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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. Interactive Simulation 9. 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 . (9.1.1).1. The vector nature of this integral appears in the ˆ cross product I d s × r .3.1. Example 9.3 A thin straight wire carrying a current I. which means that the expression for B is really three integrals. as shown in Figure 9. 3 . Evaluate the magnetic field at point P.4) The integral is a vector integral. one for each component of B .1.2 is an interactive ShockWave display that shows the magnetic field of a current element from Eq.B= wire ∫ dB = µ0 I 4π ˆ d s ×r 2 r wire ∫ (9.2 Magnetic field of a current element. Figure 9. straight wire carrying a current I is placed along the x-axis. 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: Magnetic Field of a Current Element Figure 9.1: Magnetic Field due to a Finite Straight Wire A thin. Figure 9. 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.

(6) Simplify and carry out the integration 4 . 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 position vector describing P is r = aˆ . We solve the problem using the methodology summarized in Section 9. The i i location of this source is represented by r ' = x ' ˆ . (1) Source point (coordinates denoted with a prime) Consider a differential element d s = dx ' ˆ carrying current I in the x-direction. y ) = (0. 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. a ) . or out of the page.Solution: This is a typical example involving the use of the Biot-Savart law. and the magnitude r =| r |= a 2 + x '2 is the j i distance from between the source and P. (2) Field point (coordinates denoted with a subscript “P”) Since the field point P is located at ( x. r = a ˆ − x ' ˆ .10. In this case.

The variables θ. θ 2 ) = (0. 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). we obtain B=− µ0 I θ µI ∫−θ sin θ dθ = 4π0 a (cos θ 2 + cos θ1 ) 4π a 2 1 (9. The magnetic field at a distance a away becomes B= µ0 I 2π a (9.5) The first term involving θ 2 accounts for the contribution from the portion along the +x axis. we have ⎧ r = a / sin θ = a csc θ ⎪ ⎨ ⎪ x = a cot θ ⇒ dx = − a csc 2 θ dθ ⎩ Upon substituting the above expressions.1.1.1. 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. If the length of the rod is 2L .6) (ii) The infinite length limit L → ∞ This limit is obtained by choosing (θ1 .7) 5 .3. x and r are not independent of each other. while the second term involving θ1 contains the contribution from the portion along the − x axis. In order to complete the integration. The two terms add! Let’s examine the following cases: (i) In the symmetric case where θ 2 = −θ1 . From Figure 9. 0) . let us rewrite the variables x and r in terms of θ.1. the field point P is located along the perpendicular bisector.

the system possesses cylindrical symmetry. Figure 9. In fact.6.1. Example 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. the direction of the magnetic field due to a long straight wire can be determined by the right-hand rule (Figure 9.. as shown in Figure 9. ϕ .1. using the Biot-Savart law. at a distance z from the center? ˆ (b) If we place a magnetic dipole µ = µ z k at P. In cylindrical ˆ ˆ ˆ coordinates ( r . Figure 9. the magnetic field must point in the ϕ -direction. as shown in Figure 9. then the fingers of your right hand curl in the direction of the magnetic field.Note that in this limit. if the current flows in the +z-direction.e. then.1. find the magnetic force experienced by the dipole. z ) where the unit vectors are related by r × φ = z . (a) What is the magnetic field at a point P on the axis of the loop. Is the force attractive or repulsive? What happens if the direction of the dipole ˆ is reversed.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.4.4 Magnetic field lines due to an infinite wire carrying current I. i.5). and the magnetic field lines are circular. µ = − µ z k 6 .1.1.

Again let’s find the magnetic field by applying the same methodology used in Example 9. Thus.1. Solution: (a) This is another example that involves the application of the Biot-Savart law. the corresponding unit vector from Id s to P can be written as ˆ r= r r −r' = P r | rP − r ' | 7 .6 Magnetic field due to a circular loop carrying a steady current.1. its ˆ position vector is given by rP = zk . (1) Source point In Cartesian coordinates.1. 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.Figure 9. 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) .9) is the distance between the differential current element and P.1. (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 (9.8) r = r = (− R cos φ ') 2 + ( − R sin φ ') + z 2 = R 2 + z 2 2 (9.

(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 ( ) (9.1. 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 (9.13) 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. we see that along the symmetric axis. 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 (9.1.1.10) (5) Writing down dB Using the Biot-Savart law. The conclusion can also be reached by using the symmetry arguments. 8 . Bz is the only non-vanishing component of the magnetic field.1.1.11) (9.1.15) Thus.14) On the other hand. 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.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.

1. as a function of z / R is shown in Figure 9.16). (9. due to the non-uniformity of the magnetic field. as discussed in Chapter 8. we see that the current I can be written as n Aq v = I (9. which we define as the amount of charge passing through any cross-section of the cylinder per unit time. On the other hand. (9.1).1.18) The total number of charge carriers in the current element is simply dN = n A ds .1.1. (9. µ = − µ z k .1.1.7 The ratio of the magnetic field.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. so that using Eq.17) Thus. Let I be the current in the element.15) and substituting into Eq. if the ˆ direction of the dipole is reversed. we obtain FB = − 3µ z µ0 IR 2 z ˆ k 2( R 2 + z 2 )5/ 2 (9. 9. the dipole is attracted toward the current-carrying ring. the dipole will experience a force given by ⎛ dB FB = ∇(µ ⋅ B) = ∇( µ z Bz ) = µ z ⎜ z ⎝ dz ⎞ˆ ⎟k ⎠ (9.7: Figure 9.1.1.The behavior of Bz / B0 where B0 = µ0 I / 2 R is the magnetic field strength at z = 0 . as a function of z / R ˆ (b) If we place a magnetic dipole µ = µ z k at the point P. all moving at a common velocity v along the axis of the cylinder. Bz / B0 . the resulting force will be repulsive. From Chapter 6.16) Upon differentiating Eq. the magnetic field dB due to the dN charge carriers is given by 9 .1.

Figure 9. Let the ith charge qi be located at ( xi . when the speed of the charge is small compared to the speed of light.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. each moving with a different velocity. The result may be readily extended to a collection of N point charges. dN = 1 . yi . zi ) and moving with velocity vi .1. the above equation strictly speaking only holds in the non-relativistic limit where v c . In case of a single charge. 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 ⎦ ⎦ ⎣⎣ ⎡ ⎤ (9.19) where r is the distance between the charge and the field point P at which the field is being ˆ measured.1. assuming the speed of the charge is small compared to the speed of light. 10 . however. the speed of light. that since a point charge does not constitute a steady current.1.8 The magnetic field of (a) a moving positive charge.8 shows one frame of the animations of the magnetic field of a moving positive and negative point charge.21) Animation 9.1.20) Note. so that the effect of “retardation” can be ignored.1.1: Magnetic Field of a Moving Charge Figure 9. the unit vector r = r / r points from the source of the field (the charge) to P. The differential length vector d s is defined to be parallel to v . and (b) a moving negative charge. Using the superposition principle. the above equation becomes B= ˆ µ0 q v × r 2 4π r (9.

