The four fundamental fundamental equations of electromagnetism.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

3
votes
1answer
228 views

Information content of the electrostatic Maxwell equations vs Coulomb's Law vs Poisson's Equation

In electrostatics, we have Maxwell's equations: $\nabla \cdot E = \rho$ $\nabla \times E = 0$ These four equations (the second line standing for three equations) can also be written in terms of the ...
3
votes
2answers
123 views

When to use which representation for an electric field

In class we covered three types of possibilities to evaluate the electric field for static problems. Unfortunately, most physics textbooks cover these ways without addressing the question of ...
3
votes
1answer
84 views

Assumptions when calculating $\vec{B}$ using Ampère's (circuital) law

When considering the same setup as in this question, i.e. a straight, infinitely long wire carrying the current $I$, Ampère's circuital law $$\oint_C \vec{B} \cdot \mathrm{d}\vec{r} = \mu_0 ...
3
votes
3answers
304 views

Understanding the Ampere's Law

We want to study the magnetic field at point $P$. So, from the figure we take that: $\oint_{L_1} B\cdot dl=\mu_0 I_1$ $\oint_{L_2} B\cdot dl=\mu_0 I_2$ $\oint_{L_3} B\cdot dl=\mu_0 I_2$ The ...
3
votes
2answers
202 views

Magnetostatics of Current-Carrying wire

A question has been nagging at me about Faraday's Law as related to a wire with a constant current: If you have a circular loop of wire with some small resistivity, connected to a battery so that it ...
2
votes
1answer
507 views

Physical meaning of Maxwell's equations and origin of EM waves

Is it possible to describe the physical meaning of Maxwell's equations and show how they lead to electromagnetic wave, with little involvement of mathematics ?
2
votes
4answers
4k views

Displacement Current - How to think of it?

What is a good way to think of the displacement current? Maxwell imagined it as being movements in the aether, small changed of electric field producing magnetic field. I don't even understand that ...
2
votes
3answers
161 views

Question about units of mass, $M = (L^{3})(T^{-2})$?

In section 5 of the "Preliminary: On the measurement of quantities" chapter (page 3) in "A treatise on electricity and magnetism" Maxwell uses, total length, $s=mt^{2}/{2r^{2}}$to show that ...
2
votes
2answers
125 views

Does $E$ cause $B$ or does $B$ cause $E$ in Maxwell's equations?

From the Maxwell's equations we get $$\frac{\partial E}{\partial x} = -\frac{\partial B}{\partial t}$$ and $$\frac{\partial B}{\partial x} = -\mu_0\epsilon_0\frac{\partial E}{\partial t}$$ ...
2
votes
4answers
169 views

Why does $E=\nabla\phi$ follow from $\nabla\times E=0$?

I understand that using one of Maxwell's equations, $$\vec{\nabla} \times \vec{E}(\vec{x})=0,$$ it can be said that $$\vec{E}(\vec{x})=-\vec \nabla \phi(\vec{x}).$$ However, I can't find or ...
2
votes
4answers
204 views

Why ONLY Maxwell's equations are the basic equations of electromagnetism?

In electromagnetism we say that all the electromagnetic interactions are governed by the 4 golden rules of Maxwell. But I want to know: is this(to assume that there is no requirement of any other ...
2
votes
3answers
198 views

Curl of an electromagnetic wave?

I can't understand the concept of the curl of an electromagnetic wave. $$ \nabla \times E = -\frac{\partial \textbf{B}}{\partial t} $$ All of the examples I find show a current through a conductor, ...
2
votes
1answer
374 views

Retrieving Maxwell's equations from the minimum action principle

I'm currently working at the start of Alexei Tsvelik's book Quantum Field Theory in Condensed Matter Physics. I'm kinda stumped on a few essential steps. Starting with the action: $$S = \int dt \int ...
2
votes
2answers
339 views

Invariance of Maxwell's Equations under inverting variables - Reference and use

Some months ago, an ArXiv paper mentioned in passing that Maxwell's Equations were invariant under reciprocating the variables, or at least this results in a dual set of Maxwell Equations. (Actually I ...
2
votes
2answers
102 views

Electromagnetism duality theorem

Concerning Electromagnetism, textbooks often refer to the Duality Theorem. Sometimes it is presented like this: «Consider the Maxwell's Equations (with phasors) and a known field $\mathbf{E}_1$, ...
2
votes
1answer
388 views

