∇E = 0 in an Ohmic, 2d Hall conductor with constant B?

by ManDay
Tags: electrostatics, field equations, hall effect, ohm's law
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Apr30-13, 06:46 AM
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I've been trying to figure this out for long now but unfortunally, I'm not able to prove that ∇E = 0 in an Ohmic, 2d Hall conductor E = Rj + vB with B = const (and orthogonal to j).

There is quite a bit of subtlety involved in how to interpret v in that sort of ad-hoc generalization of Ohm's law, and I'm not 100% sure I got that right. If we define ρ by j := ρv and assume a static background-charge ρ' so that ∇E = (ρ' + ρ)/ε I end up at

∇E = -1/ρ(Bj + B/(ρR)j)∇ρ

from Ohm's relation. However, I don't see how that would prove that ∇E = 0 given that this PDE appears to have nontrivial solutions for j's which satisfy ∇j = 0.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Edit: I just thought of something: Perhaps this depends on assumptions concerning the carriers of charge. In particular that the mobile charges are strictly of one sign and thus ρ > 0! Then it could possibly be shown that the PDE cannot be satisfied. Investigating...
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