We show the magnetic field vector directions in only one plane.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. (9.Animation 9.1.10 shows an observation point fixed on the axis of the ring. Far from the ring.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. 2.9 The magnetic field of four charges moving in a circle. To calculate this field we have to add up vectorially the magnetic fields of each of charges using Eq. Other animations show the same situation for N =1. As the addition proceeds.9 shows one frame of the animation when the number of moving charges is four.2: Magnetic Field of a Ring of Moving Charges Figure 9. The display in Figure 9. the shape of the field lines is the same as the shape of the field lines for an electric dipole. Figure 9. The bullet-like icons indicate the direction of the magnetic field at that point in the array spanning the plane. Figure 9. a characteristic pattern emerges--the magnetic dipole pattern. we also show the resultant up to that point (large arrow in the display).1. Figure 9. When we get to eight charges.1.19).1.10 shows a ShockWave display of the vectoral addition process for the case where we have 30 charges moving on a circle. Interactive Simulation 9.1.1. 11 . and 8.

9.11 The magnetic field due to 30 charges moving in a circle at a given observation point. with the field B2 pointing in the tangential 12 . we expect two current-carrying wires to exert force on each other.1. we also show a “iron filings” representation of the magnetic field due to these charges. Figure 9.1. but now we can interact with the display to move the position of the observer about in space.1.11. Consider two parallel wires separated by a distance a and carrying currents I1 and I2 in the +x-direction. F12 .1. In addition.Figure 9. a wire carrying a current will experience a net force. To get a feel for the total magnetic field. the magnetic field lines due to I2 going in the +xdirection are circles concentric with wire 2. exerted on wire 1 by wire 2 may be computed as follows: Using the result from the previous example. In Figure 9. Thus.1 Force between two parallel wires The magnetic force.10. 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. we show an interactive ShockWave display that is similar to that in Figure 9.2 Force Between Two Parallel Wires We have already seen that a current-carrying wire produces a magnetic field. 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.2. as shown in Figure 9.2. when placed in a magnetic field.

2. we have B 2 = −( µ0 I 2 / 2π a)ˆ . (b) The repulsion of two wires carrying current in opposite directions. In the second case the magnetic field configuration is such as to produce a repulsion between the wires. 9. This can be readily demonstrated by placing compass needles near a wire. Therefore. if the currents flow in opposite directions. On the other hand. (a) (b) Figure 9. the magnetic field configuration is such as to produce an attraction between the wires.2. The conclusion we can draw from this simple calculation is that two parallel wires carrying currents in the same direction will attract each other. However.3. all compass needles point in the same direction in the absence of current.2 shows parallel wires carrying current in the same and in opposite directions. at an arbitrary point P on wire 1. Animation 9.3: Forces Between Current-Carrying Parallel Wires Figures 9.1a. the resultant force will be repulsive. Thus. µIIlˆ ⎛ µI ⎞ F12 = I1l × B 2 = I1 l ˆ × ⎜ − 0 2 ˆ ⎟ = − 0 1 2 k i j 2π a ⎝ 2π a ⎠ ( ) (9.3 Ampere’s Law We have seen that moving charges or currents are the source of magnetism.1b). 13 .2 (a) The attraction between two wires carrying current in the same direction. The direction of current flow is represented by the motion of the orange spheres in the visualization. when I ≠ 0 .3.2. In the first case.1) Clearly F12 points toward wire 2.1.j direction. the needles will be deflected along the tangential direction of the circular path (Figure 9.2. As shown in Figure 9. as depicted in Figure 9. which points in the direction perpendicular to wire 1.

Figure 9.3.3.3 Figure 9. or an “Amperian loop” that follows one particular magnetic field line.3 An Amperian loop involving two field lines 14 .2 Amperian loop In the limit ∆ s → 0 . Figure 9.1 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 .3. Let’s consider a slightly more complicated Amperian loop.3. that point along the tangential direction with magnitude ∆ s (Figure 9.3.1) The result above is obtained by choosing a closed path.3.2). as that shown in Figure 9. we obtain ∫ B ⋅ d s = B ∫ ds = ⎜ 2π r ⎟ ( 2π r ) = µ I ⎝ ⎠ 0 ⎛ µ0 I ⎞ (9.

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 (9.3.1. Figure 9. As shown in Example 9.3.2) = 0 + B2 (r2θ ) + 0 + B1[r1 (2π − θ )] where the length of arc bc is r2θ . 15 .3. the current encircled by the loop. With B1 = µ0 I / 2π r1 and B2 = µ0 I / 2π r2 . ϕ . 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 (9.3) We see that the same result is obtained whether the closed path involves one or two magnetic field lines. in cylindrical coordinates ( r . the magnetic field is given by B = ( µ0 I / 2π r )φ .3.5) In other words.4 An Amperian loop of arbitrary shape. 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 (9.4) 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. z ) with current flowing in the ˆ +z-axis. The first and the third integrals vanish since the magnetic field is perpendicular to the paths of integration. the line integral of ∫ B ⋅ d s around any closed Amperian loop is proportional to I enc .3. and r1 (2π − θ ) for arc da.

In the case of an infinite wire. 4. 16 . However.3.6) Ampere’s law in magnetism is analogous to Gauss’s law in electrostatics. 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: 1.3.3. when the length of the wire is finite.4). We shall examine all four configurations in detail.4). Figure 9. Toroid (Example 9. In order to apply them. as shown in Figure 9. 3. Figure 9.5). Infinite solenoid (Section 9.5.4) that involves many magnetic field lines is known as Ampere’s law: ∫ B ⋅d s = µ I 0 enc (9. the system must possess certain symmetry.3.The generalization to any closed loop of arbitrary shape (see for example.3) 2. Infinitely large sheet of thickness b with a current density J (Example 9. the system possesses cylindrical symmetry and Ampere’s law can be readily applied.5 Amperian loops for calculating the B field of a conducting wire of radius R. Example 9. Find the magnetic field everywhere. Biot-Savart law must be used instead. Infinitely long straight wires carrying a steady current I (Example 9.3: Field Inside and Outside a Current-Carrying Wire Consider a long straight wire of radius R carrying a current I of uniform current density.

the field falls off as 1/r. 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 . Outside the wire. 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.3.e.Solution: (i) Outside the wire where r ≥ R .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 . I enc Thus. Example 9. the Amperian loop (circle 1) completely encircles the current.. i.3. Find the magnetic field everywhere. i. the amount of current encircled by the Amperian loop (circle 2) is proportional to the area enclosed.6 Magnetic field of a conducting wire of radius R carrying a steady current I . 17 . I enc = I ..6 below: Figure 9. The qualitative behavior of the field is depicted in Figure 9.e.

9 Amperian loops for the current sheets For the field outside.3. we see that magnetic field at a point P above the plane points in the −y-direction.3.3. Similarly.i Figure 9.3. Solution: We may think of the current sheet as a set of parallel wires carrying currents in the +xdirection. The amount of current enclosed by C1 is 18 . we may show that the magnetic field at a point below the plane points in the +y-direction.3. The z-component vanishes after adding up the contributions from all wires. From Figure 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. Figure 9.7 An infinite sheet with current density J = J 0ˆ . Figure 9. we integrate along path C1 .8. The Amperian loops are shown in Figure 9.9.

