What is the RMS magnetic field of light

1. Nov 24, 2015

lloyd21

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
A window, 1.0m by 1.0m receives 27J of energy, from sunlight, in one minute. What is the Rms magnetic field of the light striking the window.

2. Relevant equations

E = cB
I = (ErmsBrms) / μo
3. The attempt at a solution
Not sure if those equations are right when solving this problem and cant find a problem similiar to it....completely stuck. Do I use Poynting's vector?

2. Nov 24, 2015

Staff: Mentor

For a homogeneous magnetic field within some volume, what is its energy density?
For an electromagnetic field satisfying E=cB, what is the associated energy density of the electric field?

How can you convert the given area and time to a volume, and why does the approach with a homogeneous field work?

3. Dec 1, 2015

lloyd21

Energy Density = B^2 / Mew ??

4. Dec 1, 2015

Staff: Mentor

µ (mu)?

$\displaystyle \frac {B^2} {2 \mu}$ is the energy density of magnetic fields.

5. Dec 2, 2015

lloyd21

Yes I get that, I don't know how I would find the magnetic field. The area is 1. Not to sure how that and time can get a volume either.

6. Dec 2, 2015

lloyd21

I first found the intensity I = (27 J) / (60s)(1) = 0.45 W/m2

7. Dec 2, 2015

lloyd21

If I= EoBo / 2Mu

then Bo = 2Mu I / Eo

So Bo = 2(4pie x 10^-7 Tm/A) (0.45 W/m^2) / (8.854x10^-12 F/m)

Bo = 1.2x 10^5

Brms = 1.2 x 10^5 / sqrt(2) = 9.0 x 10^4

Other than my final units which I don't know yet, does that look correct??

8. Dec 2, 2015

Staff: Mentor

Where does that equation come from? What are "Eo" and "Bo"?

9. Dec 2, 2015

lloyd21

Eo is Electric Field of 8.854x10^-12
Bo is the magnetic field I would solve for? then turn into Brms by dividing my answer by sqrt(2) ......???

10. Dec 2, 2015

Staff: Mentor

That doesn't make sense.
The electric field strength does not have a fixed value in any unit system.
The electric vacuum permittivity has this numerical value in a suitable unit system, if you add those units. It is not the electric field strength.

Stop multiplying random numbers please, this does not help.
I gave hints how to approach the problem in post 2, you can follow them if you like. So far you just followed the first hint given there.

11. Dec 2, 2015

lloyd21

Yes, number 1.

2. I dont know the magnetic field B, c is the speed of light in a vacuum constant?
3. I dont know how the area and time can give volume.

12. Dec 2, 2015

Staff: Mentor

B is B. Yes c is the speed of light in vacuum (and to a good approximation the speed of light in air).
You know the speed.

13. Dec 2, 2015

lloyd21

https://s.yimg.com/hd/answers/i/a22e6906e4a44a42b9eac01e38e8e649_A.png?a=answers&mr=0&x=1449097211&s=669a9de4864363846733969a48433616 [Broken] This is what I initially used...are these correct or incorrect

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14. Dec 2, 2015

Staff: Mentor

You can use the Poynting vector, sure, but you have to find some way to eliminate unknown quantities (like the electric field) out of that equation.
The relation between electric and magnetic field is in post 1 already.

15. Dec 2, 2015

lloyd21

Im more confused now than when I started...I have no idea

16. Dec 3, 2015

lloyd21

wait, the volume times the energy should give me a total energy density. Then multiply that by Mew, and sqrt it....that will give my rms magnetic field!?