The four fundamental fundamental equations of electromagnetism.

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Reconciling magnetic reconnection with Maxwell's Equations

According to Maxwell's equations, magnetic fields are divergence-free: $\nabla \cdot \bf{B} = 0$. If I understand this correctly, this means that magnetic field lines do not start or end. How can we ...
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Maxwell's equation; electromagnetism [on hold]

I'm just curious about this, but I want to know about Maxwell's equation? What its use? Please define it in a simple way.
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Why do high voltage transmission line workers need a Faraday cage suit?

In this video the high voltage transmission line workers are wearing a Faraday cage suit. Why is this needed? Without the Faraday cage, the resistance of the human would be very high compared to the ...
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Electric field from time varying charge density

Inside a cylinder of infinite length in $z$ axis, there is charge density $ ρ = cos(βz -ωt)$. I want to find the electric field and as far as i can understand we will get a radial component of $E$. ...
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$E$-field from changing current in straight wire

A very long insulated wire oriented along the $z$ axis of a cylindrical coordinate system is carrying current that is defined by the following function: $$I(t) =Io + k⋅t$$ (current increases linearly ...
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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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Spectroscopy from a classical light wave or photon only?

In chemistry we mostly regard light/electromagnetic radiation as a beam of particles or photons. This is a very useful model to explain molecular excitations and ionisations from quantum interactions. ...
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Apparent discrepancy between Lagrange field equation and Maxwell equation [closed]

I am deriving Maxwell's equations from a Lagrange field equation and have come across something I can not figure out no matter how hard I try. The problem is in the signs. If we take the Lagrange ...
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What is the meaning of this “let there be light” joke?

Someone across the restaurant is wearing this shirt, and I certainly don't get it. Update Related: What does this quote about the four dimensional divergence of an antisymmetric tensor mean?
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Where do Maxwell's equations come from?

I recently started learning the basic forms (integrals) of the Maxwell's equations, and everything that is related to electromagnetism seems to be derived from these fundamental equations. Now my ...
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Books on Faraday, Maxwell

Can you recommend a/some good book(s) on Faraday for the lay person? In particular, in relation to his 'Experimental Researches in Electricity'. Also, any books explaining how Maxwell explained ...
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Electric field from current without Maxwell's law of induction

A long, straight wire carries a current that decreases linearly with time. What is the direction of the induced electric field outside the wire? I would interpret this as follows: a current ...
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Reaction-at-a-distance: Do charged plates immediately repel each other?

Imagine that we have a pair of parallel plates, $A$ and $B$, separated by some distance as in Fig. $1$ above. At time $t_1$ we simultaneously charge both the plates. This could be done by ...
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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 ...
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Bobbin with $I=I_{0}\sin(\Omega t)$

If I have an infinite bobbin with $I=I_{0}\sin(\Omega t), \mu$ and $n=N/L$ using Ampère and supposing that $d\vec{D}/dt=\vec{0}$ I have found that $$\vec{B}=n\mu I_{0}\sin(\Omega t)\vec{e_{z}}$$ But ...
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Would magnetic charge (i.e., magnetic monopoles) be Lorentz invariant if it existed?

Would magnetic charge (i.e., magnetic monopoles) be Lorentz invariant if it existed? It is clear that Maxwell's equations in themselves permit magnetic charges but what would their relativistic ...
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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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Boundary conditions for vector wave equations

Assume the time-harmonic case of Maxwell's equations, one can obtain the following vector wave equations: $$ ...
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Calculating current on power line from induced voltage on nearby loop

The question I'm having trouble with is: A small circular loop of 5mm radius is placed 1 meter away from a 60Hz power line. The voltage induced on this loop is measured at 0.6 microvolts. What is the ...
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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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Are photon energies conserved in general relativity?

As I understand it, both Maxwell's wave equation and the null geodesics of general relativity are scale invariant. Thus an electromagnetic wave can be shifted along a null geodesic without changing ...
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Solution of simple problems using only Maxwell equations in differential form

Solve simple electrostatic or magnetostatic problems using only Maxwell equations. For example: In every book there is an excercise to find a magnetic field outside a thin wire of radius $a$ with ...
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Why wouldn't any Emission Theory work?

http://www.pitt.edu/~jdnorton/teaching/HPS_0410/chapters/origins_pathway/#Emission Here, at the Emission theories of light, I loved the discussed theory. There seems to be a contradiction right ...
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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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Constant charge density and magnetic field

Suppose we have an arbitrary number of point charges in a vacuum, described by a constant charge density $\rho$. Can they be the sources of a magnetic field $\mathbf{B}$? My intuition is that they ...
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Faraday's law - does the induced current's magnetic field affect the change in flux?

I've had this conceptual problem with Faraday's law and inductance for a while now. Take the example of a simple current loop with increasing area in a constant field (as in this answer). So ...
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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 ...
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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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How to use Ampere's Law for a semi-infinite wire with current?

Suppose that there is a semi-infinite wire which extends to infinity only in one direction. There are no other circuit elements at the other end(finite end) of the wire and the current does not loop. ...
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How to apply voltage source in FEM when solve Maxwell equation?

