# Questions tagged [classical-electrodynamics]

Classical electrodynamics is the discipline that studies electromagnetic phenomena – such as electric and magnetic fields, radiation, and the dynamics of charged bodies – in classical terms.

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### Classical electrodynamics as an $\mathrm{U}(1)$ gauge theory

Preface: I haven't studied QED or any other QFT formally, only by occasionally flipping through books, and having a working knowledge of the mathematics of gauge theories (principal bundles, etc.). ...
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### Trouble with Classical Derivation of Cherenkov Radiation Mechanism — Magnetic Field Intensity

I've been going through a translation of Frank and Tamm's original theory on Cherenkov radiation published by Jelley in 1958, and the bottom line is that I'm stuck on one of the intuitive leaps that ...
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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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### Is there a theorem about “Electromagnetic Miracles”?

I listened to a lecture several years ago in which the speaker claimed that there is a theorem that shows that violation of charge conservation under classical electrodynamics is impossible in the ...
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### Accelerated electromagnetic system leads to divergent calculation?

Consider the above system comprising a pair of oppositely charged parallel plates, connected by a rigid rod of length $r$, constrained to move in the x-direction. The forces on the plates from the ...
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### Divergent self-energy of point charges in Classical Electrodynamics

Assuming the electron to be a classical point particle, if one calculates the self-energy one finds $$U=-\frac{e^2}{8\pi\epsilon_0r}$$ which diverges as $r\rightarrow 0$. Therefore, the measured mass ...
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### Why can infinite planes be approximated as Gaussian surfaces?

A little background: I'm an undergraduate studying Electrodynamics, currently in Chapter 8 of Griffiths. A question I came across (8.4 part a for those curious) asks for a calculation of the force ...
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### How does a charge distribution evolve with time? (in classical electrodynamics)

It is often stated that, in classical electrodynamics, the electric and magnetic fields determine uni vocally the dynamics of a charge distribution distribution (how it evolves in time). I can more or ...
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### Free charge movement in an electric field - including bremsstrahlung

Let us imagine a free, negatively charged object that is in rest and placed in an elecric field of a point positive charge. The positive charge has a huge mass and cannot move, so we consider only the ...
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### Questions about the energy density and momentum density in linear media

Precisely which energies are accounted for in the energy density of a linear medium given by $$u = \frac{1}{2}\left(\epsilon E^2 + \frac{1}{\mu}B^2\right)?$$ For example, is there a kinetic energy ...
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### Maxwell stress tensor for electromagnetic wave

Sorry if this is a naive question but I've been struggling in trying to proof this for a week. Consider an electromagnetic wave with wave vector $\vec{k}=k\hat{n}$, the Maxwell stress tensor can be ...
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### How to calculate the electrical conductivity of an insulating dielectric?

So I am told that the dispersion relation for an EM wave in a conducting medium is: $$k^2 = \mu_0 \epsilon \omega^2 + i\omega \mu_0 \sigma_n$$ where $k$ is the wavevector, $\omega$ is the angular ...
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### Interaction of charges and EM wave striking the surface of a conductor

Microscopically, what exactly happens between the charges on the surface of a conductor and the $E$ and $H$ components of the obliquely incident EM wave (in a classic viewpoint of field theory)? We ...
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### Ampere's law, do I include the electric field causing the current?

Let's say I have a long, straight wire with a time varying current, $I$ through it. Now if I take a circular Amperian path around this loop wire (and concentric with it) there is both a current $I$ ...
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### Motion of a charged particle in a “solid” charged sphere (accounting for radiation)

Consider a particle (point charge) with charge $q$ and mass $m$ that crosses into a uniformly charged sphere (with charge $Q$ and radius $R$). The trajectory of the particle is a diameter of the ...
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### Are there limits to human/devices perception?

As far as i know, measurement devices present measurements based on something that affects the device's particles, for instance, forces, heat, tension, voltage... My question is, given that every ...
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### Induced emf in a circular conducting wheel

Consider a conducting wheel with $N \in \mathbb{N}$ spokes which is completely in a homogenous magnetic field $\vec{B}$ perpendicular to the wheel plane.        &...
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### Polarizable molecule in E-field

If we have a linear molecule with a dipole moment $\mu$ in a static electric field $E$, the potential is given by $V = - \langle \mu,E \rangle$. What is the appropriate equation for the potential if ...
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### Vector potential and gauge in electromagnetism

In a paper by Zimmerman [JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS 114, 044907 (2013)], it is stated that the Lorenz gauge in electromagnetism is the only gauge with real physical meaning. How do I reconcile this ...
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### Where does 1/Gamma characteristic angle come from in EM Radiation?

Very curious as to where this angle comes from? It describes the peak of radiation for almost all radiation regimes, but I am having a difficult time seeing where it comes from. Also, the physical ...
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### Mie Scattering for spheres with constant dipole moment

I was wondering whether there exists a theory that describes Mie Scattering for spheres that have a constant dipole moment. Since there are theories that describe Mie scattering in the case of a ...
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