Conventions ! The experiments on the interaction of a conductor carrying a current and a magnetic field conducted by Oersted more than two hundred years ago , have resulted in conventions that unfortunately are still colouring our perceptions of how exactly the electromagnetic field around a wire carrying a current is configured. Even when we have the means of verifying the truth or falsity of these perceptions we have failed to put right many of the previously drawn hypotheses , which a cursory examination show to be false. For instance to take one of the most damaging hypotheses on which practically the whole foundation of electromagnetism rests. Let us take the field due to a flow of current in a straight conductor. We have been told that in such a case the magnetic field , exists at right angle to the conductor , this is patently false. An examination of Fig1. Shows the experiment which was conducted to show that the magnetic field exists at right angles to the conductor. Fig 1.http://www.geocities.com/natureoflight/id3.html Even a little bit of thought shows that this must be wrong , these concentric circles exist at every point along the length of the conductor , they would obviously taper off towards the positive and negative poles , thus the electromagnetic field around a conductor; must in fact resemble the field around a bar magnet. As shown in Fig 2http://www.geocities.com/natureoflight/id3.html It can easily be proven , by a simple experiment that a compass placed in this field would undergo not the tangential deflection seen in Fig 1.but would align with the lines of force in a north south direction.Thus it can be rationalized , even without resource to practical experiments , that the electromagnetic field around a straight conductor carrying a current is a solenoidal field. An argument might be made that the field seen in Fig 2, describes the electrical field around the conductor and not the magnetic field but this is superfluous , since the field around the conductor is seen to be indistinguishable from that generated around a permanent bar magnet. Therefore the theory put forward by New Field Theory or "Aumic" theory that the "lines of force " observed around a conductor carrying an electrical current are in fact lines of linked photons which originate at the negative pole , flow through the conductor , leave the conductor at the positive pole , travel through the space surrounding the conductor and re-enter the conductor at the negative end , resulting in a continuous loop of energy, in and around the conductor , is substantiated. It is also conclusively proved that the electromagnetic field around the conductor is not as has hitherto been believed emanating at right angles to the conductor . Fig 3http://www.geocities.com/natureoflight/id3.html Fig 3. According to the theory proposed by Oersted and the convention still followed today if we were to view the lines of force around an electrical conductor laid flat on the page , then the lines of force would be represented by the dots shown in Fig 3. i.e they would be coming vertically through the paper. A simple experiment shows that this is not true , if iron filings are sprinkled around a conductor positioned as shown in, the iron filings should stand on end (b) be localised around the points indicated . What we see in fact is neither of these two phenomena , what we see is the type of formation indicated in Fig 2.