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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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Forcing quadrupole moments to vanish for a neutral system

For a system of electric charges $q_i$, at positions $\mathbf{r}_i$, with a nonzero net charge $Q=\sum_i q_i$, one can define a "centre of charge" in the obvious way as $$ ...
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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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Does a pendulum necessarily emit gravitational waves?

A question about the behaviour of a pendulum in a frictionless vacuum recently made it back to the front page, and a few comments below John Rennie's excellent answer set me thinking about one ...
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What are the advantages of multipole expansion of potentials?

When I see the equations of multipolar expansions they "look" to me harder than the original expressions. For example: Multipole expansion - spherical form, in Wikipedia I bet that this is not ...
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How do aspherical gravitational monopoles look like?

I was recently pointed by laboussoleestmonpays to a beautiful paper from some time ago, Aspherical gravitational monopoles. Alain Connes, Thibault Damour and Pierre Fayet. Nucl. Phys. B 490 no. ...
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Computing a “best-fit” of discrete points from a multipole expansion, i.e. invert the multipole moments

Take a field $\phi(\bf{x})$ created from a charge distribution contained within a radius $R$. The multipole expansion in spherical harmonics $Y_{\ell,m}$ outside of $R$ is approximated by: $$ ...
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Potential generated by a hollow sphere with a hole

The sphere has radius $R$ and is missing its "pole" - meaning that in the area $\theta\leq\alpha$ there is nothing. The object has a homogenous charge density $\sigma=\frac{Q}{\pi R^2}$ I'm trying to ...
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One question about sextupole

In multipole expansion, we use monopole, dipole, quadrupole or octupole to describe an electromagnetic field. But I saw someone use sextupole to describe transition states. If we expand an ...
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What is the physical meaning of the terms in the multipole expansion?

I have a few questions on multipole expansions and I have read about the topic in many places but could not find an answer to my questions, so please be patient with me. The electrostatic potential ...
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all multipolar terms of nuclear fields must be confined?

When usually speaking about QCD confinement, one refers to the fact that color charges over lengths above the hadron size are fully neutral, which implies that monopolar charges over an extended ...
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Toroid moments tensor decomposition

I am currently working on my bachelor's thesis on the anapole / toroidal moment and it seems that I am stuck with a tensor decomposition problem. I have actually never had a course about tensors, so ...
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Why is the gravitational multipole expansion taken with the origin at the centre of mass instead of the centre of gravity?

Wikipedia's article on the multipole expansion of the gravitational potential expands it as $$ V(\mathbf{x}) = - \frac{GM}{|\mathbf{x}|} - \frac{G}{|\mathbf{x}|} \int ...
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What is the first non-vanishing multipole moment of this configuration?

Imagine that you have a triangle where each side has the length $a$ and a charge $q$ sitting at every vertex. Additionally, we have a charge $-3q$ sitting in the center of the triangle. What is the ...
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How does the gravity of a massive non-spherical object act on things around it?

Firstly, not sure if this question ought to be in the space SE site. Please let me know if it should. (Posted in both for now) Secondly, I don't know a whole lot about physics (I'm just inquisitive). ...
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Meaning of terms and interpretation in the electric multipole expansion

In section 3.4.1 of Griffiths' Introduction to Electrodynamics, he discusses electric multipole expansion. He derives the formula or the electric potential of a dipole, which I follow, but right ...
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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 $\frac{1}{r^2}$. ...
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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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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 ...
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Any quadrupole approximation? Any example?

In atomic and molecular physics we quite often encounter with electric dipole approximation. The dipole approximation we do when the wave-length of the type of electromagnetic radiation which induces, ...
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Why 3 dipole terms in a multipole expansion?

As can be seen on this page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multipole_expansion when we take a multipole expansion without assuming azimuthal symmetry we end up with $2l+1$ coefficients for the $l^{th}$ ...
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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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Multipole expansion in cylindrical coordinates

I am seeking the general solution for the Laplace equation in cylindrical coordinates or $$\nabla^2 \omega = 0. $$ In several texts, the general solution can be found via separation of variables ...
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Electrodynamic multipole expansion

I am reading Jackson, Classical Electrodynamics, and I have a question regarding the electrodynamic multipole expansion (with page numbers I refer to the 3rd edition). So on page 409, he gives in ...
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Existence of Tripoles?

