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Homework Help: Time-dependent surface current density

  1. May 12, 2007 #1
    We have an infinitely long solenoid of radius R along the z-axis. The solenoid is electrically neutral. The surface current density K is dependent in time, K(t)=Kocos(wt)

    Find the magnetic field B(s,t) produced for s<R (inside solenoid), s>R (outside solenoid), and the associated electric fields.

    I had first considered using Ampere's Law to find the magnetic field, but realized that since the current is not constant that I can't use it. But I'm not sure if this works with time-dependence, since it is technically still a constant in terms of position (x,y,z). Can Ampere's Law be applied here? Otherwise I don't really know how to approach the problem since the Biot-Savart Law seems to be too complicated. Also, shouldn't the magnetic field outside the solenoid be zero?
    And once I find out B, do I have to apply Maxwell's equations to find E?

    I'm sorry I don't have an elaborate attempt, I'm really pretty stuck on this question.
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  3. May 13, 2007 #2


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    I believe you can use any law you want as long as the time rate of change of the quantities involved is small compared with the distance scale - which I suspect is what is expected here. Otherwise you have to deal with advanced and retarded potentials etc. If that doesn't mean anything to you than just use Ampere's and Biot-Savart.
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