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Applications of Maxwell’s Equations

John F. Cochran and Bretislav Heinrich

Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C., Cnada


Table of Contents i List of Figures v List of Tables xxi

1.1 Fundamental Postulates2
1.2 Maxwell’s Equations8
1.2.1 Deflnition of the Free Charge Density, ρf10
1.2.2 Deflnition of the Free Current Density, ~Jf10
1.2.3 Point Dipoles12
1.3 Return to Maxwell’s Equations2
1.3.1 The curl of any gradient function is zero24
1.3.2 The divergence of any curl is zero24
1.3.3 Gauss’ Theorem24
1.3.4 Stokes’ Theorem24
1.4 The Auxiliary Fields ~D and ~H25
1.5 The Force Density and Torque Density in Matter26
1.5.1 The Force Density in Charged and Polarized Matter26
1.5.2 The Torque Densities in Polarized Matter27
1.6 The CGS System of Units28

1 Maxwell’s Equations 2 1.2.4 The Deflnitions of the Electric and the Magnetic Dipole

2.1 Introduction30

2 Electrostatic Field (I) 30 i


2.2 The Scalar Potential Function34
the Total Charge Distribution38
2.2.2 The Potential Function for a Point Dipole38
2.3 General Theorems40
2.3.1 Application of Gauss’ Theorem40
2.3.2 Boundary Condition on ~D41
ization Vector43
2.4 The Tangential Components of ~E4
2.5 A Conducting Body46
2.6 Continuity of the Potential Function46
2.7 Example Problems47
2.7.1 Plane Symmetry47
2.7.2 A Spherically Symmetric Charge Distribution57
2.7.3 Cylindrical Symmetry59
2.7.4 A Uniformly Polarized Ellipsoidal Body62
2.8 Appendix 2A67

2.1.1 Dipole Moment Density as a Source for the Electric 2.2.1 The Particular Solution for the Potential Function given 2.3.3 Discontinuity in the Normal Component of the Polar-

3.1 Introduction69
3.2 Soluble Problems74
3.2.1 (1) Orthogonal Systems74
3.2.2 The Method of Images92
3.2.3 Two-dimensional Problems102
3.3 Electrostatic Field Energy105
3.3.1 Generalized Capacitance Coe–cients107
3.3.2 Electrostatic Forces109
3.3.3 The Maxwell Stress Tensor115
3.4 The Field Energy as Minimum116
3.5 Appendix(A). The Onsager Problem118

3 Electrostatic Field (I) 69

4.1 Introduction122
4.2 The Law of Biot-Savart126
4.3.1 A Long Straight Wire128
4.3.2 A Long Straight Wire Revisited130
4.3.3 A Circular Loop132
4.3.4 The Magnetic Field along the Axis of a Solenoid133
4.3.5 The Magnetic Field of an Inflnite Solenoid134
4.3.6 The Field generated by a Point Magnetic Dipole136
4.3.7 A Long Uniformly Magnetized Rod138
4.3.8 A Uniformly Magnetized Disc140
4.4 A Second Approach to Magnetostatics141
4.4.1 An Inflnitely Long Uniformly Magnetized Rod143
4.4.2 A Thin Disc Uniformly Magnetized along its Axis144
4.4.3 A Uniformly Magnetized Ellipsoid146
4.4.4 A Magnetic Point Dipole147


5.1 Introduction: Sources in a Uniform Permeable Material150
5.2 Calculation of ofi-axis Fields152
5.3 A Discontinuity in the Permeability156
5.3.1 A Permeable Sphere in a Uniform Magnetic Field157
Magnetic Field158
5.3.3 A Point Magnetic Dipole Near a Permeable Plane159
rent of I Amps164
5.4 The Magnetostatic Field Energy166
5.5 Inductance Coe–cients168
5.6 Forces on Magnetic Circuits170
5.6.1 Forces on a Magnetic Dipole174
5.6.2 Torque on a Magnetic Dipole177
5.6.3 Forces on a Solenoid179
5.7 The Maxwell Stress Tensor183

5 The Magnetostatic Field (I) 150 5.3.2 An Inflnitely Long permeable Cylinder in a Uniform 5.3.4 A Wire Parallel with an Interface and carrying a Cur-

6.1 Introduction185
6.2 B-H Curves188
6.2.1 Measuring the B-H Loop197
6.3 Digital Magnetic Recording200


7.1 Introduction206
7.2 Time Dependent Maxwell’s Equations207
7.3 A Simple Radio Antenna212
7.4 An Electric Dipole Radiator217
7.5 A Point Magnetic Dipole221
7.6 A Moving Point Charge in Vacuum2

7 Time Dependent Electromagnetic Fields. 206

8.1 Introduction229
8.2 Poynting’s Theorem229
8.3 Power Radiated by a Simple Antenna234
8.4 A Non-Sinusoidal Time Dependence238
8.5 Scattering from a Stationary Atom240

8 E.M. Fields and Energy Flow. 229

9.1 Introduction246
9.2 Phasors251
9.3 Elliptically Polarized Plane Waves254
9.4 Gaussian Light Beams259
9.4.1 The Fourier Transform of a Gaussian263

