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

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

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

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

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

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

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

dB = ˆ µ0 I d s × r 2 4π r

(9.1.1)

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

µ0 = 4π × 10 − 7 T ⋅ m/A

(9.1.2)

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

dE = dq ˆ r 4πε 0 r 2 1

(9.1.3)

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

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1.1).4) The integral is a vector integral. 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 .1: Magnetic Field due to a Finite Straight Wire A thin.1: Magnetic Field of a Current Element Figure 9.3 A thin straight wire carrying a current I. one for each component of B . Evaluate the magnetic field at point P. The vector nature of this integral appears in the ˆ cross product I d s × r .1. Interactive Simulation 9.1.3. 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. (9. Figure 9.2 Magnetic field of a current element.1.1.1. Example 9. as shown in Figure 9.2 is an interactive ShockWave display that shows the magnetic field of a current element from Eq. Figure 9. 3 . 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.B= wire ∫ dB = µ0 I 4π ˆ d s ×r 2 r wire ∫ (9. which means that the expression for B is really three integrals. straight wire carrying a current I is placed along the x-axis.

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

6) (ii) The infinite length limit L → ∞ This limit is obtained by choosing (θ1 .The variables θ. From Figure 9. the field point P is located along the perpendicular bisector. we have ⎧ r = a / sin θ = a csc θ ⎪ ⎨ ⎪ x = a cot θ ⇒ dx = − a csc 2 θ dθ ⎩ Upon substituting the above expressions. The magnetic field at a distance a away becomes B= µ0 I 2π a (9. while the second term involving θ1 contains the contribution from the portion along the − x axis. The two terms add! Let’s examine the following cases: (i) In the symmetric case where θ 2 = −θ1 . In order to complete the integration.1. θ 2 ) = (0. x and r are not independent of each other. we obtain B=− µ0 I θ µI ∫−θ sin θ dθ = 4π0 a (cos θ 2 + cos θ1 ) 4π a 2 1 (9.3.5) The first term involving θ 2 accounts for the contribution from the portion along the +x axis.7) 5 .1.1. 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). 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. let us rewrite the variables x and r in terms of θ. If the length of the rod is 2L .1. 0) .

Example 9. using the Biot-Savart law.1.1. (a) What is the magnetic field at a point P on the axis of the loop.5). Figure 9.6.1. then. then the fingers of your right hand curl in the direction of the magnetic field.4 Magnetic field lines due to an infinite wire carrying current I. z ) where the unit vectors are related by r × φ = z .1. i..e.1. and the magnetic field lines are circular. the magnetic field must point in the ϕ -direction. the system possesses cylindrical symmetry. Is the force attractive or repulsive? What happens if the direction of the dipole ˆ is reversed. In cylindrical ˆ ˆ ˆ coordinates ( r .5 Direction of the magnetic field due to an infinite straight wire If you direct your right thumb along the direction of the current in the wire. as shown in Figure 9. ϕ . find the magnetic force experienced by the dipole. at a distance z from the center? ˆ (b) If we place a magnetic dipole µ = µ z k at P.Note that in this limit.4. as shown in Figure 9. Figure 9. if the current flows in the +z-direction.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. µ = − µ z k 6 . In fact.

9) is the distance between the differential current element and P. Again let’s find the magnetic field by applying the same methodology used in Example 9. Solution: (a) This is another example that involves the application of the Biot-Savart law. 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.1.1.6 Magnetic field due to a circular loop carrying a steady current. its ˆ position vector is given by rP = zk .8) r = r = (− R cos φ ') 2 + ( − R sin φ ') + z 2 = R 2 + z 2 2 (9. the corresponding unit vector from Id s to P can be written as ˆ r= r r −r' = P r | rP − r ' | 7 . the differential current element located at r ' = R (cos φ ' ˆ + sin φ ' ˆ) can be written as Id s = I ( dr '/ dφ ') dφ ' = IRdφ '( − sin φ ' ˆ + cos φ ' ˆ) . (1) Source point In Cartesian coordinates. Thus. (3) Relative position vector r = rP − r ' The relative position vector is given by ˆ r = rP − r ' = − R cos φ ' ˆ − R sin φ ' ˆ + z k i j and its magnitude (9.1.1.Figure 9.

1. we see that along the symmetric axis. 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 ' (9.14) On the other hand.11) (9. 8 . The conclusion can also be reached by using the symmetry arguments.1.15) Thus.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.(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 ( ) (9.1.10) (5) Writing down dB Using the Biot-Savart law.1. the contribution of the current element to the magnetic field at P is dB = ˆ µ0 I d s × r µ0 I d s × r µ0 I d s × (rP − r ') = = 2 4π r 4π r 3 4π | rP − r ' |3 ˆ µ IR z cos φ ' ˆ + z sin φ ' ˆ + R k i j dφ ' = 0 4π ( R 2 + z 2 )3/ 2 (6) Carrying out the integration Using the result obtained above.1. 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. Bz is the only non-vanishing component of the magnetic field.

7 The ratio of the magnetic field. µ = − µ z k .1. as discussed in Chapter 8.1.17) Thus. as a function of z / R ˆ (b) If we place a magnetic dipole µ = µ z k at the point P.18) The total number of charge carriers in the current element is simply dN = n A ds . Bz / B0 .15) and substituting into Eq. due to the non-uniformity of the magnetic field. (9. the resulting force will be repulsive. we see that the current I can be written as n Aq v = I (9.1 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. Let I be the current in the element.1.1.1.7: Figure 9. On the other hand.The behavior of Bz / B0 where B0 = µ0 I / 2 R is the magnetic field strength at z = 0 .16). (9. all moving at a common velocity v along the axis of the cylinder. as a function of z / R is shown in Figure 9. (9. 9.1). which we define as the amount of charge passing through any cross-section of the cylinder per unit time. so that using Eq. the dipole will experience a force given by ⎛ dB FB = ∇(µ ⋅ B) = ∇( µ z Bz ) = µ z ⎜ z ⎝ dz ⎞ˆ ⎟k ⎠ (9.16) Upon differentiating Eq. From Chapter 6. if the ˆ direction of the dipole is reversed.1. we obtain FB = − 3µ z µ0 IR 2 z ˆ k 2( R 2 + z 2 )5/ 2 (9.1. the dipole is attracted toward the current-carrying ring.1. the magnetic field dB due to the dN charge carriers is given by 9 .1.

so that the effect of “retardation” can be ignored.1.19) where r is the distance between the charge and the field point P at which the field is being ˆ measured.21) Animation 9. The result may be readily extended to a collection of N point charges. however.1.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. when the speed of the charge is small compared to the speed of light. the above equation becomes B= ˆ µ0 q v × r 2 4π r (9. and (b) a moving negative 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. 10 . The differential length vector d s is defined to be parallel to v . each moving with a different velocity. that since a point charge does not constitute a steady current. Let the ith charge qi be located at ( xi .1.8 The magnetic field of (a) a moving positive charge. assuming the speed of the charge is small compared to the speed of light. In case of a single charge.8 shows one frame of the animations of the magnetic field of a moving positive and negative point charge.1. dN = 1 . Figure 9.1: Magnetic Field of a Moving Charge Figure 9. the speed of light. Using the superposition principle. zi ) and moving with velocity vi .1. the unit vector r = r / r points from the source of the field (the charge) to P. the above equation strictly speaking only holds in the non-relativistic limit where v c .20) Note. yi .

