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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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2 Magnetic field of a current element.3.1. 3 .1: Magnetic Field of a Current Element Figure 9. This interactive display allows you to move the position of the observer about the source current element to see how moving that position changes the value of the magnetic field at the position of the observer. Example 9.B= wire ∫ dB = µ0 I 4π ˆ d s ×r 2 r wire ∫ (9.3 A thin straight wire carrying a current I. 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. Evaluate the magnetic field at point P.1. Note that we have assumed that the leads to the ends of the wire make canceling contributions to the net magnetic field at the point P . Figure 9. Figure 9. straight wire carrying a current I is placed along the x-axis.1: Magnetic Field due to a Finite Straight Wire A thin.1).1. which means that the expression for B is really three integrals.1.4) The integral is a vector integral.2 is an interactive ShockWave display that shows the magnetic field of a current element from Eq. Interactive Simulation 9. The vector nature of this integral appears in the ˆ cross product I d s × r .1. one for each component of B . (9.1. as shown in Figure 9.

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

x and r are not independent of each other.1.7) 5 . From Figure 9. the field point P is located along the perpendicular bisector. while the second term involving θ1 contains the contribution from the portion along the − x axis.1. let us rewrite the variables x and r in terms of θ. we have ⎧ r = a / sin θ = a csc θ ⎪ ⎨ ⎪ x = a cot θ ⇒ dx = − a csc 2 θ dθ ⎩ Upon substituting the above expressions.3. 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 (9.5) The first term involving θ 2 accounts for 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 . 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). 0) . If the length of the rod is 2L .6) (ii) The infinite length limit L → ∞ This limit is obtained by choosing (θ1 . The magnetic field at a distance a away becomes B= µ0 I 2π a (9. In order to complete the integration. we obtain B=− µ0 I θ µI ∫−θ sin θ dθ = 4π0 a (cos θ 2 + cos θ1 ) 4π a 2 1 (9. θ 2 ) = (0.The variables θ.1.1.

if the current flows in the +z-direction. (a) What is the magnetic field at a point P on the axis of the loop. z ) where the unit vectors are related by r × φ = z .1.1.1.5).6. find the magnetic force experienced by the dipole. µ = − µ z k 6 . Is the force attractive or repulsive? What happens if the direction of the dipole ˆ is reversed. at a distance z from the center? ˆ (b) If we place a magnetic dipole µ = µ z k at P. Figure 9. using the Biot-Savart law.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.Note that in this limit. Figure 9.. then.4.1. the magnetic field must point in the ϕ -direction.1. and the magnetic field lines are circular.2: Magnetic Field due to a Circular Current Loop A circular loop of radius R in the xy plane carries a steady current I. as shown in Figure 9. i. In fact. Example 9.e. ϕ . the system possesses cylindrical symmetry. then the fingers of your right hand curl in the direction of the magnetic field. the direction of the magnetic field due to a long straight wire can be determined by the right-hand rule (Figure 9. In cylindrical ˆ ˆ ˆ coordinates ( r .4 Magnetic field lines due to an infinite wire carrying current I. as shown in Figure 9.

Figure 9. the differential current element located at r ' = R (cos φ ' ˆ + sin φ ' ˆ) can be written as Id s = I ( dr '/ dφ ') dφ ' = IRdφ '( − sin φ ' ˆ + cos φ ' ˆ) . i j i j (2) Field point Since the field point P is on the axis of the loop at a distance z from the center.6 Magnetic field due to a circular loop carrying a steady current. Thus.1.1.1. (3) Relative position vector r = rP − r ' The relative position vector is given by ˆ r = rP − r ' = − R cos φ ' ˆ − R sin φ ' ˆ + z k i j and its magnitude (9.1.9) is the distance between the differential current element and P. its ˆ position vector is given by rP = zk . the corresponding unit vector from Id s to P can be written as ˆ r= r r −r' = P r | rP − r ' | 7 . (1) Source point In Cartesian coordinates.8) r = r = (− R cos φ ') 2 + ( − R sin φ ') + z 2 = R 2 + z 2 2 (9. Solution: (a) This is another example that involves the application of the Biot-Savart law. Again let’s find the magnetic field by applying the same methodology used in Example 9.

1.13) 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. 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 (9.12) The x and the y components of B can be readily shown to be zero: Bx = 4π ( R + z ) 2 µ0 IRz 2 3/ 2 ∫ ∫ 0 2π 0 cos φ ' dφ ' = 4π ( R + z ) 2 µ0 IRz 2 3/ 2 sin φ ' 2π =0 0 2π =0 0 (9.1. 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.1.1.1. Bz is the only non-vanishing component of the magnetic field. 8 . the z component is µ0 IR 2 Bz = 4π ( R 2 + z 2 )3/ 2 ∫ 2π 0 µ0 2π IR 2 µ0 IR 2 = dφ ' = 4π ( R 2 + z 2 )3/ 2 2( R 2 + z 2 )3/ 2 (9.10) (5) Writing down dB Using the Biot-Savart law. The conclusion can also be reached by using the symmetry arguments.15) Thus.(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 ( ) (9.11) (9.14) On the other hand.1. we see that along the symmetric axis.

we obtain FB = − 3µ z µ0 IR 2 z ˆ k 2( R 2 + z 2 )5/ 2 (9.7: Figure 9.1.16) Upon differentiating Eq. as a function of z / R ˆ (b) If we place a magnetic dipole µ = µ z k at the point P. so that using Eq. as discussed in Chapter 8.16). (9.1. Bz / B0 . if the ˆ direction of the dipole is reversed. as a function of z / R is shown in Figure 9. the resulting force will be repulsive. On the other hand. the dipole will experience a force given by ⎛ dB FB = ∇(µ ⋅ B) = ∇( µ z Bz ) = µ z ⎜ z ⎝ dz ⎞ˆ ⎟k ⎠ (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. due to the non-uniformity of the magnetic field.1.1. (9. all moving at a common velocity v along the axis of the cylinder.17) Thus. we see that the current I can be written as n Aq v = I (9. Let I be the current in the element. 9.7 The ratio of the magnetic field.The behavior of Bz / B0 where B0 = µ0 I / 2 R is the magnetic field strength at z = 0 .1.1. the dipole is attracted toward the current-carrying ring.1). (9. µ = − µ z k .18) The total number of charge carriers in the current element is simply dN = n A ds .15) and substituting into Eq.1.1. which we define as the amount of charge passing through any cross-section of the cylinder per unit time. From Chapter 6.1. the magnetic field dB due to the dN charge carriers is given by 9 .

In case of a single charge.1: Magnetic Field of a Moving Charge Figure 9.8 shows one frame of the animations of the magnetic field of a moving positive and negative point charge. assuming the speed of the charge is small compared to the speed of light. so that the effect of “retardation” can be ignored. the above equation strictly speaking only holds in the non-relativistic limit where v c . the unit vector r = r / r points from the source of the field (the charge) to P. Figure 9. Let the ith charge qi be located at ( xi . 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 above equation becomes B= ˆ µ0 q v × r 2 4π r (9. each moving with a different velocity. The result may be readily extended to a collection of N point charges. Using the superposition principle.1. when the speed of the charge is small compared to the speed of light. that since a point charge does not constitute a steady current. yi . zi ) and moving with velocity vi .21) Animation 9.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 (9.1.1. The differential length vector d s is defined to be parallel to v . and (b) a moving negative charge.1.20) Note.1. however. the speed of light. dN = 1 .19) where r is the distance between the charge and the field point P at which the field is being ˆ measured.8 The magnetic field of (a) a moving positive charge.

