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Boundary conditions for Maxwell's equations at the interface between two media

Consider the following simple Maxwell's equations: $$ \nabla\cdot\mathrm{D}=\rho $$ $$ \nabla\times\mathrm{E}+i\omega\mathrm{B}=0 $$ $$ \nabla\cdot\mathrm{B}=0 $$ $$ \nabla\times\mathrm{H}=\mathrm{J}+...
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Why is $ \psi = A \cos(kx) $ not an acceptable wave function for a particle in a box?

Why is $ \psi = A \cos(kx) $ not an acceptable wave function for a particle in a box with rigid walls at $x=0$ and $x=L$ where $$ k = \frac {(2mE)^{1/2}} {\hbar} \, ?$$ I had plugged the wave ...
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Maxwell Stress Tensor at material boundaries

I am trying to grasp the meaning of the Maxwell Stress tensor $T_i^j$ at material boundaries. Concretely, I am trying to calculate the force between two waveguides. The results are given in an article ...
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Why don't all free particles lose their kinetic energy?

I'm currently studying Action. I've been reading about how a particle has particular probabilities of ending at an infinite number of events. Say I have a free particle that isn't experiencing any ...
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Fixing time in Feynman phase space path integral

The phase space version of Feynman's path integral expression for the free particle propagator involves a (formal) sum over paths in phase space with fixed $q$ endpoints and (as far as I'm aware) ...
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1D drift-diffusion equation with single absorbing boundary

If we have just the simple diffusion equation (in 1D): $$ \frac{\partial P(x,t)}{\partial t} = D \frac{\partial^2 P(x,t)}{\partial x^2} $$ with an absorbing boundary at x=0 and initial condition $P(x,...
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Does a whirlpool(vortex in water) continue in air(vortex in air),and when does a vortex stop?

First part: The question is both about the continuity of the water vortex(whirlpool) to vortex in air in time and in space. About continuity in time,does the vortex of the water slowly produce a ...
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Normal of a null surface and null junction conditions in general relativity

I am trying to use the null junction formalism in general relativity (as explained in eg http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.43.3763&rep=rep1&type=pdf, "Junctions and thin ...
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Dirichlet boundary conditions in space-time?

In the context of string theory, and world sheets the Dirichlet boundary conditions can be written as: $$\frac{\partial X^\mu(\tau,\sigma_1)}{\partial \tau}=0$$ where $\sigma_1$ is the value of the ...
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The definition of the vacuum state of quantum field by path-integral

In the review Entanglement entropy of black holes by Sergey Solodukhin (arXiv:1104.3712, equation 13), I see a definition of vacuum state of quantum field by path integral over half of the total ...
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Initial conditions for second order ODE with complex stiffness

I tried this on Math Stack Exchange. I'm trying to find initial conditions to ensure systems of the form stay bounded $$\ddot{x}_i+\sum_{j=1}^N k_{ij} x_j = 0, \quad k_{ij} \in \mathbb{C}.$$ For ...
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Variation of Gibbons-Hawking-York term. General boundary condition and total derivatives

It is actually a comment and question to the answer of Robert McNees in the following post: Explicit Variation of Gibbons-Hawking-York Boundary Term In deriving the variation of the extrinsic ...
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How do you know when you need to use distributions to represent charge densities? [closed]

I tried to solve a problem using Gauss' law in the following way. Let's assume we have a spherical shell of radius $R$ with a charge $Q$ being homogenously distributed on its surface. I am trying to ...
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Border conditions on the separation surface (Electromagnetism & Optics)

My teacher taught me that we can consider the following equation: $$E_{1t}=E_{2t}$$ to the descontinuity of the electric field tangent component on the separation surface of two means with ...
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A classically charged point particle interacting with electromagnetism and gravity

Consider a classically charged point particle interacting with electromagnetism and gravity. The relevant dynamical variables are $\chi^\mu (\tau)$ of the particle, the electromangetic potential $A_\...
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Boundary condition for E field

My book says that the boundary condition for the E field is: $$\hat{n} \times (\textbf{E}_1 - \textbf{E}_2) = 0 $$ and then concludes that the above condition can be summarized by the statement, "The ...
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Detailed conditions for symmetries of Lagrangian

