Physics 12th Magnetic field due to current

Magnetic field due to current

(1) Introduction

  • In the previous chapter we have defined concept of magnetic field represented by vector B
  • We defined magnetic field B in terms of force it exerts on moving charges and on current carrying conductors
  • We also know that magnetic field is produced by the motion of the electric charges or electric current
  • In this chapter we would study the magnetic field produced by the steady current
  • we would study about how various factors affect the magnitude and direction of the magnetic field
  • We will also learn to calculate the equation for magnetic field B if the current configuration is known using Biot-savart's law and ampere circuital law

(2)Biot Savart Law

  • We know that electric current or moving charges are source of magnetic field
  • A Small current carrying conductor of length dl (length element ) carrying current I is a elementary source of magnetic field .The force on another similar conductor can be expressed conveniently in terms of magnetic field dB due to the first
  • The dependence of magnetic field dB on current I ,on size and orientation of the length element dl and on distance rwas first guessed by Biot and savart
  • The magnitude of the magnetic field dB at a distance r from a current element dl carrying current I is found to be proportional to I ,to the length dl and inversely proportional to the square of the distance |r|
  • The direction of the magnetic Field is perpendicular to the line element dl as well as radius r
  • Mathematically, Field dB is written as

    Here (μ0/4π) is the proportionality constant such that
    μ0/4π=10-7 Tesla Meter/Ampere(Tm/A)
  • Figure below illustrates the relation between magnetic field and current element

  • if in figure, Consider that line element dl and radius vector r connecting line element mid point to the field point P at which field is to be found are in the plane of the paper
  • From equation (1) ,we expect magnetic field to be perpendicular to both dl and r.Thus direction of dB is the direction of advance of right hand screw whose axis is perpendicular to the plane formed by dl and r and which is rotated from dl tor ( right hand screw rule of vector product)
  • Thus in figure ,dB at point P is perpendicular directed downwards represented by the symbol (x) and point Q field is directed in upward direction represented by the symbol (•)
  • The magnitude of magnetic field is

    where θ is the angle between the line element dl and radius vector r 
  • The resultant field at point P due to whole conductor can be found by integrating equation (1) over the length of the conductor i.e.

    Relation between permeability (μ0 and permittivity (ε0) of the free space
  • We know that
    μ0/4π=10-7 N/A2 ----(a)
    1/4πε0=9*109 N-m2/C2 ----(b)
    Dividing equation a by b we get
    μ0ε0 =1/(9*1016) (C/Am)2
    we know that
    So μ0ε0 =1/(3*108 m/s)2
    And 3*108 m/s is the speed of the light in free space
    So μ0ε0 =1/c2
    or c=1/√(μ0ε0)
(3) Comparison between Coulomb’s laws and Biot Savart laws
  • Both the electric and magnetic field depends inversely on square of distance between the source and field point .Both of them are long range forces
  • Charge element dq producing electric field is a scalar whereas the current element Idl is a vector quantity having direction same as that of flow of current 
  • According to coulomb’s law ,the magnitude of electric field at any point P depends only on the distance of the charge element from any point P .According to Biot savart law ,the direction of magnetic field is perpendicular to the current element as well as to the line joining the current element to the point P
  • Both electric field and magnetic field are proportional to the source strength namely charge and current element respectively. This linearity makes it simple to find the field due to more complicated distribution of charge and current by superposing those due to elementary changes and current elements
(4) Applications of Biot Savart law
In this section we will now apply Biot-Savart law as studied in previous section to calculate field B in some important cases

i) Magnetic Field due to steady current in an infinitely long straight wire
  • Consider a straight infinitely long wire carrying a steady current I
  • We want to calculate magnetic field at a point P at a distance R from the wire as shown below in figure

  • From Biot,-Savart law ,magnetic field dB due to small current element of the wire at point O at a distance |r|=r from point P is

  • since current element Idl and vector r makes an angle θ with each other ,the magnitude of the product dlXr is dlrsinθ and is directed perpendicular to both dl and r vector as shown in the figure

  • Since from our choice of co-ordinate, we found out that field B lies along z-axis therefore we can write

    where k is the unit vector along z-axis
  • we will now express sinθ and r in terms of R which is fixed distance for any point in space and l which describes the position of current element on the infinitely long wire .From figure 1 we have

    and r=(R2 +l2)1/2
    Putting these values in the equation (5) we find

  • To find the field due to entire straight wire carrying wire ,we would have to integrate equation (6) B=∫dB

