Scalar and vector potentials in electromagnetism. The scalar potential is potential energy per unit charge. For potential energy, use the potential-energy tag.

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Is the “Force” of Gravity Simply Hamilton's Principle on a Curved Spacetime?

It's my understanding that General Relativity abstracts away the concept of gravity as a force, and instead describes it as a feature of spacetime by which massive objects cause curvature. Then it ...
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Charge distribution and potential in a 1-dimensional quasistatic system

Suppose you have an 1-dimensional system with a charge distribution $\rho(x)$ (not given) moving with an speed $v(x)$ (not given), calculate the potential $\phi(x)$ and the charge distribution $\rho(...
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Symmetries of separable potential

For separable potential, say $x^4+y^4$, its symmetry are degenerate. Is that a generic case to every separable potential? I will explain my question: The potential $x^4+y^4$ has $A_1, B_1, A_2, B_2, ...
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What is the charge density for line and surface charges?

In electrostatics it is common to see line, surface and volumetric charges being described differently. A line distribution is a function defined on the line, a surface charge distribution is a ...
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Method of image charges — Why is a *grounded* plate needed?

In the classic image charge problem of a charge $q$ above an infinite grounded plane, it is well known that the field lines essentially behave as though there were a negative charge behind it, and the ...
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Guess the wave function in a given potential

Are there any techniques in guessing the ground state wave function in any given potential? For example, for a given potential like $$ \frac{1}{1-x^2}$$ or $$ \frac{1}{1-x^3}~?$$ I know wave ...
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Gauge Permitting c Magnetic Vector and Instant Electric Scalar Potentials?

The Lorenz gauge requires c propagation of both scalar and vector potentials. The Coulomb gauge requires instant "propagation" of these potentials but is stated in such a way as to permit c ...
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Significance of imaginary mass

Can real mass be thought of as producing a deformation in spacetime leading to a stable equilibrium (valley curve in gravitational potential energy) of the massive body, and imaginary mass as similar, ...
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Estimate of the second shallowest bound state?

Suppose we have a 1D potential $V(x)$ of finite range, i.e., $$ V(x) ~=~0 $$ for $|x| > b $. The potential is assume to support at least two bound states, but might have more, say $n\geq 2$. ...
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Units and missing constants in quintessence expressions?

In cosmology, quintessence is an alternative to the cosmological constant. In this approach (described here), we consider a scalar field $\phi$ and its self-interacting potential $V\left(\phi\right)$ ...
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WKB approximation in two dimensions

Does anybody know how to implement the WKB approximation for the two-dimensional Schrodinger equation with a harmonic oscillator potential: $\frac{1}{2}\Biggl[-\biggl(\frac{\partial^2}{\partial x^2}+\...
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QM Question about the Dirac Delta Potential

I just wrote down the solution for the bound state of the Dirac delta potential well, for $E<0$, and apparently there is only one specific energy for the bound state, and it is negative. I solved ...
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What is (or where can I discover) the Burke Potential?

I have very much enjoyed William L. Burke's Applied Differential Geometry. Reading around on the web it seems that he discovered something which is called the (retarded) Burke Potential, but I have ...
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The particle mesh ewald method in two dimensions

I am attempting to implement the particle mesh ewald method (http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.470117) in two dimensions. I am wondering what needs to be changed in the method from three dimensions to two ...
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Determine potential function given initial conditions?

Assuming a radially symmetric circular disk (let's say r=1). Given two simple initial conditions: Potential at the centre is 4 V Potential at the edges is 0 V How would I determine the potential ...
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How to estimate the ground state of a potential well when a confinement dimension is added

I have a finite harmonic potential where I trap an electron. The confinement length changes in size. Now, I'm interested in the ground state energy, so I have this 1D Poisson solver which gives me the ...
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Phase shift calculation in quantum scattering for potential $V=a/r^2 $. Neumann function missing

I'm tasked of finding the phase shifts for scattering from a potential of the form $V=a/r^2$. My thinking is as follows. For this specific potential I can bring the differential equation to the form: ...
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In potentiometer does resistance connected in parallel to emf affect the balance pont?