I need to solve the Maxwell equation of electric field by finite element method. In this function, the right hand side is the current density. However, in my problem, the voltage source with 1 MHz ...
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Problem with the Ampere-Maxwell Law [closed]

We know that $$J=\sigma E$$ where $J=dI/dS$ is the current density, $\sigma$ the conductivity, and $E$ the electric field. So, if we put that into the Ampere-Maxwell law, then the law transforms ...
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Isn't there a loop in maxwell's equations? [duplicate]

I am curious about the following case: Consider the electrical field in a particular point just changed for some reason. Then by the maxwell's equations, there will be magnetic field generated ...
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Local form of Ampere's law

How can I find the magnetic field created by an infinite straight wire of radius $R$ and current density $\vec{j}$ using only the local form of Ampere's law : $\vec{\nabla}\times \vec{B} = \mu_0 ...
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What was the improvement that Maxwell did to the electromagnetic field equations and why?

What was the improvement that Maxwell did to the electromagnetic field equations and why? I understand that he combined the main equations so that you could get a wave equation for the vectors of ...
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Can Maxwell's Equations explain electromagnetic radiation emission in an atom?

Can Maxwell's equations be used to explain the process of spontaneous emission when an electron drops from a higher energy level to a lower energy level? According the Maxwell equations, a changing ...
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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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Do the relations between E/B and D/H contain higher order multipole terms?

Jackson writes in section 1.4 (third edition) that \begin{align*} D_\alpha &= \epsilon_0 E_\alpha + \left(P_\alpha - \sum_\beta \frac{\partial Q'_{\alpha\beta}}{\partial x_\beta} + \ldots \right) ...
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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 What is the difference between electric potential, potential difference (PD), voltage and electromotive force (EMF)? where @sb1 mentioned Faraday's law. However, ...
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Deriving Ampère's Circuital Law from Ampère's Force Law?

Ampère's force $d^2\vec{F_{21}}$ of current element $i_2d\vec{\ell_2}$ on $i_1d\vec{\ell_1}$ is$$d^2\vec{F_{21}}=-\frac{\mu_0}{4\pi}i_1i_2\frac{\hat{r}}{r^2}\left[2(d\vec{\ell_1}\cdot ...
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How do I show $e_r$ and its first- and second time derivative?

What does a charge q moving in a circular orbit with a constant velocity (a "rotating charge") and a stationary observer that measures the E field look like? And how do I show $e_r$ and its first- and ...
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Maxwell's equations invariant under all linear transformations?

Maxwell's equations in tensor notation read: \begin{align} \partial_\mu F^{\mu\nu} &= J^\nu \\ \partial_{[\lambda}F_{\mu\nu]} &= 0 \end{align} Consider doing a general coordinate ...
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Maxwell's equation in curved spacetime - how come? And experimental evidence?

I'm trying to understand the generalization of Maxwell's equations to curved spacetime. In FLAT (Minkowski) SPACETIME: If we define the "four-potential" as $$\ ...
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How do I construct the Maxwell tensor $\bf{^*F}$ from Fadaray one $\bf{F}$ in a non-flat spacetime?

In the book Gravitation (Misner, Throne and Wheeler), it's said that to consider the line element of the flat space on the derivation of Maxwell tensor $\bf{^*F}$ from the Fadaray tensor $\bf{F}$ ...
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Invariance of Maxwell equations [closed]

Is there an easy way to show that the Maxwell equations $$ \partial_\alpha F_{\beta\gamma} + \partial_\gamma F_{\alpha\beta} + \partial_\beta F_{\gamma\alpha} = 0 $$ are invariant under a Lorentz ...
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Does a Static E-field Increase the Gauge Invariant Vector Potential Without Bound?

The gauge invariant formulation of Maxwell's Laws (7.13): Indicates that the transverse electric field is the time derivative of the transverse vector potential. This gauge invariant vector ...
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What does it physically mean to take the curl of the curl of a field (wave equation derivation)?

What does it physically mean to take the curl of the curl of a field in the derivation of the electromagnetic wave equation from Maxwell's equations, as presented here, on Wikipedia? Why was it a ...
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How does a synchronous motor know to increase current when the mechanical load is increased?

Consider a very simple singe phase synchronous motor, such as the one shown in figure 1. This motor will not be self starting, but if an AC voltage is applied and the permanent magnet is given an ...
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How wrong are the classical Maxwell's equations (as compared to QED)?

Now, I don't really mean to say that Maxwell's equations are wrong. I know Maxwell's equations are very accurate when it comes to predicting physical phenomena, but going through high school and now ...
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Aether/Ether in Electrodynamics?

From reading Maxwell's original papers on the formulation on the dynamics of electromagnetism, I saw that Maxwell kept mentioning aether in his paper. I know today in modern physics the Michelson ...
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Is Maxwell's field the wave function of the photon?

In his ArXiv paper What is Quantum Field Theory, and What Did We Think It Is? Weinberg states on page 2: In fact, it was quite soon after the Born–Heisenberg–Jordan paper of 1926 that the idea ...