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9.1 Biot-Savart Law....................................................................................................... 2 Interactive Simulation 9.1: Magnetic Field of a Current Element.......................... 3 Example 9.1: Magnetic Field due to a Finite Straight Wire ...................................... 3 Example 9.2: Magnetic Field due to a Circular Current Loop .................................. 6 9.1.1 Magnetic Field of a Moving Point Charge ....................................................... 9 Animation 9.1: Magnetic Field of a Moving Charge ............................................. 10 Animation 9.2: Magnetic Field of Several Charges Moving in a Circle................ 11 Interactive Simulation 9.2: Magnetic Field of a Ring of Moving Charges .......... 11 9.2 Force Between Two Parallel Wires ....................................................................... 12 Animation 9.3: Forces Between Current-Carrying Parallel Wires......................... 13 9.3 Ampere’s Law........................................................................................................ 13 Example 9.3: Field Inside and Outside a Current-Carrying Wire............................ 16 Example 9.4: Magnetic Field Due to an Infinite Current Sheet .............................. 17 9.4 Solenoid ................................................................................................................. 19 Examaple 9.5: Toroid............................................................................................... 22 9.5 Magnetic Field of a Dipole .................................................................................... 23 9.5.1 Earth’s Magnetic Field at MIT ....................................................................... 24 Animation 9.4: A Bar Magnet in the Earth’s Magnetic Field ................................ 26 9.6 Magnetic Materials ................................................................................................ 27 9.6.1 9.6.2 9.6.3 9.6.4 Magnetization ................................................................................................. 27 Paramagnetism................................................................................................ 30 Diamagnetism ................................................................................................. 31 Ferromagnetism .............................................................................................. 31

9.7 Summary................................................................................................................ 32 9.8 Appendix 1: Magnetic Field off the Symmetry Axis of a Current Loop............... 34 9.9 Appendix 2: Helmholtz Coils ................................................................................ 38 Animation 9.5: Magnetic Field of the Helmholtz Coils ......................................... 40 Animation 9.6: Magnetic Field of Two Coils Carrying Opposite Currents ........... 42 Animation 9.7: Forces Between Coaxial Current-Carrying Wires......................... 43

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Animation 9.8: Magnet Oscillating Between Two Coils ....................................... 43 Animation 9.9: Magnet Suspended Between Two Coils........................................ 44 9.10 Problem-Solving Strategies ................................................................................. 45 9.10.1 Biot-Savart Law: ........................................................................................... 45 9.10.2 Ampere’s law: ............................................................................................... 47 9.11 Solved Problems .................................................................................................. 48 9.11.1 9.11.2 9.11.3 9.11.4 9.11.5 9.11.6 9.11.7 9.11.8 Magnetic Field of a Straight Wire ................................................................ 48 Current-Carrying Arc.................................................................................... 50 Rectangular Current Loop............................................................................. 51 Hairpin-Shaped Current-Carrying Wire........................................................ 53 Two Infinitely Long Wires ........................................................................... 54 Non-Uniform Current Density ...................................................................... 56 Thin Strip of Metal........................................................................................ 58 Two Semi-Infinite Wires .............................................................................. 60

9.12 Conceptual Questions .......................................................................................... 61 9.13 Additional Problems ............................................................................................ 62 9.13.1 Application of Ampere's Law ....................................................................... 62 9.13.2 Magnetic Field of a Current Distribution from Ampere's Law..................... 62 9.13.3 Cylinder with a Hole..................................................................................... 63 9.13.4 The Magnetic Field Through a Solenoid ...................................................... 64 9.13.5 Rotating Disk ................................................................................................ 64 9.13.6 Four Long Conducting Wires ....................................................................... 64 9.13.7 Magnetic Force on a Current Loop ............................................................... 65 9.13.8 Magnetic Moment of an Orbital Electron..................................................... 65 9.13.9 Ferromagnetism and Permanent Magnets..................................................... 66 9.13.10 Charge in a Magnetic Field......................................................................... 67 9.13.11 Permanent Magnets..................................................................................... 67 9.13.12 Magnetic Field of a Solenoid...................................................................... 67 9.13.13 Effect of Paramagnetism............................................................................. 68

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**Sources of Magnetic Fields
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9.1 Biot-Savart Law Currents which arise due to the motion of charges are the source of magnetic fields. When charges move in a conducting wire and produce a current I, the magnetic field at any point P due to the current can be calculated by adding up the magnetic field contributions, dB , from small segments of the wire d s , (Figure 9.1.1).

Figure 9.1.1 Magnetic field dB at point P due to a current-carrying element I d s . These segments can be thought of as a vector quantity having a magnitude of the length of the segment and pointing in the direction of the current flow. The infinitesimal current source can then be written as I d s .

ˆ Let r denote as the distance form the current source to the field point P, and r the corresponding unit vector. The Biot-Savart law gives an expression for the magnetic field contribution, dB , from the current source, Id s ,

dB = ˆ µ0 I d s × r 2 4π r

(9.1.1)

where µ 0 is a constant called the permeability of free space:

µ0 = 4π × 10 − 7 T ⋅ m/A

(9.1.2)

Notice that the expression is remarkably similar to the Coulomb’s law for the electric field due to a charge element dq:

dE = dq ˆ r 4πε 0 r 2 1

(9.1.3)

Adding up these contributions to find the magnetic field at the point P requires integrating over the current source,

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1.1. Interactive Simulation 9.2 Magnetic field of a current element.3 A thin straight wire carrying a current I.1.3.B= wire ∫ dB = µ0 I 4π ˆ d s ×r 2 r wire ∫ (9. which means that the expression for B is really three integrals. (9. Understanding how to evaluate this cross product and then perform the integral will be the key to learning how to use the Biot-Savart law.1.4) The integral is a vector integral. Evaluate the magnetic field at point P. The vector nature of this integral appears in the ˆ cross product I d s × r . straight wire carrying a current I is placed along the x-axis.1: Magnetic Field of a Current Element Figure 9. 3 .2 is an interactive ShockWave display that shows the magnetic field of a current element from Eq. Figure 9. one for each component of B .1). This interactive display allows you to move the position of the observer about the source current element to see how moving that position changes the value of the magnetic field at the position of the observer.1. as shown in Figure 9. Figure 9. Example 9.1: Magnetic Field due to a Finite Straight Wire A thin.1. Note that we have assumed that the leads to the ends of the wire make canceling contributions to the net magnetic field at the point P .

j P (3) Relative position vector The vector r = rP − r ' is a “relative” position vector which points from the source point to the field point.Solution: This is a typical example involving the use of the Biot-Savart law. a ) . We solve the problem using the methodology summarized in Section 9. (6) Simplify and carry out the integration 4 . (1) Source point (coordinates denoted with a prime) Consider a differential element d s = dx ' ˆ carrying current I in the x-direction. In this case. (2) Field point (coordinates denoted with a subscript “P”) Since the field point P is located at ( x. the position vector describing P is r = aˆ .10. r = a ˆ − x ' ˆ . The i i location of this source is represented by r ' = x ' ˆ . or out of the page. and the magnitude r =| r |= a 2 + x '2 is the j i distance from between the source and P. y ) = (0. The corresponding unit vector is given by ˆ r= r j i a ˆ − x 'ˆ j i = = sin θ ˆ − cos θ ˆ 2 2 r a + x' ˆ (4) The cross product d s × r The cross product is given by ˆ ˆ d s × r = (dx ' ˆ) × (− cos θ ˆ + sin θ ˆ) = (dx 'sin θ ) k i i j (5) Write down the contribution to the magnetic field due to Id s The expression is dB = ˆ µ0 I d s × r µ0 I dx sin θ ˆ = k 2 4π r 4π r2 ˆ which shows that the magnetic field at P will point in the +k direction.

The variables θ. θ 2 ) = (0. let us rewrite the variables x and r in terms of θ. If the length of the rod is 2L .5) The first term involving θ 2 accounts for the contribution from the portion along the +x axis.1. x and r are not independent of each other. 0) . The two terms add! Let’s examine the following cases: (i) In the symmetric case where θ 2 = −θ1 .1. then cos θ1 = L / L2 + a 2 and the magnetic field is B= µ0 I µI L cos θ1 = 0 2π a 2π a L2 + a 2 (9. the differential contribution to the magnetic field is obtained as dB = µ0 I (−a csc 2 θ dθ )sin θ µI = − 0 sin θ dθ 2 4π (a csc θ ) 4π a Integrating over all angles subtended from −θ1 to θ 2 (a negative sign is needed for θ1 in order to take into consideration the portion of the length extended in the negative x axis from the origin).1. we have ⎧ r = a / sin θ = a csc θ ⎪ ⎨ ⎪ x = a cot θ ⇒ dx = − a csc 2 θ dθ ⎩ Upon substituting the above expressions.3. The magnetic field at a distance a away becomes B= µ0 I 2π a (9. the field point P is located along the perpendicular bisector.7) 5 .1.6) (ii) The infinite length limit L → ∞ This limit is obtained by choosing (θ1 . while the second term involving θ1 contains the contribution from the portion along the − x axis. From Figure 9. we obtain B=− µ0 I θ µI ∫−θ sin θ dθ = 4π0 a (cos θ 2 + cos θ1 ) 4π a 2 1 (9. In order to complete the integration.

i.1.5 Direction of the magnetic field due to an infinite straight wire If you direct your right thumb along the direction of the current in the wire. as shown in Figure 9. and the magnetic field lines are circular.4 Magnetic field lines due to an infinite wire carrying current I. if the current flows in the +z-direction. ϕ . z ) where the unit vectors are related by r × φ = z . then. (a) What is the magnetic field at a point P on the axis of the loop. find the magnetic force experienced by the dipole. µ = − µ z k 6 . the magnetic field must point in the ϕ -direction.5). In fact.. then the fingers of your right hand curl in the direction of the magnetic field.Note that in this limit. Figure 9.6.1. at a distance z from the center? ˆ (b) If we place a magnetic dipole µ = µ z k at P. the direction of the magnetic field due to a long straight wire can be determined by the right-hand rule (Figure 9.4.1. as shown in Figure 9.1. using the Biot-Savart law. Example 9.1. Figure 9.2: Magnetic Field due to a Circular Current Loop A circular loop of radius R in the xy plane carries a steady current I.e. Is the force attractive or repulsive? What happens if the direction of the dipole ˆ is reversed. the system possesses cylindrical symmetry. In cylindrical ˆ ˆ ˆ coordinates ( r .

8) r = r = (− R cos φ ') 2 + ( − R sin φ ') + z 2 = R 2 + z 2 2 (9. (3) Relative position vector r = rP − r ' The relative position vector is given by ˆ r = rP − r ' = − R cos φ ' ˆ − R sin φ ' ˆ + z k i j and its magnitude (9.1. (1) Source point In Cartesian coordinates. Thus. Again let’s find the magnetic field by applying the same methodology used in Example 9. Solution: (a) This is another example that involves the application of the Biot-Savart law. its ˆ position vector is given by rP = zk .1.1.Figure 9.9) is the distance between the differential current element and P. i j i j (2) Field point Since the field point P is on the axis of the loop at a distance z from the center.6 Magnetic field due to a circular loop carrying a steady current.1. the corresponding unit vector from Id s to P can be written as ˆ r= r r −r' = P r | rP − r ' | 7 . the differential current element located at r ' = R (cos φ ' ˆ + sin φ ' ˆ) can be written as Id s = I ( dr '/ dφ ') dφ ' = IRdφ '( − sin φ ' ˆ + cos φ ' ˆ) .

