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Questions tagged [electromagnetism]

The classical theory of electric and magnetic fields, both in the static and dynamic case. Also covers general questions about magnets, electric attraction/repulsion etc. Distinct from electrical-engineering.

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Quantized modes of EM field in a cubic cavity

I am trying to solve for Electric field modes in a cubic cavity with perfectly reflecting walls. I know that for the modes, I have the standard Helmholtz Equation $$(\nabla^2+k^2)E_i=0$$ And I want ...
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Charge and current density fields

The charge and current density fields in classical electromagnetism are scalar real number fields on space time manifold. But these fields diverge/become infinite in case of point charges, how is this ...
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Solenoid pull force & Velocity calculation

So I am building a circular accelerator (like a slightly oversimplified model version of CERN) as a physics project, and I'm at a dead end. I believe I need to know how to work out differential ...
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What is the difference between primary and volume currents in electromagnetism?

What is the basic difference between the two currents and how each is contributing to the magnetic field at source and the surface?
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Thermal fluctuations in metals

My professor said that the $k_BT$ displacement in the energy levels of the band electrons is due to the space-thermal displacement of the potential of the ion host. I think that this displacement is ...
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Interaction Between Two Bar Magnets

How would one describe the interaction between two bar magnets? In the E&M course I took we described quite a few very basic electric interactions, but things that I would have thought of as being ...
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Weak localization and constructive interference

To my knowledge weak localization is a result of constructive interference between scattering processes and their time reversed. Traveling a given path in a vector potential leads to the phase $q\int ...
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Molecular field meaning in Liquid Crystal Theory

Given the Frank-De Gennes free energy $F = \int f(\boldsymbol{p},\nabla\boldsymbol{p}, ...)\ d\boldsymbol{x},$ for liquid crystals (see De Gennes-Prost, p. 107, formula 3.21), the vector $$h_{i}=-\...
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Why are magnets attracted to negative side in battery

I have been experimenting with magnets, and built an Homopolar motor however it works but the magnet only attracts the negative side of the AA battery (the flat side of a battery) which I thought was ...
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Does inducing charge on a grounded conductor do work?

Imagine a grounded conductor as an plane of infinite area. If I bring a charge to a close proximity to the plane, it induces some charge distribution on the conductor. The question is: is any work ...
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Origin of induced emf

What is the origin of induced emf in a conductor which is produced by changing magnetic flux.I mean why changing magnetic flux causes the production of induced emf. Is there some kind of energy ...
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Obtain the same Maxwell's equation after a change of coordinates

In the usual $(x,y,z)$ system of coordinates, if we expand the Maxwell's curls equations for phasors $$\nabla \times \mathbf{E} = - \mathbf{J}_m - j \omega \mu \mathbf{H}$$ $$\nabla \times \mathbf{H} ...
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E and B field from Time Varying Current

How would I go about calculating the B field and E field from a time varying current charging a capacitor. Theoretically I feel like a solution should exist, but there seems to be a dependence between ...
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Does the Fringe effect occur in capacitors in the interdigitated form?

I am currently doing my undergrad dissertation on graphene supercapacitors. I have read that the fringe effect is a well established phenomenon on parallel plate capacitors, but does it also occur in ...
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Laminations and current capacity,

When a conductor that's purpose is to carry current ,is laminated to reduce eddy currents, does it affect the current capacity for that same conductor? Will it reduce the current capacity?
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Determining the path of a particle in a velocity selector

I am wondering how you can determine the path of a particle in a velocity selector provided its velocity doesn't equal $ \frac{E}{B} $. I understand that the equation is derived from this force ...
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Deduce magnetic field based on electric field

I'm learning Maxwell's electromagnetic equations and i can't wrap my head around this problem: Given the volume $x\in [0,1], y\in [0,1], z\in [0,1]$, electric field $\vec E(x,y,z,t)$ and material ...
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Magnetic forces and generators

i'm really struggling to break this question down into manageable chunks and identify which quantities are relevant. I'm also unsure of some of the wording in the question. A bar of length $20$$\...
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Is this expression of electric field correct?

I know that the electric field component of electromagnetic wave should be written as the first equation shown, but some times it can be expressed in terms of complex amplitude of electric field as in ...
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A conductor passing a magnetic field?

A large thick copper wire(or bar if you like,) passes a magnetic field. What formula is best to calculate the EMF here? $$EMF = BA / Delta(t)$$ or, $$EMF = vBL$$ When the conductor passes the ...
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Resistance of a cylinder contacted by two smaller circular faces

Suppose we have a solid homogeneous cylinder with radius $a$, heigth $h$ and conductivity $\sigma$. The top and the bottom face is contacted with a smaller circular face with radius $b$. How can I ...
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How to achieve Gigavolts?

I was searching the internet when I found this article http://arxiv.org/abs/0804.1764, about achieving high voltage and power to ignite thermonuclear reaction by inertial confinement, the plan was to ...
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Why do electric generators need a prime mover?

Commonly electric generators need a mechanical torque provided by a prime mover [gas turbine or steam turbine or diesel engine,etc] which is needed for the rotation of the generator rotor. I would ...
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Expanding the Magnetic field?

A magnetic field $B$ can apply a force $X$ on a ferromagnet when there is no gap to separate them, $r$ = 0. When that gap ($r$) is increased to 3 cm, the force drops to zero. How can that be solved? ...
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Field inside a conductor?

