{\nu}A_{\mu} $ It is obvious that the diagonals are zero, as $ F_{ii} =\partial_{i}A_{i} - \partial_{i}A_{i} = 0 $ And, ...
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Given $\tilde {E}$, which formula should I use to find $\tilde {H}$

Given $\tilde {E}$, there exist two formulas in my book (Cheng) to compute $\tilde {H}$: Maxwell's formula: $\nabla \times \tilde {E} = -j\omega\mu \tilde {H}$ Plane wave formula: $\tilde {H} = ...
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Does light change phase on refraction?

I have seen a lot about when light undergoes a phase change when it is reflected. But does it undergo a phase change when refracted and if so why and if not why not?
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Combination of Maxwell equations and other form of Maxwell equations

In reference to this paper on arXiv, page three, we have the following: We know that the Bianchi Identites are $\partial_{[\alpha F_\beta\gamma]} = 0$ and are equivalent to $$\nabla \cdot B =0 $$ ...
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Problem with Maxwell's theory

What exactly is the problem with classical Maxwell theory and the blowing up of energy at $r=0$? Does it have any other problems on the classical level?
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Why is $B=\frac{1}{\omega} k\times E$?

Why can we derrive from $B=\frac{k}{\omega}|E|$ the formula $B=\frac{1}{\omega} k\times E$ ? Obviously, because they are perpendicular, but why is it mathematically legitimate?
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How would you define electrostatics and magnetostatics starting from Maxwell's equations?

I'm reading Griffith's text, and he starts by defining Electrostatics as requiring the source charges don't move. I've seen a few slightly different definitions of electrostatics and magnetostatics. ...
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What are the boundary conditions for EM waves normally incident on the interface between two dielectric media?

An EM wave, amplitude $E_0$, frequency $\omega_0$, is incident upon a material with relative permittivity (dielectric function) $$\varepsilon \left( z \right) = \left\{ \begin{gathered}{\varepsilon ...
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How seriously should I take the notion of “magnetic current density”

Increasingly I've noticed that people are using a curious quantity $\vec M$ to denote something called magnetic current density in the formulation of the maxwell's equations where instead of $\nabla ...
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Importance of the $\exp (i \bar{k} \cdot \bar{r})$ part of the plane wave equation

I am having trouble grasping how the equation $\bar{E} \left( \bar{r}, t \right) = \bar{E}_{0} \exp \left[ i \left( \bar{k} \cdot \bar{r} - \omega t \right) \right]$ fully describes a plane wave. ...
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Can Gauss' and Ampere's Laws be written in terms of the divergence of an energy four-vector?

In the first 20 minutes of this video, Susskind derives the continuity equation for charge conservation: $$\dot{\rho}+\nabla\cdot\vec{J}=0$$ (Where $\vec{J}=\frac{\partial\dot{q}^m}{\partial A^m} ...
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Why aren't Faraday's law of induction and Maxwell-Ampere's law (without sources) symmetric?

I was wondering why Faraday's law of induction and Maxwell-Ampere's law (without sources) are not totally symmetric in the sense that Maxwell-Ampere's law has a $\epsilon_0 \mu_0$ term on the right ...
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Stopping current and Maxwell equation compliance

Preamble: Mathematically, the divergence of an eddy field is zero, thus for the magnetic field $$\nabla\cdot\nabla\times\boldsymbol B = \boldsymbol 0$$ and from the $\nabla\times\boldsymbol B$ Maxwell ...
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How to solve the following set of equations (magnetohydrodynamics with anomaly term)?

Let's have system of equations: $$ \tag 1 [\nabla \times \mathbf E^{(1)}(\mathbf r , t) ] = -\frac{\partial \mathbf B^{(1)}(\mathbf r , t)}{\partial t} , $$ $$ \tag 2 [\nabla \times \mathbf ...
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Deriving electric field

Can anyone explain where the following expression for the electric field vector comes from? $$ \mathbf E(\mathbf r,t) = -\nabla \phi(\mathbf r,t) - \frac{\partial}{\partial t}\mathbf A(\mathbf r,t) ...
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Is electricity constant in standard ECG device? [closed]

I am reading the book Bioelectromagnetism by Malmivuo et al. I am thinking if you need to use Maxwell equations in electromagnetism of ECG device. I am not sure if you need to change the current ...
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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: $$\nabla\times\vec B = \mu_0\vec J.$$ ...