To calculate this field we have to add up vectorially the magnetic fields of each of charges using Eq.2: Magnetic Field of a Ring of Moving Charges Figure 9. The display in Figure 9.1. Other animations show the same situation for N =1. (9.10 shows a ShockWave display of the vectoral addition process for the case where we have 30 charges moving on a circle.19).1.1.1. the shape of the field lines is the same as the shape of the field lines for an electric dipole.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. we also show the resultant up to that point (large arrow in the display). When we get to eight charges. We show the magnetic field vector directions in only one plane.Animation 9. Far from the ring.1. and 8. Interactive Simulation 9. a characteristic pattern emerges--the magnetic dipole pattern. Figure 9.1. 11 .9 shows one frame of the animation when the number of moving charges is four.9 The magnetic field of four charges moving in a circle. Figure 9. Figure 9.10 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.10 A ShockWave simulation of the use of the principle of superposition to find the magnetic field due to 30 moving charges moving in a circle at an observation point on the axis of the circle. 2. As the addition proceeds.

1. In Figure 9. but now we can interact with the display to move the position of the observer about in space. the magnetic field lines due to I2 going in the +xdirection are circles concentric with wire 2.1. To get a feel for the total magnetic field.2. In addition.1 Force between two parallel wires The magnetic force.2 Force Between Two Parallel Wires We have already seen that a current-carrying wire produces a magnetic field.2. with the field B2 pointing in the tangential 12 .10. 9. we also show a “iron filings” representation of the magnetic field due to these charges. when placed in a magnetic field.11 The magnetic field due to 30 charges moving in a circle at a given observation point. Consider two parallel wires separated by a distance a and carrying currents I1 and I2 in the +x-direction. Thus. as shown in Figure 9.1.Figure 9. The position of the observation point can be varied to see how the magnetic field of the individual charges adds up to give the total field.1. Figure 9. we show an interactive ShockWave display that is similar to that in Figure 9. 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.11. a wire carrying a current will experience a net force. F12 . we expect two current-carrying wires to exert force on each other. exerted on wire 1 by wire 2 may be computed as follows: Using the result from the previous example.

1.2. µIIlˆ ⎛ µI ⎞ F12 = I1l × B 2 = I1 l ˆ × ⎜ − 0 2 ˆ ⎟ = − 0 1 2 k i j 2π a ⎝ 2π a ⎠ ( ) (9. the needles will be deflected along the tangential direction of the circular path (Figure 9.1a. The conclusion we can draw from this simple calculation is that two parallel wires carrying currents in the same direction will attract each other. we have B 2 = −( µ0 I 2 / 2π a)ˆ . In the second case the magnetic field configuration is such as to produce a repulsion between the wires.3.2. This can be readily demonstrated by placing compass needles near a wire. which points in the direction perpendicular to wire 1. Therefore.3.2 (a) The attraction between two wires carrying current in the same direction. On the other hand. when I ≠ 0 . Animation 9.2.3 Ampere’s Law We have seen that moving charges or currents are the source of magnetism. (b) The repulsion of two wires carrying current in opposite directions. the magnetic field configuration is such as to produce an attraction between the wires. at an arbitrary point P on wire 1. the resultant force will be repulsive.j direction. In the first case. Thus. (a) (b) Figure 9. if the currents flow in opposite directions. as depicted in Figure 9.2 shows parallel wires carrying current in the same and in opposite directions. The direction of current flow is represented by the motion of the orange spheres in the visualization.1b). 13 . As shown in Figure 9. However.3: Forces Between Current-Carrying Parallel Wires Figures 9. 9.1) Clearly F12 points toward wire 2.2. all compass needles point in the same direction in the absence of current.

or an “Amperian loop” that follows one particular magnetic field line.2 Amperian loop In the limit ∆ s → 0 .3 Figure 9. we obtain ∫ B ⋅ d s = B ∫ ds = ⎜ 2π r ⎟ ( 2π r ) = µ I ⎝ ⎠ 0 ⎛ µ0 I ⎞ (9.3. Let’s consider a slightly more complicated Amperian loop.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 . that point along the tangential direction with magnitude ∆ s (Figure 9.3.2).3 An Amperian loop involving two field lines 14 . Figure 9.1) The result above is obtained by choosing a closed path.Figure 9.3. as that shown in Figure 9.3.3.3.

3. and r1 (2π − θ ) for arc da.1. the line integral of ∫ B ⋅ d s around any closed Amperian loop is proportional to I enc .4 An Amperian loop of arbitrary shape. the magnetic field is given by B = ( µ0 I / 2π r )φ . The first and the third integrals vanish since the magnetic field is perpendicular to the paths of integration.3.4) closed path ∫ B⋅d s = µ0 I ⎛ µ0 I ⎞ ⎜ 2π r ⎟ r dϕ = 2π ⎠ closed path ⎝ ∫ closed path ∫ dϕ = µ0 I (2π ) = µ0 I 2π (9.3) We see that the same result is obtained whether the closed path involves one or two magnetic field lines. z ) with current flowing in the ˆ +z-axis. the current encircled by the loop. 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 (9.3. in cylindrical coordinates ( r . As shown in Example 9.5) In other words.3.2) = 0 + B2 (r2θ ) + 0 + B1[r1 (2π − θ )] where the length of arc bc is r2θ . 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. 15 .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. With B1 = µ0 I / 2π r1 and B2 = µ0 I / 2π r2 . Figure 9. ϕ .

Figure 9. Infinitely long straight wires carrying a steady current I (Example 9. 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. Biot-Savart law must be used instead.3.6) Ampere’s law in magnetism is analogous to Gauss’s law in electrostatics. when the length of the wire is finite.3: Field Inside and Outside a Current-Carrying Wire Consider a long straight wire of radius R carrying a current I of uniform current density. the system must possess certain symmetry. Example 9. In the case of an infinite wire.3.4) that involves many magnetic field lines is known as Ampere’s law: ∫ B ⋅d s = µ I 0 enc (9. Infinite solenoid (Section 9.3. Infinitely large sheet of thickness b with a current density J (Example 9. In order to apply them.The generalization to any closed loop of arbitrary shape (see for example.5 Amperian loops for calculating the B field of a conducting wire of radius R.4).5. as shown in Figure 9. Find the magnetic field everywhere. Figure 9. We shall examine all four configurations in detail.4).5). 3. 4. Toroid (Example 9. the system possesses cylindrical symmetry and Ampere’s law can be readily applied.3) 2.3. However. 16 .

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

7 An infinite sheet with current density J = J 0ˆ .i Figure 9. From Figure 9. Figure 9.3. Solution: We may think of the current sheet as a set of parallel wires carrying currents in the +xdirection.3. we see that magnetic field at a point P above the plane points in the −y-direction.8.8 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.3.9 Amperian loops for the current sheets For the field outside. The amount of current enclosed by C1 is 18 .9. we may show that the magnetic field at a point below the plane points in the +y-direction. Similarly.3. The Amperian loops are shown in Figure 9.3. Figure 9. we integrate along path C1 .