1.10) (5) Writing down dB Using the Biot-Savart law.(4) Simplifying the cross product The cross product d s × (rP − r ') can be simplified as ˆ d s × (rP − r ') = R dφ ' − sin φ ' ˆ + cos φ ' ˆ × [− R cos φ ' ˆ − R sin φ ' ˆ + z k ] i j i j ˆ = R dφ '[ z cos φ ' ˆ + z sin φ ' ˆ + R k ] i j ( ) (9. we see that along the symmetric axis. the contribution of the current element to the magnetic field at P is dB = ˆ µ0 I d s × r µ0 I d s × r µ0 I d s × (rP − r ') = = 2 4π r 4π r 3 4π | rP − r ' |3 ˆ µ IR z cos φ ' ˆ + z sin φ ' ˆ + R k i j dφ ' = 0 4π ( R 2 + z 2 )3/ 2 (6) Carrying out the integration Using the result obtained above.1.15) Thus.1. Bz is the only non-vanishing component of the magnetic field. the magnetic field at P is B= ˆ µ0 IR 2π z cos φ ' ˆ + z sin φ ' ˆ + R k i j dφ ' 4π ∫0 ( R 2 + z 2 )3/ 2 (9.14) On the other hand.1.1. 8 . the z component is µ0 IR 2 Bz = 4π ( R 2 + z 2 )3/ 2 ∫ 2π 0 µ0 2π IR 2 µ0 IR 2 = dφ ' = 4π ( R 2 + z 2 )3/ 2 2( R 2 + z 2 )3/ 2 (9. The conclusion can also be reached by using the symmetry arguments.1.11) (9.13) By = 4π ( R + z ) 2 µ0 IRz 2π 2 3/ 2 sin φ ' dφ ' = − 4π ( R + z ) 2 µ0 IRz 2 3/ 2 cos φ ' (9.12) The x and the y components of B can be readily shown to be zero: Bx = 4π ( R + z ) 2 µ0 IRz 2 3/ 2 ∫ ∫ 0 2π 0 cos φ ' dφ ' = 4π ( R + z ) 2 µ0 IRz 2 3/ 2 sin φ ' 2π =0 0 2π =0 0 (9.

Bz / B0 . due to the non-uniformity of the magnetic field.1. (9. if the ˆ direction of the dipole is reversed.7: Figure 9. µ = − µ z k .1. 9.7 The ratio of the magnetic field. the resulting force will be repulsive.1.15) and substituting into Eq. which we define as the amount of charge passing through any cross-section of the cylinder per unit time.18) The total number of charge carriers in the current element is simply dN = n A ds . (9.1. all moving at a common velocity v along the axis of the cylinder. as a function of z / R is shown in Figure 9.16).1. the magnetic field dB due to the dN charge carriers is given by 9 .17) Thus. the dipole is attracted toward the current-carrying ring. From Chapter 6. we see that the current I can be written as n Aq v = I (9. as a function of z / R ˆ (b) If we place a magnetic dipole µ = µ z k at the point P.16) Upon differentiating Eq. as discussed in Chapter 8. Let I be the current in the element.1.1.The behavior of Bz / B0 where B0 = µ0 I / 2 R is the magnetic field strength at z = 0 .1. we obtain FB = − 3µ z µ0 IR 2 z ˆ k 2( R 2 + z 2 )5/ 2 (9.1. On the other hand. (9.1). the dipole will experience a force given by ⎛ dB FB = ∇(µ ⋅ B) = ∇( µ z Bz ) = µ z ⎜ z ⎝ dz ⎞ˆ ⎟k ⎠ (9. so that using Eq.1 Magnetic Field of a Moving Point Charge Suppose we have an infinitesimal current element in the form of a cylinder of crosssectional area A and length ds consisting of n charge carriers per unit volume.

however.8 shows one frame of the animations of the magnetic field of a moving positive and negative point charge.1. the above equation strictly speaking only holds in the non-relativistic limit where v c .20) Note. 10 .dB = ˆ ˆ ˆ µ0 (nAq | v |) d s × r µ0 (n A ds )q v × r µ0 (dN )q v × r = = 2 2 2 r r r 4π 4π 4π (9. Figure 9. that since a point charge does not constitute a steady current. so that the effect of “retardation” can be ignored. In case of a single charge. the unit vector r = r / r points from the source of the field (the charge) to P. and (b) a moving negative charge. assuming the speed of the charge is small compared to the speed of light. The differential length vector d s is defined to be parallel to v . the speed of light.1. Let the ith charge qi be located at ( xi .1. Using the superposition principle.1: Magnetic Field of a Moving Charge Figure 9. when the speed of the charge is small compared to the speed of light. the magnetic field at P can be obtained as: B=∑ i =1 N ˆ ( x − xi )ˆ + ( y − yi )ˆ + ( z − zi )k ⎥ µ0 i j qi v i × ⎢ ⎢ ⎡( x − x ) 2 + ( y − y ) 2 + ( z − z ) 2 ⎤ 3/ 2 ⎥ 4π i i i ⎦ ⎦ ⎣⎣ ⎡ ⎤ (9. The result may be readily extended to a collection of N point charges.8 The magnetic field of (a) a moving positive charge. the above equation becomes B= ˆ µ0 q v × r 2 4π r (9.19) where r is the distance between the charge and the field point P at which the field is being ˆ measured.1.1. zi ) and moving with velocity vi . each moving with a different velocity. yi .21) Animation 9. dN = 1 .

Animation 9. The bullet-like icons indicate the direction of the magnetic field at that point in the array spanning the plane. 2. The display in Figure 9. Figure 9. As the addition proceeds. a characteristic pattern emerges--the magnetic dipole pattern. and 8. 11 . Figure 9. (9.2: Magnetic Field of a Ring of Moving Charges Figure 9.1. To calculate this field we have to add up vectorially the magnetic fields of each of charges using Eq. Interactive Simulation 9.1.10 A ShockWave simulation of the use of the principle of superposition to find the magnetic field due to 30 moving charges moving in a circle at an observation point on the axis of the circle. we also show the resultant up to that point (large arrow in the display). Figure 9.9 The magnetic field of four charges moving in a circle. When we get to eight charges.9 shows one frame of the animation when the number of moving charges is four.1. We show the magnetic field vector directions in only one plane. Far from the ring.1.1.1.10 shows an observation point fixed on the axis of the ring. the shape of the field lines is the same as the shape of the field lines for an electric dipole.10 shows a ShockWave display of the vectoral addition process for the case where we have 30 charges moving on a circle. Other animations show the same situation for N =1.2: Magnetic Field of Several Charges Moving in a Circle Suppose we want to calculate the magnetic fields of a number of charges moving on the circumference of a circle with equal spacing between the charges.19).

we expect two current-carrying wires to exert force on each other.2. we show an interactive ShockWave display that is similar to that in Figure 9. the magnetic field lines due to I2 going in the +xdirection are circles concentric with wire 2. but now we can interact with the display to move the position of the observer about in space. as shown in Figure 9.2 Force Between Two Parallel Wires We have already seen that a current-carrying wire produces a magnetic field. Consider two parallel wires separated by a distance a and carrying currents I1 and I2 in the +x-direction. we also show a “iron filings” representation of the magnetic field due to these charges.10. Thus.1.11.1. To get a feel for the total magnetic field.1.1. The position of the observation point can be varied to see how the magnetic field of the individual charges adds up to give the total field.1 Force between two parallel wires The magnetic force. when placed in a magnetic field. with the field B2 pointing in the tangential 12 . F12 .11 The magnetic field due to 30 charges moving in a circle at a given observation point. In addition. a wire carrying a current will experience a net force.Figure 9.2. exerted on wire 1 by wire 2 may be computed as follows: Using the result from the previous example. We can move the observation point about in space to see how the total field at various points arises from the individual contributions of the magnetic field of to each moving charge. In Figure 9. 9. Figure 9.

as depicted in Figure 9.2. Therefore.3.2. which points in the direction perpendicular to wire 1. the needles will be deflected along the tangential direction of the circular path (Figure 9. Animation 9. the magnetic field configuration is such as to produce an attraction between the wires. The conclusion we can draw from this simple calculation is that two parallel wires carrying currents in the same direction will attract each other. This can be readily demonstrated by placing compass needles near a wire. if the currents flow in opposite directions. µIIlˆ ⎛ µI ⎞ F12 = I1l × B 2 = I1 l ˆ × ⎜ − 0 2 ˆ ⎟ = − 0 1 2 k i j 2π a ⎝ 2π a ⎠ ( ) (9. In the second case the magnetic field configuration is such as to produce a repulsion between the wires.1) Clearly F12 points toward wire 2. 13 .3. (a) (b) Figure 9. On the other hand. Thus. 9. we have B 2 = −( µ0 I 2 / 2π a)ˆ .1b). when I ≠ 0 . As shown in Figure 9. The direction of current flow is represented by the motion of the orange spheres in the visualization.3 Ampere’s Law We have seen that moving charges or currents are the source of magnetism.2 shows parallel wires carrying current in the same and in opposite directions.2. In the first case. all compass needles point in the same direction in the absence of current. at an arbitrary point P on wire 1.1. (b) The repulsion of two wires carrying current in opposite directions.j direction. the resultant force will be repulsive.2.3: Forces Between Current-Carrying Parallel Wires Figures 9. However.2 (a) The attraction between two wires carrying current in the same direction.1a.

3 An Amperian loop involving two field lines 14 .1) The result above is obtained by choosing a closed path.3 Figure 9. we obtain ∫ B ⋅ d s = B ∫ ds = ⎜ 2π r ⎟ ( 2π r ) = µ I ⎝ ⎠ 0 ⎛ µ0 I ⎞ (9.3.2 Amperian loop In the limit ∆ s → 0 .3. as that shown in Figure 9. Figure 9.2).3.Figure 9.3.3. that point along the tangential direction with magnitude ∆ s (Figure 9.3.1 Deflection of compass needles near a current-carrying wire Let us now divide a circular path of radius r into a large number of small length vectors ˆ ∆ s = ∆ s φ . Let’s consider a slightly more complicated Amperian loop. or an “Amperian loop” that follows one particular magnetic field line.

3.3. in cylindrical coordinates ( r .3. the magnetic field is given by B = ( µ0 I / 2π r )φ . ϕ .3) We see that the same result is obtained whether the closed path involves one or two magnetic field lines. 15 .3. The first and the third integrals vanish since the magnetic field is perpendicular to the paths of integration.4 An Amperian loop of arbitrary shape.2) = 0 + B2 (r2θ ) + 0 + B1[r1 (2π − θ )] where the length of arc bc is r2θ . An arbitrary length element in the cylindrical coordinates can be written as ˆ ˆ ˆ d s = dr r + r dϕ φ + dz z which implies (9. z ) with current flowing in the ˆ +z-axis. As shown in Example 9.1.3.4) closed path ∫ B⋅d s = µ0 I ⎛ µ0 I ⎞ ⎜ 2π r ⎟ r dϕ = 2π ⎠ closed path ⎝ ∫ closed path ∫ dϕ = µ0 I (2π ) = µ0 I 2π (9. the current encircled by the loop.The line integral of the magnetic field around the contour abcda is abcda ∫ B⋅d s = ∫ B⋅d s + ∫ B⋅d s + ∫ B⋅d s + ∫ B⋅d s ab bc cd cd (9. the line integral of ∫ B ⋅ d s around any closed Amperian loop is proportional to I enc . and r1 (2π − θ ) for arc da. the above expression becomes abcda ∫ B⋅d s = µ0 I µI µI µI (r2θ ) + 0 [r1 (2π − θ )] = 0 θ + 0 (2π − θ ) = µ0 I 2π r2 2π r1 2π 2π (9. With B1 = µ0 I / 2π r1 and B2 = µ0 I / 2π r2 .5) In other words. Figure 9.

3.3: Field Inside and Outside a Current-Carrying Wire Consider a long straight wire of radius R carrying a current I of uniform current density.4) that involves many magnetic field lines is known as Ampere’s law: ∫ B ⋅d s = µ I 0 enc (9. Infinitely large sheet of thickness b with a current density J (Example 9. Infinitely long straight wires carrying a steady current I (Example 9.4).4). 16 . Biot-Savart Law Ampere’s law B= ˆ µ0 I d s × r ∫ r2 4π 0 enc general current source ex: finite wire current source has certain symmetry ex: infinite wire (cylindrical) ∫ B ⋅d s = µ I Ampere’s law is applicable to the following current configurations: 1. Example 9. In the case of an infinite wire. We shall examine all four configurations in detail. 3. the system must possess certain symmetry.3. Figure 9.5). 4.3.The generalization to any closed loop of arbitrary shape (see for example. Find the magnetic field everywhere. However. as shown in Figure 9. when the length of the wire is finite.6) Ampere’s law in magnetism is analogous to Gauss’s law in electrostatics.5 Amperian loops for calculating the B field of a conducting wire of radius R.3) 2. the system possesses cylindrical symmetry and Ampere’s law can be readily applied. Biot-Savart law must be used instead. Toroid (Example 9.3. Infinite solenoid (Section 9. In order to apply them. Figure 9.5.