If the above image is a cross section of a conductor, the field at the point shown is not zero. So the field inside a conductor is not zero at all points. You could argue that the electrons would ...
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Electric field in conducting media

I know that the electric field is zero inside a perfect conductor. However, I am here discussing non-perfect conductors. So let's suppose we have a conducting medium with conductivity $\sigma_1$ and ...
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High Frequency radio wave propagation time

What is the maximum time for an HF radio wave to reach its destination regardless of propagation mode? Since electromagnetic waves' speed is close to the light speed in the air, can we say it is ...
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explain how does Rectenna work to someone with some college level physics

I understand that rectifying antenna (rectenna) is supposed to convert electromagnetic energy to electric current however I do not understand how it's really working. I do get that it's kind of like ...
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Lasers can demagnetize ferromagnets?

How is it possible to demagnetize a magnet with a laser? Source: http://www.helmholtz-berlin.de/pubbin/news_seite?nid=13657&sprache=en&typoid And the paper: http://prb.aps.org/abstract/PRB/...
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Solenoid core and magnetism

I understand the core of a solenoid can help increase magnetic field produced by a given current and every metal has a specified permeability $\mu$, but what if we had a hybrid core, say 50% iron ($\...
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Does pure electric dipole have higher order moments?

Of course for the standard configuration(i.e. two opposite charges separated by some distance), there exist higher order multipole moments. However for an ideal dipole(those dipoles associated with ...
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Energy required to demagnetize a soft iron?

How much energy is required to demagnetize a soft iron ferromagnetic material, that has a very low coercive force And a small hysteresis area? Also, would it be possible to demagnetize that same ...
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why boundary condition in steady electric current?

when we electric field between two conductors in certain direction the current density should pass in its direction why current density direction change at boundary although the direction of electric ...
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What is the electrical field of a capacitor plate as a charge approaches

The electrical field for a charge density $\varrho(r)$ is $${\bf E}({\bf r})=\frac{1}{4\pi\varepsilon_0}\int \varrho({\bf r}')\frac{{\bf r}-{\bf r}'}{\hspace{.1cm }|{\bf r}-{\bf r}'|^3} \mathrm d^3r'....
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Boundary conditions for 2D helical waveguide

I'm interested in looking at standing wave solutions for the wave equation on a 2D annulus, with the twist that the annulus is "streched" in to a helix in 3D, but so that the rings themselves are 2-...
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Variation of electric field and current flowing

Theoretically, a change in either electric or magnetic field will cause a current to flow , I am already familiar to Faraday's law of electromagnetic induction, so I tried to search about producing a ...
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Current Carrying Wire Loop near Current Carrying Long Wire

A rectangular wire loop of (width $a$ and height $b$) carrying clockwise current $I_1$ is a distance $d$ below a horizontal infinitely long wire carrying a current $I_2$ to the right. What is the ...
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Where can I find how to do data analysis for a magnetic hysteresis loop?

I am given a data set that has a hysteresis loop but there's a diamagnetic signal that I understand needs to be subtracted, but I don't know the how this is done. I remember finding the slope of the ...
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Particle inside a charged shell

Imagine that I have a particle of charge $q$ at the center of a spherical insulating shell of charge $Q$ and radius $R$. Both the particle and shell are initially at rest. Now I apply a force $\...
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Solving the source free Maxwell equations for plane waves

I've been trying to solve the maxwell equations: $$\nabla\cdot\vec{D}=0,\quad \nabla\cdot\vec{B}=0$$ $$\nabla\times\vec{E}=-\frac{\partial \vec{B}}{\partial t},\quad \nabla\times\vec{H}=\frac{\partial ...
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Angular momentum contained in E&M fields

I am trying to do this question as a prep for my quals and find my solution too simplistic. I fear I am missing something important. "Iron atoms (atomic mass 56) contain two free electron spins that ...
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Physical and dynamical components the four potential

I have a question regarding the four-potential and its gauge symmetry. We have a gauge freedom: $A_{\mu} \rightarrow A_{\mu} + \partial_{\mu}\chi$ Such a transformation does not alter the EM field. ...
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Potential energy: Electric field two spherical charges

I want to determine the potential energy of two equally charged spherical charges by using the equation: $V_{pot}= \int_V \frac{1}{2} \epsilon_0 E^2 dV$ and therefore I was wondering what I has to ...
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What is the physical property of metal nanoparticles?

I am a Math student but now I have to deal with gold nanoparticles in aqueous solution. Now I was wondering whether the physical properties of gold nanoparticles are the same as the properties of gold ...
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What can be done to increase the strength of a given electromagnet?

There's a lot of information online about increasing the strength of an electromagnet with more turns, different cores, etc, but not much about factors in the power supply that affect the strength of ...
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Viscous force in a conductor

I was told that in a conductor there is a dissipative force and if Ohm's Law is valid for a component, the component has to be dissipative. I'm trying to prove it, but I have some problems. I know ...
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Electrical properties of molten gallium arsenide

I'm looking for the resistivity and magnetic permeability of molten gallium arsenide, but can only seem to find the values for the solid material at room temperature (e.g., Wikpedia). Not even ...
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Is this picture of the electron dipole moment correct?

It's the electron spinning on its axis, and a magnetic moment shoots up. The direction of the North-South is opposite what I thought it should be. Why is the vector arrow pointing from North to South ...
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covarient derivative of electromagnetic field tensor

I'm trying to prove the energy momentum tensor in curved spacetime for Electromagnetic field is Divergence-less directly(Without using general lie derivative method which can prove any energy momentum ...
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cgs Gauss' system of units

I had never seen this system until today, and I'm really confused. I've read the wikipedia article about it but I still don't know how to change between this and the international system. For example, ...