3. z < −b / 2 j 2 ⎪ ⎩ (9. the resulting magnetic field inside the solenoid becomes fairly uniform. Note that the magnetic field outside the sheet is constant. where K = J 0b . In this limit. the magnetic field becomes ⎧ µ0 K ⎪− ⎪ B=⎨ 2 ⎪ µ0 K ⎪ 2 ⎩ 9.8) or B = µ0 J 0b / 2 .1 shows the magnetic field lines of a solenoid carrying a steady current I. z > b / 2 ⎪ ⎪ B = ⎨ − µ 0 J 0 z ˆ. we have surface current K = K ˆ .12) ˆ.3.7) ∫ B ⋅ d s = B(2 ) = µ0 I enc = µ0 ( J 0b ) (9. Next we find the magnetic field inside the sheet. Figure 9. In this i case. independent of the distance from the sheet. The results can be summarized using the unit-vector notation as ⎧ µ0 J 0b ˆ ⎪− 2 j. At z = 0 . The amount of current enclosed by path C2 is I enc = ∫∫ J ⋅ dA = J 0 (2 | z | ) Applying Ampere’s law. instead of current density J = J 0ˆ .I enc = ∫∫ J ⋅ dA = J 0 (b ) Applying Ampere’s law leads to (9. the magnetic field vanishes. i Note that the dimension of K is current/length.10) or B = µ0 J 0 | z | .3. with b → 0 .3. z > 0 j (9. We see that if the turns are closely spaced.3.9) ∫ B ⋅ d s = B(2 ) = µ0 I enc = µ0 J 0 (2 | z | ) (9. ˆ. as required by symmetry.3.11) Let’s now consider the limit where the sheet is infinitesimally thin. z < 0 j 19 .4 Solenoid A solenoid is a long coil of wire tightly wound in the helical form. − b / 2 < z < b / 2 j ⎪ µJb ⎪ 0 0 ˆ .4. we obtain (9.

where N is the total number of turns.1) = 0 + 0 + Bl + 0 Figure 9.1 Magnetic field lines of a solenoid We can use Ampere’s law to calculate the magnetic field strength inside an ideal solenoid.4. For an “ideal” solenoid. B = 0 along side 1 because the magnetic field is non-zero only inside the solenoid.4. 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. Applying Ampere’s law yields ∫ B ⋅ d s = Bl = µ NI 0 (9.4.2) or 20 . the contributions along sides 2 and 4 are zero because B is perpendicular to d s . In the above.2 Amperian loop for calculating the magnetic field of an ideal solenoid. which is infinitely long with turns tightly packed. 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.4. Figure 9. the magnetic field inside the solenoid is uniform and parallel to the axis. In addition.2. To compute B . The cross-sectional view of an ideal solenoid is shown in Figure 9.provided that the length of the solenoid is much greater than its diameter. the total current enclosed by the Amperian loop is I enc = NI .4.

3) where n = N / l represents the number of turns per unit length.4.4. the magnetic field can also be written as. we shall approximate the solenoid as consisting of a large number of circular loops stacking together.5) Integrating over the entire length of the solenoid.4) What happens if the length of the solenoid is finite? To find the magnetic field due to a finite solenoid. 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 ' .6) µ nI ⎡ (l / 2) − z (l / 2) + z = 0 ⎢ + 2 ⎢ ( z − l / 2) 2 + R 2 ( z + l / 2) 2 + R 2 ⎣ ⎤ ⎥ ⎥ ⎦ 21 .4.3 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 ' .B= µ0 NI l = µ0 nI (9.2.3 Finite Solenoid The contribution to the magnetic field at P due to this subset of loops is dBz = µ0 R 2 2[( z − z ')2 + R 2 ]3/ 2 dI = µ0 R 2 2[( z − z ')2 + R 2 ]3/ 2 (nIdz ') (9. as shown in Figure 9. or current per unit length K = nI . where n = N / l is the number of turns per unit length. 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 (9.4. Using the result obtained in Example 9. Figure 9. B = µ0 K (9. In terms of the surface current..4.4.

5. Figure 9.4. where B0 = µ0 nI is the magnetic field of an infinite solenoid.) Applying Ampere’s law.4. as shown in Figure 9.4.4.5. Figure 9.4 for l = 10 R and l = 20 R .4 Magnetic field of a finite solenoid for (a) l = 10 R .5 A toroid with N turns Solutions: One can think of a toroid as a solenoid wrapped around with its ends connected. 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 .4.5: Toroid Consider a toroid which consists of N turns. Examaple 9.A plot of Bz / B0 . as shown in Figure 9. Thus. Find the magnetic field everywhere. as a function of z / R is shown in Figure 9. we obtain 22 . Notice that the value of the magnetic field in the region | z | < l / 2 is nearly uniform and approximately equal to B0 .

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. center of the Earth) in the yz plane. The y.5 Magnetic Field of a Dipole ˆ Let a magnetic dipole moment vector µ = − µ k be placed at the origin (e. In spherical coordinates (r. Unlike the magnetic field of a solenoid.θ.5. What is the magnetic field at a point (e. the magnetic field inside the toroid is non-uniform and decreases as 1/ r .8 for the detail of the derivation.1 we show the magnetic field at MIT due to the dipole..4. 4π r 3 Bz = − µ0 µ (3cos 2 θ − 1) 4π r 3 (9. 9.. MIT) a distance r away from the origin? Figure 9.g.5.1) Readers are referred to Section 9. φ ) .5..7) or B= µ 0 NI 2π r (9.g.2) 23 .4.8) where r is the distance measured from the center of the toroid.5.1 Earth’s magnetic field components In Figure 9.and zcomponents of the magnetic field are given by By = − µ 0 3µ sin θ cos θ .∫ B ⋅ d s = ∫ Bds = B ∫ ds =B(2π r ) = µ N I 0 (9.

In Figure 9. Thus.5.3) respectively.5. the point P is parameterized by the two angles θ and φ .6): E= p ˆ ˆ (sin θ θ + 2 cos θ r ) 3 4πε 0 r 1 The negative sign in Eq. Note the South pole of such a magnet in the northern hemisphere in order to attract the North pole of a compass. the radius of the Earth. 24 . with 0 ≤ θ ≤ π . θ is the polar angle from the z-axis. φ ) .5. 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. where r is the distance from the center of the Earth. θ .5. In general.5. It is most natural to represent the location of a point P on the surface of the Earth using the spherical coordinates ( r .1 Earth’s Magnetic Field at MIT The Earth’s field behaves as if there were a bar magnet in it.2 an imaginary magnet is drawn inside the Earth oriented to produce a magnetic field like that of the Earth’s magnetic field.4) Notice the similarity between the above expression and the electric field due to an electric dipole p (see Solved Problem 2. 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. (9. measured from the x-axis. and φ is the azimuthal angle in the xy plane.) With the distance fixed at r = rE .5.4) is due to the fact that the magnetic dipole points in the −z-direction.6) 9.13.5.and Bθ = By cos θ − Bz sin θ = − µ0 µ sin θ 4π r 3 (9.5.3.5) 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.

98 k ) i j E (9.Figure 9. 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. The value of longitude depends on where the counting begins. the meridian passing through the Royal Astronomical Observatory in Greenwich.062 ˆ + 0.5.5. UK. a location on Earth is described by two numbers – latitude and longitude. Figure 9.7) 25 . Thus. Lines of constant longitude are generally referred to as meridians. For historical reasons. respectively. and the x-axis passes through the prime meridian. is chosen as the “prime meridian” with zero longitude. Using this definition. The longitude of a location is simply represented by the azimuthal angle φ in the spherical coordinates. How are they related to θ and φ ? The latitude of a point.3 Locating a point P on the surface of the Earth using spherical coordinates.5. it is related to θ (commonly referred to as the colatitude) by δ = 90° − θ . is a measure of the elevation from the plane of the equator. and the north and the south poles have latitude ±90° . the equator has latitude 0° . Let the z-axis be the Earth’s rotation axis.18 ˆ − 0.2 Magnetic field of the Earth In practice. denoted as δ .