Solution: (i) Outside the wire where r ≥ R .. Outside the wire. the field falls off as 1/r.3. Find the magnetic field everywhere. Applying Ampere’s law yields ∫ B ⋅ d s = B ∫ ds =B ( 2π r ) = µ I 0 which implies B= µ0 I 2π r (ii) Inside the wire where r < R . I enc Thus.6 Magnetic field of a conducting wire of radius R carrying a steady current I .e. Example 9. 17 . the Amperian loop (circle 1) completely encircles the current. i.e. we have ⎛ π r2 ⎞ =⎜ I 2 ⎟ ⎝ πR ⎠ ⎛ π r2 ⎞ ∫ B ⋅ d s =B ( 2π r ) = µ0 I ⎜ π R 2 ⎟ ⎝ ⎠ ⇒ B= µ0 Ir 2π R 2 We see that the magnetic field is zero at the center of the wire and increases linearly with r until r=R.. the amount of current encircled by the Amperian loop (circle 2) is proportional to the area enclosed.3. i. I enc = I . The qualitative behavior of the field is depicted in Figure 9.4: Magnetic Field Due to an Infinite Current Sheet Consider an infinitely large sheet of thickness b lying in the xy plane with a uniform i current density J = J 0ˆ .6 below: Figure 9.

3. we may show that the magnetic field at a point below the plane points in the +y-direction. Similarly. Figure 9.9 Amperian loops for the current sheets For the field outside.3.3. we see that magnetic field at a point P above the plane points in the −y-direction. From Figure 9. The Amperian loops are shown in Figure 9. The z-component vanishes after adding up the contributions from all wires.8. Figure 9.9.8 Magnetic field of a current sheet We may now apply Ampere’s law to find the magnetic field due to the current sheet.3. we integrate along path C1 .i Figure 9. The amount of current enclosed by C1 is 18 . Solution: We may think of the current sheet as a set of parallel wires carrying currents in the +xdirection.3.7 An infinite sheet with current density J = J 0ˆ .

8) or B = µ0 J 0b / 2 . z > 0 j (9. we obtain (9. − b / 2 < z < b / 2 j ⎪ µJb ⎪ 0 0 ˆ . Figure 9.I enc = ∫∫ J ⋅ dA = J 0 (b ) Applying Ampere’s law leads to (9.11) Let’s now consider the limit where the sheet is infinitesimally thin. i Note that the dimension of K is current/length. ˆ.4. where K = J 0b . The results can be summarized using the unit-vector notation as ⎧ µ0 J 0b ˆ ⎪− 2 j. the resulting magnetic field inside the solenoid becomes fairly uniform. as required by symmetry. The amount of current enclosed by path C2 is I enc = ∫∫ J ⋅ dA = J 0 (2 | z | ) Applying Ampere’s law. Note that the magnetic field outside the sheet is constant.3.9) ∫ B ⋅ d s = B(2 ) = µ0 I enc = µ0 J 0 (2 | z | ) (9.1 shows the magnetic field lines of a solenoid carrying a steady current I.10) or B = µ0 J 0 | z | . In this i case. instead of current density J = J 0ˆ . the magnetic field becomes ⎧ µ0 K ⎪− ⎪ B=⎨ 2 ⎪ µ0 K ⎪ 2 ⎩ 9. we have surface current K = K ˆ .4 Solenoid A solenoid is a long coil of wire tightly wound in the helical form.3. z < −b / 2 j 2 ⎪ ⎩ (9. In this limit.3.12) ˆ. z > b / 2 ⎪ ⎪ B = ⎨ − µ 0 J 0 z ˆ. We see that if the turns are closely spaced. independent of the distance from the sheet. Next we find the magnetic field inside the sheet. At z = 0 . the magnetic field vanishes.3. with b → 0 .3.7) ∫ B ⋅ d s = B(2 ) = µ0 I enc = µ0 ( J 0b ) (9. z < 0 j 19 .3.

we consider a rectangular path of length l and width w and traverse the path in a counterclockwise manner.1) = 0 + 0 + Bl + 0 Figure 9. The cross-sectional view of an ideal solenoid is shown in Figure 9. The line integral of B along this loop is ∫ B⋅d s = ∫B⋅d s + ∫B⋅d s + ∫B⋅d s + ∫B⋅d s 1 2 3 4 (9.4.2 Amperian loop for calculating the magnetic field of an ideal solenoid. the contributions along sides 2 and 4 are zero because B is perpendicular to d s . For an “ideal” solenoid. In the above. On the other hand. and vanishes outside the solenoid. To compute B . the magnetic field inside the solenoid is uniform and parallel to the axis. the total current enclosed by the Amperian loop is I enc = NI . where N is the total number of turns.4.4. Figure 9. Applying Ampere’s law yields ∫ B ⋅ d s = Bl = µ NI 0 (9. In addition. B = 0 along side 1 because the magnetic field is non-zero only inside the solenoid.1 Magnetic field lines of a solenoid We can use Ampere’s law to calculate the magnetic field strength inside an ideal solenoid. which is infinitely long with turns tightly packed.2.provided that the length of the solenoid is much greater than its diameter.4.4.2) or 20 .

or current per unit length K = nI .6) µ nI ⎡ (l / 2) − z (l / 2) + z = 0 ⎢ + 2 ⎢ ( z − l / 2) 2 + R 2 ( z + l / 2) 2 + R 2 ⎣ ⎤ ⎥ ⎥ ⎦ 21 . the magnetic field at a point P on the z axis may be calculated as follows: Take a cross section of tightly packed loops located at z’ with a thickness dz ' . Figure 9. Using the result obtained in Example 9.4.2.5) Integrating over the entire length of the solenoid.3 The amount of current flowing through is proportional to the thickness of the cross section and is given by dI = I ( ndz ') = I ( N / l ) dz ' . as shown in Figure 9.3 Finite Solenoid The contribution to the magnetic field at P due to this subset of loops is dBz = µ0 R 2 2[( z − z ')2 + R 2 ]3/ 2 dI = µ0 R 2 2[( z − z ')2 + R 2 ]3/ 2 (nIdz ') (9.4.4. we shall approximate the solenoid as consisting of a large number of circular loops stacking together.4.4. B = µ0 K (9. we obtain Bz = µ0 nIR 2 2 µ nIR 2 dz ' z '− z = 0 ∫−l / 2 [( z − z ')2 + R 2 ]3/ 2 2 R 2 ( z − z ') 2 + R 2 l/2 l/2 −l / 2 (9.3) where n = N / l represents the number of turns per unit length.4.B= µ0 NI l = µ0 nI (9. In terms of the surface current. where n = N / l is the number of turns per unit length. the magnetic field can also be written as.4) What happens if the length of the solenoid is finite? To find the magnetic field due to a finite solenoid..

we obtain 22 .4.A plot of Bz / B0 .) Applying Ampere’s law. Examaple 9.4. Notice that the value of the magnetic field in the region | z | < l / 2 is nearly uniform and approximately equal to B0 .5. Thus. as shown in Figure 9.4. as a function of z / R is shown in Figure 9.4 Magnetic field of a finite solenoid for (a) l = 10 R . as shown in Figure 9.4 for l = 10 R and l = 20 R . and (b) l = 20 R .4. Find the magnetic field everywhere. where B0 = µ0 nI is the magnetic field of an infinite solenoid. Figure 9.5 A toroid with N turns Solutions: One can think of a toroid as a solenoid wrapped around with its ends connected. Figure 9. the magnetic field is completely confined inside the toroid and the field points in the azimuthal direction (clockwise due to the way the current flows.5.4.5: Toroid Consider a toroid which consists of N turns.

∫ B ⋅ d s = ∫ Bds = B ∫ ds =B(2π r ) = µ N I 0 (9. What is the magnetic field at a point (e.4. Unlike the magnetic field of a solenoid.5.g..5 Magnetic Field of a Dipole ˆ Let a magnetic dipole moment vector µ = − µ k be placed at the origin (e. the magnetic field inside the toroid is non-uniform and decreases as 1/ r .g. 4π r 3 Bz = − µ0 µ (3cos 2 θ − 1) 4π r 3 (9.θ.. the radial and the polar components of the magnetic field can be written as Br = By sin θ + Bz cos θ = − µ0 2µ cos θ 4π r 3 (9.2) 23 .8 for the detail of the derivation.7) or B= µ 0 NI 2π r (9. In spherical coordinates (r.5.1 Earth’s magnetic field components In Figure 9.and zcomponents of the magnetic field are given by By = − µ 0 3µ sin θ cos θ . The y.8) where r is the distance measured from the center of the toroid.4.1) Readers are referred to Section 9.. φ ) .1 we show the magnetic field at MIT due to the dipole. MIT) a distance r away from the origin? Figure 9.5. center of the Earth) in the yz plane.5. 9.

3) respectively. In general.5. the radius of the Earth.5) The ratio of the radial and the polar components is given by µ0 2 µ cos θ Br 4π r 3 = = 2 cot θ µ0 µ Bθ − sin θ 4π r 3 − (9.6) 9.1 Earth’s Magnetic Field at MIT The Earth’s field behaves as if there were a bar magnet in it. Thus.6): E= p ˆ ˆ (sin θ θ + 2 cos θ r ) 3 4πε 0 r 1 The negative sign in Eq. (9.4) is due to the fact that the magnetic dipole points in the −z-direction.5.2 an imaginary magnet is drawn inside the Earth oriented to produce a magnetic field like that of the Earth’s magnetic field. with 0 ≤ φ ≤ 2π (See Figure 9. and φ is the azimuthal angle in the xy plane. It is most natural to represent the location of a point P on the surface of the Earth using the spherical coordinates ( r . φ ) . the point P is parameterized by the two angles θ and φ .5. measured from the x-axis. Note the South pole of such a magnet in the northern hemisphere in order to attract the North pole of a compass.and Bθ = By cos θ − Bz sin θ = − µ0 µ sin θ 4π r 3 (9. the magnetic field due to a dipole moment µ can be written as B= ˆ ˆ µ0 3(µ ⋅ r )r − µ 4π r3 (9. the magnetic field at MIT due to the dipole becomes µ µ ˆ ˆ ˆ ˆ B = Bθ θ + Br r = − 0 3 (sin θ θ + 2 cos θ r ) 4π r (9. 24 .) With the distance fixed at r = rE . with 0 ≤ θ ≤ π .5. θ .5. In Figure 9.5.13.5.3.5. where r is the distance from the center of the Earth. θ is the polar angle from the z-axis.4) Notice the similarity between the above expression and the electric field due to an electric dipole p (see Solved Problem 2.

For historical reasons. Thus. UK.062 ˆ + 0. it is related to θ (commonly referred to as the colatitude) by δ = 90° − θ .Figure 9. the equator has latitude 0° . The longitude of a location is simply represented by the azimuthal angle φ in the spherical coordinates. denoted as δ . is a measure of the elevation from the plane of the equator. a location on Earth is described by two numbers – latitude and longitude. Lines of constant longitude are generally referred to as meridians.18 ˆ − 0. the meridian passing through the Royal Astronomical Observatory in Greenwich. and the x-axis passes through the prime meridian.3 Locating a point P on the surface of the Earth using spherical coordinates.5. The value of longitude depends on where the counting begins. is chosen as the “prime meridian” with zero longitude.7) 25 . and the north and the south poles have latitude ±90° . How are they related to θ and φ ? The latitude of a point. respectively.98 k ) i j E (9.5. Figure 9.2 Magnetic field of the Earth In practice. Using this definition. Let the z-axis be the Earth’s rotation axis. The corresponding magnetic dipole moment of the Earth can be written as ˆ µ E = µ E (sin θ 0 cos φ0 ˆ + sin θ 0 sin φ0 ˆ + cos θ 0 k ) i j ˆ = µ (−0.5.