1.10 A ShockWave simulation of the use of the principle of superposition to find the magnetic field due to 30 moving charges moving in a circle at an observation point on the axis of the circle. To calculate this field we have to add up vectorially the magnetic fields of each of charges using Eq.10 shows an observation point fixed on the axis of the ring. The bullet-like icons indicate the direction of the magnetic field at that point in the array spanning the plane.1. the shape of the field lines is the same as the shape of the field lines for an electric dipole. 2.2: Magnetic Field of a Ring of Moving Charges Figure 9.9 shows one frame of the animation when the number of moving charges is four. Far from the ring.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.Animation 9. Other animations show the same situation for N =1. Figure 9.9 The magnetic field of four charges moving in a circle.19). Interactive Simulation 9. Figure 9.10 shows a ShockWave display of the vectoral addition process for the case where we have 30 charges moving on a circle.1. (9. As the addition proceeds. We show the magnetic field vector directions in only one plane.1. and 8. When we get to eight charges. Figure 9.1. 11 .1. a characteristic pattern emerges--the magnetic dipole pattern. The display in Figure 9. we also show the resultant up to that point (large arrow in the display).

In Figure 9.2.1.10. 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. To get a feel for the total magnetic field.Figure 9. exerted on wire 1 by wire 2 may be computed as follows: Using the result from the previous example. when placed in a magnetic field. as shown in Figure 9. we show an interactive ShockWave display that is similar to that in Figure 9. Thus.1. Consider two parallel wires separated by a distance a and carrying currents I1 and I2 in the +x-direction. a wire carrying a current will experience a net force. we also show a “iron filings” representation of the magnetic field due to these charges.1.1 Force between two parallel wires The magnetic force. we expect two current-carrying wires to exert force on each other.1.11. 9. Figure 9. the magnetic field lines due to I2 going in the +xdirection are circles concentric with wire 2.11 The magnetic field due to 30 charges moving in a circle at a given observation point. 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. but now we can interact with the display to move the position of the observer about in space.2 Force Between Two Parallel Wires We have already seen that a current-carrying wire produces a magnetic field. F12 . In addition. with the field B2 pointing in the tangential 12 .2.

Animation 9. (a) (b) Figure 9.1. This can be readily demonstrated by placing compass needles near a wire. at an arbitrary point P on wire 1.2 shows parallel wires carrying current in the same and in opposite directions. In the first case. The conclusion we can draw from this simple calculation is that two parallel wires carrying currents in the same direction will attract each other.3. the needles will be deflected along the tangential direction of the circular path (Figure 9.j direction. Thus. (b) The repulsion of two wires carrying current in opposite directions. we have B 2 = −( µ0 I 2 / 2π a)ˆ .2.2. the resultant force will be repulsive.3. 13 . 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).3: Forces Between Current-Carrying Parallel Wires Figures 9. which points in the direction perpendicular to wire 1. On the other hand. In the second case the magnetic field configuration is such as to produce a repulsion between the wires. if the currents flow in opposite directions.1) Clearly F12 points toward wire 2.2.2. Therefore.1a. As shown in Figure 9. 9.2 (a) The attraction between two wires carrying current in the same direction. as depicted in Figure 9. when I ≠ 0 . the magnetic field configuration is such as to produce an attraction between the wires. all compass needles point in the same direction in the absence of current. The direction of current flow is represented by the motion of the orange spheres in the visualization. However.

1) The result above is obtained by choosing a closed path.3 An Amperian loop involving two field lines 14 . that point along the tangential direction with magnitude ∆ s (Figure 9.3.Figure 9.3.3.2 Amperian loop In the limit ∆ s → 0 . Let’s consider a slightly more complicated Amperian loop. we obtain ∫ B ⋅ d s = B ∫ ds = ⎜ 2π r ⎟ ( 2π r ) = µ I ⎝ ⎠ 0 ⎛ µ0 I ⎞ (9.3.1 Deflection of compass needles near a current-carrying wire Let us now divide a circular path of radius r into a large number of small length vectors ˆ ∆ s = ∆ s φ .3 Figure 9.3.2). Figure 9.3. as that shown in Figure 9. or an “Amperian loop” that follows one particular magnetic field line.

The first and the third integrals vanish since the magnetic field is perpendicular to the paths of integration.3. 15 . 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. With B1 = µ0 I / 2π r1 and B2 = µ0 I / 2π r2 . the magnetic field is given by B = ( µ0 I / 2π r )φ . z ) with current flowing in the ˆ +z-axis.4 An Amperian loop of arbitrary shape. Figure 9. 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. As shown in Example 9.3.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. and r1 (2π − θ ) for arc da.4) closed path ∫ B⋅d s = µ0 I ⎛ µ0 I ⎞ ⎜ 2π r ⎟ r dϕ = 2π ⎠ closed path ⎝ ∫ closed path ∫ dϕ = µ0 I (2π ) = µ0 I 2π (9. the line integral of ∫ B ⋅ d s around any closed Amperian loop is proportional to I enc .3) We see that the same result is obtained whether the closed path involves one or two magnetic field lines. ϕ .5) In other words.2) = 0 + B2 (r2θ ) + 0 + B1[r1 (2π − θ )] where the length of arc bc is r2θ .3.3. in cylindrical coordinates ( r . the current encircled by the loop.1.

the system must possess certain symmetry. as shown in Figure 9. Infinitely large sheet of thickness b with a current density J (Example 9.6) Ampere’s law in magnetism is analogous to Gauss’s law in electrostatics.4) that involves many magnetic field lines is known as Ampere’s law: ∫ B ⋅d s = µ I 0 enc (9. the system possesses cylindrical symmetry and Ampere’s law can be readily applied.3. We shall examine all four configurations in detail. Figure 9. Infinitely long straight wires carrying a steady current I (Example 9. when the length of the wire is finite. Figure 9. Example 9. In order to apply them.3.3.4).3. 16 .5. However.The generalization to any closed loop of arbitrary shape (see for example.4). 3. 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. In the case of an infinite wire. Toroid (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.5 Amperian loops for calculating the B field of a conducting wire of radius R.3) 2. Infinite solenoid (Section 9. Find the magnetic field everywhere. 4. Biot-Savart law must be used instead.5).

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

9. we may show that the magnetic field at a point below the plane points in the +y-direction.3. Similarly. Solution: We may think of the current sheet as a set of parallel wires carrying currents in the +xdirection. From Figure 9.3. The Amperian loops are shown in Figure 9.3. The amount of current enclosed by C1 is 18 . we integrate along path C1 .8. Figure 9.3.7 An infinite sheet with current density J = J 0ˆ .3.9 Amperian loops for the current sheets For the field outside. Figure 9.i Figure 9. we see that magnetic field at a point P above the plane points in the −y-direction.8 Magnetic field of a current sheet We may now apply Ampere’s law to find the magnetic field due to the current sheet. The z-component vanishes after adding up the contributions from all wires.

7) ∫ B ⋅ d s = B(2 ) = µ0 I enc = µ0 ( J 0b ) (9.3.3. Note that the magnetic field outside the sheet is constant. the magnetic field vanishes.11) Let’s now consider the limit where the sheet is infinitesimally thin. The results can be summarized using the unit-vector notation as ⎧ µ0 J 0b ˆ ⎪− 2 j.9) ∫ B ⋅ d s = B(2 ) = µ0 I enc = µ0 J 0 (2 | z | ) (9. In this i case. z < −b / 2 j 2 ⎪ ⎩ (9.I enc = ∫∫ J ⋅ dA = J 0 (b ) Applying Ampere’s law leads to (9. We see that if the turns are closely spaced.10) or B = µ0 J 0 | z | .8) or B = µ0 J 0b / 2 . independent of the distance from the sheet.3. we have surface current K = K ˆ . the resulting magnetic field inside the solenoid becomes fairly uniform. z < 0 j 19 .3.3.1 shows the magnetic field lines of a solenoid carrying a steady current I. i Note that the dimension of K is current/length. z > 0 j (9. the magnetic field becomes ⎧ µ0 K ⎪− ⎪ B=⎨ 2 ⎪ µ0 K ⎪ 2 ⎩ 9. At z = 0 .3. as required by symmetry. − b / 2 < z < b / 2 j ⎪ µJb ⎪ 0 0 ˆ . instead of current density J = J 0ˆ . ˆ. we obtain (9. The amount of current enclosed by path C2 is I enc = ∫∫ J ⋅ dA = J 0 (2 | z | ) Applying Ampere’s law.12) ˆ. Figure 9. z > b / 2 ⎪ ⎪ B = ⎨ − µ 0 J 0 z ˆ. with b → 0 . In this limit.4. Next we find the magnetic field inside the sheet. where K = J 0b .4 Solenoid A solenoid is a long coil of wire tightly wound in the helical form.