  • To evaluate the integral on the RHS substitute
    l=RtanΦ and dl=Rsec2Φ dΦ

  • From equation (7) ,we noticed that
    i) Magnetic field is proportional to the current I
    ii) It is inversely proportional to the distance R
    iii)Magnetic field is in the direction perpendicular to the straight wire and vector AP=R
  • The magnetic line of force near a linear current carrying wire are concentric circles around the conductor in a plane perpendicular to the wire
  • Hence the direction of field Bat point P at a distance R from wire, will be along the tangent drawn on a circle of radius R around the conductor as shown below in figure

Direction of B
  • Direction of B can be found by right hand thumb rule i.e. grasp the wire with right hand ,the thumb pointing in direction of current ,the finger will curl around the wire in the direction of B
  • The magnetic field lines are circular closed curve around the wire
Application of Biot Savart law
ii) Force between two long and parallel current carrying conductor
  • It is experimentally established fact that two current carrying conductors attract each other when the current is in same direction and repel each other when the current are in opposite direction
  • Figure below shows two long parallel wires separated by distance d and carrying currents I1 and I2

  • Consider fig 5(a) wire A will produce a field B1 at all near by points .The magnitude of B1 due to current I1 at a distance d i.e. on wire b is
    B10I1/2πd                   ----(8)
  • According to the right hand rule the direction of B1 is in downward as shown in figure (5a)
  • Consider length l of wire B and the force experienced by it will be (I2lXB) whose magnitude is

  • Direction of F2 can be determined using vector rule .F2 Lies in the plane of the wires and points to the left
  • From figure (5) we see that direction of force is towards A if I2 is in same direction as I1 fig( 5a) and is away from A if I2is flowing opposite to I1 (fig 5b)
  • Force per unit length of wire B is

  • Similarly force per unit length of A due to current in B is

    and is directed opposite to the force on B due to A. Thus the force on either conductor is proportional to the product of the current
  • We can now make a conclusion that the conductors attract each other if the currents are in the same direction and repel each other if currents are in opposite direction

iii) Magnetic Field along axis of a circular current carrying coil
  • Let there be a circular coil of radius R and carrying current I. Let P be any point on the axis of a coil at a distance x from the center and which we have to find the field
  • To calculate the field consider a current element Idl at the top of the coil pointing perpendicular towards the reader
  • Current element Idl and r is the vector joining current element and point P as shown below in the figure

  • From Biot Savart law, the magnitude of the magnetic field due to this current element at P is

    where Φ is the angle between the length element dl and r
  • Since Idl and r are perpendicular to each other so Φ=90.Therefore

  • Resolving dB into two components we have dBsinθ along the axis of the loop and another one is dBcosθ at right angles to the x-axis
  • Since coil is symmetrical about x-axis the contribution dB due to the element on opposite side ( along -y axis ) will be equal in magnitude but opposite in direction and cancel out. Thus we only have dBsinθ component
  • The resultant B for the complete loop is given by,

    Now from figure 6
    sinθ=R/r =R/√(R2 + x2) So

  • If the coil has N number of turns then

Direction of B

  • Direction of magnetic field at a point on the axis of circular coil is along the axis and its orientation can be obtained by using right hand thumb rule .If the fingers are curled along the current, the stretched thumb will point towards the magnetic field
  • Magnetic field will be out of the page for anti-clockwise current and into the page for clockwise direction
Field at center of the coil

  • At the center of the coil x=0

Field at point far away from the center x>>>R

  • In this case R in the denominator can be neglected hence

  • For coil having N number of turns

  • If the area of the coil is πR2 then

  • m=NIA represents the magnetic moment of the current coil. Thus from equation (17) we have

iv) Magnetic Field at the center of a current carying arc
  • Consider an arc of radius R carrying current I as shown below in the figure

  • According to the Biot Savart law the magnetic field at any point P is given by

    Here dl=RdΦ

  • If l is the length of the arc then
    l=RΦ so that

  • Equation 19 and 20 gives us magnetic field only at the center of curvature of a circular arc of current
  • For semi circular loop put Φ=π in equation 19 and for full circle Φ=2π in equation 19 and calculate to find the result
  • If the circular current loop lies on the plane of the paper then magnetic field will be out of the page for anticlockwise current and into the page for clockwise current as shown below in the figure

