# Question about Ampere's law in vacuum and in matter

1. Nov 14, 2012

### Arham

Hi

We can derive equation $\nabla.D=\rho_f$ from equation $\nabla.E=\rho/\epsilon_0$. But what about Ampere's law? I tried to derive $\nabla\times{H}=J_f+\partial{D}/\partial{t}$ from $\nabla\times{B}=\mu_0J+\epsilon_0\mu_0\partial{E}/\partial{t}$ but I could not. This is strange because I thought that Maxwell's equations in vacuum are enough for studying electromagnetic field in any matter and that Maxwell's equations in matter are derivable from them.

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2. Nov 14, 2012

### Staff: Mentor

They are, if you add some assumptions about the material - D proportional (and parallel) to E and so on.
For materials where this is not true, I don't know.

3. Nov 14, 2012

### Arham

$\partial{D}/\partial{t}=\epsilon_0\partial{E}/\partial{t}+\partial{P}/\partial{t}$. The second term is underivable from Ampere's law in vacuum.

4. Nov 14, 2012

### Staff: Mentor

Add the assumption that $D \propto E$, and it works.

In general, this can be wrong, but I don't know if the regular Maxwell equations work there at all. If $\epsilon_r$ is a tensor (or nonlinear), things can get difficult.

5. Nov 14, 2012

### Arham

Dear mfb,

I think I found the solution. $\partial{P}/\partial{t}$ is some kind of current (bound charges are moving). So if we write total current density as $J=J_f+\nabla\times{M}+J_p$ where $J_p$ is polarization current density, we can solve the problem.

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