Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Polarization question

  1. Oct 23, 2012 #1
    A thick spherical shell (inner radius a, outer radius b) is made of dielectric materials with a "frozen-in"polarization
    P(r) =k/r rhat;
    where k is a constant and r is the distance from the centre. There is no free charge.
    Find the electric field E in all three regions by two different methods:
    (a) Locate all the bound charge, and use Gauss’ law to calculate the field E produced.
    Im stuck for a<r<b
    so using gauss's law for a<r<b ,

    I need to find the Q enc= ∫-k/r^2dr (4πr^2) between r and a , k/r^2 comes from usinfg ∇.P=-k/r^2 , which I get to be -4∏(r-a)k ..which is not the answer its -4∏(r)k , which means Qencl is actually=-4∏(a)+4∏(r-a)k, so I have missed the charge at a ..But isnt the integral take into account all the charges from r to a, do I need to an additional -4∏(a)k just at r=a?

    can someone explain why?

    Thanks :)
  2. jcsd
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Can you offer guidance or do you also need help?
Draft saved Draft deleted

Similar Discussions: Polarization question
  1. Polarizer Question (Replies: 1)