(4) Ampere's circuital law
  • Ampere's circuital law in magnetism is analogous to gauss's law in electrostatics
  • This law is also used to calculate the magnetic field due to any given current distribution
  • This law states that
    " The line integral of resultant magnetic field along a closed plane curve is equal to μ0 time the total current crossing the area bounded by the closed curve provided the electric field inside the loop remains constant" Thus

    where μ0 is the permeability of free space and Ienc is the net current enclosed by the loop as shown below in the figure

  • The circular sign in equation (21) means that scalar product B.dl is to be integrated around the closed loop known as Amperian loop whose beginning and end point are same
  • Anticlockwise direction of integration as chosen in figure 9 is an arbitrary one we can also use clockwise direction of integration for our calculation depending on our convenience
  • To apply the ampere's law we divide the loop into infinitesimal segments dl and for each segment, we then calculate the scalar product of B and dl
  • B in general varies from point to point so we must use B at each location of dl
  • Amperion Loop is usually an imaginary loop or curve ,which is constructed to permit the application of ampere's law to a specific situation
Proof Of Ampere's Law
  • Consider a long straight conductor carrying current I perpendicular to the page in upward direction as shown below in the figure

  • From Biot Savart law, the magnetic field at any point P which is at a distance R from the conductor is given by

  • Direction of magnetic Field at point P is along the tangent to the circle of radius R withTh conductor at the center of the circle
  • For every point on the circle magnetic field has same magnitude as given by

    And field is tangent to the circle at each point
  • The line integral of B around the circle is

    since ∫dl=2πR ie, circumference of the circle so,

    This is the same result as stated by Ampere law
  • This ampere's law is true for any assembly of currents and for any closed curve though we have proved the result using a circular Amperean loop
  • If the wire lies outside the amperion loop, the line integral of the field of that wire will be zero

    but does not necessarily mean that B=0 everywhere along the path ,but only that no current is linked by the path
  • while choosing the path for integration ,we must keep in mind that point at which field is to be determined must lie on the path and the path must have enough symmetry so that the integral can be evaluated

(5) Magnetic field of a solenoid
  • A solenoid is a long wire wound in a close-packed helix carrying a current I and the length of the solenoid is much greater then its diameter
  • Figure below shows a section of a stretched out solenoid in xy and yz plane

  • The solenoid magnetic field is the vector sum of the field produced by the individual turns that make up the solenoid
  • Magnetic field B is nearly uniform and parallel to the axis of the solenoid at interior points near its center and external field near the center is very small
  • Consider a dashed closed path abcd as shown in figure .Let l be the length of side ab of the loop which is parallel to the is of the solenoid
  • Let us also consider that sides bc and da of the loop are very-very long so that side cd is very much far away from the solenoid and magnetic field at this side is negligibly small and for simplicity we consider its equal to 0
  • At side a magnetic field B is approximately parallel and constant. So for this side
  • Magnetic field B is perpendicular to sides bc and da ,hence these portions of the loop does not make any contributions to the line integral as B.dl=0 for the side bc and da
  • Side cd lies at external points solenoid where B.dl=0 as B=0 or negligibly small outside the solenoid
  • Hence sum around the entire closed path reduces to Bl
  • If N are number of turns per unit length in a solenoid then number of turns in length l is nl.The total current through the rectangle abcd is NIl and from ampere 's law
    or B=μ0NI                    (22)
  • we have obtained this relation for infinitely long solenoids considering the field at external points of the solenoid equal to zero.
  • However for real solenoids external field is relatively weak rather then equal to zero
  • Thus for actual solenoids relation 22 holds for internal points near the center of the solenoid
  • Field at internal points of the solenoid does not depend on length and diameter of the solenoid and is uniform over the cross-section of a solenoid
(6) Magnetic Field of a toriod
  • We will now apply Ampere circuital law to calculate magnetic field of a toriod
  • A toriodal solenoid is a hollow circular ring with a large number of turns of a wire carrying current wound around the ring
  • Suppose we have to find the magnetic field B at a point P inside the toriod as shown below in figure

  • In this case amperion loop would be a circle through point P and concentric inside the toriod
  • By symmetry field will have equal magnitude at all points of this circle and this field is tangential to every point in the circle

  • If there are total N number of turns ,net current crossing the area bounded by the circle is NI where I is the current in the toriod
  • using Ampere law

    Thus we see that field B varies with r i.e. field B is not uniform over the cross-section of the core because the path l=2πr is longer at the outer side of the section then at the inner side
  • Imagine a concentric circle through point P' outside the toriod
  • The net current passing through this circular disc is zero ,since the current NI passes in and same current passes out. Thus using Ampere's circuital law, the field B=0 outside the torriod

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