The six major players, if you will, in electromagnetism are the fields $\mathbf{E}$ and $\mathbf{B}$, $\mathbf{D}$ and $\mathbf{H}$, and $\mathbf{P}$ and $\mathbf{M}$. I have seen many differing names for these fields, as listed below. (I have tried to list exactly two sources that support each name, except when the plethora of sources motivated me to include three or when the insufficiency of sources motivated me to include only one.)







My question is: If I am producing a work that references all six of these fields, what is a cohesive nomenclatorial system (or multiple distinct systems, for that matter), such as your own preferred terminology, that I could use to mention these fields in a way that is consistent with their physical properties and without confusion? If you have heard any other terms used for these fields, please feel free to mention that! Of course, I will explicitly connect the symbols to the terms I use.

Note: I have intentionally listed the names that I find preferable first. If you concur, go ahead and mention that in the comments if you wouldn’t mind, just so I can feel some sense of following convention.

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    $\begingroup$ I'm voting to close this post as a futile primarily opinion-based endeavor, because different authors use different notations & conventions. $\endgroup$
    – Qmechanic
    Jun 26, 2017 at 6:38
  • $\begingroup$ @Qmechanic How could I change the question? It's a good topic to discuss, and others have already expressed their approval by favoriting and up-voting. $\endgroup$ Jun 26, 2017 at 7:26
  • $\begingroup$ I asked in the chat room here. $\endgroup$
    – Qmechanic
    Jun 26, 2017 at 8:48
  • $\begingroup$ @Qmechanic Okay, I like the sound of that. Quick question: what is OP? $\endgroup$ Jun 26, 2017 at 8:49
  • $\begingroup$ OP=Original Poster. In this case: You. $\endgroup$
    – Qmechanic
    Jun 26, 2017 at 8:55


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