4: Bar Magnet in the Earth’s Magnetic Field Figure 9. one can see that a compass needle will always align itself in the direction of the local field. 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 (0.9) ˆ ˆ Note that the polar angle θ is defined as θ = cos −1 (r ⋅ k ) . as indicated in Figure 9. is approximately a constant field coming at 60 degrees from the horizontal.1. Click and drag the mouse to rotate the scene.5.6. and φm = 360° − 71° = 289° . φ0 ) = (169°. Field lines that emerge towards the edges of the magnet generally reconnect to the magnet near the opposite pole.80) = 37° | rMIT || −µ E | ⎠ ⎝ (9. Thus.4 shows a bar magnet and compass placed on a table. 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. 26 . In this case. Control-click and drag to zoom in and out. if we measure the ratio of the radial to the polar component of the Earth’s magnetic field at MIT. and a unit vector +k in the positive zdirection. field lines that emerge near the poles tend to wander off and reconnect to the magnetic field of the earth. in this case. the result would be Br = 2 cot 37° ≈ 2.8) The angle between −µ E and rMIT is given by θ ME = cos −1 ⎜ ⎛ −rMIT ⋅ µ E ⎞ −1 ⎟ = cos (0.10) Note that the positive radial (vertical) direction is chosen to point outward and the positive polar (horizontal) direction points towards the equator. and 71° west of the prime meridian).67 k ) i j E (9. the location of MIT is 42° N for the latitude and 71°W for the longitude ( 42° north of the equator. and we have used (θ 0 .5.79 × 10 22 A ⋅ m 2 .65 Bθ (9. However.where µ E = 7.70 ˆ + 0. the inverse of cosine of the dot ˆ ˆ product between a unit vector r for the position. On the other hand.109°) .5. which means that θ m = 90° − 42° = 48° .24 ˆ − 0. the local field is dominated by the bar magnet.5. Thus. The expression shows that µ E has non-vanishing components in all three directions in the Cartesian coordinates. which. Animation 9. Looking at the compass.

their effect was always to reduce E below what it would otherwise be. as shown in Figure 9. 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. for the same amount of "free" electric current (diamagnetic materials).1 Magnetization Magnetic materials consist of many permanent or induced magnetic dipoles. (iii) increase B a lot above what it would otherwise be (ferromagnetic materials).Figure 9. 27 .6. When we dealt with dielectric materials in electrostatics. each with magnetic dipole moment µ . 9. In contrast.1.4 A bar magnet in Earth’s magnetic field 9. Suppose we have a piece of material in the form of a long cylinder with area A and height L. (ii) increase B a little above what it would otherwise be (paramagnetic materials). their effect can be one of the following: (i) reduce B below what it would otherwise be. spread uniformly throughout the volume of the cylinder. when we deal with magnetic materials. and that it consists of N magnetic dipoles. for a given amount of “free” electric charge.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. Below we discuss how these effects arise.5.6.

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

the average magnetic field also turns out to be parallel to the average magnetic dipole moment per unit volume.4) Thus. The reason is that in the region interior to the current loop of the dipole. in which the average electric field is anti-parallel to the direction of the electric dipoles themselves. With I eq running on the sides.6.The functional form of I eq may be deduced by requiring that the magnetic dipole moment produced by I eq be the same as total magnetic dipole moment of the system.6.5) Since the direction of this magnetic field is in the same direction as M .2) or I eq = Nµ A (9.6) This is exactly opposite from the situation with electric dipoles. which is the average magnetic dipole moment per unit volume.4) BM = µ0 K = µ0 M (9. we see that the surface current K is equal to the magnetization M . Notice that the magnetic field in Eq. Let’s now examine the properties of different magnetic materials 29 . The two quantities are related by K= I eq L = Nµ =M AL (9. The average magnetic field produced by the equivalent current system is given by (see Section 9. the equivalent configuration is identical to a solenoid carrying a surface current (or current per unit length) K . it is not surprising that after a large-scale averaging.6. A very different field is observed if we go close to any one of these little dipoles. let’s calculate the magnetic field produced by I eq . The condition gives I eq A = N µ (9.6. (9.6.3) Next.6) is the average field due to all the dipoles. the above expression may be written in vector notation as B M = µ0 M (9.6. Therefore. the magnetic field is in the same direction as the magnetic dipole vector.

although χ m is usually on the order of 10−6 to 10−3 . the torque on the dipoles causes alignment of the dipole vector parallel to the external field. κ m > 1 .9.6.10) is called the relative permeability of the material. in the paramagnetic case. that alignment enhances the external magnetic field. This is plausible because without the external field B0 there would be no alignment of dipoles and hence no magnetization M . the magnetization M is not only in the same direction as B0 . they are randomly aligned.7.6. However.7) Note how different this is than in the case of dielectric materials. the dipoles experience a torque τ = µ × B0 that tends to align µ with B0 . The total magnetic field B is the sum of these two fields: B = B 0 + B M = B 0 + µ0 M (9. thereby producing a net magnetization M parallel to B0 .6.6. The magnetic permeability µ m of a material may also be defined as µm = (1 + χ m ) µ0 = κ m µ0 (9. the permanent magnetic dipoles in a paramagnetic material never line up spontaneously. Left to themselves. In the absence of any applied external magnetic field. M = 0 and the average magnetic field B M is also zero. For paramagnetic substances.11) 30 . or equivalently. whereas in the dielectric case it reduces the external electric field. Thus. χ m > 0 .6. (10. The linear relation between M and B0 is expressed as M = χm B0 µ0 (9. it will tend to enhance B0 .2 Paramagnetism The atoms or molecules comprising paramagnetic materials have a permanent magnetic dipole moment.8) where χ m is a dimensionless quantity called the magnetic susceptibility. Since B M is parallel to B0 . In both cases.9) κm = 1 + χm (9. However.6. when we place a paramagnetic material in an external field B0 . In most paramagnetic substances.7) can then be written as B = (1 + χ m )B0 = κ m B0 where (9. but also linearly proportional to B0 . Eq.

3(b). as shown in Figure 9. Figure 9. In fact the relationship between M and B0 is not unique. as in equation (8-5). although χ m is usually on the order of −10−5 to −10−9 .Paramagnetic materials have µm > µ0 . and therefore a reduction in the total magnetic field strength. although now κ m < 1 . For diamagnetic materials.3 Diamagnetism In the case of magnetic materials where there are no permanent magnetic dipoles.3 (a) Ferromagnetic domains.3(a).6. leading to a magnetization M and average field B M anti-parallel to B0 . The 31 . but dependent on the previous history of the material. The enhancement of the applied external field can be considerable.6.6.4 Ferromagnetism In ferromagnetic materials. these induced magnetic dipoles are anti-parallel to B0 . An externally applied field B0 will tend to line up those magnetic dipoles parallel to the external field. Diamagnetic materials have µm < µ0 . 9. we can still define the magnetic permeability. as illustrated in Figure 9.6. the presence of an external field B0 will induce magnetic dipole moments in the atoms or molecules. there is a strong interaction between neighboring atomic dipole moments. However. Ferromagnetic materials are made up of small patches called domains. (b) Alignment of magnetic moments in the direction of the external field B0 . with the total magnetic field inside a ferromagnet 103 or 10 4 times greater than the applied field. since neither the total field B or the magnetization M increases linearly with B0 . The permeability κ m of a ferromagnetic material is not a constant. The strong interaction between neighboring atomic dipole moments causes a much stronger alignment of the magnetic dipoles than in paramagnetic materials. or χ m < 0 .6. 9.

The loop abcdef is a hysteresis curve. consider the fact that magnetic dipole moments of atoms typically have magnitudes of the order of 10−23 A ⋅ m 2 .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. even when the external magnet field is reduced to zero. If all these dipole moments are aligned. 9. the strong interaction between neighboring atomic dipole moments can keep those dipole moments aligned.6.6. This is how we get permanent magnets with fields of order 2200 Gauss.4 A hysteresis curve. just due to the atomic currents alone.phenomenon is known as hysteresis. Figure 9. in ferromagnets. • The magnitude of the magnetic field at a distance r away from an infinitely long straight wire carrying a current I is 32 . This is the origin of permanent magnets. Typical atomic densities are 1029 atoms/m3. To see how strong such magnets can be. And these aligned dipoles can thus produce a strong magnetic field. Moreover.6. then we would get a magnetization of order M ∼ (10−23 A ⋅ m 2 )(1029 atoms/m3 ) ∼ 106 A/m (9.4.000 Gauss.12) The magnetization corresponds to values of B M = µ0M of order 1 tesla. or 10. without the necessity of an external magnetic field. The variation of M as a function of the externally applied field B0 is shown in Figure 9. all by themselves.