the magnetic field inside the solenoid is uniform and parallel to the axis. which is infinitely long with turns tightly packed.1 Magnetic field lines of a solenoid We can use Ampere’s law to calculate the magnetic field strength inside an ideal solenoid.4.2 Amperian loop for calculating the magnetic field of an ideal solenoid.4. where N is the total number of turns. The line integral of B along this loop is ∫ B⋅d s = ∫B⋅d s + ∫B⋅d s + ∫B⋅d s + ∫B⋅d s 1 2 3 4 (9.4. Applying Ampere’s law yields ∫ B ⋅ d s = Bl = µ NI 0 (9. the total current enclosed by the Amperian loop is I enc = NI . For an “ideal” solenoid.4.2. To compute B . the contributions along sides 2 and 4 are zero because B is perpendicular to d s . Figure 9. The cross-sectional view of an ideal solenoid is shown in Figure 9. In addition. In the above. and vanishes outside the solenoid. we consider a rectangular path of length l and width w and traverse the path in a counterclockwise manner. On the other hand.1) = 0 + 0 + Bl + 0 Figure 9. B = 0 along side 1 because the magnetic field is non-zero only inside the solenoid.4.2) or 20 .provided that the length of the solenoid is much greater than its diameter.

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 ' ..6) µ nI ⎡ (l / 2) − z (l / 2) + z = 0 ⎢ + 2 ⎢ ( z − l / 2) 2 + R 2 ( z + l / 2) 2 + R 2 ⎣ ⎤ ⎥ ⎥ ⎦ 21 .2. where n = N / l is the number of turns per unit length.4. In terms of the surface current. we shall approximate the solenoid as consisting of a large number of circular loops stacking together. Figure 9. or current per unit length K = nI . we obtain Bz = µ0 nIR 2 2 µ nIR 2 dz ' z '− z = 0 ∫−l / 2 [( z − z ')2 + R 2 ]3/ 2 2 R 2 ( z − z ') 2 + R 2 l/2 l/2 −l / 2 (9.3 Finite Solenoid The contribution to the magnetic field at P due to this subset of loops is dBz = µ0 R 2 2[( z − z ')2 + R 2 ]3/ 2 dI = µ0 R 2 2[( z − z ')2 + R 2 ]3/ 2 (nIdz ') (9.4. 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 ' . B = µ0 K (9.B= µ0 NI l = µ0 nI (9.4. the magnetic field can also be written as. Using the result obtained in Example 9.4) What happens if the length of the solenoid is finite? To find the magnetic field due to a finite solenoid.4. as shown in Figure 9.4.3) where n = N / l represents the number of turns per unit length.4.5) Integrating over the entire length of the solenoid.

Figure 9.4. Figure 9. Find the magnetic field everywhere.A plot of Bz / B0 . as a function of z / R is shown in Figure 9.4 Magnetic field of a finite solenoid for (a) l = 10 R . Examaple 9. Notice that the value of the magnetic field in the region | z | < l / 2 is nearly uniform and approximately equal to B0 .4.4.5 A toroid with N turns Solutions: One can think of a toroid as a solenoid wrapped around with its ends connected. as shown in Figure 9.5: Toroid Consider a toroid which consists of N turns. 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. and (b) l = 20 R .5. as shown in Figure 9.5. we obtain 22 .4.4 for l = 10 R and l = 20 R . Thus.) Applying Ampere’s law.4. where B0 = µ0 nI is the magnetic field of an infinite solenoid.

5.4.and zcomponents of the magnetic field are given by By = − µ 0 3µ sin θ cos θ . 9.1 Earth’s magnetic field components In Figure 9. 4π r 3 Bz = − µ0 µ (3cos 2 θ − 1) 4π r 3 (9. φ ) .1 we show the magnetic field at MIT due to the dipole. The y.8) where r is the distance measured from the center of the toroid..7) or B= µ 0 NI 2π r (9.g.5.∫ B ⋅ d s = ∫ Bds = B ∫ ds =B(2π r ) = µ N I 0 (9. In spherical coordinates (r.. Unlike the magnetic field of a solenoid.2) 23 .θ.5.5.8 for the detail of the derivation. 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 (9.1) Readers are referred to Section 9.4.. What is the magnetic field at a point (e. MIT) a distance r away from the origin? Figure 9.5 Magnetic Field of a Dipole ˆ Let a magnetic dipole moment vector µ = − µ k be placed at the origin (e. the magnetic field inside the toroid is non-uniform and decreases as 1/ r . center of the Earth) in the yz plane.g.

It is most natural to represent the location of a point P on the surface of the Earth using the spherical coordinates ( r .and Bθ = By cos θ − Bz sin θ = − µ0 µ sin θ 4π r 3 (9.5. Thus. 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 (9.4) Notice the similarity between the above expression and the electric field due to an electric dipole p (see Solved Problem 2.1 Earth’s Magnetic Field at MIT The Earth’s field behaves as if there were a bar magnet in it. θ . 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. In general.6) 9.5.13.5.) With the distance fixed at r = rE . the radius of the Earth. measured from the x-axis. (9. the point P is parameterized by the two angles θ and φ .4) is due to the fact that the magnetic dipole points in the −z-direction.5. where r is the distance from the center of the Earth.5.5.3) respectively.5.6): E= p ˆ ˆ (sin θ θ + 2 cos θ r ) 3 4πε 0 r 1 The negative sign in Eq. with 0 ≤ θ ≤ π .3. φ ) . Note the South pole of such a magnet in the northern hemisphere in order to attract the North pole of a compass. In Figure 9. θ is the polar angle from the z-axis.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. with 0 ≤ φ ≤ 2π (See Figure 9.2 an imaginary magnet is drawn inside the Earth oriented to produce a magnetic field like that of the Earth’s magnetic field.5. and φ is the azimuthal angle in the xy plane. 24 .

UK.7) 25 . the meridian passing through the Royal Astronomical Observatory in Greenwich. the equator has latitude 0° .Figure 9. respectively.5. and the x-axis passes through the prime meridian. Figure 9. Lines of constant longitude are generally referred to as meridians. How are they related to θ and φ ? The latitude of a point.18 ˆ − 0. Using this definition. The value of longitude depends on where the counting begins. Let the z-axis be the Earth’s rotation axis. is chosen as the “prime meridian” with zero longitude.5.062 ˆ + 0. it is related to θ (commonly referred to as the colatitude) by δ = 90° − θ . 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. and the north and the south poles have latitude ±90° . For historical reasons. denoted as δ .2 Magnetic field of the Earth In practice. a location on Earth is described by two numbers – latitude and longitude.3 Locating a point P on the surface of the Earth using spherical coordinates. Thus. The longitude of a location is simply represented by the azimuthal angle φ in the spherical coordinates.98 k ) i j E (9. is a measure of the elevation from the plane of the equator.5.

which. and we have used (θ 0 .9) ˆ ˆ Note that the polar angle θ is defined as θ = cos −1 (r ⋅ k ) .4 shows a bar magnet and compass placed on a table.109°) .24 ˆ − 0.5. the local field is dominated by the bar magnet.8) The angle between −µ E and rMIT is given by θ ME = cos −1 ⎜ ⎛ −rMIT ⋅ µ E ⎞ −1 ⎟ = cos (0. which means that θ m = 90° − 42° = 48° . the inverse of cosine of the dot ˆ ˆ product between a unit vector r for the position.6.67 k ) i j E (9. the result would be Br = 2 cot 37° ≈ 2.5.70 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. 26 .4: Bar Magnet in the Earth’s Magnetic Field Figure 9. 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. Thus.5.79 × 10 22 A ⋅ m 2 . and 71° west of the prime meridian). Looking at the compass. However.80) = 37° | rMIT || −µ E | ⎠ ⎝ (9. Animation 9. in this case. In this case.1. the location of MIT is 42° N for the latitude and 71°W for the longitude ( 42° north of the equator. Field lines that emerge towards the edges of the magnet generally reconnect to the magnet near the opposite pole. is approximately a constant field coming at 60 degrees from the horizontal. φ0 ) = (169°. if we measure the ratio of the radial to the polar component of the Earth’s magnetic field at MIT. field lines that emerge near the poles tend to wander off and reconnect to the magnetic field of the earth. Thus. as indicated in Figure 9. On the other hand. and a unit vector +k in the positive zdirection.where µ E = 7.5. Control-click and drag to zoom in and out. 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. one can see that a compass needle will always align itself in the direction of the local field. The expression shows that µ E has non-vanishing components in all three directions in the Cartesian coordinates. and φm = 360° − 71° = 289° . Click and drag the mouse to rotate the scene.65 Bθ (9.

