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Electromagnetic duality

  1. Nov 12, 2014 #1
    So, I'm trying to show that by duality [itex]B_{i}\rightarrow E_{i}[/itex], using tensor notation. I've done it in a different way, and it works (starting from [itex]\overline{F}_{ij}[/itex], the dual of F_ij), but I would like to get it from B_i directly. Where am I going wrong?

    This is what I did:

    [tex]B_{i}=\frac{1}{2}\epsilon_{ijk}F^{jk}\rightarrow B'_{i}=\frac{1}{2}\epsilon_{ijk}(i\overline{F}^{jk})=\frac{1}{2}i\epsilon_{ijk}(-\frac{1}{2}i\epsilon^{jk\rho\sigma}F_{\rho\sigma})[/tex]

    where in the last line I have inserted an extra 0-index in the Levi-Civita symbol (although I am not sure I know how to deal with zeros with epsilon), and made the substitution [itex](\rho,\sigma)\rightarrow(0,i)[/itex].

    However I calculate this to be [itex]-\frac{3}{2}F_{i0}[/itex] when it should be just [itex]F_{i0}=E_{i}[/itex]

    Any advice?
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  3. Nov 16, 2014 #2

    Meir Achuz

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    I don't understand your first equation for B'. B_i in the dual F is the 0i row, not what you write.
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