• 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 . • 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.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.

1. On the other hand.1 Calculating the magnetic field off the symmetry axis of a current loop. Figure 9. Let’s see how the same technique can be extended to calculating the field at a point off the axis of symmetry in the yz plane.8.9.2 we calculated the magnetic field due to a circular loop of radius R lying in the xy plane and carrying a steady current I. 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. 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) . Again.3) 34 .8. the field point i j ˆ j P now lies in the yz plane with r = y ˆ + z k . as shown in Figure 9. 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. 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 (9.8.8.1.8 Appendix 1: Magnetic Field off the Symmetry Axis of a Current Loop In Example 9.1) r = r = (− R cos φ ')2 + ( y − R sin φ ') + z 2 = R 2 + y 2 + z 2 − 2 yR sin φ 2 (9.8. at a point P along the axis of symmetry.

8.8.6) by making a change of variable w = R 2 + y 2 + z 2 − 2 yR sin φ ' . the y and the z components of B . the field point P is located along the z-axis.8.8. the contribution at φ ' is cancelled by the contribution at π − φ ' .8) involve elliptic integrals which can be evaluated numerically. magnetic field at P is B ( 0. One may also invoke symmetry arguments to verify that Bx must vanish. namely. In the limit y = 0 . the contribution of the current element to the magnetic field at P is dB = ˆ i j ˆ µ0 I d s × r µ0 I d s × r µ0 IR z cos φ ' ˆ + z sin φ ' ˆ + ( R − y sin φ ') k = = dφ ' 3/ 2 4π r 2 4π r 3 4π ( R 2 + y 2 + z 2 − 2 yR sin φ ') (9. y.4) Thus.8.5) 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. On the other hand. By = µ0 IRz 2π sin φ ' dφ ' ∫0 R 2 + y 2 + z 2 − 2 yR sin φ ' 3/ 2 4π ( ) (9. 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 ') ( (9.7) and Bz = ( R − y sin φ ') dφ ' µ0 IR 2π ∫0 R 2 + y 2 + z 2 − 2 yR sin φ ' 3/ 2 4π ( ) (9.9) 35 .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.Using the Biot-Savart law. and we recover the results obtained in Example 9. followed by a straightforward integration.8.

e.14) 36 .8. let’s consider the “point-dipole” limit where R ( y 2 + z 2 )1/ 2 = r . the characteristic dimension of the current source is much smaller compared to the distance where the magnetic field is to be measured. i.8.12) µ0 I R 2π ⎡ 3 ⎛ R 2 − 2 yR sin φ ' ⎞ ⎤ ⎢1 − ⎜ ⎟ ⎥ ( R − y sin φ ')dφ ' 4π r 3 ∫0 ⎣ 2 ⎝ r2 ⎠⎦ ⎤ µ 0 I R 2π ⎡ ⎛ 3R 3 ⎞ ⎛ 9 R 2 ⎞ 3Ry 2 2 = ⎢⎜ R − 2 ⎟ − ⎜1 − 2 ⎟ sin φ '− 2 sin φ '⎥ dφ ' r 4π r 3 ∫0 ⎣⎝ 2r ⎠ ⎝ 2 r ⎠ ⎦ µ0 I R ⎡ ⎛ 3R 3 ⎞ 3π Ry 2 ⎤ = ⎢ 2π ⎜ R − 2 ⎟ − ⎥ r2 ⎦ 4π r 3 ⎣ ⎝ 2r ⎠ = (9.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 (9.8.10) Now. the above expressions may be rewritten as By = µ0 ( I π R 2 ) 3(r sin θ )(r cos θ ) µ0 3µ sin θ cos θ = 4π r5 4π r3 (9.13) µ0 I π R 2 4π r 3 ⎡ 3 y2 ⎤ ⎢ 2 − r 2 + higher order terms ⎥ ⎣ ⎦ The quantity I (π R 2 ) may be identified as the magnetic dipole moment µ = IA .8.8. Using spherical coordinates where y = r sin θ and z = r cos θ . In this limit. where A = π R 2 is the area of the loop. 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..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.

8.17) In addition.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.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. and (b) a small bar magnet. ˆ ˆ r = sin θ ˆ + cos θ k .8.8. the spherical components may be written as 37 .8.2). for the unit vectors. The magnetic field at P can also be written in spherical coordinates ˆ ˆ B = Br r + Bθ θ (9. Bθ = By cos θ − Bz sin θ (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 9.18) Using the above relations.8. Figure 9.8. ˆ Figure 9.16) The spherical components Br and Bθ are related to the Cartesian components B y and Bz by Br = By sin θ + Bz cos θ .8. j ˆ ˆ θ = cos θ ˆ − sin θ k j (9. we have.3 Magnetic field lines due to (a) a current loop.8.15) Thus.3.

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. Figure 9. θ ) = ∫ 2π 0 (R 2 + r 2 − 2rR sin θ sin φ ') dφ ' 3/ 2 (9.9 Appendix 2: Helmholtz Coils Consider two N-turn circular coils of radius R.1 Helmholtz coils 38 .8. with their centers located at z = ± l / 2 .19) ( r sin φ '− R sin θ ) dφ ' µ0 IR 2π ∫0 R 2 + r 2 − 2rR sin θ sin φ ' 3/ 2 4π ( ) (9.21) ( 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. each perpendicular to the axis of symmetry.22) 9.µ0 IR 2 cos θ Br = 4π and Bθ ( r .9.8. Let’s find the magnetic field B on the axis at a distance z from the center of one coil.8.9.20) In the limit where R Br ≈ and Bθ = ≈ r . as shown in Figure 9.1.8. There is a steady current I flowing in the same direction around each coil.

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. µ0 NI (5 / 4)3/ 2 R being the field strength at z = 0 and l = R is Figure 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. the magnetic field at P ( z .4) 39 .2 for a single coil and applying the superposition principle.9.Using the result shown in Example 9. Let’s analyze the properties of Bz in more detail.1) A plot of Bz / B0 with B0 = depicted in Figure 9.9. the derivative vanishes: dB dz Straightforward differentiation yields ′′ Bz ( z ) = =0 z =0 (9.2.9. 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 ⎥ ⎣ ⎦ (9.2 Magnetic field as a function of z / R .9. z = 0 .2) One may readily show that at the midpoint.

One may even show that the third derivative ′′′ Bz (0) vanishes at z = 0 as well.5: Magnetic Field of the Helmholtz Coils The animation in Figure 9. Since the distance between the coils is equal to the radius of the coils and remains unchanged.9. the force of attraction between them creates a tension. the magnetic force acting on the dipole is z ⎛ dB FB = ∇( µ z Bz ) = µ z ⎜ z ⎝ dz ⎞ˆ ⎟k ⎠ (9. For small z.5) Thus. If we ˆ place a magnetic dipole µ = µ k at z = 0 .9.6) The fact that the first two derivatives vanish at z = 0 indicates that the magnetic field is fairly uniform in the small z region.At the midpoint z = 0 . and is illustrated by field lines stretching out to enclose both coils. The magnetic fields from the two coils add up to create a net field that is nearly uniform at the center of the coils. Recall that the force experienced by a dipole in a magnetic field is FB = ∇(µ ⋅ B) . with their dipole moments aligned. the above expression simplifies to ′′ Bz (0) = d 2B dz 2 = z =0 µ0 NI 2 ⎧ 2 ⎫ 6 15l 2 − + ⎨ 2 2 5/ 2 2 2 7/2 ⎬ 2[(l / 2) + R ] ⎭ ⎩ [(l / 2) + R ] =− µ0 NI 2 2 6( R 2 − l 2 ) [(l / 2) 2 + R 2 ]7 / 2 (9. The field configuration is shown using the “iron filings” representation. the two coils move toward each other due to their force of attraction. In this configuration the currents in the top and bottom coils flow in the same direction.9. as in the animation depicted in Figure 9.7) which is expected to be very small since the magnetic field is nearly uniform there.9. Animation 9.3(b). 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 + .3(a) shows the magnetic field of the Helmholtz coils. A configuration with l = R is known as Helmholtz coils. That is. the top loop has only half the current as the bottom loop. the condition that the second derivative of Bz vanishes at z = 0 is l = R ... 2! (9. 40 . When the distance between the coils is not fixed. the distance of separation between the two coils is equal to the radius of the coil.9. In this animation.

