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Boundary Conditions for an Infinite Conducting Sheet

  1. Mar 27, 2012 #1
    If we place an infinite conducting sheet in free space, and fix its potential to [itex]\varphi_0[/itex], how do we solve solve for the potential on either side of the sheet? Since the potential blows up at infinity, it seems impossible to define boundary conditions.
     
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  3. Mar 30, 2012 #2
    Yes, the potential does blow up at infinity, but this is not a problem with the physics because there are nor infinite conducting sheets in the physical world. To solve the problem mathematically, you would use Gauss's law with a Gaussian pillbox straddling the surface rather than formulate it as a electric potential boundary problem (what would be your boundary, anyways).
     
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