65 Bθ (9.8) The angle between −µ E and rMIT is given by θ ME = cos −1 ⎜ ⎛ −rMIT ⋅ µ E ⎞ −1 ⎟ = cos (0.4: Bar Magnet in the Earth’s Magnetic Field Figure 9. Thus.79 × 10 22 A ⋅ m 2 . Control-click and drag to zoom in and out. 26 . as indicated in Figure 9. φ0 ) = (169°. Click and drag the mouse to rotate the scene. if we measure the ratio of the radial to the polar component of the Earth’s magnetic field at MIT. the location of MIT is 42° N for the latitude and 71°W for the longitude ( 42° north of the equator. one can see that a compass needle will always align itself in the direction of the local field.80) = 37° | rMIT || −µ E | ⎠ ⎝ (9.5.10) Note that the positive radial (vertical) direction is chosen to point outward and the positive polar (horizontal) direction points towards the equator. Thus.5.5. is approximately a constant field coming at 60 degrees from the horizontal. and φm = 360° − 71° = 289° .109°) . The interaction between the magnetic field of the bar magnet and the magnetic field of the earth is illustrated by the field lines that extend out from the bar magnet.1.70 ˆ + 0.4 shows a bar magnet and compass placed on a table.where µ E = 7. Animation 9. the inverse of cosine of the dot ˆ ˆ product between a unit vector r for the position. and 71° west of the prime meridian).5. field lines that emerge near the poles tend to wander off and reconnect to the magnetic field of the earth. and we have used (θ 0 .24 ˆ − 0. However. which means that θ m = 90° − 42° = 48° . the result would be Br = 2 cot 37° ≈ 2. On the other hand. The expression shows that µ E has non-vanishing components in all three directions in the Cartesian coordinates. the local field is dominated by the bar magnet. the position of MIT can be described by the vector ˆ rMIT = rE (sin θ m cos φm ˆ + sin θ m sin φm ˆ + cos θ m k ) i j ˆ = r (0. In this case. and a unit vector +k in the positive zdirection.9) ˆ ˆ Note that the polar angle θ is defined as θ = cos −1 (r ⋅ k ) . in this case. Looking at the compass.6. which. Field lines that emerge towards the edges of the magnet generally reconnect to the magnet near the opposite pole.67 k ) i j E (9.

their effect was always to reduce E below what it would otherwise be.1. Suppose we have a piece of material in the form of a long cylinder with area A and height L.Figure 9. 9.6. when we deal with magnetic materials. for a given amount of “free” electric charge. One of the concepts crucial to the understanding of magnetic materials is the average magnetic field produced by many magnetic dipoles which are all aligned. When we dealt with dielectric materials in electrostatics. and that it consists of N magnetic dipoles. as shown in Figure 9.1 Magnetization Magnetic materials consist of many permanent or induced magnetic dipoles.5.6.6 Magnetic Materials The introduction of material media into the study of magnetism has very different consequences as compared to the introduction of material media into the study of electrostatics.4 A bar magnet in Earth’s magnetic field 9. their effect can be one of the following: (i) reduce B below what it would otherwise be. In contrast. each with magnetic dipole moment µ . (iii) increase B a lot above what it would otherwise be (ferromagnetic materials). spread uniformly throughout the volume of the cylinder. (ii) increase B a little above what it would otherwise be (paramagnetic materials). 27 . Below we discuss how these effects arise. for the same amount of "free" electric current (diamagnetic materials).

Now.6.2 (a) Top view of the cylinder containing magnetic dipole moments. the average current in the interior of the cylinder vanishes.2(b). In the case of our cylinder. We see that in the interior.6. currents flow in a given direction will be cancelled out by currents flowing in the opposite direction in neighboring loops.6. where there is an equivalent current I eq on the sides.1) where V is the volume. The only place where cancellation does not take place is near the edge of the cylinder where there are no adjacent loops further out. (b) The equivalent current. In the absence of any external magnetic field. as seen from above.6. whereas the sides of the cylinder appear to carry a net current. Thus. where all the dipoles are aligned.6. Figure 9. Let’s define the magnetization vector M to be the net magnetic dipole moment vector per unit volume: M= 1 V ∑µ i i (9. The equivalent situation is shown in Figure 9. what is the average magnetic field due to these dipoles alone? To answer this question.Figure 9.2(a) depicts the small current loops associated with the dipole moments and the direction of the currents. the magnitude of M is simply M = N µ / AL .1 A cylinder with N magnetic dipole moments We also assume that all of the magnetic dipole moments µ are aligned with the axis of the cylinder. 28 . what is the average magnetic field produced by all the dipoles in the cylinder? Figure 9. we note that each magnetic dipole has its own magnetic field associated with it.

6.6) is the average field due to all the dipoles. The reason is that in the region interior to the current loop of the dipole. Notice that the magnetic field in Eq. The two quantities are related by K= I eq L = Nµ =M AL (9.The functional form of I eq may be deduced by requiring that the magnetic dipole moment produced by I eq be the same as total magnetic dipole moment of the system. in which the average electric field is anti-parallel to the direction of the electric dipoles themselves. Therefore. the magnetic field is in the same direction as the magnetic dipole vector. Let’s now examine the properties of different magnetic materials 29 .2) or I eq = Nµ A (9. The average magnetic field produced by the equivalent current system is given by (see Section 9. let’s calculate the magnetic field produced by I eq .6. the equivalent configuration is identical to a solenoid carrying a surface current (or current per unit length) K . we see that the surface current K is equal to the magnetization M . (9.6. A very different field is observed if we go close to any one of these little dipoles. With I eq running on the sides. the average magnetic field also turns out to be parallel to the average magnetic dipole moment per unit volume.6) This is exactly opposite from the situation with electric dipoles.5) Since the direction of this magnetic field is in the same direction as M .6. the above expression may be written in vector notation as B M = µ0 M (9.4) Thus.6. it is not surprising that after a large-scale averaging.6. which is the average magnetic dipole moment per unit volume.4) BM = µ0 K = µ0 M (9.3) Next. The condition gives I eq A = N µ (9.

6. The linear relation between M and B0 is expressed as M = χm B0 µ0 (9. Left to themselves. The magnetic permeability µ m of a material may also be defined as µm = (1 + χ m ) µ0 = κ m µ0 (9.9.7) can then be written as B = (1 + χ m )B0 = κ m B0 where (9. This is plausible because without the external field B0 there would be no alignment of dipoles and hence no magnetization M .6.6. when we place a paramagnetic material in an external field B0 . in the paramagnetic case. or equivalently. that alignment enhances the external magnetic field. In most paramagnetic substances.6.9) κm = 1 + χm (9. M = 0 and the average magnetic field B M is also zero. Thus.7. For paramagnetic substances. In the absence of any applied external magnetic field.2 Paramagnetism The atoms or molecules comprising paramagnetic materials have a permanent magnetic dipole moment. However.7) Note how different this is than in the case of dielectric materials. χ m > 0 . However.6. the permanent magnetic dipoles in a paramagnetic material never line up spontaneously. but also linearly proportional to B0 . it will tend to enhance B0 . In both cases. the magnetization M is not only in the same direction as B0 . although χ m is usually on the order of 10−6 to 10−3 . the dipoles experience a torque τ = µ × B0 that tends to align µ with B0 .6. (10. The total magnetic field B is the sum of these two fields: B = B 0 + B M = B 0 + µ0 M (9. Eq. the torque on the dipoles causes alignment of the dipole vector parallel to the external field. κ m > 1 .8) where χ m is a dimensionless quantity called the magnetic susceptibility. Since B M is parallel to B0 . thereby producing a net magnetization M parallel to B0 . whereas in the dielectric case it reduces the external electric field. they are randomly aligned.11) 30 .10) is called the relative permeability of the material.

6. with the total magnetic field inside a ferromagnet 103 or 10 4 times greater than the applied field. (b) Alignment of magnetic moments in the direction of the external field B0 .3(b).3(a). although χ m is usually on the order of −10−5 to −10−9 . as shown in Figure 9. Figure 9. The enhancement of the applied external field can be considerable. However.6. there is a strong interaction between neighboring atomic dipole moments. or χ m < 0 . The 31 . In fact the relationship between M and B0 is not unique.6. the presence of an external field B0 will induce magnetic dipole moments in the atoms or molecules. as in equation (8-5). but dependent on the previous history of the material.3 (a) Ferromagnetic domains.6. as illustrated in Figure 9.3 Diamagnetism In the case of magnetic materials where there are no permanent magnetic dipoles. since neither the total field B or the magnetization M increases linearly with B0 . leading to a magnetization M and average field B M anti-parallel to B0 . The strong interaction between neighboring atomic dipole moments causes a much stronger alignment of the magnetic dipoles than in paramagnetic materials. Ferromagnetic materials are made up of small patches called domains. 9. we can still define the magnetic permeability. For diamagnetic materials.4 Ferromagnetism In ferromagnetic materials. An externally applied field B0 will tend to line up those magnetic dipoles parallel to the external field. although now κ m < 1 . 9.6. Diamagnetic materials have µm < µ0 . these induced magnetic dipoles are anti-parallel to B0 . and therefore a reduction in the total magnetic field strength.Paramagnetic materials have µm > µ0 . The permeability κ m of a ferromagnetic material is not a constant.

then we would get a magnetization of order M ∼ (10−23 A ⋅ m 2 )(1029 atoms/m3 ) ∼ 106 A/m (9. or 10.4.6.phenomenon is known as hysteresis. To see how strong such magnets can be. just due to the atomic currents alone. • The magnitude of the magnetic field at a distance r away from an infinitely long straight wire carrying a current I is 32 . This is the origin of permanent magnets.7 • Summary Biot-Savart law states that the magnetic field dB at a point due to a length element ds carrying a steady current I and located at r away is given by dB = ˆ µ0 I ds × r 2 4π r where r = r and µ 0 = 4π × 10 −7 T ⋅ m/A is the permeability of free space. consider the fact that magnetic dipole moments of atoms typically have magnitudes of the order of 10−23 A ⋅ m 2 .000 Gauss. all by themselves.6. in ferromagnets.12) The magnetization corresponds to values of B M = µ0M of order 1 tesla.4 A hysteresis curve.6. without the necessity of an external magnetic field. And these aligned dipoles can thus produce a strong magnetic field. Moreover. Figure 9. the strong interaction between neighboring atomic dipole moments can keep those dipole moments aligned. Typical atomic densities are 1029 atoms/m3. If all these dipole moments are aligned. This is how we get permanent magnets with fields of order 2200 Gauss. even when the external magnet field is reduced to zero. The loop abcdef is a hysteresis curve. 9. The variation of M as a function of the externally applied field B0 is shown in Figure 9.

B= µ0 I 2π r • The magnitude of the magnetic force FB between two straight wires of length carrying steady current of I1 and I 2 and separated by a distance r is FB = µ0 I1 I 2 2π r • Ampere’s law states that the line integral of B ⋅ d s around any closed loop is proportional to the total steady current passing through any surface that is bounded by the close loop: ∫ B ⋅ ds = µ I • 0 enc The magnetic field inside a toroid which has N closely spaced of wire carrying a current I is given by B= µ0 NI 2π r where r is the distance from the center of the toroid. • The magnetic field inside a solenoid which has N closely spaced of wire carrying current I in a length of l is given by B = µ0 N I = µ 0 nI l where n is the number of number of turns per unit length. • The properties of magnetic materials are as follows: Magnetic susceptibility Materials Diamagnetic Paramagnetic Ferromagnetic χm Relative permeability −10−5 ∼ −10−9 10 −5 ∼ 10 −3 χm 1 κm = 1 + χm κm < 1 κm > 1 κm 1 Magnetic permeability µ m = κ m µ0 µ m < µ0 µm > µ0 µm µ0 33 .

8. at a point P along the axis of symmetry.3) 34 .8. The cross product d s × r can be simplified as ˆ ˆ i j i j d s × r = R dφ ' − sin φ ' ˆ + cos φ ' ˆ × [− R cos φ ' ˆ + ( y − R sin φ ')ˆ + z k ] ˆ = R dφ '[ z cos φ ' ˆ + z sin φ ' ˆ + ( R − y sin φ ') k ] i j ( ) (9.2 we calculated the magnetic field due to a circular loop of radius R lying in the xy plane and carrying a steady current I. the differential current element is Id s = R dφ '( − sin φ ' ˆ + cos φ ' ˆ ) i j and its position is described by r ' = R (cos φ ' ˆ + sin φ ' ˆ) .1.8. Figure 9. as shown in Figure 9. Again. The P corresponding relative position vector is r = rP − r ' = − R cos φ ' ˆ + ( y − R sin φ ') ˆ + zk i j ˆ with a magnitude (9.1 Calculating the magnetic field off the symmetry axis of a current loop.8 Appendix 1: Magnetic Field off the Symmetry Axis of a Current Loop In Example 9.9. Let’s see how the same technique can be extended to calculating the field at a point off the axis of symmetry in the yz plane.2) and the unit vector ˆ r= r r −r' = P r | rP − r ' | ˆ pointing from Id s to P. as shown in Example 9. On the other hand.8.1) r = r = (− R cos φ ')2 + ( y − R sin φ ') + z 2 = R 2 + y 2 + z 2 − 2 yR sin φ 2 (9. the field point i j ˆ j P now lies in the yz plane with r = y ˆ + z k .8.1.

and we recover the results obtained in Example 9. followed by a straightforward integration. namely. By = µ0 IRz 2π sin φ ' dφ ' ∫0 R 2 + y 2 + z 2 − 2 yR sin φ ' 3/ 2 4π ( ) (9.8.Using the Biot-Savart law. One may also invoke symmetry arguments to verify that Bx must vanish. y.7) and Bz = ( R − y sin φ ') dφ ' µ0 IR 2π ∫0 R 2 + y 2 + z 2 − 2 yR sin φ ' 3/ 2 4π ( ) (9.8. the contribution of the current element to the magnetic field at P is dB = ˆ i j ˆ µ0 I d s × r µ0 I d s × r µ0 IR z cos φ ' ˆ + z sin φ ' ˆ + ( R − y sin φ ') k = = dφ ' 3/ 2 4π r 2 4π r 3 4π ( R 2 + y 2 + z 2 − 2 yR sin φ ') (9.9) 35 . z ) = ˆ i j µ0 IR 2π z cos φ ' ˆ + z sin φ ' ˆ + ( R − y sin φ ') k dφ ' 3/ 2 4π ∫0 R 2 + y 2 + z 2 − 2 yR sin φ ') ( (9.2: By = and 4π ( R 2 + z 2 )3/ 2 µ0 IRz ∫ 2π 0 sin φ ' dφ ' = − 4π ( R 2 + z 2 ) µ0 IRz cos φ ' 3/ 2 2π =0 0 (9.8. the field point P is located along the z-axis.6) by making a change of variable w = R 2 + y 2 + z 2 − 2 yR sin φ ' . On the other hand. the contribution at φ ' is cancelled by the contribution at π − φ ' .5) The x-component of B can be readily shown to be zero Bx = µ0 IRz 2π cos φ ' dφ ' ∫0 R 2 + y 2 + z 2 − 2 yR sin φ ' 3/ 2 = 0 4π ( ) (9. the y and the z components of B .4) Thus.8. In the limit y = 0 .8.8) involve elliptic integrals which can be evaluated numerically. magnetic field at P is B ( 0.8.