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. let’s consider the case where the currents in the loop flow in the opposite directions.9.9. Again.9. by superposition principle.(a) (b) Figure 9.9. the magnetic field at a point P (0. Figure 9.9.4 Two circular loops carrying currents in the opposite directions.8) A plot of Bz / B0 with B0 = µ0 NI / 2 R and l = R is depicted in Figure 9.5. (b) Two co-axial wire loops carrying current in the same sense are attracted to each other.9. 41 . Next. 0.5 Magnetic field as a function of z / R . 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. as shown in Figure 9.

9.9.9.Differentiating Bz with respect to z. the above expression simplifies to FB = 3µ z µ0 NI ˆ k 2(5 / 4)5 / 2 R 2 (9. The bottom wire loop carries twice the amount of current as the top wire loop.9.9) µ NIR 2 dBz 3l = 0 ≠0 2 2 [(l / 2) + R 2 ]5/ 2 dz z = 0 (9.9. we have Bz′ (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.10) ˆ Thus. z = 0 . In this configuration.11) For l = R .9. (b) Two co-axial wire loops carrying current in the opposite sense repel each other. 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: Magnetic Field of Two Coils Carrying Opposite Currents The animation depicted in Figure 9.12) Animation 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. the magnetic dipole moments associated with each coil are anti-parallel. The field configurations here are shown using the “iron filings” representation. (a) (b) Figure 9. 42 .6 (a) Magnetic field due to coils carrying currents in the opposite directions.

9. The magnet is forced to have its North magnetic pole pointing downward.7 A magnet in the TeachSpin ™ Magnetic Force apparatus when the current in the top coil is counterclockwise as seen from the top.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. Figure 9.8: Magnet Oscillating Between Two Coils Figure 9. This is illustrated by field lines that are compressed along the central horizontal axis between the coils.8 illustrates an animation in which the magnetic field of a permanent magnet suspended by a spring in the TeachSpinTM apparatus (see TeachSpin visualization). Figure 9. and the current in the top coil of the Magnetic Force apparatus is moving clockwise as seen from above. the magnetic field is zero.At the center of the coils along the axis of symmetry. the repulsive force results in a pressure between them. plus the magnetic field due to current in the two coils (here we see a "cutaway" cross-section of the apparatus). The net result is a repulsion of the magnet when the current in this direction is increased.7: Forces Between Coaxial Current-Carrying Wires Figure 9.9. With the distance between the two coils fixed. Animation 9.9.9. Animation 9. The visualization shows the stresses transmitted by the fields to the magnet when the current in the upper coil is increased.8 Magnet oscillating between two coils 43 .

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

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

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.

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

the position vector for the field point P is r = x ˆ + y ˆ .1.1.11. now the field point is an arbitrary point in the xy-plane. However.10. Once again we solve the problem using the methodology outlined in Section 9.1 A finite straight wire carrying a current I. we see that the infinitesimal length dx′ described by the position i vector r ' = x ' ˆ constitutes a current source I d s = ( Idx′)ˆ . i (2) Field point As can be seen from Figure 9.1 (ignore the return path of the current or the source for the current. The corresponding unit vector is 48 .10.11. Solution: The problem is very similar to Example 9. as shown in Figure 9.1.(4) Equate µ 0 I enc with ∫ B ⋅ d s to obtain B 9.1 Magnetic Field of a Straight Wire Consider a straight wire of length L carrying a current I along the +x-direction. (1) Source point From 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 . with r =| rP |=| r − r ' |= [( x − x′) 2 + y 2 ]1 2 being the distance.) What is the magnetic field at an arbitrary point P on the xy-plane? Figure 9.10.11 Solved Problems B= µ0 I 2π r B= µ0 NI l = µ0 nI B= µ0 NI 2π r 9.

the infinitesimal contribution due to Id s is dB = ˆ µ0 I d s × r µ0 I d s × r µ0 I y dx′ ˆ k = = 2 3 4π r 4π r 4π [( x − x′) 2 + y 2 ]3 2 (9. we see that the direction of the magnetic field is in the +k direction. the field point P is at ( x.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 .11.11. The magnetic field becomes 49 . i j ˆ (5) Writing down dB Using the Biot-Savart law. (6) Carrying out the integration to obtain B The total magnetic field at P can then be obtained by integrating over the entire length of the wire: µI ( x − x′) ˆ B = ∫ dB = ∫ k=− 0 2 2 32 − L / 2 4π [( x − x′) + y ] 4π y ( x − x′) 2 + y 2 wire L/2 µ0 Iy dx′ L/2 ˆ k −L/2 =− ⎤ µ0 I ⎡ ( x − L / 2) ( x + L / 2) ˆ − ⎢ ⎥k 4π y ⎢ ( x − L / 2) 2 + y 2 ( x + L / 2) 2 + y 2 ⎥ ⎣ ⎦ (9. y ) on the y axis.2) Let’s consider the following limits: (i) x = 0 In this case.1) ˆ Thus. y ) = (0.

(ii) Infinite length limit Consider the limit where L x.11. y . 9.11.2 Current-carrying arc Solution: According to the Biot-Savart law.3) in agreement with Eq. (9.B=− ⎤ µ0 I ⎡ −L / 2 +L / 2 L/2 ˆ µI ˆ µI ˆ − k = 0 cos θ k ⎢ ⎥k = 0 2 2 2 2 2 2 4π y ⎢ (− L / 2) + y 2π y ( L / 2) + y 2π y (+ L / 2) + y ⎥ ⎣ ⎦ (9.6).11. Find the magnetic field B at P. the magnitude of the magnetic field due to a differential current-carrying element I d s is given by 50 .4) If we use cylindrical coordinates with the wire pointing along the +z-axis then the magnetic field is given by the expression B= µ0 I ˆ φ 2π r (9.2 Current-Carrying Arc Consider the current-carrying loop formed of radial lines and segments of circles whose centers are at point P as shown below.5) ˆ where φ is the tangential unit vector and the field point P is a distance r away from the wire.11.11.1. Figure 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.

for the inner arc. the total magnitude of magnetic field is B = Binner + B outer = µ 0 Iθ ⎛ 1 1 ⎞ ⎜ − ⎟ (into page) 4π ⎝ a b ⎠ (9.3 Figure 9. Similarly.11.8) ˆ For Binner .11. a and b) at the origin O due to the current loop shown in Figure 9.7) ˆ The direction of Bouter is determined by the cross product d s × r which points out of the page.11.6) Bouter = µ0 I θ µ Iθ ∫0 dθ ' = 40π b 4π b (9. we have ˆ µ0 I d s × r µ0 I r dθ ' µ0 I dθ ' = = 4π r2 4π r 2 4π r (9.9) 9.11.3 Rectangular current loop 51 .11. we have Binner = µ0 I θ µ 0 Iθ ∫0 dθ ' = 4π a 4π a (9. d s × r points into the page.dB = For the outer arc.3 Rectangular Current Loop Determine the magnetic field (in terms of I. Thus.11.11.

