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Unformatted text preview: 1 PHYS809 Class 24 Notes The magnetic vector potential Since 0, = B (24.1) there is a vector potential A such that . = B A (24.2) Note that A is not unique since adding the gradient of a scalar to the vector potential leaves B unchanged. The transformation + A A (24.3) is called a gauge transformation . The freedom allowed by gauge transformation is exploited to have A take any convenient form. In magnetostatics, a convenient choice is the Coulomb gauge 0. = A (24.4) Since , = B J (24.5) the potential is the solution of ( ) . = A J (24.6) Using the identity ( ) ( ) 2 , =  A A A i (24.7) we have ( ) 2 .  = A A J i (24.8) For the Coulomb gauge this simplifies to the Poisson equation 2 . =  A J (24.9) By comparison with electrostatics, the solution to this equation for a localized current distribution is ( ) ( ) 3 . 4 allspace d x =  J x A x x x (24.10) For a current loop ( ) . 4 loop I d =  x A x x x (24.11) 2 Vector potential for a circular loop Consider a circular loop of radius a in the x y plane centered on the origin. First note that, because of the pattern of current flow, in spherical polar coordinates, only A is nonzero. Since cos sin , a a = + x i j (24.12) the line element is ( ) sin cos . d a a d =  + x i j (24.13) From equation (24.11), the vector potential is From equation (24....
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This note was uploaded on 12/02/2011 for the course PHYS 809 taught by Professor Macdonald during the Fall '11 term at University of Delaware.
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