Edit: To clarify the question, I am asking why we are justified in calling a continuous symmetry a symmetry of a system when it changes the Lagrangian by a total derivative of a function of $t, q(t)$ ...
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Magnetic dipole near black hole

Usually it is said that black holes cannot have electric or magnetic dipole, only electric charge and angular momentum are allowed quantities besides mass So, it would seem that black holes behave as ...
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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: $$ \nabla\times(\frac{1}{\epsilon_r}\nabla\times\mathrm{H})-k_0^2\mu_r\mathrm{H}=\nabla\times(\...
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Minimizing the Lagrangian action of an impossible problem

I'm working my way through Structure and Interpretation of Classical Mechanics (SICM), and am stuck on an exercise in Section 1.4: Exercise 1.6. Minimizing action: Suppose we try to obtain a ...
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Current Density Boundary Conditions and its Implications

According to Ohm's Law, one can say $ \overline{J} =\sigma \overline{E} $ if the field is in a conductor, and $ \overline{J} =0 $ if it's in empty space. Now if we take the surface of a conductor and ...
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Can Ampere's Circuital law be used on an infinite number of alternating Helmholtz coils?

I have the following surface current density $$ \bar{\sigma}_s = \hat{\phi} \sin(kz) |\bar{\sigma}_s| $$ to approximate an infinite number of alternating Helmholtz coils stacked along the z-axis with ...
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Boundary conditions of the radial Schrodinger equation

Consider the radial differential equation $$\bigg( - \frac{d^2}{dr^2} + \frac{(\ell+\frac{d-3}{2})(\ell+\frac{d-1}{2})}{r^2} + V(r) + m^2 \bigg) \phi_\ell (r) = \lambda\ \phi_\ell (r),$$ which I've ...
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Why do electric field lines start and end at 90 degree at the surface of a conductor? [duplicate]

There is one property of electric lines of forces which states that: Electric field lines start and end at 90 degree at the surface of the conductor. But why is that so? Is there any proof for ...
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Newton's law of cooling for the heat equation boundary condition

Newton's law of cooling says the temperature of an object satisfies $$ \frac{dT}{dt} = -k(T(t) - T_0),\tag{1} $$ where $T_0$ is the surrounding temperature. See these HTML notes for example. Now if ...
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Is there a physical interpretation of Neumann boundary conditions for the free Schrodinger equation on a domain?

Let $\Omega$ be a domain in $\mathbb{R}^n$. Consider the time-independent free Schrodinger equation $\Delta \psi = E\psi$.[*] Solutions subject to Dirichlet boundary conditions can be physically ...
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Why do we not require higher derivatives to match at boundary when solving the Schrödinger equation in a given potential?

When solving the time independent Schrödinger equation for a given potential in 1D, the main part of the solving involves matching boundary conditions. Usually, we require the value and the first ...
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How do i mathematically represent reflection in a (diffusion) Problem?

I am trying to formulate boundary conditions and it occurred to me that I never had to implement a reflective boundary before. The example is a one dimensional diffusion, where at $x=0$ the ...
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Fourier series for a wave on an infinite string?

From "Vibrations and Waves" by A.P. French I know that any wave on a string length $L$ can be represented by: $$y(x,t)=\Sigma^\infty_0 A_n \sin(\frac{n\pi x}{L})\cos(\omega_nt-\delta_n)$$ But can we ...
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When does $\mathbf n\times(\nabla V_2-\nabla V_1)=0$ imply $V_1=V_2$

I was reading a paper on electrohydrodynamics which has the following sentence (in my own words): At the interface/boundary, the requirement of continuity of the tangential component of the ...
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Phase change by reflection [duplicate]

Let's consider a light ray falling on a cuboid made of glass at the angle $\alpha$. Then there will be a reflected ray $A$. The ray will also refract. Let the refracted ray be $B$. Ray $B$ will be ...
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Reflection of Sound wave (Pressure Wave)

I want to study about the phenomenon of reflection of pressure waves as in an open ended organ pipe. Please suggest a suitable resource? I know about the harmonics in a stretched string and I can use ...
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Could you give boundary conditions to the gravitational potential given the density distribution?