Note that the magnetic field outside the sheet is constant.3. − b / 2 < z < b / 2 j ⎪ µJb ⎪ 0 0 ˆ .7) ∫ B ⋅ d s = B(2 ) = µ0 I enc = µ0 ( J 0b ) (9.4. Next we find the magnetic field inside the sheet. At z = 0 .1 shows the magnetic field lines of a solenoid carrying a steady current I.4 Solenoid A solenoid is a long coil of wire tightly wound in the helical form.3. In this limit.3.I enc = ∫∫ J ⋅ dA = J 0 (b ) Applying Ampere’s law leads to (9. we obtain (9.3. In this i case. The amount of current enclosed by path C2 is I enc = ∫∫ J ⋅ dA = J 0 (2 | z | ) Applying Ampere’s law. where K = J 0b .8) or B = µ0 J 0b / 2 . instead of current density J = J 0ˆ . as required by symmetry.11) Let’s now consider the limit where the sheet is infinitesimally thin. z < −b / 2 j 2 ⎪ ⎩ (9. The results can be summarized using the unit-vector notation as ⎧ µ0 J 0b ˆ ⎪− 2 j.10) or B = µ0 J 0 | z | .3. z > b / 2 ⎪ ⎪ B = ⎨ − µ 0 J 0 z ˆ.12) ˆ. the magnetic field becomes ⎧ µ0 K ⎪− ⎪ B=⎨ 2 ⎪ µ0 K ⎪ 2 ⎩ 9. the resulting magnetic field inside the solenoid becomes fairly uniform. i Note that the dimension of K is current/length. independent of the distance from the sheet. Figure 9. the magnetic field vanishes. z > 0 j (9. ˆ. z < 0 j 19 . We see that if the turns are closely spaced. with b → 0 .3.9) ∫ B ⋅ d s = B(2 ) = µ0 I enc = µ0 J 0 (2 | z | ) (9. we have surface current K = K ˆ .

we consider a rectangular path of length l and width w and traverse the path in a counterclockwise manner.2 Amperian loop for calculating the magnetic field of an ideal solenoid.4.1 Magnetic field lines of a solenoid We can use Ampere’s law to calculate the magnetic field strength inside an ideal solenoid. The cross-sectional view of an ideal solenoid is shown in Figure 9.4.1) = 0 + 0 + Bl + 0 Figure 9.4. For an “ideal” solenoid. the total current enclosed by the Amperian loop is I enc = NI .2) or 20 . 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. To compute B . and vanishes outside the solenoid. Applying Ampere’s law yields ∫ B ⋅ d s = Bl = µ NI 0 (9. Figure 9. In addition. where N is the total number of turns.provided that the length of the solenoid is much greater than its diameter. On the other hand.2. the contributions along sides 2 and 4 are zero because B is perpendicular to d s . which is infinitely long with turns tightly packed. B = 0 along side 1 because the magnetic field is non-zero only inside the solenoid.4. In the above.4. the magnetic field inside the solenoid is uniform and parallel to the axis.

the magnetic field can also be written as. where n = N / l is the number of turns per unit length. 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 ' .2.3 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 ') (9.3) where n = N / l represents the number of turns per unit length. we shall approximate the solenoid as consisting of a large number of circular loops stacking together. Using the result obtained in Example 9. In terms of the surface current.4.4.4. or current per unit length K = nI .5) Integrating over the entire length of the solenoid.4.6) µ nI ⎡ (l / 2) − z (l / 2) + z = 0 ⎢ + 2 ⎢ ( z − l / 2) 2 + R 2 ( z + l / 2) 2 + R 2 ⎣ ⎤ ⎥ ⎥ ⎦ 21 ..4. Figure 9. B = µ0 K (9. as shown in Figure 9.B= µ0 NI l = µ0 nI (9.4.3 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 ' .4) What happens if the length of the solenoid is finite? To find the magnetic field due to a finite solenoid. 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.

and (b) l = 20 R . Figure 9.5.5: Toroid Consider a toroid which consists of N turns.4.4 Magnetic field of a finite solenoid for (a) l = 10 R .4. Examaple 9. Notice that the value of the magnetic field in the region | z | < l / 2 is nearly uniform and approximately equal to B0 .) Applying Ampere’s law. as shown in Figure 9. Find the magnetic field everywhere. Figure 9.4.4. Thus.4 for l = 10 R and l = 20 R .4. we obtain 22 . where B0 = µ0 nI is the magnetic field of an infinite solenoid. as shown in Figure 9.5.A plot of Bz / B0 . 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. as a function of z / R is shown in Figure 9.5 A toroid with N turns Solutions: One can think of a toroid as a solenoid wrapped around with its ends connected.

2) 23 . center of the Earth) in the yz plane.4..1) Readers are referred to Section 9.4. What is the magnetic field at a point (e.5. 9.1 we show the magnetic field at MIT due to the dipole.5 Magnetic Field of a Dipole ˆ Let a magnetic dipole moment vector µ = − µ k be placed at the origin (e.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 .5. MIT) a distance r away from the origin? Figure 9. 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.g. Unlike the magnetic field of a solenoid.∫ B ⋅ d s = ∫ Bds = B ∫ ds =B(2π r ) = µ N I 0 (9. the magnetic field inside the toroid is non-uniform and decreases as 1/ r ..5.8 for the detail of the derivation.g.8) where r is the distance measured from the center of the toroid. φ ) . In spherical coordinates (r..θ. 4π r 3 Bz = − µ0 µ (3cos 2 θ − 1) 4π r 3 (9.5. The y.7) or B= µ 0 NI 2π r (9.

) With the distance fixed at r = rE .6) 9. with 0 ≤ θ ≤ π .6): E= p ˆ ˆ (sin θ θ + 2 cos θ r ) 3 4πε 0 r 1 The negative sign in Eq. Note the South pole of such a magnet in the northern hemisphere in order to attract the North pole of a compass. 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 (9.5.5.4) is due to the fact that the magnetic dipole points in the −z-direction.2 an imaginary magnet is drawn inside the Earth oriented to produce a magnetic field like that of the Earth’s magnetic field.1 Earth’s Magnetic Field at MIT The Earth’s field behaves as if there were a bar magnet in it. Thus. measured from the x-axis. the point P is parameterized by the two angles θ and φ .5.3) respectively.5. with 0 ≤ φ ≤ 2π (See Figure 9.5.5) 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. 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. It is most natural to represent the location of a point P on the surface of the Earth using the spherical coordinates ( r . φ ) . In Figure 9.5. and φ is the azimuthal angle in the xy plane.5.3. where r is the distance from the center of the Earth. (9.and Bθ = By cos θ − Bz sin θ = − µ0 µ sin θ 4π r 3 (9. θ .13. θ is the polar angle from the z-axis. In general.4) Notice the similarity between the above expression and the electric field due to an electric dipole p (see Solved Problem 2. the radius of the Earth.5. 24 .