9 Plane Waves (I). 246 9.4.2 Integrals that are Required in the Fourier Transform,

10.1 Normal Incidence267
10.2 Boundary Conditions273
10.2.1 The Tangential Components of the Electric Field273
10.2.2 The Tangential Components of the Magnetic Field275
10.2.3 The Normal Component of the Field B275
10.3 Application of the Boundary Conditions to a Plane Interface276
10.4 Re°ection from a Metal at Radio Frequencies279
10.5 Oblique Incidence284
10.5.1 S-polarized Waves285
10.5.2 P-polarized Waves289
10.5.3 Oblique Incidence on a Lossless Material292
10.6 Example: Copper292
10.8 Metals at Radio Frequencies301
10.8.1 S-polarization302
10.8.2 P-polarization304


1.1 Introduction307
1.2 Strip-lines309
1.3 Co-axial Cables315
1.4 Transmission Lines in General318
1.5 A Terminated Line322
1.6 Sinusoidal Signals on a Terminated Line330
1.6.1 Case(1). A Shorted Cable3
1.6.2 Case(2). An Open-ended Cable3
tic Impedance334
1.6.4 Case(4). A Purely Inductive Load334
1.6.5 Case(5). A Purely Capacitive Load334
1.6.6 Summary335
1.7 The Slotted Line336
1.8 Transmission Line with Losses341

1 Transmission Lines. 307 1.6.3 Case(3). The Cable is Terminated by the Characteris-

12.1 Simple Transverse Electric Modes346
12.2 Higher Order Modes356
12.2.1 TM Modes359
12.2.2 TE Modes362
12.3 Waveguide Discontinuities365
12.4 Energy Losses in the Waveguide Walls372
12.5 Circular Waveguides375
12.5.1 TM Modes375

List of Figures

tor fleld3

1.1 A cartesian co-ordinate system used to specify an electric vec-

~R = ~rP − ~rq5

1.2 The flelds generated by a point charge of q Coulombs at ~rq that is stationary with respect to the observer located at ~rP. 1.3 The electric and magnetic flelds generated at the point of ob- servation P at the time t depend upon the position, the velocity, and the acceleration of the charged particle at the retarded

¢A per unit time1

time tR = (t ¡ Rc 1.4 The x-component of the current density caused by a moving charge distribution. The charge labelled Q is representative of all charges passing through the x-oriented element of area, 1.5 Upper flgure: Sketch of a hydrogen atom in zero applied electric fleld. The nuclear charge is Q = 1:6 £ 10−19 Coulombs. The time-averaged electron charge, -Q, is distributed in a spherically symmetric cloud around the nucleus having a radius of approximately 5 £ 10¡11 m. Lower flgure: Sketch of a hydrogen atom subjected to a uniform electric fleld E0 . The displacement of the centroid of the electron charge density rel- ative to the nucleus has been exaggerated for the sake of clarity. 13 1.6 Two charges equal in magnitude but opposite in sign are separated by the vector distance ~d. By deflnition the dipole moment of this pair of charges is ~p = q~d where ~d is the vector

uz are unit vectors directed along the x,y, and z axes14

directed from the negative to the positive charge. ux, uy, and vi


cally symmetric around the dipole as axis17
axis and expressed as spherical polar components18
generates a magnetic dipole moment |~mj = qav/2 Amp-m219
1.10 The three commonly used co-ordinate systems23
normal to the surface at the element of area dS24
a unit vector normal to the element of surface area, dS25

1.7 The electric fleld intensity at various positions around an electric point dipole, ~P. The electric fleld distribution is cylindri- 1.8 The electric fleld generated by a dipole oriented along the z- 1.9 A particle carrying a charge of q Coulombs and following a circular orbit of radius a meters with the speed v meters/sec 1.1 An application of Gauss’ Theorem to a volume V bounded by a closed surface S. ~A is a vector fleld, and n is a unit vector 1.12 An application of Stokes’ Theorem to a surface bounded by a closed curve C. ~dL is an element of length along curve C. n is

charge or as a point dipole moment31

2.1 Given a distribution of sources the electric fleld at the position of the observer, (X,Y,Z), can be calculated as the sum of the electric flelds generated by dividing the source distribution into small volume elements dV=dxdydz and treating the charges or dipole moments in each volume element as a point

2.2 A sphere of radius R0 fllled with a uniform charge density ‰0. The electric fleld at the center of the sphere is zero because the

The two charges are separated by the distance d39
face of discontinuity between two materials42
the application of Stokes’ Theorem45

fleld generated by element number 1 at (x,y,z) is cancelled by the fleld equal in magnitude but opposite in direction generated by the equal volume element number 2 at (-x,-y,-z). The net fleld generated by all such symmetry related pairs is zero. 3 2.3 Model for calculating the potential function for a point dipole. 2.4 Application of Gauss’ Theorem to a pill-box straddling a sur- 2.5 A rectangular loop having sides dL long and dw wide used for 2.6 Calculation of the electric fleld generated by a uniformly charged plane. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48