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. we consider the segment which extends from ( x. or −k .14) 52 . Again. (9. (ii) Next.Solution: For a finite wire carrying a current I. B1 = ⎞ µ0 I µI⎛ b ( cos θ1 + cos θ 2 ) = 0 ⎜1 − 2 2 ⎟ 4π a 4π a ⎝ b +a ⎠ (9. The contributions can be divided into three parts: (i) Consider the left segment of the wire which extends from ( x.12) This leads to B2 = ⎞ µ0 I ⎛ µ0 Ia a a ⎜ 2 2 + 2 2 ⎟= 4π b ⎝ a + b a + b ⎠ 2π b a 2 + b 2 (9. +b) .13) ˆ The direction of B2 is into the page. y ) = ( − a. The angles which parameterize this segment give cos θ1 = 1 ( θ1 = 0 ) and cos θ 2 = −b / b 2 + a 2 . + d ) . +b) to (+ a. we make use of the above formula.11.11. the contribution to the magnetic field at a point P is given by Eq.11. y ) = ( + a.11. +∞ ) to ( − a. y ) = ( − a.1. To obtain the magnetic field at O. the (cosine of the) angles are given by cos θ1 = a a + b2 2 (9. One may readily show that it gives the same contribution as the first one: B3 = B1 (9. +∞ ) .11) cos θ 2 = cos θ1 = a a + b2 2 (9.11.10) ˆ The direction of B1 is out of page. Therefore. +b) to ( + a. or +k . (iii) The third segment of the wire runs from ( x.

Thus. or +k . The first semi-infinite segment then extends from ( x. The two angles which parameterize this segment are characterized by cosθ1 = 1 ( θ1 = 0 ) and cos θ 2 = 0 (θ 2 = π / 2) .11. 53 . Therefore.4 Hairpin-Shaped Current-Carrying Wire An infinitely long current-carrying wire is bent into a hairpin-like shape shown in Figure 9.4 Hairpin-shaped current-carrying wire Solution: Again we break the wire into three parts: two semi-infinite plus a semi-circular segments.11. and the two semi-infinite wires carrying currents in the opposite direction overlap each other and their contributions completely cancel. Find the magnetic field at the point P which lies at the center of the half-circle.11. Figure 9. its contribution to the magnetic field at P is B1 = µ0 I µI µI ( cos θ1 + cos θ 2 ) = 0 (1 + 0) = 0 4π r 4π r 4π r (9.11.15) Note that in the limit a → 0 . (i) Let P be located at the origin in the xy plane. the horizontal segment is absent.16) ˆ The direction of B1 is out of page.4. 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. the magnetic field vanishes in this limit. y ) = ( −∞. − r ) to (0. − r ) .11. or +k .ˆ The direction of B3 is again out of page. 9.

11.18) ˆ The direction of B2 is out of page. or +k .11.11.11. y ) = (0. we make use of the Biot-Savart law: B= ˆ µ0 I d s × r ∫ r2 4π (9. µ0 I 4π r (9. Figure 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 (9.5 Two Infinitely Long Wires Consider two infinitely long wires carrying currents are in the −x-direction. (iii) The third segment of the wire runs from ( x.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 (9.11. + r ) to ( −∞.(ii) For the semi-circular arc of radius r.5 Two infinitely long wires 54 . or +k .17) and obtain B2 = µ0 I 4π ∫ π 0 rdθ µ0 I = 4r r2 (9. + r) . One may readily show that it gives the same contribution as the first one: B3 = B1 = ˆ The direction of B3 is again out of page.11.21) 9.

11. (b) Find the distance d along the z-axis where the magnetic field is a maximum.(a) Plot the magnetic field pattern in the yz-plane. (b) The magnetic field at (0.6 Magnetic field lines of two wires carrying current in the same direction.11.11. the magnetic field strength is the same as the left one: B1 = B2 . Figure 9. using Ampere’s law: B1 = µ0 I µ0 I = 2π r 2π a 2 + z 2 (9.6. we have B1 = (9.24) For wire 2 on the right.23) µ0 I 2π a + z 2 2 ˆ (sin θ ˆj − cosθ k ) (9.11.22) Since the current is flowing in the –x-direction. Notice that the directions of both currents are into the page. 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. z) due to wire 1 on the left is. 0.11. 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.25) 55 . However. Solutions: (a) The magnetic field lines are shown in Figure 9.11.

11.27) which gives z=a (9.7 Superposition of magnetic fields due to two current sources To locate the maximum of B.11.11.28) Thus.11. the z-components cancel (as required by symmetry). at z=a. with a magnitude Bmax = µ0 I 2π a (9.30) where α is a constant.29) 9.26) Figure 9.11. cylindrical conductor of radius R carrying a current I with a non-uniform current density J = αr (9. 56 .Adding up the contributions from both wires. the magnetic field strength is a maximum. we set dB / dz = 0 and find ⎞ µ0 I a 2 − z 2 dB µ0 I ⎛ 1 2z2 = − 2 =0 ⎜ ⎟= dz π ⎝ a 2 + z 2 (a + z 2 ) 2 ⎠ π ( a 2 + z 2 )2 (9.11.6 Non-Uniform Current Density Consider an infinitely long.11. Find the magnetic field everywhere. 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.

**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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y > 0 of the xy plane is given by Bz = µ0 I ⎛ 1 1 x y ⎜ + + + 4π ⎜ x y y x 2 + y 2 x x 2 + y 2 ⎝ ⎞ ⎟ ⎟ ⎠ (9. consider a differential element d s1 = −dy ' ˆ which is located at a i j distance r = xˆ + ( y − y ')ˆ from P.12 Two semi-infinite wires Using the Biot-Savart law.47) 60 .11.11.45) Solution: Let P ( x.9.11. thence out to infinity along the positive x axis.11. j (i) Along the y axis.8 Two Semi-Infinite Wires A wire carrying current I runs down the y axis to the origin. Figure 9.11.46) Let’s analyze each segment separately. Show that the magnetic field in the quadrant with x. y ) be a point in the first quadrant at a distance r1 from a point (0. This yields 1 ˆ d s1 × r1 = (−dy ' ˆ) × [ xˆ + ( y − y ')ˆ] = x dy ' k j i j (9. y ') on the yaxis and distance r2 from ( x '. 0) on the x-axis. 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.

5) 9. along the x-axis. Suppose three infinitely long parallel wires are arranged in such a way that when looking at the cross section. Two concentric.i j i (ii) Similarly. we have d s2 = dx ' ˆ and r2 = ( x − x ')ˆ + yˆ which gives ˆ d s2 × r2 = y dx ' k (9. (9. Using the above results and r1 = x 2 + ( y − y ') 2 and r2 = Bz = ( x − x′ ) 2 + y 2 . we see that the magnetic field at P points in the +z-direction.51) We may show that the result is consistent with Eq. 61 . they are at the corners of an equilateral triangle. 3. 2. How is the path of the integration of ∫ B⋅d s chosen when applying Ampere’s law? 4.11. does the spring stretch or compress? Explain. If a current is passed through a spring. Do the loops attract or repel each other? Explain.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 ⎥ ⎢ ⎣ ⎦ (9.1.12 Conceptual Questions 1.11.49) 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. Can currents be arranged (combination of flowing in or out of the page) so that all three wires (a) attract.48) Thus. Compare and contrast Biot-Savart law in magnetostatics with Coulomb’s law in electrostatics. coplanar circular loops of different diameters carry steady currents in the same direction. and (b) repel each other? Explain.11.11. 5. 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.

and the current I is uniformly spread over the cross section of the copper..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. A wire labeled with the integer k (k = 1. Evaluate ∫ B ⋅ d s along the closed path (see figure) in the direction indicated by the arrowhead.2.e. Show with a sketch the integration path you choose and state explicitly how you use symmetry. 8) bears the current 2k times I 0 (i. (Watch your signs!) Figure 9. | B |= B (r ) .13. in the vicinity of an infinitely long straight wire that carries current I. (a) Calculate with Ampere's law the magnetic field.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. 2. . the current flows down into the page. Adding more wires with differing currents will check your understanding of Ampere's law.13 Additional Problems 9.13. .. the current flows up out of the page. I k = 2k I 0 ). for the rest. as a function of distance r from the wire. The radii of the inner and outer walls are a and b respectively.9. 62 . 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. For those with k = 1 to 4.13.13.1 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..