Using this definition. denoted as δ .7) 25 . and the x-axis passes through the prime meridian. Lines of constant longitude are generally referred to as meridians.5.Figure 9.5. it is related to θ (commonly referred to as the colatitude) by δ = 90° − θ . The longitude of a location is simply represented by the azimuthal angle φ in the spherical coordinates. Thus.3 Locating a point P on the surface of the Earth using spherical coordinates. is a measure of the elevation from the plane of the equator. the equator has latitude 0° .2 Magnetic field of the Earth In practice. How are they related to θ and φ ? The latitude of a point.18 ˆ − 0. a location on Earth is described by two numbers – latitude and longitude. respectively. 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. UK.98 k ) i j E (9.062 ˆ + 0. Let the z-axis be the Earth’s rotation axis. is chosen as the “prime meridian” with zero longitude. The value of longitude depends on where the counting begins. For historical reasons. Figure 9. and the north and the south poles have latitude ±90° .5. the meridian passing through the Royal Astronomical Observatory in Greenwich.

and a unit vector +k in the positive zdirection. In this case. Control-click and drag to zoom in and out. However. is approximately a constant field coming at 60 degrees from the horizontal. one can see that a compass needle will always align itself in the direction of the local field.109°) . 26 . if we measure the ratio of the radial to the polar component of the Earth’s magnetic field at MIT. as indicated in Figure 9. the result would be Br = 2 cot 37° ≈ 2. and we have used (θ 0 . the location of MIT is 42° N for the latitude and 71°W for the longitude ( 42° north of the equator.where µ E = 7.67 k ) i j E (9. Thus. the local field is dominated by the bar magnet. which means that θ m = 90° − 42° = 48° . On the other hand. the inverse of cosine of the dot ˆ ˆ product between a unit vector r for the position.9) ˆ ˆ Note that the polar angle θ is defined as θ = cos −1 (r ⋅ k ) . φ0 ) = (169°. 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 (0.80) = 37° | rMIT || −µ E | ⎠ ⎝ (9.70 ˆ + 0.4 shows a bar magnet and compass placed on a table. Thus. field lines that emerge near the poles tend to wander off and reconnect to the magnetic field of the earth.5. Click and drag the mouse to rotate the scene.8) The angle between −µ E and rMIT is given by θ ME = cos −1 ⎜ ⎛ −rMIT ⋅ µ E ⎞ −1 ⎟ = cos (0.5. in this case.5. and 71° west of the prime meridian). and φm = 360° − 71° = 289° . 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.5.24 ˆ − 0.10) Note that the positive radial (vertical) direction is chosen to point outward and the positive polar (horizontal) direction points towards the equator. Looking at the compass. The expression shows that µ E has non-vanishing components in all three directions in the Cartesian coordinates. Animation 9.79 × 10 22 A ⋅ m 2 .6. Field lines that emerge towards the edges of the magnet generally reconnect to the magnet near the opposite pole. which.4: Bar Magnet in the Earth’s Magnetic Field Figure 9.65 Bθ (9.1.

4 A bar magnet in Earth’s magnetic field 9. spread uniformly throughout the volume of the cylinder. when we deal with magnetic materials.6. each with magnetic dipole moment µ .Figure 9. Suppose we have a piece of material in the form of a long cylinder with area A and height L.6. When we dealt with dielectric materials in electrostatics. for the same amount of "free" electric current (diamagnetic materials).1. as shown in Figure 9.5. 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.1 Magnetization Magnetic materials consist of many permanent or induced magnetic dipoles. and that it consists of N magnetic dipoles. In contrast. Below we discuss how these effects arise. 9. for a given amount of “free” electric charge. their effect was always to reduce E below what it would otherwise be. (ii) increase B a little above what it would otherwise be (paramagnetic materials).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. (iii) increase B a lot above what it would otherwise be (ferromagnetic materials). their effect can be one of the following: (i) reduce B below what it would otherwise be. 27 .

2(a) depicts the small current loops associated with the dipole moments and the direction of the currents. as seen from above.6.Figure 9.6. Let’s define the magnetization vector M to be the net magnetic dipole moment vector per unit volume: M= 1 V ∑µ i i (9.6. We see that in the interior. we note that each magnetic dipole has its own magnetic field associated with it. Now. In the case of our cylinder. Figure 9. what is the average magnetic field due to these dipoles alone? To answer this question. where there is an equivalent current I eq on the sides.1) where V is the volume. the magnitude of M is simply M = N µ / AL .2 (a) Top view of the cylinder containing magnetic dipole moments.6. where all the dipoles are aligned.2(b). In the absence of any external magnetic field. currents flow in a given direction will be cancelled out by currents flowing in the opposite direction in neighboring loops. The only place where cancellation does not take place is near the edge of the cylinder where there are no adjacent loops further out. Thus. what is the average magnetic field produced by all the dipoles in the cylinder? Figure 9. The equivalent situation is shown in Figure 9. (b) The equivalent current. whereas the sides of the cylinder appear to carry a net current.6. 28 .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. the average current in the interior of the cylinder vanishes.

in which the average electric field is anti-parallel to the direction of the electric dipoles themselves.6. we see that the surface current K is equal to the magnetization M .6.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.6. A very different field is observed if we go close to any one of these little dipoles.3) Next.4) BM = µ0 K = µ0 M (9. Let’s now examine the properties of different magnetic materials 29 .6. the magnetic field is in the same direction as the magnetic dipole vector. the above expression may be written in vector notation as B M = µ0 M (9. it is not surprising that after a large-scale averaging. the average magnetic field also turns out to be parallel to the average magnetic dipole moment per unit volume. let’s calculate the magnetic field produced by I eq . The reason is that in the region interior to the current loop of the dipole. Notice that the magnetic field in Eq. which is the average magnetic dipole moment per unit volume.5) Since the direction of this magnetic field is in the same direction as M . Therefore.6) This is exactly opposite from the situation with electric dipoles. (9.2) or I eq = Nµ A (9.6) is the average field due to all the dipoles. the equivalent configuration is identical to a solenoid carrying a surface current (or current per unit length) K . The condition gives I eq A = N µ (9.4) Thus. With I eq running on the sides. The average magnetic field produced by the equivalent current system is given by (see Section 9.6. The two quantities are related by K= I eq L = Nµ =M AL (9.6.

Thus.6.6.6. it will tend to enhance B0 .7) can then be written as B = (1 + χ m )B0 = κ m B0 where (9. that alignment enhances the external magnetic field. The linear relation between M and B0 is expressed as M = χm B0 µ0 (9. κ m > 1 . in the paramagnetic case. although χ m is usually on the order of 10−6 to 10−3 . For paramagnetic substances. In most paramagnetic substances. when we place a paramagnetic material in an external field B0 .10) is called the relative permeability of the material. M = 0 and the average magnetic field B M is also zero. or equivalently. In both cases. Since B M is parallel to B0 .9. whereas in the dielectric case it reduces the external electric field. thereby producing a net magnetization M parallel to B0 .8) where χ m is a dimensionless quantity called the magnetic susceptibility. the magnetization M is not only in the same direction as B0 . but also linearly proportional to B0 . However. Eq. However.6.6.11) 30 . χ m > 0 . the dipoles experience a torque τ = µ × B0 that tends to align µ with B0 . they are randomly aligned. In the absence of any applied external magnetic field.7) Note how different this is than in the case of dielectric materials.7. The magnetic permeability µ m of a material may also be defined as µm = (1 + χ m ) µ0 = κ m µ0 (9. Left to themselves. the permanent magnetic dipoles in a paramagnetic material never line up spontaneously.6. The total magnetic field B is the sum of these two fields: B = B 0 + B M = B 0 + µ0 M (9.9) κm = 1 + χm (9.2 Paramagnetism The atoms or molecules comprising paramagnetic materials have a permanent magnetic dipole moment. (10. the torque on the dipoles causes alignment of the dipole vector parallel to the external field. This is plausible because without the external field B0 there would be no alignment of dipoles and hence no magnetization M .