In this question they have taken current in the potentiometer wire to measure the resistant. According to me there is no way we can find X because connecting it in parallel should not have any affect ...
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Misbehaving singular isothermal sphere potential

The singular isothermal sphere (SIS) is a useful simple model often used in astrophysics. It has density profile: $$\rho(r) = \frac{\rho_0 r_0^2}{r^2}$$ This is well known to have some quirks (...
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Electic potential due to finite rectangular plate

I am trying to find the potential at any point (x,y,z) due to a rectangular plate with a constant surface charge density. Let's assume the plate is centered on the X-Y plane and extends from -n to n ...
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Metastable $E=0$ s-wave bound state in a spherical potential well

I am currently dealing with scattering theory. I looked up the scattering on a spherical well potential. $$V(r) = \begin{cases} -V_0 & , r \leq R\\ 0 & ,r > R \end{cases} $$ where $...
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Calculating the electric charge of two spheres knowing their potential

I have a system of two spheres, the first one is at a potential of $ V_1 = 1 V $ and the second one is at a potential of $ V_2 = 0 V $ The distance between them is $d$ and the radius are respectively $...
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Is hydrogen atom in a box solvable analytically?

Schrödinger's equation for hydrogen atom in free space can be easily solved by switching to center of mass frame, introducing reduced mass and separating variables in the resulting 3D problem. But ...
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What is the physical meaning of the norm of the electromagnetic four-potential?

In SI units this would be $\frac{1}{c^2}\phi^2 - A_x^2 - A_y^2 - A_z^2$. Is this just not a physically meaningful quantity at all because it's not gauge invariant?
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Nonlocal interaction effects on bose-einstein condensates

I'm studying an interacting bose-einstein condensate using the energy functional proposed in this paper K. Huang, C.N. Yang, Phys. Rev. 105 $$ E\left[\phi\right] = \int d^3\vec{r} \left\{-\frac{\...
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The Effect of Tortoise Coordinates

Referring particularly to http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/9909056 in regard to the wave equation for Schwarzschild-AdS black holes (p.4), I'm trying to understand tortoise coordinates. So starting ...
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Surface potential resulting from the charge transfer between insulator and conductor

Common non-contact electrostatic voltmeters are used to measure the surface potential. Imagine we place a charged insulator on top of the conducting plate (insulated from the surrounding) and measure ...
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Particle in a higher-dimensional box with an attractive delta potential

Suppose you have a particle in the box $[0,L]^d$, with an attractive Dirac delta potential $-\delta_{\vec w}(x)$ at $\vec w$. How do you solve the Schroedinger equation for this system? In the case $...
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What is a potential in De-Broglie-Bohm theory?

As I have so far understood, the De-Broglie-Bohm theory is based on two equations: The Schrödinger equation. The Guiding equation of the De-Broglie-Bohm theory. In the Schrödinger equation (as ...
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Scattering on delta function potential

Suppose a particle has energy $E>V(+/-\infty)=0$, then the solutions to the Schrodinger equation outside of the potential will be $\psi(x)=Ae^{i k x}+Be^{-i k x}$. How can one show or explain that $...
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An electron is subjected to an electromagnetic field using the canonical equations solve

So I was given the following vector field: $\vec{A}(t)=\{A_{0x}cos(\omega t + \phi_x), A_{0y}cos(\omega t + \phi_y), A_{0z}cos(\omega t + \phi_z)\}$ Where the amplitudes $A_{0i}$ and phase shifts \...
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Wavefunction of electron in 3D infinite well with non-zero potential

Consider an electron moving in a potential $V$ defined by $$V(x,y,z) = \left \{ \begin{array}{ll} \alpha(x^2 + y^2) & 0 \leq z \leq a \\ \infty & \text{otherwise} \end{array} \right. $$ ...
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Electric potential due to something

What is the diffrence between "electric potential at some point due something" and "electric potential of something" ?
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Grounding system of conducting plates

So, I always make mistakes on problems such as this (the grounding part), so I'm hoping someone could really explain to me how the process works . There are n large parallel plate conductors carrying ...
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Which is the form of Born-Mayer repulsion term?

