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### Introductory literature on the multipole expansions including toroidal moments

I wish to understand the general idea of the multipole expansion in the context of classical electrodynamics and, especially, the concept of the toroidal moments. All the papers on the subject I've ...
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### Physical meaning of multipole moment

Is there a physical interpretation for multipole moments? For a quantity governed by the Laplace equation ($\nabla^2 \omega = 0$), I understand that the general solution is given by the multipole ...
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### strength of each dipole charge

If I have a two dimensional dipole whose line charges are located on the y axis, I know that the electric flux through a gaussian pill box containing both the charges will be zero, that is ...
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### Series expansion of potential due to a dipole displaced from the origin

I learn that we can expand the electric potential in an infinite series of $\rho$ and $\cos(n \phi)$ when solving the Laplace equation in polar coordinates. The problem I want to consider is the ...
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### Is the transition electric quadrupole or magnetic dipole?

If a nucleus makes a transition from 0$^+$ ground state to 2$^+$ excited state, then will the transtion have E2 character, or M1? Or partly, both? Should the matrix elements of both E2 and M1 be ...
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### Approximating electrostatic grids as a multipole expansion

Is there a known good summary, or a succinct algorithm to compute the far-field approximations of an arbitrary set of electrostatic surfaces set at different potentials? I'm looking to model a ...
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### Traceless multipole moments vs non-traceless moments

There are two different possibilities to define the electric quadrupole tensor: On the one hand, one can define \begin{align}Q_{kl} = \int \rho(\mathbf r') \cdot r'_k \, r'_l d^3r',\end{align} while ...
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### Density matrix and irreducible tensor operators

I'm reading those lecture notes on atomic physics. Yesterday I posed a question on reducible tensors, and today I have a question on their relation to the density matrix. If there's any information ...
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### Hexadecapole potential using point particles?

We can get monopole $1/r$, dipole $1/r^2$, quadrupole $1/r^3$ and octupole $1/r^4$ potential falloff by placing opposite point charges at the corners of a point, line, square and cube, respectively. ...
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### Why monopole does not radiate energy in electodynamics?

Why there is no monopole radiation in Electromagnetic field? I read somewhere that it is impossible because it violates charge conservation. I don't understand how? How charge conservation gets ...
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### What's the $\ell$ in the Bicep2 paper mean?

The BICEP experiment's recent announcement included the preprint of their paper, BICEP2 I: Detection of $B$-mode polarization at degree angular scales. BICEP2 Collaboration. To be submitted. ...
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### Potential due to a Uniform Ring [closed]

Consider a uniform ring of mass $M$ and radius $a$ (?). I would like to prove that for $r > a$: $$\Phi(r) = \frac{GM}{r} \sum_0^\infty[P_n(0)]^2 \left(\frac{a}{r}\right)^n$$ Where $\Phi(r)$ is ...
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### Objective measure of anisotropy

If we know a function $f(\phi, \theta)$ in $\mathbb R^3$ only over a convex surface (which for simplicity let's assume a sphere of radius $r$), is there any measure for the degree of anisotropy over ...
### Intuitive explanation of difference in $r$-dependence between dipole and monopole
For an electric monopole, its potential scales with $\frac{1}{r}$, where $r$ is the distance from the point of interest to the charge. However, for a dipole, its potential scales with $\frac{1}{r^2}$. ...