Electrodynamics and the Lagrangian density

Could anyone tell me what equations can I obtain from the Lagrangian density $${\cal L}(\phi,\,\,\phi_{,i},\,\,A_i, \dot A_i,\,\,A_{i,j})~=~\frac{1}{2}|\dot A+\nabla\phi|^2-\frac{1}{2}|\nabla \times ...
2
votes
2answers
625 views

Divergence of non conservative electric field

I'm looking for the proof that the 1st Maxwell equation is valid also on non conservative electric field. When we are talking about a electrostatic field, the equation is ok. We can apply the Gauss ...
2
votes
2answers
199 views

Applying $\nabla\times\mathbf{B} = \mu_0\mathbf{J}$ in the presence of magnetic shielding

2012-06-13 - Revised question in experimental format (This is a thought experiment for which RF experts may have an immediate answer.) I'll assume (I could be wrong) the possibility of creating a ...
2
votes
2answers
247 views

Understanding Dynamic light scattering

I'd like to understand the physics of dynamic light scattering experiment. In particular I want to understand the basic relation between relaxation time $\tau_q$ and the diffusion coefficient $D$: ...
2
votes
2answers
442 views

A Paradox in Special Relativity

Two inertial frames K and k’ are considered. They are in relative uniform motion along the x-x’ direction with relative speed =v. In the frame K’ we have a cuboidal piece of dielectric [at rest wrt ...
2
votes
1answer
178 views

Why is there no (time derivative of charge density) in the $B$ field in Jefimenko's equations?

I was going through Griffiths chapter on potentials and fields just to brush up on a few old things. He gets to Jefimenko's equations by this general path: Maxwell's equations Introduce scalar and ...
2
votes
2answers
333 views

Is there any relation between weak and strong fields, similar to electric and magnetic fields?

Is it possible to unify the strong, weak, electric and magnetic field just by Maxwellian type equations? (Maxwell by adding a small change - unified electric and magnetic field, then Einstein's ...
2
votes
1answer
333 views

why is advanced radiation absent?

the Lienard-Wiechert green functions have future and past null cones of radiation. Maxwell equations allow for a continuous range of mixtures between the retarded and advanced components, but we have ...
2
votes
2answers
444 views

Electron model under Maxwell's theory

I was not able to recall my memories, so: What is the formula that states the frequency of electrons revolving around nucleus is equal to the frequency of light (or photon) emitted (or radiated)? (I ...
2
votes
4answers
533 views

How is this classical “paradox” resolved in electromagnetism?

A magnet and a coil move relative to each other. In the frame of reference of the magnet, there is a magnetic field and consequently a force acting on the charges in the coil according to the Lorentz ...
2
votes
0answers
56 views

One question about derivation of Maxwell equations

I saw the following way of derivation of Maxwell equations: author starts from Lorentz transformations for the 3-vector of force, then he applies them for the Coulomb law, after that gets the Lorentz ...
2
votes
1answer
39 views

Magnetic field in materials with non-constant magnetic susceptibility

I'm quite lost what $B$ and $H$ is. It seams to me that most of the texts I read do quite poor job in explaining them properly. They are explained only in cases when magnetic susceptibility is ...
2
votes
0answers
132 views

Maxwell equations and symmetry

Do the full inhomogeneous Maxwell equations obey parity (P) and time reversal (T) symmetry separately or only the full CPT symmetry? I believe the homogeneous Maxwell equations obey parity and time ...
2
votes
0answers
247 views

Electromagnetic duality

A key aspect of modern physics is the mapping of theories or different descriptions of a theory into a one-to-one correspondence. As I am trying to further understand the electromagnetic field tensor, ...
2
votes
0answers
91 views

Two spinor tensors and Maxwell's equations

Let's have two symmetric (by the indices) spinor tensors $F_{ab}, F_{\dot {a}\dot {b}}$ and conditions $$ F_{ab}, \partial^{\dot {a} a}F_{ab} = 0, \quad F_{\dot {a}\dot {b}}, \partial^{\dot ...
2
votes
0answers
138 views

Electromagnetic inertia due to advanced radiation?