although now κ m < 1 . For diamagnetic materials. or χ m < 0 . although χ m is usually on the order of −10−5 to −10−9 . (b) Alignment of magnetic moments in the direction of the external field B0 .6. the presence of an external field B0 will induce magnetic dipole moments in the atoms or molecules. we can still define the magnetic permeability.6. leading to a magnetization M and average field B M anti-parallel to B0 . but dependent on the previous history of the material. as illustrated in Figure 9.6. In fact the relationship between M and B0 is not unique. Ferromagnetic materials are made up of small patches called domains. and therefore a reduction in the total magnetic field strength. The strong interaction between neighboring atomic dipole moments causes a much stronger alignment of the magnetic dipoles than in paramagnetic materials.3 (a) Ferromagnetic domains.4 Ferromagnetism In ferromagnetic materials. The enhancement of the applied external field can be considerable. Diamagnetic materials have µm < µ0 . there is a strong interaction between neighboring atomic dipole moments. The 31 .6.3(b).6. with the total magnetic field inside a ferromagnet 103 or 10 4 times greater than the applied field. The permeability κ m of a ferromagnetic material is not a constant. 9. However. since neither the total field B or the magnetization M increases linearly with B0 . these induced magnetic dipoles are anti-parallel to B0 . as in equation (8-5).Paramagnetic materials have µm > µ0 .3(a). Figure 9. An externally applied field B0 will tend to line up those magnetic dipoles parallel to the external field. as shown in Figure 9.3 Diamagnetism In the case of magnetic materials where there are no permanent magnetic dipoles. 9.

phenomenon is known as hysteresis. 9. If all these dipole moments are aligned. just due to the atomic currents alone. This is the origin of permanent magnets. all by themselves. the strong interaction between neighboring atomic dipole moments can keep those dipole moments aligned.12) The magnetization corresponds to values of B M = µ0M of order 1 tesla. And these aligned dipoles can thus produce a strong magnetic field.4 A hysteresis curve. Figure 9. Typical atomic densities are 1029 atoms/m3.4. Moreover. in ferromagnets.6. This is how we get permanent magnets with fields of order 2200 Gauss. • The magnitude of the magnetic field at a distance r away from an infinitely long straight wire carrying a current I is 32 . without the necessity of an external magnetic field.6.7 • 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. The loop abcdef is a hysteresis curve. To see how strong such magnets can be. consider the fact that magnetic dipole moments of atoms typically have magnitudes of the order of 10−23 A ⋅ m 2 . even when the external magnet field is reduced to zero.6.000 Gauss. The variation of M as a function of the externally applied field B0 is shown in Figure 9. then we would get a magnetization of order M ∼ (10−23 A ⋅ m 2 )(1029 atoms/m3 ) ∼ 106 A/m (9. or 10.

• 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 .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 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. Figure 9. 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) . the field point i j ˆ j P now lies in the yz plane with r = y ˆ + z k . Again. 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 ( ) (9.1 Calculating the magnetic field off the symmetry axis of a current loop. as shown in Figure 9. at a point P along the axis of symmetry.8.9.1) r = r = (− R cos φ ')2 + ( y − R sin φ ') + z 2 = R 2 + y 2 + z 2 − 2 yR sin φ 2 (9.1.1. On the other hand.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.8.8.8. 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.8.2) and the unit vector ˆ r= r r −r' = P r | rP − r ' | ˆ pointing from Id s to P.8 Appendix 1: Magnetic Field off the Symmetry Axis of a Current Loop In Example 9. as shown in Example 9.3) 34 .

One may also invoke symmetry arguments to verify that Bx must vanish.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 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. y.6) by making a change of variable w = R 2 + y 2 + z 2 − 2 yR sin φ ' .8. the field point P is located along the z-axis.4) Thus.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. the contribution at φ ' is cancelled by the contribution at π − φ ' .8. In the limit y = 0 .8) involve elliptic integrals which can be evaluated numerically. magnetic field at P is B ( 0.2: 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. 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. and we recover the results obtained in Example 9. followed by a straightforward integration. On the other hand.Using the Biot-Savart law.8.9) 35 . namely.8. the y and the z components of B . By = µ0 IRz 2π sin φ ' dφ ' ∫0 R 2 + y 2 + z 2 − 2 yR sin φ ' 3/ 2 4π ( ) (9.8.

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 . the characteristic dimension of the current source is much smaller compared to the distance where the magnetic field is to be measured. 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. i.8.. where A = π R 2 is the area of the loop.8. In this limit.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. Using spherical coordinates where y = r sin θ and z = r cos θ .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 (9.12) 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 ⎠ = (9.8.8.e. let’s consider the “point-dipole” limit where R ( y 2 + z 2 )1/ 2 = r .14) 36 .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 (9.10) Now.

The magnetic field at P can also be written in spherical coordinates ˆ ˆ B = Br r + Bθ θ (9.8.8.8. Figure 9.3 Magnetic field lines due to (a) a current loop. j ˆ ˆ θ = cos θ ˆ − sin θ k j (9. ˆ ˆ r = sin θ ˆ + cos θ k .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 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 (9.2 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. 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. the spherical components may be written as 37 . Bθ = By cos θ − Bz sin θ (9.8.8.3.17) In addition.8. ˆ Figure 9.15) Thus.8. we have. and (b) a small bar magnet.18) Using the above relations.8.2). for the unit vectors.

θ ) = ∫ 2π 0 (R 2 + r 2 − 2rR sin θ sin φ ') dφ ' 3/ 2 (9. Figure 9.9.1.8.22) 9. as shown in Figure 9.µ0 IR 2 cos θ Br = 4π and Bθ ( r .8. Let’s find the magnetic field B on the axis at a distance z from the center of one coil.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 (9.19) ( r sin φ '− R sin θ ) dφ ' µ0 IR 2π ∫0 R 2 + r 2 − 2rR sin θ sin φ ' 3/ 2 4π ( ) (9.1 Helmholtz coils 38 . 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 (9.20) In the limit where R Br ≈ and Bθ = ≈ r . with their centers located at z = ± l / 2 . There is a steady current I flowing in the same direction around each coil.8. each perpendicular to the axis of symmetry.8.9 Appendix 2: Helmholtz Coils Consider two N-turn circular coils of radius R.9.

4) 39 . the derivative vanishes: dB dz Straightforward differentiation yields ′′ Bz ( z ) = =0 z =0 (9.9. µ0 NI (5 / 4)3/ 2 R being the field strength at z = 0 and l = R is Figure 9. the magnetic field at P ( z . 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. Let’s analyze the properties of Bz in more detail.9.9.2) One may readily show that at the midpoint.9.2 Magnetic field as a function of z / R . Differentiating Bz with respect to z.9.3) 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. z = 0 .1) A plot of Bz / B0 with B0 = depicted in Figure 9.Using the result shown in Example 9.2. 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 ⎥ ⎣ ⎦ (9.9.2 for a single coil and applying the superposition principle.