6 Magnetic Materials The introduction of material media into the study of magnetism has very different consequences as compared to the introduction of material media into the study of electrostatics.4 A bar magnet in Earth’s magnetic field 9. (ii) increase B a little above what it would otherwise be (paramagnetic materials).Figure 9. as shown in Figure 9. In contrast. When we dealt with dielectric materials in electrostatics. 9. Below we discuss how these effects arise. 27 . (iii) increase B a lot above what it would otherwise be (ferromagnetic materials). 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. and that it consists of N magnetic dipoles. for the same amount of "free" electric current (diamagnetic materials).6. Suppose we have a piece of material in the form of a long cylinder with area A and height L. each with magnetic dipole moment µ . spread uniformly throughout the volume of the cylinder.1 Magnetization Magnetic materials consist of many permanent or induced magnetic dipoles.6. their effect can be one of the following: (i) reduce B below what it would otherwise be.1.5. when we deal with magnetic materials. for a given amount of “free” electric charge. their effect was always to reduce E below what it would otherwise be.

6. as seen from above. we note that each magnetic dipole has its own magnetic field associated with it.2 (a) Top view of the cylinder containing magnetic dipole moments. what is the average magnetic field due to these dipoles alone? To answer this question. 28 .2(b). what is the average magnetic field produced by all the dipoles in the cylinder? Figure 9. currents flow in a given direction will be cancelled out by currents flowing in the opposite direction in neighboring loops.2(a) depicts the small current loops associated with the dipole moments and the direction of the currents. Let’s define the magnetization vector M to be the net magnetic dipole moment vector per unit volume: M= 1 V ∑µ i i (9. The only place where cancellation does not take place is near the edge of the cylinder where there are no adjacent loops further out.Figure 9.1) where V is the volume. Now.6. whereas the sides of the cylinder appear to carry a net current. In the case of our cylinder.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 the absence of any external magnetic field. Figure 9.6. The equivalent situation is shown in Figure 9. where all the dipoles are aligned.6.6. We see that in the interior. Thus. (b) The equivalent current. the magnitude of M is simply M = N µ / AL . where there is an equivalent current I eq on the sides.

6. it is not surprising that after a large-scale averaging. the equivalent configuration is identical to a solenoid carrying a surface current (or current per unit length) K . The two quantities are related by K= I eq L = Nµ =M AL (9. Let’s now examine the properties of different magnetic materials 29 . the average magnetic field also turns out to be parallel to the average magnetic dipole moment per unit volume. (9.6) This is exactly opposite from the situation with electric dipoles. The condition gives I eq A = N µ (9.6) is the average field due to all the dipoles. we see that the surface current K is equal to the magnetization M .6.3) Next.6. in which the average electric field is anti-parallel to the direction of the electric dipoles themselves.6. which is the average magnetic dipole moment per unit volume.2) or I eq = Nµ A (9.6. the magnetic field is in the same direction as the magnetic dipole vector.5) Since the direction of this magnetic field is in the same direction as M .4) BM = µ0 K = µ0 M (9. Notice that the magnetic field in Eq. Therefore. A very different field is observed if we go close to any one of these little dipoles.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. let’s calculate the magnetic field produced by I eq . With I eq running on the sides. The average magnetic field produced by the equivalent current system is given by (see Section 9. the above expression may be written in vector notation as B M = µ0 M (9.4) Thus. The reason is that in the region interior to the current loop of the dipole.

that alignment enhances the external magnetic field. the magnetization M is not only in the same direction as B0 . In most paramagnetic substances. it will tend to enhance B0 . For paramagnetic substances. in the paramagnetic case. or equivalently. Thus.6. (10. However.6.11) 30 .6.8) where χ m is a dimensionless quantity called the magnetic susceptibility. when we place a paramagnetic material in an external field B0 . χ m > 0 .6. The linear relation between M and B0 is expressed as M = χm B0 µ0 (9.10) is called the relative permeability of the material.6. although χ m is usually on the order of 10−6 to 10−3 . M = 0 and the average magnetic field B M is also zero.9) κm = 1 + χm (9. In both cases. the torque on the dipoles causes alignment of the dipole vector parallel to the external field.9. but also linearly proportional to B0 . thereby producing a net magnetization M parallel to B0 . The magnetic permeability µ m of a material may also be defined as µm = (1 + χ m ) µ0 = κ m µ0 (9.6. Eq. In the absence of any applied external magnetic field. However. the dipoles experience a torque τ = µ × B0 that tends to align µ with B0 . Left to themselves. κ m > 1 . The total magnetic field B is the sum of these two fields: B = B 0 + B M = B 0 + µ0 M (9.7) can then be written as B = (1 + χ m )B0 = κ m B0 where (9. they are randomly aligned. the permanent magnetic dipoles in a paramagnetic material never line up spontaneously. whereas in the dielectric case it reduces the external electric field. Since B M is parallel to B0 . This is plausible because without the external field B0 there would be no alignment of dipoles and hence no magnetization M .7.2 Paramagnetism The atoms or molecules comprising paramagnetic materials have a permanent magnetic dipole moment.7) Note how different this is than in the case of dielectric materials.

An externally applied field B0 will tend to line up those magnetic dipoles parallel to the external field. In fact the relationship between M and B0 is not unique.3(b). as shown in Figure 9.6. Diamagnetic materials have µm < µ0 . since neither the total field B or the magnetization M increases linearly with B0 . the presence of an external field B0 will induce magnetic dipole moments in the atoms or molecules. (b) Alignment of magnetic moments in the direction of the external field B0 . For diamagnetic materials.3 Diamagnetism In the case of magnetic materials where there are no permanent magnetic dipoles. although χ m is usually on the order of −10−5 to −10−9 . but dependent on the previous history of the material.3(a). The 31 . leading to a magnetization M and average field B M anti-parallel to B0 . with the total magnetic field inside a ferromagnet 103 or 10 4 times greater than the applied field. there is a strong interaction between neighboring atomic dipole moments. The strong interaction between neighboring atomic dipole moments causes a much stronger alignment of the magnetic dipoles than in paramagnetic materials. and therefore a reduction in the total magnetic field strength. although now κ m < 1 . However. 9. Figure 9. as in equation (8-5). 9. these induced magnetic dipoles are anti-parallel to B0 .6.4 Ferromagnetism In ferromagnetic materials.3 (a) Ferromagnetic domains. The enhancement of the applied external field can be considerable.6. or χ m < 0 . The permeability κ m of a ferromagnetic material is not a constant. Ferromagnetic materials are made up of small patches called domains.6.6. as illustrated in Figure 9. we can still define the magnetic permeability.Paramagnetic materials have µm > µ0 .

without the necessity of an external magnetic field. And these aligned dipoles can thus produce a strong magnetic field. all by themselves. Typical atomic densities are 1029 atoms/m3. consider the fact that magnetic dipole moments of atoms typically have magnitudes of the order of 10−23 A ⋅ m 2 . To see how strong such magnets can be. This is how we get permanent magnets with fields of order 2200 Gauss.phenomenon is known as hysteresis. then we would get a magnetization of order M ∼ (10−23 A ⋅ m 2 )(1029 atoms/m3 ) ∼ 106 A/m (9.6.000 Gauss. just due to the atomic currents alone.4 A hysteresis curve. 9. If all these dipole moments are aligned.6.4. The variation of M as a function of the externally applied field B0 is shown in Figure 9.6. The loop abcdef is a hysteresis curve. or 10. in ferromagnets. This is the origin of permanent magnets. Moreover. the strong interaction between neighboring atomic dipole moments can keep those dipole moments aligned.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. Figure 9.12) The magnetization corresponds to values of B M = µ0M of order 1 tesla. even when the external magnet field is reduced to zero. • The magnitude of the magnetic field at a distance r away from an infinitely long straight wire carrying a current I is 32 .