We´re doing a project that's all about solving differential equations with separation of variables. We´re trying to find the gravitational potential given the density distribution (that has azimuthal ...
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How to specify boundary conditions as function of curvature in dynamic elastic beam pde?

In this article (already mentioned in this question) the dynamics of a planar elastic beam with "cantilever constrains" (one clamped end and one free end) is modeled. Using the Euler-Bernoulli Beam ...
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How come a current sheet of $J_s = J_0 \hat{x}$ produces plane wave solution?

Given in the picture. There is a current sheet $J_s = J_0 \hat{x}$. Supposedly Jo is not oscillating. So, how does this thing create a plane waves propagating away from the current sheet? Shouldn't ...
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Zero stress boundary conditions for the acoustic wave function

When is it appropriate to use zero normal stress boundary conditions when solving the acoustic wave equation. That is when the pressure is equal to zero.
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Idea behind Compactified Boson

On p. 167 of his Conformal Field Theory, Di Francesco introduces "Compactified Boson". He says: The invariance of the free-boson Lagrangian [...] with respect to translations $\varphi(x) \...
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Faraday's law in free space explaining away the constant vector?

Let's say that I have a plane electromagnetic wave travailing in free space, and I know the electric field part to be $\vec E$. If I am using Faraday's law to get the magnetic field part I will get ...
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Eigenvalues of the radial Schrödinger equation on a finite integration interval

There are numerous ways to estimate the eigenvalues of a radial Schrödinger equation, see http://arxiv.org/abs/math-ph/0703040 as an example. Anyhow, the formulas only cover the Schrödinger equations ...
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Question on boundary condition for Maxwell's Equations and Coulomb's law

When deriving Coulomb's law using the differential forms of Maxwell's equation, the boundary condition that $\phi = 0 $ at infinity is also used. From $\nabla × E = 0, E = \nabla \phi$ for some $V$,...
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Hamilton-Jacobi theory and initial value problem?

Having read through some recent posts regarding the Lagrangian formulation being interpreted into an initial value problem rather than the familiar boundary condition problem we are familiar with, I ...
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Evolution of normal of material surface moving at a steady velocity

I need some help with the following question: A material surface moves with the fluid with a steady velocity $\mathbf{U_{o}}$. Show that the unit normal $\mathbf{n}$ to the surface evolves ...
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Meaning of boundary conditions in solid mechanics

The Question is: A uniform horizontal beam OA, of length $a$ and weight $w$ per unit length is clamped horizontally at O and freely supported at A. The transverse displacement $y$ of the beam is ...
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Losing a term for 3D radial schrodinger equation

I am trying to solve the Schrodinger equation For a potential $V(r)$ defined for $ 0<r<R$ as $$V(r)=-V_0 $$ and zero everywhere else. For wavefunction $u$ I can easily get to $$ u'' =-k^2u,$$ ...
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Deriving general boundary conditions from first principles for elastodynamic scattering

It seems that most of the relevant books only give the linear case and the rest say something along the lines of "here are common examples of boundary conditions." What are the most general boundary ...
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Lagrangian mechanics and initial conditions vs boundary conditions

It bothers me that many basic books on the classical mechanics don't discuss the following difference between "Newton's laws" and the "Principle of stationary action". Newton's laws can predict the ...
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Physical intuition for the solutions of the wave equation

I have been studying the wave equation in $\mathbb{R}^n$ for the cases $n=1,2$ and $3$. In the three cases, working all over $\mathbb{R}^n$. That is: $u_{tt}(x,t)=c^2 \Delta_{x} u(x,t)$ for $x \in \...
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Solving inhomogeneous differential equation with Green function

I'm not sure if this question is for physics forum, but my book's title is "Green's Functions in Quantum Physics", so I ask here. The book says that the Green's function defined as $$ (z-L( \mathbf{...
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Why do we require quantum fields to vanish at infinity?

Classical fields, like the electrical field must vanish at infinity, because otherwise their energy would be infinite. This can be used in computations to exclude certain solutions. In quantum ...
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QM scattering in a finite-sized box

Background Consider a non-relativistic particle in a one-dimensional box of length $L$ with (for definiteness) an attractive delta function at the origin: $H = \frac{P^2}{2m} -|c|\delta(x), \qquad 0&...