Since the distance between the coils is equal to the radius of the coils and remains unchanged..5) Thus. One may even show that the third derivative ′′′ Bz (0) vanishes at z = 0 as well.At the midpoint z = 0 . the condition that the second derivative of Bz vanishes at z = 0 is l = R . 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.. For small z. If we ˆ place a magnetic dipole µ = µ k at z = 0 . the distance of separation between the two coils is equal to the radius of the coil. In this configuration the currents in the top and bottom coils flow in the same direction. and is illustrated by field lines stretching out to enclose both coils.7) which is expected to be very small since the magnetic field is nearly uniform there.9. The field configuration is shown using the “iron filings” representation.9. as in the animation depicted in Figure 9. When the distance between the coils is not fixed. The magnetic fields from the two coils add up to create a net field that is nearly uniform at the center of the coils.9. Animation 9. the two coils move toward each other due to their force of attraction.5: Magnetic Field of the Helmholtz Coils The animation in Figure 9.3(a) shows the magnetic field of the Helmholtz coils. the force of attraction between them creates a tension. Recall that the force experienced by a dipole in a magnetic field is FB = ∇(µ ⋅ B) . 40 .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 top loop has only half the current as the bottom loop. A configuration with l = R is known as Helmholtz coils.3(b). 2! (9. In this animation. the magnetic force acting on the dipole is z ⎛ dB FB = ∇( µ z Bz ) = µ z ⎜ z ⎝ dz ⎞ˆ ⎟k ⎠ (9.9.9. 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 + . That is. with their dipole moments aligned.

as shown in Figure 9.(a) (b) Figure 9.9.3 (a) Magnetic field of the Helmholtz coils where the distance between the coils is equal to the radius of the coil. (b) Two co-axial wire loops carrying current in the same sense are attracted to each other. let’s consider the case where the currents in the loop flow in the opposite directions.4 Two circular loops carrying currents in the opposite directions. Figure 9. Next. by superposition principle.9. 0.4. the magnetic field at a point P (0.9. 41 .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 ⎥ ⎣ ⎦ (9.5 Magnetic field as a function of z / R .9.9. Figure 9. Again.5.

6: Magnetic Field of Two Coils Carrying Opposite Currents The animation depicted in Figure 9.10) ˆ Thus.9. In this configuration.12) Animation 9.9.9. we have Bz′ (0) = (9. (b) Two co-axial wire loops carrying current in the opposite sense repel each other. The bottom wire loop carries twice the amount of current as the top wire loop.6 (a) Magnetic field due to coils carrying currents in the opposite directions.9. the above expression simplifies to FB = 3µ z µ0 NI ˆ k 2(5 / 4)5 / 2 R 2 (9.11) For l = R . the magnetic dipole moments associated with each coil are anti-parallel.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.Differentiating Bz with respect to z. (a) (b) Figure 9. The field configurations here are shown using the “iron filings” representation. 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.9.6 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.9) µ NIR 2 dBz 3l = 0 ≠0 2 2 [(l / 2) + R 2 ]5/ 2 dz z = 0 (9. 42 . z = 0 .

The net result is a repulsion of the magnet when the current in this direction is increased.8 Magnet oscillating between two coils 43 . Figure 9. With the distance between the two coils fixed.7 A magnet in the TeachSpin ™ Magnetic Force apparatus when the current in the top coil is counterclockwise as seen from the top. Figure 9. the magnetic field is zero.9. This is illustrated by field lines that are compressed along the central horizontal axis between the coils. The magnet is forced to have its North magnetic pole pointing downward.9.At the center of the coils along the axis of symmetry.9. the repulsive force results in a pressure between them. and the current in the top coil of the Magnetic Force apparatus is moving clockwise as seen from above.8 illustrates an animation in which the magnetic field of a permanent magnet suspended by a spring in the TeachSpinTM apparatus (see TeachSpin visualization). Animation 9.7 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. plus the magnetic field due to current in the two coils (here we see a "cutaway" cross-section of the apparatus).7: Forces Between Coaxial Current-Carrying Wires Figure 9. The visualization shows the stresses transmitted by the fields to the magnet when the current in the upper coil is increased.8: Magnet Oscillating Between Two Coils Figure 9.9. Animation 9.

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

10 Problem-Solving Strategies In this Chapter. Change of variables sometimes may help to complete the integration. Variables with a “prime” are used for the source point. The resultant vector gives the direction of the magnetic field B . ˆ (4) Calculate the cross product d s × r or d s × r . 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. write down the position vector rP for the field point P.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 . and the vector r ' describing the position of I ds . we have seen how Biot-Savart and Ampere’s laws can be used to calculate magnetic field due to a current source. (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. Using the same coordinate system. The quantity rP =| rP | is the distance between the origin and P. The size or the geometry of the system is reflected in the integration limits. (6) Complete the integration to obtain Bif possible. 45 . 9.10. (5) Substitute the expressions obtained to dB and simplify as much as possible. according to the Biot-Savart law. The magnitude r ' =| r '| is the distance between I ds and the origin.9. (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 ' .

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 .Below we illustrate how these steps are executed for a current-carrying wire of length L and a loop of radius R.

10. (2) Find the current enclosed by the Amperian loop. an ideal solenoid and a toroid. we use the following procedure: (1) Draw an Amperian loop using symmetry arguments. (3) Calculate the line integral (4) Equate ∫ B ⋅ ds around the closed loop.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. Below we summarize how the methodology can be applied to calculate the magnetic field for an infinite wire.9. 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 . ∫ B ⋅ ds with µ 0 I enc and solve for B .

However.11. The corresponding unit vector is 48 . the position vector for the field point P is r = x ˆ + y ˆ . with r =| rP |=| r − r ' |= [( x − x′) 2 + y 2 ]1 2 being the distance.1.1 (ignore the return path of the current or the source for the current.11. now the field point is an arbitrary point in the xy-plane. Solution: The problem is very similar to Example 9.11 Solved Problems B= µ0 I 2π r B= µ0 NI l = µ0 nI B= µ0 NI 2π r 9. 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 .11.10.1 Magnetic Field of a Straight Wire Consider a straight wire of length L carrying a current I along the +x-direction.1 A finite straight wire carrying a current I.1.(4) Equate µ 0 I enc with ∫ B ⋅ d s to obtain B 9.1. (1) Source point From Figure 9. Once again we solve the problem using the methodology outlined in Section 9.10. as shown in Figure 9. i (2) Field point As can be seen from Figure 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 .10.

2) Let’s consider the following limits: (i) x = 0 In this case.11.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 . the field point P is at ( x. y ) = (0.11. (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. y ) on the y axis. i j ˆ (5) Writing down dB Using the Biot-Savart law. 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. we see that the direction of the magnetic field is in the +k direction.1) ˆ Thus. The magnetic field becomes 49 .