• The magnetic field inside a solenoid which has N closely spaced of wire carrying current I in a length of l is given by B = µ0 N I = µ 0 nI l where n is the number of number of turns per unit length. • The properties of magnetic materials are as follows: Magnetic susceptibility Materials Diamagnetic Paramagnetic Ferromagnetic χm Relative permeability −10−5 ∼ −10−9 10 −5 ∼ 10 −3 χm 1 κm = 1 + χm κm < 1 κm > 1 κm 1 Magnetic permeability µ m = κ m µ0 µ m < µ0 µm > µ0 µm µ0 33 .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.

On the other hand.8.1 Calculating the magnetic field off the symmetry axis of a current loop.9. 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 ( ) (9.8.1.8 Appendix 1: Magnetic Field off the Symmetry Axis of a Current Loop In Example 9.8. Figure 9.3) 34 . at a point P along the axis of symmetry. as shown in Example 9.2) and the unit vector ˆ r= r r −r' = P r | rP − r ' | ˆ pointing from Id s to P.1.2 we calculated the magnetic field due to a circular loop of radius R lying in the xy plane and carrying a steady current I.1) r = r = (− R cos φ ')2 + ( y − R sin φ ') + z 2 = R 2 + y 2 + z 2 − 2 yR sin φ 2 (9.8. 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. 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. 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) .8. as shown in Figure 9.

8.4) Thus.Using the Biot-Savart law. y. and we recover the results obtained in Example 9. By = µ0 IRz 2π sin φ ' dφ ' ∫0 R 2 + y 2 + z 2 − 2 yR sin φ ' 3/ 2 4π ( ) (9. In the limit y = 0 .9) 35 .6) by making a change of variable w = R 2 + y 2 + z 2 − 2 yR sin φ ' .5) The x-component of B can be readily shown to be zero Bx = µ0 IRz 2π cos φ ' dφ ' ∫0 R 2 + y 2 + z 2 − 2 yR sin φ ' 3/ 2 = 0 4π ( ) (9.8.2: 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. followed by a straightforward integration. the field point P is located along the z-axis. the y and the z components of B .8) involve elliptic integrals which can be evaluated numerically. 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. 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. the contribution at φ ' is cancelled by the contribution at π − φ ' .8. magnetic field at P is B ( 0.7) 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. On the other hand.8. One may also invoke symmetry arguments to verify that Bx must vanish. namely.8.8.

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 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 (9.10) Now. the characteristic dimension of the current source is much smaller compared to the distance where the magnetic field is to be measured. let’s consider the “point-dipole” limit where R ( y 2 + z 2 )1/ 2 = r .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 (9.12) 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.e.8.11) This leads to By ≈ = and Bz ≈ µ0 I Rz 2π ⎡ 3 ⎛ R 2 − 2 yR sin φ ' ⎞ ⎤ ⎢1 − ⎜ ⎟ ⎥ sin φ ' dφ ' 4π r 3 ∫0 ⎣ 2 ⎝ r2 ⎠⎦ µ0 I 3R yz µ0 I 3π R yz 2 5 ∫0 sin φ ' dφ ' = 4π r 5 4π r 2 2π 2 (9.8.8. i. where A = π R 2 is the area of the loop. In this limit. 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 (9.14) 36 .8. Using spherical coordinates where y = r sin θ and z = r cos θ .8.

Bθ = By cos θ − Bz sin θ (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 9.3. The magnetic field at P can also be written in spherical coordinates ˆ ˆ B = Br r + Bθ θ (9.8.3 Magnetic field lines due to (a) a current loop. the spherical components may be written as 37 .8. ˆ Figure 9.8. for the unit vectors.8.8.18) Using the above relations.2).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 . we have.15) Thus. j ˆ ˆ θ = cos θ ˆ − sin θ k j (9.8. and (b) a small bar magnet.8. ˆ ˆ r = sin θ ˆ + cos θ k .17) In addition.8.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. Figure 9.

8.µ0 IR 2 cos θ Br = 4π and Bθ ( r . Figure 9.9 Appendix 2: Helmholtz Coils Consider two N-turn circular coils of radius R.20) In the limit where R Br ≈ and Bθ = ≈ r .8.22) 9. each perpendicular to the axis of symmetry.1. Let’s find the magnetic field B on the axis at a distance z from the center of one coil.1 Helmholtz coils 38 .21) ( r sin φ '− R sin θ ) dφ ' µ0 IR 2π ∫0 R 2 + r 2 − 2rR sin θ sin φ ' 3/ 2 4π ( ) ⎤ ⎛ 3R 2 ⎞ ⎛ µ0 IR 2π ⎡ 3R 2 3R 2 sin 2 θ ⎞ 2 − R sin θ ⎜1 − 2 ⎟ + ⎜ r − − ⎟ sin φ '+ 3R sin θ sin φ '⎥dφ ' 3 ∫0 ⎢ 4π r 2r 2r ⎝ 2r ⎠ ⎝ ⎠ ⎣ ⎦ µ0 IR µ0 ( I π R 2 ) sin θ ≈ ( −2π R sin θ + 3π R sin θ ) = 4π r 3 4π r 3 µ µ sin θ = 0 4π r 3 (9. as shown in Figure 9. There is a steady current I flowing in the same direction around each coil. with their centers located at z = ± l / 2 . 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 (9.8.8.9.19) ( r sin φ '− R sin θ ) dφ ' µ0 IR 2π ∫0 R 2 + r 2 − 2rR sin θ sin φ ' 3/ 2 4π ( ) (9. θ ) = ∫ 2π 0 (R 2 + r 2 − 2rR sin θ sin φ ') dφ ' 3/ 2 (9.9.

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 9.2) One may readily show that at the midpoint.9.2 Magnetic field as a function of z / R . the magnetic field at P ( z .2.9.3) 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 ] ⎭ (9.9. Differentiating Bz with respect to z.9. 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. 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.Using the result shown in Example 9.1) A plot of Bz / B0 with B0 = depicted in Figure 9. Let’s analyze the properties of Bz in more detail.4) 39 .9. z = 0 .2 for a single coil and applying the superposition principle.

