= Electromagnetism
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= Electromagnetic
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= Electromagnetic force
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As of the 20th century, this can be described well as "the phenomena described by ".
Back [through its history however], that was not at all clear. This highlights how big of an achievement are.
= Maxwell's equations
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{title2=1861}
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Unified all previous electro-magnetism theories into one equation.
Explains the propagation of light as a wave, and matches the previously known relationship between the and electromagnetic constants.
The equations are a limit case of the more complete , and unlike that more general theory account for the quantization of .
The equations are a system of .
The system consists of 6 unknown functions that map 4 variables: time t and the x, y and z positions in space, to a real number:
* $E_x(t, x,y,z)$, $E_y(t, x,y,z)$, $E_z(t, x,y,z)$: directions of the electric field $\E : \R^4 \to \R^3$
* $B_x(t, x,y,z)$, $B_y(t, x,y,z)$, $B_z(t, x,y,z)$: directions of the magnetic field $\B : \R^4 \to \R^3$
and two known input functions:
* $\rho : \R^3\ to \R$: density of charges in space
* $\J : \R^3 \to \R^3$: current vector in space. This represents the strength of moving charges in space.
Due to the however, those input functions have the following restriction:
$$
\pdv{\rho}{t} + \div{\mathbf{\J}} = 0
$$
{title=Charge conservation}
Also consider the following cases:
* if a spherical charge is moving, then this of course means that $\rho$ is changing with time, and at the same time that a current exists
* in an infinite cylindrical wire however, we can have constant $\rho$ in the wire, but there can still be a current because those charges are moving
Such infinite cylindrical wire is of course an ideal case, but one which is a good approximation to the huge number of electrons that travel in a actual wire.
The goal of finding $\E$ and $\B$ is that those fields allow us to determine the force that gets applied to a charge via the , and then to find the force we just need to integrate over the entire body.
Finally, now that we have defined all terms involved in the Maxwell equations, let's see the equations:
$$
div{\E} = \frac{\rho}{\vacuumPermittivity}
$$
{title=Gauss' law}
$$
div{\B} = 0
$$
{title=Gauss's law for magnetism}
$$
\curl{\E} = -\pdv{\B}{t}
$$
{title=Faraday's law}
$$
\curl{\B} = \vacuumPermeability \left(\J + \vacuumPermittivity \pdv{E}{t} \right)
$$
{title=Ampere's circuital law}
You should also review the intuitive interpretation of and .
= Faraday's law of induction
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= Electromagnetic induction
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= Inductive sensor
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= Lorentz force
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{parent=Maxwell's equations}
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$$
\text{force\_density} = \rho \E + \J \times \B
$$
{title=Lorentz force}
A little suspicious that it bears the name of Lorentz, who is famous for , isn't it? See: .
= Explicit scalar form of the Maxwell's equations
{parent=Maxwell's equations}
For numerical algorithms and to get a more low level understanding of the equations, we can expand all terms to the simpler and more explicit form:
$$
\pdv{E_x}{x} + \pdv{E_y}{x} +
\pdv{E_z}{x} =
\frac{\rho}{\vacuumPermittivity}
\\
\pdv{B_x}{x} +
\pdv{B_y}{x} +
\pdv{B_z}{x} =
0
\\
\pdv{E_z}{y} - \pdv{E_y}{z} = -\pdv{B_x}{t} \\
\pdv{E_x}{z} - \pdv{E_z}{x} = -\pdv{B_y}{t} \\
\pdv{E_y}{x} - \pdv{E_x}{y} = -\pdv{B_z}{t} \\
\pdv{B_z}{y} - \pdv{B_y}{z} = \vacuumPermeability \left(J_x + \vacuumPermittivity \pdv{E_x}{t} \right) \\
\pdv{B_x}{z} - \pdv{B_z}{x} = \vacuumPermeability \left(J_y + \vacuumPermittivity \pdv{E_y}{t} \right) \\
\pdv{B_y}{x} - \pdv{B_x}{y} = \vacuumPermeability \left(J_z + \vacuumPermittivity \pdv{E_z}{t} \right) \\
$$
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= Overdetermination of Maxwell's equations
{parent=Explicit scalar form of the Maxwell's equations}
{wiki=Maxwell's_equations#Overdetermination_of_Maxwell's_equations}
As seen from , this expands to 8 equations, so the question arises if the system is over-determined because it only has 6 functions to be determined.
As explained on the Wikipedia page however, this is not the case, because if the first two equations hold for the initial condition, then the othe six equations imply that they also hold for all time, so they can be essentially omitted.
It is also worth noting that the first two equations don't involve time derivatives. Therefore, they can be seen as spacial constraints.