With multipole expansions, we speak only of monopoles, dipoles, and $2^n$-poles. Why is there nothing like a tripole? So how would something like $rsin(3 \theta)$ be expressed with a multipole ...
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Rotation of Taylor expansion of a scalar

I have a scalar magnetic field in a volume expressed by the formula $$B(x,y)=B_0 + \frac{\partial B}{\partial x}(x-x_0) + \frac{\partial B}{\partial y}(y-y_0)$$ which approximates the ...
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Center of charge in quadrupol tensor

In theoretical classical electrodynamics we defined the quadrupol tensor of $n$ charges $q_k$ at positions (from origin or center of charge, see below) $\vec r_k$ like so: $$Q_{ij} = \sum_{k=1}^n q_k ...
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Why three families of multipole moments?

There are three families of multipole moments: The electric multipole moments, the magnetic multipole moments and the toroidal multipole moments. Is there any reason why there are this three families ...
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Higher order multipolar second harmonic generation in centrosymmetric materials

As is pointed in this question, second harmonic generation is forbidden in the bulk of the materials possessing centrosymmetry. In some papers it is said that in the dipolar approximation the SHG ...
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Physical significance of toroidal moments

The electric field of a toroidal dipole moment $\vec t$ is the same as the electric field of a electric dipole moment $\vec p$, except that it is scaled with the factor $ik$. The $i$ makes the ...
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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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Magnetic Multipole Tensor

When the electric scalar potential is expanded into spherical coordinates, one gets \begin{align} \phi (\vec r) = \frac{1}{4\pi\varepsilon_0} \sum_{l=0}^{\infty} \sum_{m=-l}^l ...
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The anapole moment, derivation from Dirac current density

Basically I am looking for a way to expand the electromagnetic interaction energy $W = A_{\mu}j^{\mu}$ (both $A$ and $j$ obtained from the Dirac equation) similar to the classical expansion in ...
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Proton as superposition of hadrons: $\vert p\rangle = c_0\vert p_0\rangle+c_1\vert h\rangle+\cdots$

I have a question regarding hadron fluctuations. For instance on page 85 in Feynman's "Photon-Hadron Interactions" equation 15.2 reads: $$\tag1\vert \omega\rangle = \vert ...
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quadripolar moment in curved space

So, i'm going over the Thorne's derivation of the quadrupolar radiation term, and they write the core term as: $$ \frac{3 r_i r_j - 2 r^2 \delta_{ij}}{4 r^5} $$ But if i try to obtain this term by ...
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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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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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Where does the net charge on a hemisphere appear to act from?

I was wondering if, like centre of mass, there is anything called "centre of charge".
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Physical intuition for quadrupole source

In his Theory of Vortex Sound M. S. Howe defines sources "mathematically" (i.e. dipole is a source that could be described as a vector and than there is proved that it's equivalent to a two point ...
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Magnetic multipoles in spherical harmonic

Does someone know explain me how to identify the multipoles magnetic terms of the multipolar expansion (Dipole, quadrupole, etc) in spherical harmonics?
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quadrupole moment and higher for simple current loop

I'm working on a field configuration that needs to die off rapidly and I got to a $1/r^5$ dependence with canceling the dipole moment of the system cleverly, but to go get better arrangements I need ...
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Clarification of multipole expansion for a point charge

In Griffith's electrodynamic: 3.4.2 He pointed out that the monopole term is the exact potential for a single point charge. However I was under the impression that different configuration of a ...
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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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Potential of a dipole with actual physical extension?

I think everybody here knows the equation that gives the potential of a point like dipole, but how does the field look like if you have e.g. a metal sphere with radius $R$ and a certain dipol moment, ...
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Are multipole fields, multipole expansion, and multipole radiation the same thing?

Interaction between electromagnetic radiation and nuclei can be written in terms of multipole radiation. Are multipole fields, multipole expansion and multipole radiation the same thing? I have found ...
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Positive/negative octupole moment of nuclei?

Does octupole moment of nuclear charge distribution show any positive/negative character, like the quadrupole moment does? Quadrupole moment has prolate and oblate types, but what about ...
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Multipole expansion of Woods-Saxon potential?

When can a distribution be expanded in multipoles? What is the basic requirement? Can it be done for a potential like the Woods-Saxon form?
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How does the Wigner-Eckart theorem rule Multipole Expansion?

I am wondering why a spin-S particle have only the term up to $k=2S$ in his multipole expansion ? It seems that the Wigner-Eckart theorem shows the relation between spin and multipole expansion but I ...
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What determines the factors of the multipole expansion?

The multiple expansion of a potential V has contributing terms proportional to $\frac{1}{r^{n+1}}$ where $n=0,1,2...$. First, why are we interested only in integer powers of r? Second, why are we ...
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Find out gradient of electric potential at ${\bf r}$ created by eletric dipole of moment ${\bf p}$ [closed]

Suposing an electric dipole of moment ${\bf p}$ located at the origin which creates an electric potential at ${\bf r}$ given by ...