9.9. the force of attraction between them creates a tension.7) which is expected to be very small since the magnetic field is nearly uniform there. The magnetic fields from the two coils add up to create a net field that is nearly uniform at the center of the coils.At the midpoint z = 0 . Recall that the force experienced by a dipole in a magnetic field is FB = ∇(µ ⋅ B) . A configuration with l = R is known as Helmholtz coils. The field configuration is shown using the “iron filings” representation.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. That is. In this configuration the currents in the top and bottom coils flow in the same direction. One may even show that the third derivative ′′′ Bz (0) vanishes at z = 0 as well.5) Thus. 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 (9.3(b). the condition that the second derivative of Bz vanishes at z = 0 is l = R . For small z. and is illustrated by field lines stretching out to enclose both coils.9..9. Animation 9.5: Magnetic Field of the Helmholtz Coils The animation in Figure 9. the distance of separation between the two coils is equal to the radius of the coil. In this animation. Since the distance between the coils is equal to the radius of the coils and remains unchanged.9.. with their dipole moments aligned. If we ˆ place a magnetic dipole µ = µ k at z = 0 . 40 . as in the animation depicted in Figure 9. the top loop has only half the current as the bottom loop. the magnetic force acting on the dipole is z ⎛ dB FB = ∇( µ z Bz ) = µ z ⎜ z ⎝ dz ⎞ˆ ⎟k ⎠ (9. 2! (9. When the distance between the coils is not fixed. 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 + . the two coils move toward each other due to their force of attraction.3(a) shows the magnetic field of the Helmholtz coils.

the magnetic field at a point P (0.9. Figure 9. 41 . 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 ⎥ ⎣ ⎦ (9.9. 0. (b) Two co-axial wire loops carrying current in the same sense are attracted to each other. Next.9.4 Two circular loops carrying currents in the opposite directions.5 Magnetic field as a function of z / R . as shown in Figure 9.8) A plot of Bz / B0 with B0 = µ0 NI / 2 R and l = R is depicted in Figure 9.4.3 (a) Magnetic field of the Helmholtz coils where the distance between the coils is equal to the radius of the coil. Again.9. let’s consider the case where the currents in the loop flow in the opposite directions.9.9.5. Figure 9. by superposition principle.(a) (b) Figure 9.

we have Bz′ (0) = (9. z = 0 . (a) (b) Figure 9. the magnetic dipole moments associated with each coil are anti-parallel. In this configuration. 42 .9.9.6 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. (b) Two co-axial wire loops carrying current in the opposite sense repel each other.10) ˆ Thus.9.12) Animation 9.Differentiating Bz with respect to z.9.11) For l = R .9. The bottom wire loop carries twice the amount of current as the top wire loop. The field configurations here are shown using the “iron filings” representation. the above expression simplifies to FB = 3µ z µ0 NI ˆ k 2(5 / 4)5 / 2 R 2 (9.6: Magnetic Field of Two Coils Carrying Opposite Currents The animation depicted in Figure 9.9. 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 ⎠ (9.6 (a) Magnetic field due to coils carrying currents in the opposite directions.9) µ NIR 2 dBz 3l = 0 ≠0 2 2 [(l / 2) + R 2 ]5/ 2 dz z = 0 (9. we obtain ⎫ dBz µ0 NIR 2 ⎧ 3( z − l / 2) 3( z + l / 2) ′ = + Bz ( z ) = ⎨− 2 2 5/ 2 2 2 5/ 2 ⎬ 2 ⎩ [( z − l / 2) + R ] [( z + l / 2) + R ] ⎭ dz At the midpoint.

the repulsive force results in a pressure between them.9. Figure 9. and the current in the top coil of the Magnetic Force apparatus is moving clockwise as seen from above. The magnet is forced to have its North magnetic pole pointing downward.9.8: Magnet Oscillating Between Two Coils Figure 9. 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.7: Forces Between Coaxial Current-Carrying Wires Figure 9. With the distance between the two coils fixed.9. The visualization shows the stresses transmitted by the fields to the magnet when the current in the upper coil is increased.7 A magnet in the TeachSpin ™ Magnetic Force apparatus when the current in the top coil is counterclockwise as seen from the top.8 Magnet oscillating between two coils 43 .9. This is illustrated by field lines that are compressed along the central horizontal axis between the coils. Animation 9.8 illustrates an animation in which the magnetic field of a permanent magnet suspended by a spring in the TeachSpinTM apparatus (see TeachSpin visualization). the magnetic field is zero. plus the magnetic field due to current in the two coils (here we see a "cutaway" cross-section of the apparatus). Figure 9.At the center of the coils along the axis of symmetry. The net result is a repulsion of the magnet when the current in this direction is increased.

When the effective dipole moment of the top coil points upwards. When the conditions are reversed during the second half of the cycle. When the dipole moment of the coils is aligned with that of the magnet. there is a pressure perpendicular to the field lines as they try to keep the coil and magnet apart. not shown here since the direction of the magnet is fixed to point upwards). again resulting in no net force. When the dipole moments are reversed during the second half of the cycle. and the current in the two coils is sinusoidal and 180 degrees out of phase. and pressure perpendicular to. Conversely. the magnet the magnet is attracted to both coils. causing it to move upwards. the magnet is attracted to the upper coil and repelled by the lower coil. This process can also be described in terms of tension along.9: Magnet Suspended Between Two Coils Figure 9. the dipole moment of the bottom coil points downwards. The magnet is fixed so that its north pole points upward.9 Magnet suspended between two coils 44 . Thus. This process can also be described in terms of tension along. the magnet is repelled by both coils. Conversely. Thus. the field lines of the resulting field. when their moments are anti-aligned. the dipole moment of the bottom coil points upwards as well. the magnet moves downwards.9. there is a pressure perpendicular to the field lines as they are "squeezed" from both sides. plus the magnetic field due to current in the two coils (here we see a "cutaway" cross-section of the apparatus). Figure 9.9.The magnet is fixed so that its north pole points upward. and as a result feels no net force (although it does feel a torque. Animation 9. and the current in the two coils is sinusoidal and in phase. the field lines of the resulting field. When the dipole moment of one of the coils is aligned with that of the magnet. there is a tension along the field lines as they are "pulled" from both sides.9 illustrates an animation in which the magnetic field of a permanent magnet suspended by a spring in the TeachSpinTM apparatus (see TeachSpin visualization). and pressure perpendicular to. there is a tension along the field lines as they attempt to "connect" the coil and magnet. when their moments are anti-aligned. When the effective dipole moment of the top coil points upwards.

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

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.

9. (2) Find the current enclosed by the Amperian loop. System Infinite wire Ideal solenoid Toroid Figure (1) Draw the Amperian loop (2) Find the current enclosed by the Amperian loop (3) Calculate along the loop I enc = I I enc = NI I enc = NI ∫ B ⋅ ds ∫ B ⋅ d s = B(2π r ) ∫ B ⋅ d s = Bl ∫ B ⋅ d s = B(2π r ) 47 . (3) Calculate the line integral (4) Equate ∫ B ⋅ ds around the closed loop. Below we summarize how the methodology can be applied to calculate the magnetic field for an infinite wire. we use the following procedure: (1) Draw an Amperian loop using symmetry arguments.10.2 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. an ideal solenoid and a toroid. ∫ B ⋅ ds with µ 0 I enc and solve for B .

10.1. with r =| rP |=| r − r ' |= [( x − x′) 2 + y 2 ]1 2 being the distance.1 (ignore the return path of the current or the source for the current.1. now the field point is an arbitrary point in the xy-plane. as shown in Figure 9.11. 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 . The corresponding unit vector is 48 .11.10.11.11 Solved Problems B= µ0 I 2π r B= µ0 NI l = µ0 nI B= µ0 NI 2π r 9. (1) Source point From Figure 9.1. the position vector for the field point P is r = x ˆ + y ˆ .1 A finite straight wire carrying a current I. However.(4) Equate µ 0 I enc with ∫ B ⋅ d s to obtain B 9.) What is the magnetic field at an arbitrary point P on the xy-plane? Figure 9. Once again we solve the problem using the methodology outlined in Section 9. i (2) Field point As can be seen from 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 .1 Magnetic Field of a Straight Wire Consider a straight wire of length L carrying a current I along the +x-direction.10. Solution: The problem is very similar to Example 9.