TODO: the and can be expressed in terms of the and . So then we only need 4 variables?
Bibliography:
* https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/20071/do-maxwells-equations-overdetermine-the-electric-and-magnetic-fields
= Coulomb's law
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= Coulomb interaction
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Static case of Maxwell's law for electricity only.
Is implied by Gauss' law if : https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/44418/are-the-maxwells-equations-enough-to-derive-the-law-of-coulomb
The "static" part is important: if this law were true for moving charges, we would be able to transmit information instantly at infinite distances. This is basically where the idea of comes in.
\Video[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5LVoU_a08c]
{title=Coulomb's Law experiment with torsion balance with a mirror on the balance to amplify rotations by uclaphysics (2010)}
= Solutions of Maxwell's equations
{parent=Maxwell's equations}
\Video[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWCN_uI5ygY]
{title=Understanding Electromagnetic Radiation! by Learn Engineering (2019)}
{description=Shows animations of a [dipole antenna] which illustrates well how radiation is emitted from moving charges and travels at the .}
= Maxwell's equations with pointlike particles
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{parent=Solutions of Maxwell's equations}
In the standard formulation of , the is a convient but magic input.
Would it be possible to use to solve a system of such as electrons instead?
The following suggest no, or only for certain subcases less general than :
* https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/498892/solution-to-maxwell-lorentz-equations
* https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/380741/complete-classical-description-of-two-interacting-charges
This is the type of thing where the probability aspect of seems it could "help".
= Maxwell's equations in 2D
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TODO it would be awesome if we could de-generalize the equations in 2D and do a demo of it!
Not sure it is possible though because the appears in the equations:
* https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/104008/maxwells-equations-of-electromagnetism-in-21-spacetime-dimensions
* https://www.reed.edu/physics/faculty/wheeler/documents/Electrodynamics/Miscellaneous%20Essays/E&M%20in%202%20Dimensions.pdf
= Existence and uniqueness of solutions to Maxwell's equations
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TODO: I'm surprised that the Wiki page barely talks about it, and there are few hits too! A sample one: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/228928756_On_the_existence_and_uniqueness_of_Maxwell's_equations_in_bounded_domains_with_application_to_magnetotellurics
= Electric field
{parent=Maxwell's equations}
{title2=$\E$}
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= Electric charge
{parent=Electric field}
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= Charge conservation
{parent=Electric charge}
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= Conservation of charge
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= Electric current
{parent=Electric charge}
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In the context of , it is that is one of the inputs of the equation.
{full} asks if the theory would work for pointlike particles in order to predict the evolution of this field as part of the equations themselves rather than as an external element.
Measured in in the .
= Electric potential
{parent=Electric field}
{title2=$\phi$}
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= Volt
{parent=Electric potential}
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= Voltmeter
{parent=Volt}
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= Voltage
{parent=Volt}
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= Electronvolt
{parent=Volt}
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After the <2019 redefinition of the SI base units> it is by definition exactly $1.602 176 634 10^{-19}$ .
= Hall effect
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* https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hall_effect
* http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/magnetic/Hall.html
The voltage changes perpendicular to the current when magnetic field is applied, Just watch this:
\Video[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/transcoded/7/77/Hall_Sensor.webm/Hall_Sensor.webm.480p.vp9.webm]
Applications:
* the direction of the effect proves that electric currents in common electrical conductors are made up of negative charged particles
* [measure magnetic fields], TODO vs other methods
Other more precise non-classical versions:
* {child}
= Electromagnetic four-potential
{parent=Maxwell's equations}
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A different and more elegant way to express by using the:
*
*
instead of the:
*
*
= Electromagnetic tensor
{parent=Electromagnetic four-potential}
{title2=$F^{\mu \nu}$}
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= Four-current
{parent=Electromagnetic four-potential}
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= Lorentz gauge condition
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{parent=Electromagnetic four-potential}
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= Lorentz gauge
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There are several choices of that lead to the same physics.
E.g. thinking about the alone, you could set the zero anywhere, and everything would remain be the same.
The Lorentz gauge is just one such choice. It is however a very popular one, because it is also manifestly .
= Coulomb gauge
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{parent=Lorentz gauge condition}
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Alternative to the , but less used in general as it is not as nice for invariance.
= Magnetism
{parent=Electromagnetism}
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= Magnetic field
{parent=Magnetism}
{title2=$\B$}
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= Magnetic moment
{parent=Magnetism}
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= Magnetometer
{parent=Magnetism}
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Implementations:
* based
*
= Magnetic flux
{parent=Magnetism}
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= Magnetic vector potential
{parent=Magnetism}
{title2=$\va{A}$}
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