12) µ0 I R 2π ⎡ 3 ⎛ R 2 − 2 yR sin φ ' ⎞ ⎤ ⎢1 − ⎜ ⎟ ⎥ ( R − y sin φ ')dφ ' 4π r 3 ∫0 ⎣ 2 ⎝ r2 ⎠⎦ ⎤ µ 0 I R 2π ⎡ ⎛ 3R 3 ⎞ ⎛ 9 R 2 ⎞ 3Ry 2 2 = ⎢⎜ R − 2 ⎟ − ⎜1 − 2 ⎟ sin φ '− 2 sin φ '⎥ dφ ' r 4π r 3 ∫0 ⎣⎝ 2r ⎠ ⎝ 2 r ⎠ ⎦ µ0 I R ⎡ ⎛ 3R 3 ⎞ 3π Ry 2 ⎤ = ⎢ 2π ⎜ R − 2 ⎟ − ⎥ r2 ⎦ 4π r 3 ⎣ ⎝ 2r ⎠ = (9. let’s consider the “point-dipole” limit where R ( y 2 + z 2 )1/ 2 = r .8.µ IR 2 Bz = 0 2 2 3/ 2 4π ( R + z ) ∫ 2π 0 µ0 2π IR 2 µ0 IR 2 = dφ ' = 4π ( R 2 + z 2 )3/ 2 2( R 2 + z 2 )3/ 2 (9..14) 36 .8. the denominator in the integrand can be expanded as (R 2 + y + z − 2 yR sin φ ') 2 2 −3/ 2 1 = 3 r ⎡ R 2 − 2 yR sin φ ' ⎤ ⎢1 + ⎥ r2 ⎣ ⎦ ⎤ 1 ⎡ 3 ⎛ R 2 − 2 yR sin φ ' ⎞ = 3 ⎢1 − ⎜ ⎟ + …⎥ 2 r ⎣ 2⎝ r ⎠ ⎦ −3/ 2 (9. In this limit. i. the characteristic dimension of the current source is much smaller compared to the distance where the magnetic field is to be measured.8. the above expressions may be rewritten as By = µ0 ( I π R 2 ) 3(r sin θ )(r cos θ ) µ0 3µ sin θ cos θ = 4π r5 4π r3 (9.13) µ0 I π R 2 4π r 3 ⎡ 3 y2 ⎤ ⎢ 2 − r 2 + higher order terms ⎥ ⎣ ⎦ The quantity I (π R 2 ) may be identified as the magnetic dipole moment µ = IA .11) This leads to By ≈ = and Bz ≈ µ0 I Rz 2π ⎡ 3 ⎛ R 2 − 2 yR sin φ ' ⎞ ⎤ ⎢1 − ⎜ ⎟ ⎥ sin φ ' dφ ' 4π r 3 ∫0 ⎣ 2 ⎝ r2 ⎠⎦ µ0 I 3R yz µ0 I 3π R yz 2 5 ∫0 sin φ ' dφ ' = 4π r 5 4π r 2 2π 2 (9.8.e.8. where A = π R 2 is the area of the loop. Using spherical coordinates where y = r sin θ and z = r cos θ .10) Now.

3.8.15) Thus. ˆ ˆ r = sin θ ˆ + cos θ k . The magnetic field at P can also be written in spherical coordinates ˆ ˆ B = Br r + Bθ θ (9. the spherical components may be written as 37 .8.8. Figure 9.8. for the unit vectors.16) The spherical components Br and Bθ are related to the Cartesian components B y and Bz by Br = By sin θ + Bz cos θ . and (b) a small bar magnet.18) Using the above relations.2).2 Magnetic dipole moment µ = µ k The magnetic field lines due to a current loop and a dipole moment (small bar magnet) are depicted in Figure 9.8. we see that the magnetic field at a point r R due to a current ring of radius R may be approximated by a small magnetic dipole moment placed at the origin (Figure 9.and Bz = µ0 ( I π R 2 ) ⎛ 3r 2 sin 2 θ ⎞ µ0 µ µ µ (2 − 3sin 2 θ ) = 0 3 (3 cos 2 θ − 1) ⎜2− ⎟= 3 2 3 4π r r 4π r ⎝ ⎠ 4π r (9.8. we have.3 Magnetic field lines due to (a) a current loop.8. ˆ Figure 9.8.17) In addition. Bθ = By cos θ − Bz sin θ (9. j ˆ ˆ θ = cos θ ˆ − sin θ k j (9.

22) 9. we obtain µ0 IR 2 cos θ 4π r 3 ∫ 2π 0 dφ ' = µ0 2π IR 2 cos θ µ0 2µ cos θ = 4π r3 4π r3 (9.9.21) ( r sin φ '− R sin θ ) dφ ' µ0 IR 2π ∫0 R 2 + r 2 − 2rR sin θ sin φ ' 3/ 2 4π ( ) ⎤ ⎛ 3R 2 ⎞ ⎛ µ0 IR 2π ⎡ 3R 2 3R 2 sin 2 θ ⎞ 2 − R sin θ ⎜1 − 2 ⎟ + ⎜ r − − ⎟ sin φ '+ 3R sin θ sin φ '⎥dφ ' 3 ∫0 ⎢ 4π r 2r 2r ⎝ 2r ⎠ ⎝ ⎠ ⎣ ⎦ µ0 IR µ0 ( I π R 2 ) sin θ ≈ ( −2π R sin θ + 3π R sin θ ) = 4π r 3 4π r 3 µ µ sin θ = 0 4π r 3 (9. as shown in Figure 9. Figure 9. θ ) = ∫ 2π 0 (R 2 + r 2 − 2rR sin θ sin φ ') dφ ' 3/ 2 (9. There is a steady current I flowing in the same direction around each coil. each perpendicular to the axis of symmetry.1.19) ( r sin φ '− R sin θ ) dφ ' µ0 IR 2π ∫0 R 2 + r 2 − 2rR sin θ sin φ ' 3/ 2 4π ( ) (9.9 Appendix 2: Helmholtz Coils Consider two N-turn circular coils of radius R.20) In the limit where R Br ≈ and Bθ = ≈ r .8.µ0 IR 2 cos θ Br = 4π and Bθ ( r .8.9. Let’s find the magnetic field B on the axis at a distance z from the center of one coil.1 Helmholtz coils 38 . with their centers located at z = ± l / 2 .8.8.

3) d 2 B N µ0 IR 2 ⎧ 3 15( z − l / 2) 2 = + ⎨− 2 2 5/ 2 dz 2 2 [( z − l / 2) 2 + R 2 ]7 / 2 ⎩ [( z − l / 2) + R ] − ⎫ 3 15( z + l / 2) 2 + 2 2 5/ 2 2 2 7/2 ⎬ [( z + l / 2) + R ] [( z + l / 2) + R ] ⎭ (9.1) A plot of Bz / B0 with B0 = depicted in Figure 9.4) 39 .9. we obtain ′ Bz ( z ) = dBz µ0 NIR 2 = 2 dz ⎧ ⎫ 3( z − l / 2) 3( z + l / 2) − ⎨− 2 2 5/ 2 2 2 5/ 2 ⎬ [( z + l / 2) + R ] ⎭ ⎩ [( z − l / 2) + R ] (9.2. Let’s analyze the properties of Bz in more detail.9. the derivative vanishes: dB dz Straightforward differentiation yields ′′ Bz ( z ) = =0 z =0 (9.9. z = 0 . 0) (a point at a distance z − l / 2 away from one center and z + l / 2 from the other) due to the two coils can be obtained as: Bz = Btop + Bbottom = µ0 NIR 2 ⎡ 2 ⎤ 1 1 ⎢ [( z − l / 2) 2 + R 2 ]3/ 2 + [( z + l / 2) 2 + R 2 ]3/ 2 ⎥ ⎣ ⎦ (9. µ0 NI (5 / 4)3/ 2 R being the field strength at z = 0 and l = R is Figure 9. Differentiating Bz with respect to z.9.9.2 for a single coil and applying the superposition principle.Using the result shown in Example 9. the magnetic field at P ( z .2 Magnetic field as a function of z / R .2) One may readily show that at the midpoint.9.

Recall that the force experienced by a dipole in a magnetic field is FB = ∇(µ ⋅ B) .3(a) shows the magnetic field of the Helmholtz coils. One may even show that the third derivative ′′′ Bz (0) vanishes at z = 0 as well. as in the animation depicted in Figure 9. The field configuration is shown using the “iron filings” representation.9. the two coils move toward each other due to their force of attraction. with their dipole moments aligned. In this animation. 40 ...At the midpoint z = 0 . When the distance between the coils is not fixed. the above expression simplifies to ′′ Bz (0) = d 2B dz 2 = z =0 µ0 NI 2 ⎧ 2 ⎫ 6 15l 2 − + ⎨ 2 2 5/ 2 2 2 7/2 ⎬ 2[(l / 2) + R ] ⎭ ⎩ [(l / 2) + R ] =− µ0 NI 2 2 6( R 2 − l 2 ) [(l / 2) 2 + R 2 ]7 / 2 (9. the distance of separation between the two coils is equal to the radius of the coil.9. Since the distance between the coils is equal to the radius of the coils and remains unchanged. and is illustrated by field lines stretching out to enclose both coils. we may make a Taylor-series expansion of Bz ( z ) about z = 0 : ′ Bz ( z ) = Bz (0) + Bz (0) z + 1 ′′ Bz (0) z 2 + .6) The fact that the first two derivatives vanish at z = 0 indicates that the magnetic field is fairly uniform in the small z region. the force of attraction between them creates a tension. If we ˆ place a magnetic dipole µ = µ k at z = 0 .5: Magnetic Field of the Helmholtz Coils The animation in Figure 9. For small z.5) Thus. A configuration with l = R is known as Helmholtz coils. Animation 9. the top loop has only half the current as the bottom loop. That is. the magnetic force acting on the dipole is z ⎛ dB FB = ∇( µ z Bz ) = µ z ⎜ z ⎝ dz ⎞ˆ ⎟k ⎠ (9. the condition that the second derivative of Bz vanishes at z = 0 is l = R .9.9.3(b). The magnetic fields from the two coils add up to create a net field that is nearly uniform at the center of the coils. 2! (9. In this configuration the currents in the top and bottom coils flow in the same direction.7) which is expected to be very small since the magnetic field is nearly uniform there.9.