3 A cylindrical conductor with a hole. 63 . 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 . (b) Calculate the magnetic field inside the inner radius.13.3. r < a. Can you plot.13. a < r < b. What is the direction of B ? (c) Calculate the magnetic field within the inner conductor.) 9.2 Hollow cylinder carrying a steady current I. construct an Amperian loop. roughly.13.13. The conductor carries a current I which is directed out of the page and is uniformly distributed throughout the cross section.(a) Calculate the magnitude of the magnetic field in the region outside the conductor. (Hint: consider the entire conductor to be a single thin wire.) What is the direction of B ? Figure 9. 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. Figure 9. as shown in Figure 9. Find the magnitude and direction of the magnetic field at the point P. 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 Cylinder with a Hole A long copper rod of radius a has an off-center cylindrical hole through its entire length. and apply Ampere's Law. r > b .

9. and carries a current of 0.25 m. and show the directions on your sketch. 9. a diameter of 0. it may be considered to be an ideal solenoid.13. (c) Does the magnetic field have a component in the direction of the wire in the loops making up the solenoid? If so. showing clearly the rotation direction of the windings.30 A. Currents in A and D point out of the page.5. 9.6 Four Long Conducting Wires Four infinitely long parallel wires carrying equal current I are arranged in such a way that when looking at the cross section. 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. and into the page at B and C. What is the dominant direction of the magnetic field inside the solenoid? (b) Find the magnitude of the magnetic field inside the solenoid by constructing an Amperian loop and applying Ampere's law. calculate its magnitude both inside and outside the solenoid.13. It has a length of 0. the current direction. at radii 30 mm and 60 mm respectively. they are at the corners of a square.13.13. Show that the current in this element is dI = (ω / 2π ) dq = ωσ r dr . for most of its length. (a) Sketch the solenoid.4 The Magnetic Field Through a Solenoid A solenoid has 200 closely spaced turns so that. 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. as shown in Figure 9.1 m.5 Rotating Disk A circular disk of radius R with uniform charge density σ rotates with an angular speed ω .

13. Note that 1 Å = 10−10 m .5 Four parallel conducting wires 9.6 Magnetic force on a current loop.7.7 65 .13.13.13. as shown in Figure 9.13. The loop is then placed near an finitely long wire carrying a current I 2 . 9. What is the magnetic force experienced by the loop due to the magnetic field of the wire? Figure 9.8 Magnetic Moment of an Orbital Electron We want to estimate the magnetic dipole moment associated with the motion of an electron as it orbits a proton.53 Å. We use a “semi-classical” model to do this.13.7 Magnetic Force on a Current Loop A rectangular loop of length l and width w carries a steady current I1 . Assume that the electron has speed v and orbits a proton (assumed to be very massive) located at the origin. as shown in Figure 9. The electron is moving in a right-handed sense with respect to the z-axis in a circle of radius r = 0.Figure 9.13.6. Figure 9.

7 × 10 22 atoms .] (c) What current is associated with this motion? Think of the electron as stretched out uniformly around the circumference of the circle.] (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.5 × 10 28 atoms/m 3 .05 mA.9 Ferromagnetism and Permanent Magnets A disk of iron has a height h = 1. parallel to axis.63 × 10−34 J/s is the Planck constant. 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.53 × 106 A/m .52 × 10−16 s .] (b) What is the magnetization M in this disk? [Ans: 1.] (b) Given this speed. Using this fact. In a time T.13. The molar mass of iron is 55.48 A ⋅ m 2 . and the value of r we give above. [Ans: 9. The magnetic dipole moment of an atom of iron is µ = 1.00 cm .8 × 10−23 A ⋅ m 2 .] (c) What is the magnetic dipole moment of the disk? [Ans: 0. 2. what is the orbital period T of the electron? [Ans: 1.9 g/cm3. The magnitude of this dipole moment is one Bohr magneton. the total amount of charge q that passes an observer at a point on the circle is just e [Ans: 1. where h = 6.27 × 10 −24 A ⋅ m 2 along the −z axis.85 g. in units of h / 2π ? 9. [Ans: 2.] 66 . find the speed of the electron in our “semi-classical” model.] (d) If we were to wrap one loop of wire around a circle of the same radius r. and its density is 7.18 × 106 m/s . [Ans: 1525 A.(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).00 mm and a radius r = 1. The value of r is determined from quantum mechanical considerations. (a) What is the number density of the iron atoms? How many atoms are in this disk? [Ans: 8. to wit that the orbital angular momentum of the electron can only assume integral multiples of h/2π. Big!] (d) What is the magnetic dipole moment associated with this orbital motion? Give the magnitude and direction. Assume that all the iron atoms in the disk have their dipole moments aligned with the axis of the disk. µ B . What is the orbital angular momentum of the electron here.

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.8. or 314 gauss. How does this compare to the magnetic field of the earth (0.13.13. (b) 4.42 × 10−2 A ⋅ m 2 . as shown in Figure 9.12 Magnetic Field of a Solenoid (a) A 3000-turn solenoid has a length of 60 cm and a diameter of 8 cm.8 ×10−5 gauss .5 gauss).11 Permanent Magnets A magnet in the shape of a cylindrical rod has a length of 4.8 cm and a diameter of 1.] 9. without friction. as shown in Figure 9.9. find the magnitude of the magnetic field inside the solenoid by constructing an Amperian loop and applying Ampere's Law. 67 . If this solenoid carries a current of 5.10 Charge in a Magnetic Field A coil of radius R with its symmetric axis along the +x-direction carries a steady current I. We come along and spin it up until the speed of the surface of the cylinder is v0 . or 4.8 Describe the subsequent motion of the charge. 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 . (a) Calculate the magnetic dipole moment of this magnet. Initially it is at rest. What is the instantaneous radius of curvature? 9. [Ans: 0.13. It has a uniform magnetization M of 5300 A/m. along its axis? [Ans: (a) 2.8 × 10−9 T .13.13. (b) What is the axial field a distance of 1 meter from the center of this magnet. Figure 9.9 The cylinder is suspended in a manner such that it is free to revolve about its axis.0 A. directed parallel to its axis.1 cm.13.0314 T. or about 600 times the magnetic field of the earth].

Figure 9. (b) 0.13 Effect of Paramagnetism A solenoid with 16 turns/cm carries a current of 1.13. oriented along axis right-handed with respect to spin.] (d) What is the magnetic field outside of the cylinder? Assume that the cylinder is infinitely long. 9.3 A. in A/m? [Ans: K = σ v0 . (a) By how much does the magnetic field inside the solenoid increase when a close-fitting chromium rod is inserted? [Note: Chromium is a paramagnetic material with magnetic susceptibility χ = 2.68 A/m.13.86 µT. [Ans: (a) 0. [Ans: 0]. B = µ0 K = µ0σ v0 .] (b) Find the magnitude of the magnetization M of the rod.7 ×10− 4 .9 (b) What is the surface current K on the walls of the cylinder.] 68 .] (c) What is magnetic field inside the cylinder? [Ans.

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