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

9. This gives back the expected infinite-length result: B=− µ0 I ⎡ − L / 2 + L / 2 ⎤ ˆ µ0 I ˆ − ⎥ k = 2π y k 4π y ⎢ L / 2 L/2 ⎦ ⎣ (9. y . Find the magnetic field B at P.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 ⎥ ⎣ ⎦ (9.3) in agreement with Eq.2 Current-carrying arc Solution: According to the Biot-Savart law.1.11. Figure 9.11.11. the magnitude of the magnetic field due to a differential current-carrying element I d s is given by 50 .11.6). (ii) Infinite length limit Consider the limit where L x.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.5) ˆ where φ is the tangential unit vector and the field point P is a distance r away from the wire. (9.11.4) 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.

dB = For the outer arc.11.11.9) 9.7) ˆ The direction of Bouter is determined by the cross product d s × r which points out of the page.11.11.11.3 Rectangular Current Loop Determine the magnetic field (in terms of I.11. we have ˆ µ0 I d s × r µ0 I r dθ ' µ0 I dθ ' = = 4π r2 4π r 2 4π r (9. Similarly.6) Bouter = µ0 I θ µ Iθ ∫0 dθ ' = 40π b 4π b (9.8) ˆ For Binner .3 Figure 9.3 Rectangular current loop 51 . Thus. we have Binner = µ0 I θ µ 0 Iθ ∫0 dθ ' = 4π a 4π a (9. d s × r points into the page. a and b) at the origin O due to the current loop shown in Figure 9.11. the total magnitude of magnetic field is B = Binner + B outer = µ 0 Iθ ⎛ 1 1 ⎞ ⎜ − ⎟ (into page) 4π ⎝ a b ⎠ (9. for the inner arc.

or −k . we make use of the above formula. The contributions can be divided into three parts: (i) Consider the left segment of the wire which extends from ( x. y ) = ( − a. y ) = ( + a.14) 52 . +b) to ( + a. To obtain the magnetic field at O.11. y ) = ( − a.11.1. (9. One may readily show that it gives the same contribution as the first one: B3 = B1 (9. the contribution to the magnetic field at a point P is given by Eq.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.11) cos θ 2 = cos θ1 = a a + b2 2 (9. Again. we consider the segment which extends from ( x. +∞ ) . (ii) Next. + d ) . +∞ ) to ( − a. B1 = ⎞ µ0 I µI⎛ b ( cos θ1 + cos θ 2 ) = 0 ⎜1 − 2 2 ⎟ 4π a 4π a ⎝ b +a ⎠ (9. +b) to (+ a.Solution: For a finite wire carrying a current I. the (cosine of the) angles are given by cos θ1 = a a + b2 2 (9.13) ˆ The direction of B2 is into the page. Therefore. +b) . or +k .11. The angles which parameterize this segment give cos θ1 = 1 ( θ1 = 0 ) and cos θ 2 = −b / b 2 + a 2 .11.11. (iii) The third segment of the wire runs 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 (9.10) ˆ The direction of B1 is out of page.

or +k . − r ) . The first semi-infinite segment then extends from ( x. Therefore.11. and the two semi-infinite wires carrying currents in the opposite direction overlap each other and their contributions completely cancel. 9.15) Note that in the limit a → 0 . − r ) to (0.11. or +k . Figure 9. its contribution to the magnetic field at P is B1 = µ0 I µI µI ( cos θ1 + cos θ 2 ) = 0 (1 + 0) = 0 4π r 4π r 4π r (9.4. the magnetic field vanishes in this limit.11. 53 . 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 ⎠ (9.4 Hairpin-shaped current-carrying wire Solution: Again we break the wire into three parts: two semi-infinite plus a semi-circular segments. Thus.16) ˆ The direction of B1 is out of page. y ) = ( −∞.ˆ The direction of B3 is again out of page. the horizontal segment is absent. (i) Let P be located at the origin in the xy plane.11. The two angles which parameterize this segment are characterized by cosθ1 = 1 ( θ1 = 0 ) and cos θ 2 = 0 (θ 2 = π / 2) .11. Find the magnetic field at the point P which lies at the center of the half-circle.4 Hairpin-Shaped Current-Carrying Wire An infinitely long current-carrying wire is bent into a hairpin-like shape shown in Figure 9.

y ) = (0. Figure 9.17) and obtain B2 = µ0 I 4π ∫ π 0 rdθ µ0 I = 4r r2 (9. or +k . or +k .11.11.11.21) 9. we make use of the Biot-Savart law: B= ˆ µ0 I d s × r ∫ r2 4π (9. + r ) to ( −∞. 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. (iii) The third segment of the wire runs from ( x.(ii) For the semi-circular arc of radius r.11. + r) .5 Two Infinitely Long Wires Consider two infinitely long wires carrying currents are in the −x-direction.5 Two infinitely long wires 54 .11.11. µ0 I 4π r (9.18) ˆ The direction of B2 is out of page.11.19) The total magnitude of the magnetic field is B = B1 + B 2 + B3 = 2B1 + B 2 = µ0 I ˆ µ0 I ˆ µ0 I ˆ (2 + π )k k+ k= 2π r 4r 4π r (9.20) Notice that the contribution from the two semi-infinite wires is equal to that due to an infinite wire: B1 + B 3 = 2B1 = µ0 I ˆ k 2π r (9.

(b) The magnetic field at (0.11.11.11.23) µ0 I 2π a + z 2 2 ˆ (sin θ ˆj − cosθ k ) (9. Figure 9. 0. However. using Ampere’s law: B1 = µ0 I µ0 I = 2π r 2π a 2 + z 2 (9.11. 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. (b) Find the distance d along the z-axis where the magnetic field is a maximum. the magnetic field strength is the same as the left one: B1 = B2 . we have B1 = (9. Solutions: (a) The magnetic field lines are shown in Figure 9. z) due to wire 1 on the left is. 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. Notice that the directions of both currents are into the page.6 Magnetic field lines of two wires carrying current in the same direction.25) 55 .24) For wire 2 on the right.(a) Plot the magnetic field pattern in the yz-plane.22) Since the current is flowing in the –x-direction.11.11.

56 . Find the magnetic field everywhere.Adding up the contributions from both wires. the magnetic field strength is a maximum. 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 (9.6 Non-Uniform Current Density Consider an infinitely long.28) Thus.30) where α is a constant. with a magnitude Bmax = µ0 I 2π a (9. at z=a. cylindrical conductor of radius R carrying a current I with a non-uniform current density J = αr (9.11.11. 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 (9.29) 9.11.11.11.7 Superposition of magnetic fields due to two current sources To locate the maximum of B.11. the z-components cancel (as required by symmetry).11.27) which gives z=a (9.26) Figure 9.

**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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consider a differential element d s1 = −dy ' ˆ which is located at a i j distance r = xˆ + ( y − y ')ˆ from P. 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 ⎝ ⎞ ⎟ ⎟ ⎠ (9.11.11. 0) on the x-axis.46) Let’s analyze each segment separately.45) Solution: Let P ( x. Figure 9.11. 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 ∫ (9.9. Show that the magnetic field in the quadrant with x.11. y ) be a point in the first quadrant at a distance r1 from a point (0. j (i) Along the y axis.12 Two semi-infinite wires Using the Biot-Savart law.11. y ') on the yaxis and distance r2 from ( x '.8 Two Semi-Infinite Wires A wire carrying current I runs down the y axis to the origin.47) 60 . thence out to infinity along the positive x axis.

we see that the magnetic field at P points in the +z-direction. does the spring stretch or compress? Explain.11.1.51) We may show that the result is consistent with Eq.i j i (ii) Similarly. How is the path of the integration of ∫ B⋅d s chosen when applying Ampere’s law? 4.11. If a current is passed through a spring. Do the loops attract or repel each other? Explain. Can currents be arranged (combination of flowing in or out of the page) so that all three wires (a) attract. Two concentric. and (b) repel each other? Explain.48) Thus. 5.49) 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. along the x-axis. 3. 2.5) 9. Compare and contrast Biot-Savart law in magnetostatics with Coulomb’s law in electrostatics. 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. coplanar circular loops of different diameters carry steady currents in the same direction.11. we have d s2 = dx ' ˆ and r2 = ( x − x ')ˆ + yˆ which gives ˆ d s2 × r2 = y dx ' k (9. Using the above results and r1 = x 2 + ( y − y ') 2 and r2 = Bz = ( x − x′ ) 2 + y 2 . 61 .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 ⎥ ⎢ ⎣ ⎦ (9.12 Conceptual Questions 1. they are at the corners of an equilateral triangle.11. Suppose three infinitely long parallel wires are arranged in such a way that when looking at the cross section. (9.