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 ⎥ ⎣ ⎦ (9.11.5) ˆ where φ is the tangential unit vector and the field point P is a distance r away from the wire. y .11.11.1. 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. Find the magnetic field B at P. (ii) Infinite length limit Consider the limit where L x.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 (9.6). (9. the magnitude of the magnetic field due to a differential current-carrying element I d s is given by 50 .3) in agreement with Eq.11. Figure 9.2 Current-carrying arc Solution: According to the Biot-Savart law. 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.

d s × r points into the page.dB = For the outer arc.3 Rectangular Current Loop Determine the magnetic field (in terms of I.11. for the inner arc.11. Similarly.11.9) 9.3 Figure 9.7) ˆ The direction of Bouter is determined by the cross product d s × r which points out of the page.11. we have Binner = µ0 I θ µ 0 Iθ ∫0 dθ ' = 4π a 4π a (9.8) ˆ For Binner .6) Bouter = µ0 I θ µ Iθ ∫0 dθ ' = 40π b 4π b (9.11. we have ˆ µ0 I d s × r µ0 I r dθ ' µ0 I dθ ' = = 4π r2 4π r 2 4π r (9. Thus.3 Rectangular current loop 51 . a and b) at the origin O due to the current loop shown in Figure 9.11.11. the total magnitude of magnetic field is B = Binner + B outer = µ 0 Iθ ⎛ 1 1 ⎞ ⎜ − ⎟ (into page) 4π ⎝ a b ⎠ (9.

the (cosine of the) angles are given by cos θ1 = a a + b2 2 (9. +b) to (+ a.14) 52 . +∞ ) . (iii) The third segment of the wire runs from ( x. To obtain the magnetic field at O. The contributions can be divided into three parts: (i) Consider the left segment of the wire which extends from ( x.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. (ii) Next. the contribution to the magnetic field at a point P is given by Eq. y ) = ( − a.11. or −k . y ) = ( + a. we consider the segment which extends from ( x.11) cos θ 2 = cos θ1 = a a + b2 2 (9. One may readily show that it gives the same contribution as the first one: B3 = B1 (9. The angles which parameterize this segment give cos θ1 = 1 ( θ1 = 0 ) and cos θ 2 = −b / b 2 + a 2 .13) ˆ The direction of B2 is into the page.Solution: For a finite wire carrying a current I.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. y ) = ( − a. +∞ ) to ( − a. (9.11. +b) to ( + a. or +k . +b) . Again. Therefore. + d ) .11.11. B1 = ⎞ µ0 I µI⎛ b ( cos θ1 + cos θ 2 ) = 0 ⎜1 − 2 2 ⎟ 4π a 4π a ⎝ b +a ⎠ (9.1. we make use of the above formula.10) ˆ The direction of B1 is out of page.11.

Thus. 9.15) Note that in the limit a → 0 .ˆ The direction of B3 is again out of page.11. 53 .4 Hairpin-shaped current-carrying wire Solution: Again we break the wire into three parts: two semi-infinite plus a semi-circular segments.11. The first semi-infinite segment then extends from ( x. Therefore.4.11. Figure 9. − r ) . 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 (9.16) ˆ The direction of B1 is out of page. y ) = ( −∞. − r ) to (0. Find the magnetic field at the point P which lies at the center of the half-circle. 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. or +k . the horizontal segment is absent.4 Hairpin-Shaped Current-Carrying Wire An infinitely long current-carrying wire is bent into a hairpin-like shape shown in Figure 9.11. the magnetic field vanishes in this limit. or +k . and the two semi-infinite wires carrying currents in the opposite direction overlap each other and their contributions completely cancel. The two angles which parameterize this segment are characterized by cosθ1 = 1 ( θ1 = 0 ) and cos θ 2 = 0 (θ 2 = π / 2) .11. (i) Let P be located at the origin in the xy plane.

Figure 9.5 Two Infinitely Long Wires Consider two infinitely long wires carrying currents are in the −x-direction.21) 9.(ii) For the semi-circular arc of radius r.11. y ) = (0. + r ) to ( −∞.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. we make use of the Biot-Savart law: B= ˆ µ0 I d s × r ∫ r2 4π (9. or +k .17) and obtain B2 = µ0 I 4π ∫ π 0 rdθ µ0 I = 4r r2 (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 (9.11.5 Two infinitely long wires 54 . 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.11.11.11. + r) .11.18) ˆ The direction of B2 is out of page. or +k . µ0 I 4π r (9. (iii) The third segment of the wire runs from ( x.11.

using Ampere’s law: B1 = µ0 I µ0 I = 2π r 2π a 2 + z 2 (9.22) Since the current is flowing in the –x-direction.11.24) For wire 2 on the right. 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 (9.23) 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.6. (b) Find the distance d along the z-axis where the magnetic field is a maximum. Figure 9.25) 55 .11.11. 0. (b) The magnetic field at (0.11. we have B1 = (9. Solutions: (a) The magnetic field lines are shown in Figure 9. Notice that the directions of both currents are into the page. However.(a) Plot the magnetic field pattern in the yz-plane.6 Magnetic field lines of two wires carrying current in the same direction.11. z) due to wire 1 on the left is. the magnetic field strength is the same as the left one: B1 = B2 .11.

11. Find the magnetic field everywhere.Adding up the contributions from both wires.30) where α is a constant.28) Thus.27) which gives z=a (9.29) 9.11.7 Superposition of magnetic fields due to two current sources To locate the maximum of B.11. 56 . 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 (9.11.11. the magnetic field strength is a maximum. at z=a. 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 (9.11.11.26) Figure 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. the z-components cancel (as required by symmetry).6 Non-Uniform Current Density Consider an infinitely long.

**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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0) on the x-axis. This yields 1 ˆ d s1 × r1 = (−dy ' ˆ) × [ xˆ + ( y − y ')ˆ] = x dy ' k j i j (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 ∫ (9.12 Two semi-infinite wires Using the Biot-Savart law.11. 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. consider a differential element d s1 = −dy ' ˆ which is located at a i j distance r = xˆ + ( y − y ')ˆ from P.11.8 Two Semi-Infinite Wires A wire carrying current I runs down the y axis to the origin. Show that the magnetic field in the quadrant with x.46) Let’s analyze each segment separately.9.45) Solution: Let P ( x. j (i) Along the y axis. y ') on the yaxis and distance r2 from ( x '.11. thence out to infinity along the positive x axis.11. Figure 9. y ) be a point in the first quadrant at a distance r1 from a point (0.47) 60 .11.

they are at the corners of an equilateral triangle.11. Do the loops attract or repel each other? Explain. 2.1.11. and (b) repel each other? Explain. along the x-axis. coplanar circular loops of different diameters carry steady currents in the same direction. Using the above results and r1 = x 2 + ( y − y ') 2 and r2 = Bz = ( x − x′ ) 2 + y 2 .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. 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. (9.51) We may show that the result is consistent with Eq. 61 .48) Thus. If a current is passed through a spring.12 Conceptual Questions 1.11. Two concentric. 5. we have d s2 = dx ' ˆ and r2 = ( x − x ')ˆ + yˆ which gives ˆ d s2 × r2 = y dx ' k (9.5) 9. we see that the magnetic field at P points in the +z-direction. Compare and contrast Biot-Savart law in magnetostatics with Coulomb’s law in electrostatics. 3. Can currents be arranged (combination of flowing in or out of the page) so that all three wires (a) attract.11. How is the path of the integration of ∫ B⋅d s chosen when applying Ampere’s law? 4.i j i (ii) Similarly. Suppose three infinitely long parallel wires are arranged in such a way that when looking at the cross section.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. does the spring stretch or compress? Explain.