(b) Two co-axial wire loops carrying current in the same sense are attracted to each other. the magnetic field at a point P (0. 0.9. let’s consider the case where the currents in the loop flow in the opposite directions. by superposition principle. Again.5 Magnetic field as a function of z / R .9.5.(a) (b) Figure 9.3 (a) Magnetic field of the Helmholtz coils where the distance between the coils is equal to the radius of the coil. Next.9.8) A plot of Bz / B0 with B0 = µ0 NI / 2 R and l = R is depicted in Figure 9. z ) with z > 0 is Bz = B1z + B2 z = µ0 NIR 2 ⎡ 2 ⎤ 1 1 ⎢ [( z − l / 2) 2 + R 2 ]3/ 2 − [( z + l / 2) 2 + R 2 ]3/ 2 ⎥ ⎣ ⎦ (9. 41 . as shown in Figure 9.9.9.4 Two circular loops carrying currents in the opposite directions.4. Figure 9.9. Figure 9.

the above expression simplifies to FB = 3µ z µ0 NI ˆ k 2(5 / 4)5 / 2 R 2 (9.10) ˆ Thus.12) Animation 9. we obtain ⎫ dBz µ0 NIR 2 ⎧ 3( z − l / 2) 3( z + l / 2) ′ = + Bz ( z ) = ⎨− 2 2 5/ 2 2 2 5/ 2 ⎬ 2 ⎩ [( z − l / 2) + R ] [( z + l / 2) + R ] ⎭ dz At the midpoint.9. a magnetic dipole µ = µ z k placed at z = 0 will experience a net force: 2 3l ⎛ dB (0) ⎞ ˆ µ µ NIR ˆ FB = ∇(µ ⋅ B) = ∇( µ z Bz ) = µ z ⎜ z ⎟ k = z 0 k 2 2 5/ 2 2 [(l / 2) + R ] ⎝ dz ⎠ (9. (b) Two co-axial wire loops carrying current in the opposite sense repel each other.11) For l = R .9. The field configurations here are shown using the “iron filings” representation.9.6 shows the magnetic field of two coils like the Helmholtz coils but with currents in the top and bottom coils flowing in the opposite directions.6 (a) Magnetic field due to coils carrying currents in the opposite directions. we have Bz′ (0) = (9. (a) (b) Figure 9.9. the magnetic dipole moments associated with each coil are anti-parallel.6: Magnetic Field of Two Coils Carrying Opposite Currents The animation depicted in Figure 9. 42 .Differentiating Bz with respect to z.9. z = 0 . The bottom wire loop carries twice the amount of current as the top wire loop.9) µ NIR 2 dBz 3l = 0 ≠0 2 2 [(l / 2) + R 2 ]5/ 2 dz z = 0 (9. In this configuration.9.

the repulsive force results in a pressure between them. Animation 9.7: Forces Between Coaxial Current-Carrying Wires Figure 9. The magnet is forced to have its North magnetic pole pointing downward. Figure 9. and the current in the top coil of the Magnetic Force apparatus is moving clockwise as seen from above. With the distance between the two coils fixed.9. the magnetic field is zero.8 illustrates an animation in which the magnetic field of a permanent magnet suspended by a spring in the TeachSpinTM apparatus (see TeachSpin visualization). This is illustrated by field lines that are compressed along the central horizontal axis between the coils.9. Animation 9.7 A magnet in the TeachSpin ™ Magnetic Force apparatus when the current in the top coil is counterclockwise as seen from the top.8: Magnet Oscillating Between Two Coils Figure 9.At the center of the coils along the axis of symmetry.7 shows the force of repulsion between the magnetic field of a permanent magnet and the field of a current-carrying ring in the TeachSpin ™ Magnetic Force apparatus.9.9.8 Magnet oscillating between two coils 43 . Figure 9. The visualization shows the stresses transmitted by the fields to the magnet when the current in the upper coil is increased. plus the magnetic field due to current in the two coils (here we see a "cutaway" cross-section of the apparatus). The net result is a repulsion of the magnet when the current in this direction is increased.

the field lines of the resulting field. causing it to move upwards.9. the magnet the magnet is attracted to both coils. Thus. the field lines of the resulting field.The magnet is fixed so that its north pole points upward. When the dipole moment of one of the coils is aligned with that of the magnet. Animation 9. This process can also be described in terms of tension along. and the current in the two coils is sinusoidal and in phase.9 Magnet suspended between two coils 44 . and the current in the two coils is sinusoidal and 180 degrees out of phase. the magnet moves downwards. when their moments are anti-aligned. Figure 9. When the effective dipole moment of the top coil points upwards. Thus. there is a tension along the field lines as they attempt to "connect" the coil and magnet. there is a tension along the field lines as they are "pulled" from both sides. and pressure perpendicular to.9 illustrates an animation in which the magnetic field of a permanent magnet suspended by a spring in the TeachSpinTM apparatus (see TeachSpin visualization).9. plus the magnetic field due to current in the two coils (here we see a "cutaway" cross-section of the apparatus). the dipole moment of the bottom coil points upwards as well. When the dipole moment of the coils is aligned with that of the magnet. and pressure perpendicular to. there is a pressure perpendicular to the field lines as they are "squeezed" from both sides.9: Magnet Suspended Between Two Coils Figure 9. This process can also be described in terms of tension along. the magnet is repelled by both coils. Conversely. there is a pressure perpendicular to the field lines as they try to keep the coil and magnet apart. not shown here since the direction of the magnet is fixed to point upwards). the dipole moment of the bottom coil points downwards. when their moments are anti-aligned. the magnet is attracted to the upper coil and repelled by the lower coil. When the conditions are reversed during the second half of the cycle. Conversely. The magnet is fixed so that its north pole points upward. again resulting in no net force. and as a result feels no net force (although it does feel a torque. When the dipole moments are reversed during the second half of the cycle. When the effective dipole moment of the top coil points upwards.

according to the Biot-Savart law. (5) Substitute the expressions obtained to dB and simplify as much as possible. 45 .10. ˆ (4) Calculate the cross product d s × r or d s × r . The resultant vector gives the direction of the magnetic field B . 9. Using the same coordinate system. we have seen how Biot-Savart and Ampere’s laws can be used to calculate magnetic field due to a current source. write down the position vector rP for the field point P.10 Problem-Solving Strategies In this Chapter. The size or the geometry of the system is reflected in the integration limits. (6) Complete the integration to obtain Bif possible. The magnitude r ' =| r '| is the distance between I ds and the origin. and the vector r ' describing the position of I ds . The corresponding unit vector is r r −r ' ˆ r= = P r | rP − r ' | where r =| r |=| rP − r '| is the distance between the source and the field point P.9. The quantity rP =| rP | is the distance between the origin and P. (2) Field point: The field point P is the point in space where the magnetic field due to the current distribution is to be calculated.1 Biot-Savart Law: The law states that the magnetic field at a point P due to a length element ds carrying a steady current I located at r away is given by dB = ˆ µ0 I ds × r µ0 I d s × r = 2 4π r 4π r 3 The calculation of the magnetic field may be carried out as follows: (1) Source point: Choose an appropriate coordinate system and write down an expression for the differential current element I ds . Variables with a “prime” are used for the source point. (3) Relative position vector: The relative position between the source point and the field point is characterized by the relative position vector r = rP − r ' . Change of variables sometimes may help to complete the integration.

Below we illustrate how these steps are executed for a current-carrying wire of length L and a loop of radius R. Current distribution Finite wire of length L Circular loop of radius R Figure (1) Source point r ' = x 'ˆ i d s = (dr '/ dx ') dx ' = dx ' ˆ i r ' = R(cos φ ' ˆ + sin φ ' ˆ) i j i j d s = (dr '/ dφ ')dφ ' = Rdφ '(− sin φ ' ˆ + cos φ ' ˆ) (2) Field point P rP = yˆ j r = yˆ − x ' ˆ j i r =| r |= x '2 + y 2 ˆ r= j i yˆ − x ' ˆ x '2 + y 2 ˆ rP = zk ˆ r = − R cos φ ' ˆ − R sin φ ' ˆ + z k i j r =| r |= R 2 + z 2 ˆ − R cos φ ' ˆ − R sin φ ' ˆ + z k i j ˆ r= R2 + z2 ˆ ds × r = ˆ R dφ '( z cos φ ' ˆ + z sin φ ' ˆ + R k ) i j R2 + z 2 (3) Relative position vector r = rP − r ' (4) ˆ ds × r The cross product ˆ ds × r = ˆ y dx′k y 2 + x′2 (5) Rewrite dB dB = Bx = 0 By = 0 Bz = ˆ µ0 I y dx′ k 4π ( y 2 + x′2 )3/ 2 dB = ˆ µ0 I R dφ '( z cos φ ' ˆ + z sin φ ' ˆ + R k ) i j 2 2 3/ 2 4π (R + z ) (6) Integrate to get B µ0 Iy L / 2 dx ' ∫− L / 2 ( y 2 + x '2 )3/ 2 4π µI L = 0 2 4π y y + ( L / 2) 2 4π ( R + z ) µ0 IRz By = 4π ( R 2 + z 2 )3/ 2 2 2 3/ 2 Bx = µ0 IRz ∫ 2π 0 2π cos φ ' dφ ' = 0 sin φ ' dφ ' = 0 dφ ' = ∫ ∫ 0 2π Bz = 4π ( R 2 + z 2 )3/ 2 µ0 IR 2 µ0 IR 2 2( R 2 + z 2 )3/ 2 0 46 .

(2) Find the current enclosed by the Amperian loop. ∫ B ⋅ ds with µ 0 I enc and solve for B . we use the following procedure: (1) Draw an Amperian loop using symmetry arguments. Below we summarize how the methodology can be applied to calculate the magnetic field for an infinite wire.10. System Infinite wire Ideal solenoid Toroid Figure (1) Draw the Amperian loop (2) Find the current enclosed by the Amperian loop (3) Calculate along the loop I enc = I I enc = NI I enc = NI ∫ B ⋅ ds ∫ B ⋅ d s = B(2π r ) ∫ B ⋅ d s = Bl ∫ B ⋅ d s = B(2π r ) 47 . (3) Calculate the line integral (4) Equate ∫ B ⋅ ds around the closed loop. an ideal solenoid and a toroid.9.2 Ampere’s law: Ampere’s law states that the line integral of B ⋅ d s around any closed loop is proportional to the total current passing through any surface that is bounded by the closed loop: ∫ B ⋅ ds = µ I 0 enc To apply Ampere’s law to calculate the magnetic field.

as shown in Figure 9. the position vector for the field point P is r = x ˆ + y ˆ . Once again we solve the problem using the methodology outlined in Section 9.1.1 Magnetic Field of a Straight Wire Consider a straight wire of length L carrying a current I along the +x-direction.1 (ignore the return path of the current or the source for the current. now the field point is an arbitrary point in the xy-plane.10. (1) Source point From Figure 9.11 Solved Problems B= µ0 I 2π r B= µ0 NI l = µ0 nI B= µ0 NI 2π r 9.11.1.11.10.11.10.1. with r =| rP |=| r − r ' |= [( x − x′) 2 + y 2 ]1 2 being the distance.1 A finite straight wire carrying a current I.(4) Equate µ 0 I enc with ∫ B ⋅ d s to obtain B 9.) What is the magnetic field at an arbitrary point P on the xy-plane? Figure 9. we see that the infinitesimal length dx′ described by the position i vector r ' = x ' ˆ constitutes a current source I d s = ( Idx′)ˆ . i j (3) Relative position vector i j The relative position vector from the source to P is r = rP − r ' = ( x − x ') ˆ + y ˆ . i (2) Field point As can be seen from Figure 9. The corresponding unit vector is 48 . Solution: The problem is very similar to Example 9. However.

the infinitesimal contribution due to Id s is dB = ˆ µ0 I d s × r µ0 I d s × r µ0 I y dx′ ˆ k = = 2 3 4π r 4π r 4π [( x − x′) 2 + y 2 ]3 2 (9. The magnetic field becomes 49 . (6) Carrying out the integration to obtain B The total magnetic field at P can then be obtained by integrating over the entire length of the wire: µI ( x − x′) ˆ B = ∫ dB = ∫ k=− 0 2 2 32 − L / 2 4π [( x − x′) + y ] 4π y ( x − x′) 2 + y 2 wire L/2 µ0 Iy dx′ L/2 ˆ k −L/2 =− ⎤ µ0 I ⎡ ( x − L / 2) ( x + L / 2) ˆ − ⎢ ⎥k 4π y ⎢ ( x − L / 2) 2 + y 2 ( x + L / 2) 2 + y 2 ⎥ ⎣ ⎦ (9. i j ˆ (5) Writing down dB Using the Biot-Savart law. y ) = (0. the field point P is at ( x.1) ˆ Thus.11.2) Let’s consider the following limits: (i) x = 0 In this case.ˆ r= r −r' ( x − x′) ˆ + y ˆ r i j = P = 2 2 12 r | rP − r ' | [( x − x′) + y ] (4) Simplifying the cross product The cross product d s × r can be simplified as ˆ ( dx ' ˆ) × [( x − x ') ˆ + y ˆ] = y dx ' k i i j i i where we have used ˆ × ˆ = 0 and ˆ × ˆ = k . we see that the direction of the magnetic field is in the +k direction. y ) on the y axis.11.