2....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? 9.13. 8) bears the current 2k times I 0 (i.13. A wire labeled with the integer k (k = 1. the current flows up out of the page. The radii of the inner and outer walls are a and b respectively. Show with a sketch the integration path you choose and state explicitly how you use symmetry. (Watch your signs!) Figure 9.9.1 Application of Ampere's Law The simplest possible application of Ampere's law allows us to calculate the magnetic field in the vicinity of a single infinitely long wire. .2 Magnetic Field of a Current Distribution from Ampere's Law Consider the cylindrical conductor with a hollow center and copper walls of thickness b − a as shown in Figure 9. for the rest. . 62 . in the vicinity of an infinitely long straight wire that carries current I. | B |= B (r ) . and the current I is uniformly spread over the cross section of the copper. the current flows down into the page.13 Additional Problems 9. Evaluate ∫ B ⋅ d s along the closed path (see figure) in the direction indicated by the arrowhead.13.e. Adding more wires with differing currents will check your understanding of Ampere's law. I k = 2k I 0 ).13. For those with k = 1 to 4. 2. (a) Calculate with Ampere's law the magnetic field. as a function of distance r from the wire. 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.

The conductor carries a current I which is directed out of the page and is uniformly distributed throughout the cross section. and apply Ampere's Law.3 A cylindrical conductor with a hole.) 9.13. r < a.2 Hollow cylinder carrying a steady current I. Find the magnitude and direction of the magnetic field at the point P.13. as shown in Figure 9.(a) Calculate the magnitude of the magnetic field in the region outside the conductor. What is the direction of B ? (c) Calculate the magnetic field within the inner conductor. r > b . (b) Calculate the magnetic field inside the inner radius. 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 . Figure 9.3 Cylinder with a Hole A long copper rod of radius a has an off-center cylindrical hole through its entire length. 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. a < r < b.13. construct an Amperian loop. Can you plot. roughly.13.) What is the direction of B ? Figure 9. Is B(r) continuous at r = a and r = b? What about its slope? (e) Now suppose that a very thin wire running down the center of the conductor carries the same current I in the opposite direction.3. (Hint: consider the entire conductor to be a single thin wire. 63 .

for most of its length.30 A. What is the magnetic field at the center of the square? 64 . and the magnetic field lines (inside and outside) with arrows to show their direction. and into the page at B and C.1 m. it may be considered to be an ideal solenoid. at radii 30 mm and 60 mm respectively. 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. calculate its magnitude both inside and outside the solenoid.13.5.25 m. and show the directions on your sketch.13.13. Show that the current in this element is dI = (ω / 2π ) dq = ωσ r dr .9. a diameter of 0. showing clearly the rotation direction of the windings.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. (c) Does the magnetic field have a component in the direction of the wire in the loops making up the solenoid? If so. (a) Sketch the solenoid. 9.13.5 Rotating Disk A circular disk of radius R with uniform charge density σ rotates with an angular speed ω . 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. they are at the corners of a square. and carries a current of 0. Currents in A and D point out of the page.4 The Magnetic Field Through a Solenoid A solenoid has 200 closely spaced turns so that. It has a length of 0. 9. the current direction.

Figure 9. 9. Assume that the electron has speed v and orbits a proton (assumed to be very massive) located at the origin.6. as shown in Figure 9.13. What is the magnetic force experienced by the loop due to the magnetic field of the wire? Figure 9.7 65 . The loop is then placed near an finitely long wire carrying a current I 2 . The electron is moving in a right-handed sense with respect to the z-axis in a circle of radius r = 0.7 Magnetic Force on a Current Loop A rectangular loop of length l and width w carries a steady current I1 . as shown in Figure 9. Note that 1 Å = 10−10 m .7.6 Magnetic force on a current loop.5 Four parallel conducting wires 9.13.53 Å.Figure 9.13.8 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.13.13.13. We use a “semi-classical” model to do this.13.

find the speed of the electron in our “semi-classical” model.63 × 10−34 J/s is the Planck constant.53 × 106 A/m . where h = 6. [Ans: 2.00 cm .27 × 10 −24 A ⋅ m 2 along the −z axis.] (b) What is the magnetization M in this disk? [Ans: 1. In a time T. what is the orbital period T of the electron? [Ans: 1. The value of r is determined from quantum mechanical considerations.] (c) What current is associated with this motion? Think of the electron as stretched out uniformly around the circumference of the circle. µ B . and the value of r we give above.] (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.00 mm and a radius r = 1. the total amount of charge q that passes an observer at a point on the circle is just e [Ans: 1.5 × 10 28 atoms/m 3 .13. 2. [Ans: 9.] (c) What is the magnetic dipole moment of the disk? [Ans: 0. [Ans: 1525 A.7 × 10 22 atoms .] (d) If we were to wrap one loop of wire around a circle of the same radius r. The molar mass of iron is 55.9 g/cm3. 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.(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). in units of h / 2π ? 9. 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 its density is 7. Using this fact. What is the orbital angular momentum of the electron here.18 × 106 m/s .9 Ferromagnetism and Permanent Magnets A disk of iron has a height h = 1.05 mA.8 × 10−23 A ⋅ m 2 . (a) What is the number density of the iron atoms? How many atoms are in this disk? [Ans: 8. The magnetic dipole moment of an atom of iron is µ = 1. The magnitude of this dipole moment is one Bohr magneton. to wit that the orbital angular momentum of the electron can only assume integral multiples of h/2π.85 g. parallel to axis.48 A ⋅ m 2 . Big!] (d) What is the magnetic dipole moment associated with this orbital motion? Give the magnitude and direction.] 66 .52 × 10−16 s .

or 314 gauss. directed parallel to its axis. 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.1 cm.8.42 × 10−2 A ⋅ m 2 .13. or about 600 times the magnetic field of the earth]. 67 . (b) 4. We come along and spin it up until the speed of the surface of the cylinder is v0 . without friction. (b) What is the axial field a distance of 1 meter from the center of this magnet.11 Permanent Magnets A magnet in the shape of a cylindrical rod has a length of 4. (a) Calculate the magnetic dipole moment of this magnet. Initially it is at rest.13. Figure 9.] 9. How does this compare to the magnetic field of the earth (0.13.0 A. find the magnitude of the magnetic field inside the solenoid by constructing an Amperian loop and applying Ampere's Law. [Ans: 0.13. as shown in Figure 9. What is the instantaneous radius of curvature? 9. 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 . If this solenoid carries a current of 5.5 gauss).13.10 Charge in a Magnetic Field A coil of radius R with its symmetric axis along the +x-direction carries a steady current I.12 Magnetic Field of a Solenoid (a) A 3000-turn solenoid has a length of 60 cm and a diameter of 8 cm.8 cm and a diameter of 1. as shown in Figure 9.8 × 10−9 T . It has a uniform magnetization M of 5300 A/m.9 The cylinder is suspended in a manner such that it is free to revolve about its axis.13. or 4.9.8 ×10−5 gauss .8 Describe the subsequent motion of the charge.0314 T. along its axis? [Ans: (a) 2.

68 A/m.13 Effect of Paramagnetism A solenoid with 16 turns/cm carries a current of 1.Figure 9.] (b) Find the magnitude of the magnetization M of the rod. (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 = 2.9 (b) What is the surface current K on the walls of the cylinder. oriented along axis right-handed with respect to spin.7 ×10− 4 .] (c) What is magnetic field inside the cylinder? [Ans.3 A. [Ans: 0].] 68 . in A/m? [Ans: K = σ v0 .13. 9.86 µT. (b) 0. B = µ0 K = µ0σ v0 .13. [Ans: (a) 0.] (d) What is the magnetic field outside of the cylinder? Assume that the cylinder is infinitely long.

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