.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? 9.2.9. 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.13. I k = 2k I 0 ). in the vicinity of an infinitely long straight wire that carries current I. | B |= B (r ) . the current flows down into the page.. the current flows up out of the page. . .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. Adding more wires with differing currents will check your understanding of Ampere's law. Evaluate ∫ B ⋅ d s along the closed path (see figure) in the direction indicated by the arrowhead.13 Additional Problems 9. for the rest.13. (a) Calculate with Ampere's law the magnetic field. as a function of distance r from the wire. (Watch your signs!) Figure 9.e. and the current I is uniformly spread over the cross section of the copper. A wire labeled with the integer k (k = 1. The radii of the inner and outer walls are a and b respectively. 2.13. 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.13. 62 . For those with k = 1 to 4.. Show with a sketch the integration path you choose and state explicitly how you use symmetry.

2 Hollow cylinder carrying a steady current I. 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. Figure 9. construct an Amperian loop.13. (Hint: consider the entire conductor to be a single thin wire. roughly. Find the magnitude and direction of the magnetic field at the point P.13. a < r < b. 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.13.3 Cylinder with a Hole A long copper rod of radius a has an off-center cylindrical hole through its entire length.13.3.) What is the direction of B ? Figure 9. 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 .) 9. 63 . The conductor carries a current I which is directed out of the page and is uniformly distributed throughout the cross section. What is the direction of B ? (c) Calculate the magnetic field within the inner conductor. (b) Calculate the magnetic field inside the inner radius. r > b .3 A cylindrical conductor with a hole. and apply Ampere's Law. as shown in Figure 9.(a) Calculate the magnitude of the magnetic field in the region outside the conductor. r < a. Can you plot.

and show the directions on your sketch. and carries a current of 0. What is the magnetic field at the center of the square? 64 .13.1 m. 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. calculate its magnitude both inside and outside the solenoid.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. Currents in A and D point out of the page. the current direction.5. showing clearly the rotation direction of the windings.5 Rotating Disk A circular disk of radius R with uniform charge density σ rotates with an angular speed ω .4 The Magnetic Field Through a Solenoid A solenoid has 200 closely spaced turns so that.13.13. and into the page at B and C. Show that the current in this element is dI = (ω / 2π ) dq = ωσ r dr . 9. (c) Does the magnetic field have a component in the direction of the wire in the loops making up the solenoid? If so. at radii 30 mm and 60 mm respectively.9.30 A. (a) Sketch the solenoid. for most of its length. and the magnetic field lines (inside and outside) with arrows to show their direction. 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. as shown in Figure 9. a diameter of 0. It has a length of 0.25 m. 9. it may be considered to be an ideal solenoid.13. they are at the corners of a square.

13. The loop is then placed near an finitely long wire carrying a current I 2 .13.6 Magnetic force on a current loop. What is the magnetic force experienced by the loop due to the magnetic field of the wire? Figure 9.13.13.13. Figure 9.6. 9.5 Four parallel conducting wires 9.7 65 . as shown in 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. Note that 1 Å = 10−10 m . The electron is moving in a right-handed sense with respect to the z-axis in a circle of radius r = 0.7. We use a “semi-classical” model to do this.13.53 Å.Figure 9.13. Assume that the electron has speed v and orbits a proton (assumed to be very massive) located at the origin.7 Magnetic Force on a Current Loop A rectangular loop of length l and width w carries a steady current I1 . as shown in Figure 9.

[Ans: 2. find the speed of the electron in our “semi-classical” model.9 g/cm3. 2.9 Ferromagnetism and Permanent Magnets A disk of iron has a height h = 1. The molar mass of iron is 55.] (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. and its density is 7. What is the orbital angular momentum of the electron here.27 × 10 −24 A ⋅ m 2 along the −z axis. in units of h / 2π ? 9. where h = 6.] 66 . 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. Assume that all the iron atoms in the disk have their dipole moments aligned with the axis of the disk.] (b) Given this speed. and the value of r we give above. what is the orbital period T of the electron? [Ans: 1.] (c) What is the magnetic dipole moment of the disk? [Ans: 0.63 × 10−34 J/s is the Planck constant.] (b) What is the magnetization M in this disk? [Ans: 1.18 × 106 m/s .] (d) If we were to wrap one loop of wire around a circle of the same radius r. The magnetic dipole moment of an atom of iron is µ = 1.52 × 10−16 s . 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. parallel to axis.53 × 106 A/m .48 A ⋅ m 2 . to wit that the orbital angular momentum of the electron can only assume integral multiples of h/2π.7 × 10 22 atoms .05 mA. The magnitude of this dipole moment is one Bohr magneton. the total amount of charge q that passes an observer at a point on the circle is just e [Ans: 1. [Ans: 1525 A.] (c) What current is associated with this motion? Think of the electron as stretched out uniformly around the circumference of the circle.00 cm . [Ans: 9. 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: 8.8 × 10−23 A ⋅ m 2 . In a time T.5 × 10 28 atoms/m 3 .85 g. Using this fact. µ B .13.(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).

(a) Calculate the magnetic dipole moment of this magnet. If this solenoid carries a current of 5.42 × 10−2 A ⋅ m 2 . What is the instantaneous radius of curvature? 9.13. How does this compare to the magnetic field of the earth (0. Initially it is at rest.1 cm. find the magnitude of the magnetic field inside the solenoid by constructing an Amperian loop and applying Ampere's Law.13.8 ×10−5 gauss .0 A.13.9 The cylinder is suspended in a manner such that it is free to revolve about its axis. We come along and spin it up until the speed of the surface of the cylinder is v0 .8 × 10−9 T . along its axis? [Ans: (a) 2. 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. 67 .11 Permanent Magnets A magnet in the shape of a cylindrical rod has a length of 4. (b) 4.10 Charge in a Magnetic Field A coil of radius R with its symmetric axis along the +x-direction carries a steady current I. or 314 gauss. directed parallel to its axis. [Ans: 0.] 9. or 4.13.12 Magnetic Field of a Solenoid (a) A 3000-turn solenoid has a length of 60 cm and a diameter of 8 cm. 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 . (b) What is the axial field a distance of 1 meter from the center of this magnet. without friction. as shown in Figure 9.9.5 gauss). Figure 9.13. It has a uniform magnetization M of 5300 A/m.8. or about 600 times the magnetic field of the earth]. as shown in Figure 9.8 Describe the subsequent motion of the charge.0314 T.8 cm and a diameter of 1.13.

B = µ0 K = µ0σ v0 .] (b) Find the magnitude of the magnetization M of the rod. 9.86 µT. (b) 0.13 Effect of Paramagnetism A solenoid with 16 turns/cm carries a current of 1.13.7 ×10− 4 . (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 = 2.68 A/m.] (c) What is magnetic field inside the cylinder? [Ans.] 68 . oriented along axis right-handed with respect to spin. [Ans: 0].13.3 A.9 (b) What is the surface current K on the walls of the cylinder.Figure 9. in A/m? [Ans: K = σ v0 . [Ans: (a) 0.] (d) What is the magnetic field outside of the cylinder? Assume that the cylinder is infinitely long.

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