I have found in many textbooks different and unclear form of the Born-Mayer repulsion term. I write the interatomic potential as $V(r)= -\frac{e^2}{r}+V_{BM}$ and for $V_{BM}$ I expected something ...
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Finding $\psi(0)$ using Schrodinger equation with potential $U(x) = q\delta(x)$

I am having some trouble answering the following question in my "Advanced Quantum Mechanics" course: Using the integral equation: $$\psi(x) = Ae^{ikx} + Be^{-ikx} - \int_{-\infty}^{\infty}G^{\pm}(...
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Where is the zero electric potential energy point?

Does the point of the electric potential energy of zero is defined by human or dominated by the indefinite integral of the electric force?
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Charge Magnitude Based on Isoline Spacing

Suppose we have two positive charges of unknown magnitudes. We are given the isoline map (the equipotential lines) for the two-charge system. One has isolines more "squashed together" (more closely ...
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What is the relationship between potential energy and electrical potential?

I actually always thought this was trivial, now I am not so sure. For a potential $\phi$ the potential energy is $V=q\phi$ where q is a test charge. Now I am thinking this may work differently in two ...
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What is the difference between length and velocity gauge when it comes to a dipole approximation?

Lets say we have plane wave with $\vec E$ perpendicular to $\vec k$. The dipole term will come from $\vec A\cdot \vec p$. Is the electric field longitudinal in the length gauge for the dipole ...
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How to find the minimum value of potential in QM?

In MIT problem sets I followed a solution of an exercise which focuses on odd-parity energy eigenstates in finite square well. The point of problem is how to know or find the minimal value of ...
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Potential energy of a shell & point system

Consider the system of a point particle with charge $q$ and a spherical shell with uniform charge $Q$ and radius $R$ whose center is a distance $r > R$ away from the point particle. I'm trying to ...
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Charged conducting wire ring and Greens function

ρ(r) = q 2πa2 δ(r − a)δ(cos θ). If this is my charge distribution on a conducting wire ring. radius=a. I am attempting to show my electrostatic potential as an integral along the z-axis I started by ...
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Calculating potential differences: why integrate E- and not D-field?

So here's my problem. I was thinking about the following. Let's say we have a parallel plate capacitor, filled completely with a dielectric medium. If we want to find the potential difference between ...
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Potential of a long cylinder from infinity

I have a question about a long, effectively infinite, cylinder. The cylinder has a radius of $R_{1}$ and charge density $\rho.$ For $r>R_{1}$, the potential difference is $\Delta V_{ab} = \int_{a}^{...
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A question relating to the Higgs boson scalar field

Just wondering. The potential for the Higgs boson is given by: $$ V(\varphi)=\lambda(\varphi^{2}-v^{2})^{2} $$ where $v≃$ 246 GeV is the vacuum expectation value required to explain mass in the ...
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External and internal multipole expansion for axisymmetric potential - the region of convergence

Say, we have a system of electrodes exhibiting symmetry around a certain axis. We know the explicit expression for the potential on the axis $\phi (z)$. We want to find the potential for any point in ...
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Does the material of a charged sphere affect electric potential?

Suppose we have two solid spheres, both with an equal total charge $+Q$ and equal radius, and the potential being zero infinitely far away. We know that a uniformly charged sphere can be treated as a ...
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Quadrupole configuration

The general solution to the 2D Laplace equation, $\nabla^2 \psi = 0$ is \begin{align} \psi(r,\theta) = P_0 \ln r + \sum_{k = 1}^\infty \dfrac{Q_k \cos(k\theta)+R_k\sin(k\theta)}{r^k} \end{align} The ...
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Calculating potential energy per ion of an one dimensional ionic crystal

The problem states to calculate "the potential energy, per ion, for an infinite 1D ionic crystal with separation $a$"; the crystal is a 1D lattice of alternating charges, likes so: $$...+-+-+-+-+-...$...