B=− ⎤ µ0 I ⎡ −L / 2 +L / 2 L/2 ˆ µI ˆ µI ˆ − k = 0 cos θ k ⎢ ⎥k = 0 2 2 2 2 2 2 4π y ⎢ (− L / 2) + y 2π y ( L / 2) + y 2π y (+ L / 2) + y ⎥ ⎣ ⎦ (9.6). Figure 9.4) If we use cylindrical coordinates with the wire pointing along the +z-axis then the magnetic field is given by the expression B= µ0 I ˆ φ 2π r (9.2 Current-Carrying Arc Consider the current-carrying loop formed of radial lines and segments of circles whose centers are at point P as shown below.11. 9. This gives back the expected infinite-length result: B=− µ0 I ⎡ − L / 2 + L / 2 ⎤ ˆ µ0 I ˆ − ⎥ k = 2π y k 4π y ⎢ L / 2 L/2 ⎦ ⎣ (9.11.11.2 Current-carrying arc Solution: According to the Biot-Savart law.1.5) ˆ where φ is the tangential unit vector and the field point P is a distance r away from the wire. y . (ii) Infinite length limit Consider the limit where L x. Find the magnetic field B at P.3) in agreement with Eq.11. the magnitude of the magnetic field due to a differential current-carrying element I d s is given by 50 .11. (9.

11. the total magnitude of magnetic field is B = Binner + B outer = µ 0 Iθ ⎛ 1 1 ⎞ ⎜ − ⎟ (into page) 4π ⎝ a b ⎠ (9.11.8) ˆ For Binner .11. Thus.7) ˆ The direction of Bouter is determined by the cross product d s × r which points out of the page.11.dB = For the outer arc. we have ˆ µ0 I d s × r µ0 I r dθ ' µ0 I dθ ' = = 4π r2 4π r 2 4π r (9. d s × r points into the page.3 Rectangular Current Loop Determine the magnetic field (in terms of I.11. a and b) at the origin O due to the current loop shown in Figure 9.11.9) 9. we have Binner = µ0 I θ µ 0 Iθ ∫0 dθ ' = 4π a 4π a (9. for the inner arc.6) Bouter = µ0 I θ µ Iθ ∫0 dθ ' = 40π b 4π b (9.3 Figure 9.11. Similarly.3 Rectangular current loop 51 .

+b) to (+ a. +∞ ) to ( − a. (iii) The third segment of the wire runs from ( x.14) 52 .13) ˆ The direction of B2 is into the page.5): B= µ0 I ( cos θ1 + cos θ 2 ) 4π r where θ1 and θ 2 are the angles which parameterize the length of the wire.Solution: For a finite wire carrying a current I. The contributions can be divided into three parts: (i) Consider the left segment of the wire which extends from ( x. +b) . The angles which parameterize this segment give cos θ1 = 1 ( θ1 = 0 ) and cos θ 2 = −b / b 2 + a 2 . +∞ ) .11. y ) = ( − a.11. (9. or +k . Again.11.12) This leads to B2 = ⎞ µ0 I ⎛ µ0 Ia a a ⎜ 2 2 + 2 2 ⎟= 4π b ⎝ a + b a + b ⎠ 2π b a 2 + b 2 (9. we make use of the above formula.1. +b) to ( + a.11) cos θ 2 = cos θ1 = a a + b2 2 (9. To obtain the magnetic field at O. (ii) Next.10) ˆ The direction of B1 is out of page. B1 = ⎞ µ0 I µI⎛ b ( cos θ1 + cos θ 2 ) = 0 ⎜1 − 2 2 ⎟ 4π a 4π a ⎝ b +a ⎠ (9. we consider the segment which extends from ( x. One may readily show that it gives the same contribution as the first one: B3 = B1 (9. y ) = ( − a. + d ) . y ) = ( + a. or −k . the (cosine of the) angles are given by cos θ1 = a a + b2 2 (9. Therefore.11.11. the contribution to the magnetic field at a point P is given by Eq.

Find the magnetic field at the point P which lies at the center of the half-circle.11. 9. Figure 9.16) ˆ The direction of B1 is out of page. Therefore. The magnetic field is B = B1 + B 2 + B3 = 2B1 + B 2 = = µ0 I 2π ab a + b 2 2 (b µ0 I ⎛ b ⎜1 − 2 2π a ⎝ a + b2 ˆ a 2 + b2 − b2 − a 2 k ) ⎞ˆ µ0 Ia ˆ k ⎟k − 2π b a 2 + b 2 ⎠ (9.15) Note that in the limit a → 0 . y ) = ( −∞. − r ) to (0.ˆ The direction of B3 is again out of page. The two angles which parameterize this segment are characterized by cosθ1 = 1 ( θ1 = 0 ) and cos θ 2 = 0 (θ 2 = π / 2) .4 Hairpin-shaped current-carrying wire Solution: Again we break the wire into three parts: two semi-infinite plus a semi-circular segments. (i) Let P be located at the origin in the xy plane.11.4 Hairpin-Shaped Current-Carrying Wire An infinitely long current-carrying wire is bent into a hairpin-like shape shown in Figure 9. its contribution to the magnetic field at P is B1 = µ0 I µI µI ( cos θ1 + cos θ 2 ) = 0 (1 + 0) = 0 4π r 4π r 4π r (9.11.11. The first semi-infinite segment then extends from ( x. − r ) . or +k .11. or +k . the horizontal segment is absent. the magnetic field vanishes in this limit. Thus.4. 53 . and the two semi-infinite wires carrying currents in the opposite direction overlap each other and their contributions completely cancel.

(iii) The third segment of the wire runs from ( x. or +k .17) and obtain B2 = µ0 I 4π ∫ π 0 rdθ µ0 I = 4r r2 (9.11. + r ) to ( −∞.11. One may readily show that it gives the same contribution as the first one: B3 = B1 = ˆ The direction of B3 is again out of page.11.18) ˆ The direction of B2 is out of page.(ii) For the semi-circular arc of radius r.19) The total magnitude of the magnetic field is B = B1 + B 2 + B3 = 2B1 + B 2 = µ0 I ˆ µ0 I ˆ µ0 I ˆ (2 + π )k k+ k= 2π r 4r 4π r (9.20) Notice that the contribution from the two semi-infinite wires is equal to that due to an infinite wire: B1 + B 3 = 2B1 = µ0 I ˆ k 2π r (9. + r) .5 Two Infinitely Long Wires Consider two infinitely long wires carrying currents are in the −x-direction.5 Two infinitely long wires 54 . or +k .21) 9.11. we make use of the Biot-Savart law: B= ˆ µ0 I d s × r ∫ r2 4π (9.11. µ0 I 4π r (9.11. y ) = (0. Figure 9.11.

Notice that the directions of both currents are into the page.24) For wire 2 on the right.11. Figure 9. the magnetic field strength is the same as the left one: B1 = B2 .11. Solutions: (a) The magnetic field lines are shown in Figure 9.25) 55 . (b) The magnetic field at (0.22) Since the current is flowing in the –x-direction. (b) Find the distance d along the z-axis where the magnetic field is a maximum. its direction is given by ˆ ˆ (−ˆ) × r2 = (−ˆ) × (− cos θ ˆ + sin θ k ) = sin θ ˆ + cos θ k i ˆ i j j (9. using Ampere’s law: B1 = µ0 I µ0 I = 2π r 2π a 2 + z 2 (9.6 Magnetic field lines of two wires carrying current in the same direction.11.11. 0.23) µ0 I 2π a + z 2 2 ˆ (sin θ ˆj − cosθ k ) (9. the magnetic field points in the direction of the cross product ˆ ˆ (−ˆ) × r1 = (−ˆ) × (cos θ ˆ + sin θ k ) = sin θ ˆ − cos θ k i ˆ i j j Thus. However. z) due to wire 1 on the left is. we have B1 = (9.(a) Plot the magnetic field pattern in the yz-plane.6.11.11.

56 .11.6 Non-Uniform Current Density Consider an infinitely long.11.11. and we arrive at B = B1 + B 2 = µ0 I sin θ ˆ µ0 Iz ˆ j= j 2 2 π (a 2 + z 2 ) π a +z (9.7 Superposition of magnetic fields due to two current sources To locate the maximum of B. the magnetic field strength is a maximum. at z=a. the z-components cancel (as required by symmetry). we set dB / dz = 0 and find ⎞ µ0 I a 2 − z 2 dB µ0 I ⎛ 1 2z2 = − 2 =0 ⎜ ⎟= dz π ⎝ a 2 + z 2 (a + z 2 ) 2 ⎠ π ( a 2 + z 2 )2 (9.30) where α is a constant.11.28) Thus.27) which gives z=a (9.29) 9. with a magnitude Bmax = µ0 I 2π a (9. cylindrical conductor of radius R carrying a current I with a non-uniform current density J = αr (9.11.11.Adding up the contributions from both wires.26) Figure 9. Find the magnetic field everywhere.11.

**Figure 9.11.8 Non-uniform current density Solution:
**

The problem can be solved by using the Ampere’s law:

∫ B⋅d s = µ I

where the enclosed current Ienc is given by

0 enc

(9.11.31)

I enc = ∫ J ⋅ dA = ∫ (α r ')( 2π r ' dr ')

(9.11.32)

**(a) For r < R , the enclosed current is I enc = ∫ 2πα r '2 dr ' =
**

0 r

2πα r 3 3

(9.11.33)

**Applying Ampere’s law, the magnetic field at P1 is given by 2 µ 0πα r 3 B1 ( 2π r ) = 3 or
**

B1 =

(9.11.34)

αµ 0

3

r2

(9.11.35)

The direction of the magnetic field B1 is tangential to the Amperian loop which encloses the current. (b) For r > R , the enclosed current is I enc = ∫ 2πα r '2 dr ' =

0 R

2πα R 3 3

(9.11.36)

which yields

57

B2 ( 2π r ) =

2 µ 0πα R 3 3

(9.11.37)

Thus, the magnetic field at a point P2 outside the conductor is

B2 =

αµ0 R3

3r

(9.11.38)

A plot of B as a function of r is shown in Figure 9.11.9:

**Figure 9.11.9 The magnetic field as a function of distance away from the conductor 9.11.7 Thin Strip of Metal
**

Consider an infinitely long, thin strip of metal of width w lying in the xy plane. The strip carries a current I along the +x-direction, as shown in Figure 9.11.10. Find the magnetic field at a point P which is in the plane of the strip and at a distance s away from it.

Figure 9.11.10 Thin strip of metal

58

Solution:

Consider a thin strip of width dr parallel to the direction of the current and at a distance r away from P, as shown in Figure 9.11.11. The amount of current carried by this differential element is

⎛ dr ⎞ dI = I ⎜ ⎟ ⎝w⎠

(9.11.39)

**Using Ampere’s law, we see that the strip’s contribution to the magnetic field at P is given by dB(2π r ) = µ 0 I enc = µ 0 (dI ) or
**

dB =

(9.11.40)

µ 0 dI µ 0 ⎛ I dr ⎞ = ⎜ ⎟ 2π r 2π r ⎝ w ⎠

(9.11.41)

**Figure 9.11.11 A thin strip with thickness dr carrying a steady current I .
**

Integrating this expression, we obtain

B=∫

s+w

s

µ 0 I ⎛ dr ⎞ µ 0 I ⎛ s + w ⎞ ln ⎜ ⎜ ⎟= ⎟ 2π w ⎝ r ⎠ 2π w ⎝ s ⎠

(9.11.42)

Using the right-hand rule, the direction of the magnetic field can be shown to point in the +z-direction, or µ I ⎛ w⎞ ˆ (9.11.43) B = 0 ln ⎜ 1 + ⎟ k 2π w ⎝ s⎠ Notice that in the limit of vanishing width, w expression becomes

B=

s , ln(1 + w / s ) ≈ w / s , and the above

µ0 I ˆ k 2π s

(9.11.44)

which is the magnetic field due to an infinitely long thin straight wire.