2.7 The potential function (top) and the electric fleld (bottom) generated by a uniformly charged inflnite plane carrying a charge density of σ Coulombs/m2. Ez = −@Vp @z


2.8 Geometry for the application of Gauss’ Theorem to calculate the electric fleld strength generated by an inflnite, plane, uniformly charged sheet whose density is ¾ Coulombs=m2. The

magnitude of the resulting fleld is E0 = ¾=(2†0)51

2.9 An electric double layer consists of two inflnite plane sheets of charge densities +¾ and ¡¾ Coulombs/m2 separated by a small distance. The electric fleld is zero everywhere outside

charged sheets53

the double layer, but is equal to jEzj = ¾=†0 between the two 2.10 The electric fleld distribution and the corresponding potential function generated by an electrical double layer. The electric fleld intensity inside the double layer is E0 = ¡¾=†0. The jump in the potential across the double layer is ¢V = 2¾d=†0. 54

2.1 A uniformly polarized slab. The polarization density,~P0, is directed along the normal to the slab. The discontinuities in the normal component of the polarization produce efiective

surface bound charge densities given by ¾b = ¡div(~P)5

2.12 An inflnite slab that is uniformly polarized in plane, Px = P0. 57 2.13 The electric fleld intensity generated by a spherically symmet- ric charge distribution. The electric fleld has only a radial component because the transverse components generated by

two equivalent charges, dq1 and dq2, cancel by symmetry58

2.14 The electric fleld generated by a uniformly charged line lying along the z-axis. The line charge density is ‰L Coulombs/meter.


The electric fleld is radial and has the value Er = (‰L=2…†0) (1=r) 2.15 An inflnite line of uniformly distributed point dipoles can be modelled by a uniformly charged positive line separated by a small distance d from a uniformly charged negative line. Let the charge density on the positive line be ‰L, and let the charge density on the negative line be ¡‰L, then the dipole density,


the body62
ellipse is non-uniform63
2.18 Oblate ellipsoid of revolution65
2.19 Cigar shaped ellipsoid of revolution65

2.16 A uniformly polarized body having an irregular shape. The resulting surface bound charge distribution produces an electric fleld distribution that is non-uniform both inside and outside 2.17 A uniformly polarized ellipsoidal body; the polarization lies along a principle axis of the ellipse. The resulting surface bound charge distribution produces a uniform electric fleld inside the ellipse. The electric fleld distribution outside the

3.1 A charged conductor. The free charge on the conductor is given by Q = ∫R

~D · ~dS72

3.2 Two plane parallel, semi-inflnite metal electrodes separated by a distance D. The electrode potentials are V1 and V2. The space between the electrodes is fllled with a material having a

dielectric constant †75
of position7

3.3 The parallel plate capacitor problem with two difierent dielectric materials. The electric fleld in each region is independent

3.4 Charge decay through a leaky capacitor. † = †r†0 is the dielectric constant for the spacer material. ¾ is the conductivity

of the spacer material79

3.5 A uniform cylinder, inflnitely long in the z-direction, and im-

medium whose dielectric constant is †283
presence of a uniform electric fleld Ez = E08

mersed in a uniform electric fleld Ex = E0. The cylinder is characterized by a dielectric constant †1. It is situated in a 3.6 An uncharged dielectric sphere, dielectric constant †1, situated in a medium characterized by a dielectric constant, †2, in the 3.7 Top flgure: a point charge located a distance d in front of an inflnite conducting metal plane. Bottom flgure: The system of charges whose electrostatic potential satisfles r2V = 0 as well as the boundary conditions for the problem posed in the top flgure. This solution is only valid in the vacuum region: in the metal V = 0. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93


boundary conditions96
but of opposite sign97
as shown in the flgure100

3.8 (a) The real problem: a charge q located a distance d from the interface between two uncharged dielectric media. (b) The conflguration of image charges that produce a potential that satisfles ∇2V = 0 and that can be used to satisfy the required 3.9 Equipotential surfaces for two line charges of equal strength 3.10 The real problem of a point charge located a distance d from the center of a metal sphere of radius R is shown in (a). In part (b) the real problem has been replaced by two point charges 3.1 Electrodes in the form of cylindrical hyperboloids. One pair of electrodes is held at a potential U=-1 Volt; the other pair of electrodes is held at a potential U=+1 Volt. The potential function in the space between the electrodes is given by U = x2 ¡ y2. The electric fleld components in the space between

the electrodes are given by Ex = ¡2x and Ey = +2y103

3.12 Electrodes of silver paint drawn on a sheet of conducting pa-

out by means of a voltmeter connected to a pointed probe105

per. The resistivity of the paper is much larger than that of the silver paint electrodes.The equipotential lines can be mapped 3.13 Charged conductors embedded in a linear dielectric medium.

in the text108

The charges are a linear function of the potentials, see eqn.(3.61) 3.14 A parallel plate capacitor. The two plates have an area A and are separated by a distance z. The charge density on each

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