The scalar potential $\phi$ and vector potential $A$ at a distance $r$ from a charge $q$ are given approximately by $$\phi = \frac{q}{r}$$ $$\mathbf{A} = \frac{q\mathbf v}{r}$$ where the constants ...
1
vote
2answers
316 views

What constitutes displacement current? [duplicate]

In the chapter electromagnetic waves I was introduced with the concept of displacement current inside a capacitor. Since the region inside the capacitor is a dielectric there is no charge carriers in ...
1
vote
2answers
600 views

Special Relativity: Transforming Maxwell's equations

I'm working through Einstein's original 1905 paper*, and I'm having trouble with the section on the transformation of Maxwell's equations from rest to moving frame. The paper proceeds as follows: ...
1
vote
1answer
128 views

Maxwell's Equations-Relativity

How did Maxwell develop the magnetic field without relativity? Was it purely experimental? I don't see how else he would have developed any understanding for the magnetic field.
1
vote
2answers
97 views

The fundamental equations of electromagnetism

I'd like to know what are the basic equations of electromagnetism, that can be used to formulate all the other laws and equations. Those basic equations I can think of are Maxwell equations, Lorentz ...
1
vote
2answers
69 views

Condition for the magnetic field

Let $B$ be the magnetic field. If $$\nabla \times B = 0$$ and of course $$\nabla \cdot B= 0$$ Can we conclude that $B=0$? For a general field it is wrong because every constant vector will ...
1
vote
2answers
75 views

Maxwell-Faraday Equation and Electric Fields

I have a question regarding, as the title says, this equation: $\nabla \times \textbf{E}=-\frac{\partial \textbf{B}}{\partial{t}}$ So, the above equation says that the curl of an electric field is ...
1
vote
3answers
171 views

How to understand holography and hologram

I've spent some time reading wiki etc. What I get now is that apart from the normal light amplitude information, holograms also record the phase information of light. But this is so difficult for me ...
1
vote
1answer
176 views

Maxwell's equations as the particular case of massive vector field equation

There was a discussion (please look to the comments on my answer) about getting Maxwell's equations for free spin-1 field by using massive spin-1 representation's equations. I'll start from the ...
1
vote
1answer
47 views

Do the Maxwell equations yield the proper time of electromagnetic waves?

I apologize in advance for possible errors in my premises as I have no precise knowledge of Maxwell equations. Proposals for the correction or even abandon of my question are welcome. As Maxwell ...
1
vote
1answer
101 views

Maxwell's equations of Electromagnetism in 2+1 spacetime dimensions

What would be different in the theory of electromagnetism if instead of considering the equations of Maxwell in 3+1 spacetime dimensions, one would consider 2+1 spacetime dimensions?
1
vote
3answers
175 views

Integration constants in Maxwell's equations (ambiguousness?)

In classical electrodynamics, if the electric field (or magnetic field, either of the two) is fully known (for simplicity: in a vacuum with $\rho = 0, \vec{j} = 0$), is it possible to unambiguously ...
1
vote
3answers
302 views

Magnetic B Field of Point Charge Not at Constant Velocity

I'm working on an N-body simulator for charged particles. I know that moving charged particles generate a magnetic field, and another moving charged particle could be effected by this magnetic field. ...
1
vote
1answer
247 views

Faraday's Law and magnetic monopoles

The magnetic monopoles does not exist which can be shown by $ \int {\vec{B} \cdot d\vec{A}} = 0 $. But in Faraday's Law of electromagnetic induction, we clearly show the EMF induced is the time rate ...
1
vote
2answers
637 views

Lorentz Invariance of Maxwell Equations

I am curious to see a simple demonstration of how special relativity leads to Lorentz Invariance of the Maxwell Equations. Differential form will suffice.
1
vote
2answers
98 views

How to show with Maxwells Equations that nonaccelerating charges dont radiate? [closed]

How to show with Maxwells Equations that nonaccelerating charges don't radiate?
1
vote
1answer
89 views

How to obtain Maxwell's Lagrangian from complex scalar fields?

I've looked in several books and they all show how to obtain electrical interactions by forcing local gauge invariance of any complex scalar field Lagrangian (like Klein-Gordon or Dirac). I manage to ...
1
vote
2answers
128 views

Where does the 3rd and the 4th Maxwell's equations lead us in the end?

Take the 3rd and the 4th equation from this table. The first tells us that an electric field can be generated by a magnetic field. The second, says that a magnetic field can be generated from an ...
1
vote
1answer
252 views

Uncertainty-principle and the Maxwell formalism of electromagnetic waves

An electromagnetic wave (like a propagating photon) is known to carry it's electric and magnetic field-vectors perpendicular and each depending on the differential change of the other thus "creating" ...
1
vote
1answer
1k views

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?