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45) Solution: Let P ( x.12 Two semi-infinite wires Using the Biot-Savart law.8 Two Semi-Infinite Wires A wire carrying current I runs down the y axis to the origin.11. This yields 1 ˆ d s1 × r1 = (−dy ' ˆ) × [ xˆ + ( y − y ')ˆ] = x dy ' k j i j (9. Figure 9. thence out to infinity along the positive x axis. y ') on the yaxis and distance r2 from ( x '. consider a differential element d s1 = −dy ' ˆ which is located at a i j distance r = xˆ + ( y − y ')ˆ from P.11.46) Let’s analyze each segment separately. y > 0 of the xy plane is given by Bz = µ0 I ⎛ 1 1 x y ⎜ + + + 4π ⎜ x y y x 2 + y 2 x x 2 + y 2 ⎝ ⎞ ⎟ ⎟ ⎠ (9. the magnetic field at P is given by B = ∫ dB = ˆ µ0 I d s × r µ0 I ∫ r 2 = 4π 4π ˆ d s1 × r1 µ0 I + 2 r1 4π wire y ∫ ˆ d s2 × r2 2 r2 wire x ∫ (9.47) 60 .11.11. j (i) Along the y axis. y ) be a point in the first quadrant at a distance r1 from a point (0. 0) on the x-axis.11.9. Show that the magnetic field in the quadrant with x.

12 Conceptual Questions 1. does the spring stretch or compress? Explain. If a current is passed through a spring. (9.1. Two concentric. along the x-axis.11.i j i (ii) Similarly. we obtain µ0 I 4π ∫ ∞ 0 µI x dy ' + 0 2 3/ 2 [ x + ( y − y ') ] 4π 2 ∫ ∞ 0 y dx ' [ y + ( x − x ') 2 ]3/ 2 2 (9. we have d s2 = dx ' ˆ and r2 = ( x − x ')ˆ + yˆ which gives ˆ d s2 × r2 = y dx ' k (9. 5.11.11. 3. Suppose three infinitely long parallel wires are arranged in such a way that when looking at the cross section.11. Can currents be arranged (combination of flowing in or out of the page) so that all three wires (a) attract.48) Thus. Using the above results and r1 = x 2 + ( y − y ') 2 and r2 = Bz = ( x − x′ ) 2 + y 2 . How is the path of the integration of ∫ B⋅d s chosen when applying Ampere’s law? 4.51) We may show that the result is consistent with Eq.5) 9.50) The final expression for the magnetic field is given by B= µ0 I 4π ⎡1 ⎤ y 1 x ˆ + + ⎢ + ⎥k x x x2 + y 2 y y x2 + y 2 ⎥ ⎢ ⎣ ⎦ (9. 61 . they are at the corners of an equilateral triangle. we see that the magnetic field at P points in the +z-direction. 2.49) The integrals can be readily evaluated using ∫ ∞ 0 b ds 1 a = + 2 3/ 2 2 [b + (a − s ) ] b b a + b2 2 (9. Compare and contrast Biot-Savart law in magnetostatics with Coulomb’s law in electrostatics. and (b) repel each other? Explain. Do the loops attract or repel each other? Explain. coplanar circular loops of different diameters carry steady currents in the same direction.

.e. 62 .13 Additional Problems 9.. I k = 2k I 0 ). What is the field at a distance of 10 mm from the wire if the current is 10 A? (b) Eight parallel wires cut the page perpendicularly at the points shown. (a) Calculate with Ampere's law the magnetic field.13. 2.2. . for the rest.1 Amperian loop (c) Can you use a single application of Ampere's Law to find the field at a point in the vicinity of the 8 wires? Why? How would you proceed to find the field at an arbitrary point P? 9. The radii of the inner and outer walls are a and b respectively. the current flows down into the page. as a function of distance r from the wire. Show with a sketch the integration path you choose and state explicitly how you use symmetry. For those with k = 1 to 4.13.. Adding more wires with differing currents will check your understanding of Ampere's law.13. A wire labeled with the integer k (k = 1. in the vicinity of an infinitely long straight wire that carries current I. Evaluate ∫ B ⋅ d s along the closed path (see figure) in the direction indicated by the arrowhead. | B |= B (r ) .9. and the current I is uniformly spread over the cross section of the copper.13. (Watch your signs!) Figure 9. 8) bears the current 2k times I 0 (i. .1 Application of Ampere's Law The simplest possible application of Ampere's law allows us to calculate the magnetic field in the vicinity of a single infinitely long wire.2 Magnetic Field of a Current Distribution from Ampere's Law Consider the cylindrical conductor with a hollow center and copper walls of thickness b − a as shown in Figure 9. the current flows up out of the page.

2 Hollow cylinder carrying a steady current I. Find the magnitude and direction of the magnetic field at the point P. What is the direction of B ? (c) Calculate the magnetic field within the inner conductor. roughly. and apply Ampere's Law. What is the direction of B ? (d) Plot the behavior of the magnitude of the magnetic field B(r) from r = 0 to r = 4b . construct an Amperian loop.3 Cylinder with a Hole A long copper rod of radius a has an off-center cylindrical hole through its entire length. Is B(r) continuous at r = a and r = b? What about its slope? (e) Now suppose that a very thin wire running down the center of the conductor carries the same current I in the opposite direction.3. (b) Calculate the magnetic field inside the inner radius. 63 . (Hint: consider the entire conductor to be a single thin wire.13.13. as shown in Figure 9. Can you plot.) What is the direction of B ? Figure 9. r < a. The conductor carries a current I which is directed out of the page and is uniformly distributed throughout the cross section. the variation of B(r) without another detailed calculation? (Hint: remember that the vectors dB from different current elements can be added to obtain the total vector magnetic field.) 9.3 A cylindrical conductor with a hole. Figure 9.13. a < r < b. r > b .13.(a) Calculate the magnitude of the magnetic field in the region outside the conductor.

they are at the corners of a square. Show that the magnetic field at the center of the disk is B= 1 µ0σω R 2 Hint: Consider a circular ring of radius r and thickness dr.13.13.30 A. and show the directions on your sketch. What is the dominant direction of the magnetic field inside the solenoid? (b) Find the magnitude of the magnetic field inside the solenoid by constructing an Amperian loop and applying Ampere's law.13. and into the page at B and C. it may be considered to be an ideal solenoid.5. a diameter of 0. 9. (c) Does the magnetic field have a component in the direction of the wire in the loops making up the solenoid? If so. for most of its length. Show that the current in this element is dI = (ω / 2π ) dq = ωσ r dr . What is the magnetic field at the center of the square? 64 . calculate its magnitude both inside and outside the solenoid.5 Rotating Disk A circular disk of radius R with uniform charge density σ rotates with an angular speed ω .9.13. and carries a current of 0.25 m.1 m. Currents in A and D point out of the page. It has a length of 0. the current direction.4 The Magnetic Field Through a Solenoid A solenoid has 200 closely spaced turns so that. 9.6 Four Long Conducting Wires Four infinitely long parallel wires carrying equal current I are arranged in such a way that when looking at the cross section. at radii 30 mm and 60 mm respectively. (a) Sketch the solenoid. showing clearly the rotation direction of the windings. as shown in Figure 9. and the magnetic field lines (inside and outside) with arrows to show their direction.

13. The electron is moving in a right-handed sense with respect to the z-axis in a circle of radius r = 0.7 Magnetic Force on a Current Loop A rectangular loop of length l and width w carries a steady current I1 .7.13.13.13. Assume that the electron has speed v and orbits a proton (assumed to be very massive) located at the origin.13.6 Magnetic force on a current loop. We use a “semi-classical” model to do this. The loop is then placed near an finitely long wire carrying a current I 2 .Figure 9.6. What is the magnetic force experienced by the loop due to the magnetic field of the wire? Figure 9.8 Magnetic Moment of an Orbital Electron We want to estimate the magnetic dipole moment associated with the motion of an electron as it orbits a proton.53 Å. as shown in Figure 9. Figure 9.7 65 . 9.13.13.5 Four parallel conducting wires 9. Note that 1 Å = 10−10 m . as shown in Figure 9.

5 × 10 28 atoms/m 3 . in units of h / 2π ? 9. The molar mass of iron is 55.13. µ B .7 × 10 22 atoms .(a) The inward force me v 2 / r required to make the electron move in this circle is provided by the Coulomb attractive force between the electron and proton (me is the mass of the electron).9 Ferromagnetism and Permanent Magnets A disk of iron has a height h = 1. to wit that the orbital angular momentum of the electron can only assume integral multiples of h/2π. [Ans: 9.] (d) If we were to wrap one loop of wire around a circle of the same radius r. The magnitude of this dipole moment is one Bohr magneton.9 g/cm3. and the value of r we give above. Big!] (d) What is the magnetic dipole moment associated with this orbital motion? Give the magnitude and direction.00 mm and a radius r = 1.8 × 10−23 A ⋅ m 2 .] (c) What current is associated with this motion? Think of the electron as stretched out uniformly around the circumference of the circle. In a time T. how much current would the wire have to carry to get the dipole moment in (c)? This is the “equivalent” surface current due to the atomic currents in the interior of the magnet.] (c) What is the magnetic dipole moment of the disk? [Ans: 0. Using this fact. The value of r is determined from quantum mechanical considerations. (a) What is the number density of the iron atoms? How many atoms are in this disk? [Ans: 8. find the speed of the electron in our “semi-classical” model.] (b) What is the magnetization M in this disk? [Ans: 1.52 × 10−16 s . The magnetic dipole moment of an atom of iron is µ = 1.53 × 106 A/m .] (e) One of the reasons this model is “semi-classical” is because classically there is no reason for the radius of the orbit above to assume the specific value we have given.63 × 10−34 J/s is the Planck constant. [Ans: 2.] 66 .27 × 10 −24 A ⋅ m 2 along the −z axis. what is the orbital period T of the electron? [Ans: 1. 2. and its density is 7.48 A ⋅ m 2 . parallel to axis.18 × 106 m/s . where h = 6. Assume that all the iron atoms in the disk have their dipole moments aligned with the axis of the disk.00 cm . the total amount of charge q that passes an observer at a point on the circle is just e [Ans: 1.] (b) Given this speed.85 g.05 mA. What is the orbital angular momentum of the electron here. [Ans: 1525 A.

10 Charge in a Magnetic Field A coil of radius R with its symmetric axis along the +x-direction carries a steady current I.9. or 4.13. (b) What is the axial field a distance of 1 meter from the center of this magnet. (b) 4. along its axis? [Ans: (a) 2. What is the instantaneous radius of curvature? 9.11 Permanent Magnets A magnet in the shape of a cylindrical rod has a length of 4. It has a uniform magnetization M of 5300 A/m.8 Describe the subsequent motion of the charge. without friction.12 Magnetic Field of a Solenoid (a) A 3000-turn solenoid has a length of 60 cm and a diameter of 8 cm.9 The cylinder is suspended in a manner such that it is free to revolve about its axis. 67 . [Ans: 0.0314 T.13. or about 600 times the magnetic field of the earth].13. find the magnitude of the magnetic field inside the solenoid by constructing an Amperian loop and applying Ampere's Law. A positive charge q moves with a velocity v = v ˆ when it crosses the axis at a distance x j from the center of the coil. How does this compare to the magnetic field of the earth (0. as shown in Figure 9.42 × 10−2 A ⋅ m 2 . We come along and spin it up until the speed of the surface of the cylinder is v0 . We make a magnetic field in the following way: We have a long cylindrical shell of nonconducting material which carries a surface charge fixed in place (glued down) of σ C/m 2 .8.13. If this solenoid carries a current of 5. Figure 9.8 × 10−9 T .] 9.8 ×10−5 gauss .1 cm.13. or 314 gauss.8 cm and a diameter of 1. directed parallel to its axis. as shown in Figure 9.5 gauss).0 A. (a) Calculate the magnetic dipole moment of this magnet. Initially it is at rest.13.

in A/m? [Ans: K = σ v0 . oriented along axis right-handed with respect to spin.13. [Ans: 0].68 A/m.] 68 .7 ×10− 4 .13 Effect of Paramagnetism A solenoid with 16 turns/cm carries a current of 1.86 µT. B = µ0 K = µ0σ v0 .Figure 9.3 A.] (c) What is magnetic field inside the cylinder? [Ans. 9.13.9 (b) What is the surface current K on the walls of the cylinder.] (b) Find the magnitude of the magnetization M of the rod.] (d) What is the magnetic field outside of the cylinder? Assume that the cylinder is infinitely long. [Ans: (a) 0. (b) 0. (a) By how much does the magnetic field inside the solenoid increase when a close-fitting chromium rod is inserted? [Note: Chromium is a paramagnetic material with magnetic susceptibility χ = 2.

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