In physics, the Lorentz force is the force exerted on a charged particle in an electromagnetic field. The particle will experience a force due to electric field of qE, and due to the magnetic field qv × B. Combined they give the Lorentz force equation (or law): Image File history File links Solenoid. ...
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Electrostatics (also known as Static Electricity) is the branch of physics that deals with the forces exerted by a static (i. ...
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In physics and mathematical analysis, Gausss law is the electrostatic application of the generalized Gausss theorem giving the equivalence relation between any flux, e. ...
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In physics, the electric dipole moment for a pair of opposite charges of magnitude q is defined as the magnitude of the charge times the distance between them and the defined direction is toward the positive charge. ...
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In physics, AmpÃ¨res Circuital law, discovered by AndrÃ©Marie AmpÃ¨re, relates the circulating magnetic field in a closed loop to the electric current passing through the loop. ...
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Magnetic flux, represented by the Greek letter Î¦ (phi), is a measure of quantity of magnetism, taking account of the strength and the extent of a magnetic field. ...
The BiotSavart law is a physical law with applications in both electromagnetics and fluid dynamics. ...
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Classical electrodynamics (or classical electromagnetism) is a theory of electromagnetism that was developed over the course of the 19th century, most prominently by James Clerk Maxwell. ...
Electric current is the flow (movement) of electric charge. ...
Electromotive force (emf) is the amount of energy gained per unit charge that passes through a device in the opposite direction to the electric field existing across that device. ...
Electromagnetic induction is the production of an electrical potential difference (or voltage) across a conductor situated in a changing magnetic flux. ...
Faradays law of induction (more generally, the law of electromagnetic induction) states that the induced emf (electromotive force) in a closed loop equals the negative of the time rate of change of magnetic flux through the loop. ...
Displacement current is a quantity related to a changing electric field. ...
In electromagnetism, Maxwells equations are a set of equations first presented as a distinct group in the later half of the nineteenth century by James Clerk Maxwell. ...
The electromagnetic field is a physical field that is produced by electrically charged objects and which affects the behaviour of charged objects in the vicinity of the field. ...
Electromagnetic waves can be imagined as a selfpropagating transverse oscillating wave of electric and magnetic fields. ...
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Electrical conduction is the movement of electrically charged particles through a transmission medium (electrical conductor). ...
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Capacitance is a measure of the amount of electric charge stored (or separated) for a given electric potential. ...
Inductance (or electric inductance) is a measure of the amount of magnetic flux produced for a given electric current. ...
Electrical impedance, or simply impedance, is a measure of opposition to a sinusoidal alternating electric current. ...
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The electromagnetic field is a physical field that is produced by electrically charged objects and which affects the behaviour of charged objects in the vicinity of the field. ...
Hendrik Antoon Lorentz (July 18, 1853, Arnhem â€“ February 4, 1928, Haarlem) was a Dutch physicist who shared the 1902 Nobel Prize in Physics with Pieter Zeeman for the discovery and elucidation of the Zeeman effect. ...
where  F is the force (in newtons)
 E is the electric field (in volts per meter)
 B is the magnetic field (in webers per square meter, or equivalently, teslas)
 q is the electric charge of the particle (in coulombs)
 v is the instantaneous velocity of the particle (in meters per second)
 and × is the cross product.
Thus a positively charged particle will be accelerated in the same linear orientation as the E field, but will curve perpendicularly to the B field according to the righthand rule. In physics, force is an influence that may cause an object to accelerate. ...
The newton (symbol: N) is the SI unit of force. ...
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In physics, the weber (symbol: Wb) is the SI unit of magnetic flux. ...
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Electric charge is a fundamental conserved property of some subatomic particles, which determines their electromagnetic interaction. ...
The coulomb (symbol: C) is the SI unit of electric charge. ...
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The Significance of the Lorentz Force
The Lorentz force is one of the original eight Maxwell's equations (equation D) and it is the solution to the differential form of Faraday's Law. Nowadays, Faraday's law is used instead of the Lorentz force in Maxwell's equations. Faraday's law and the Lorentz force both express the same physics. The discovery of the Lorentz force was before Lorentz's time. It can be seen at equation (77) in Maxwell's 1861 paper On Physical Lines of Force. 1 July 2007 (UTC)Bold text In electromagnetism, Maxwells equations are a set of equations first presented as a distinct group in the later half of the nineteenth century by James Clerk Maxwell. ...
Faradays law of induction (more generally, the law of electromagnetic induction) states that the induced emf (electromotive force) in a closed loop equals the negative of the time rate of change of magnetic flux through the loop. ...
In electromagnetism, Maxwells equations are a set of equations first presented as a distinct group in the later half of the nineteenth century by James Clerk Maxwell. ...
Lorentz force in special relativity When particle speeds approach the speed of light, the Lorentz force equation must be modified according to special relativity: The special theory of relativity was proposed in 1905 by Albert Einstein in his article On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies. Some three centuries earlier, Galileos principle of relativity had stated that all uniform motion was relative, and that there was no absolute and welldefined state of rest...
where is called the Lorentz factor and c is the speed of light in a vacuum. It has been suggested that Lorentz term be merged into this article or section. ...
A line showing the speed of light on a scale model of Earth and the Moon The speed of light in a vacuum is an important physical constant denoted by the letter c for constant or the Latin word celeritas meaning swiftness.[1] It is the speed of all electromagnetic...
This relativistic form is identical to the conventional expression of the Lorentz force if the momentum form of Newton's law, F= dp/dt, is used, and the momentum p is assumed to be p = γmv. The change of energy due to the electric and magnetic fields, in relativistic form, is simply The change in energy depends only on the electric field, and not on the magnetic field.
Covariant form of the Lorentz force 
The Lorentz force equation can be written in covariant form in terms of the field strength tensor. In special relativity, in order to more clearly express the fact that Maxwells equations (in vacuum) take the same form in any inertial coordinate system, the vacuum Maxwells equations are written in terms of fourvectors and tensors in the manifestly covariant form (cgs units): , and where is...
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 where
 τ is c times the proper time of the particle,
 q is the charge,
 u is the 4velocity of the particle, defined as:
 and

 F is the field strength tensor (or electromagnetic tensor) and is written in terms of fields as:

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The fields are transformed to a frame moving with constant relative velocity by: In relativity, proper time is time measured by a single clock between events that occur at the same place as the clock. ...
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In physics, in particular in special relativity and general relativity, the fourvelocity of an object is a fourvector (vector in fourdimensional spacetime) that replaces classical velocity (a threedimensional vector). ...
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where is a Lorentz transformation. A Lorentz transformation (LT) is a linear transformation that preserves the spacetime interval between any two events in Minkowski space, while leaving the origin fixed (=rotation of Minkowski space). ...
Derivation The μ = 1 component (xcomponent) of the force is 
Here, τ is the proper time of the particle. Substituting the components of the electromagnetic tensor F yields In relativity, proper time is time measured by a single clock between events that occur at the same place as the clock. ...

Writing the fourvelocity in terms of the ordinary velocity yields In physics, in particular in special relativity and general relativity, the fourvelocity of an object is a fourvector (vector in fourdimensional spacetime) that replaces classical velocity (a threedimensional vector). ...


The calculation of the μ = 2 or μ = 3 is similar yielding 
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which is the Lorentz force law.
Applications The Lorentz force is a principle exploited in many devices including: The Lorentz force can also act on a current carrying conductor, in this case called Laplace Force, by the interaction of the conduction electrons with the atoms of the conductor material. This force is used in many devices including : A pair of Dee electrodes with loops of coolant pipes on their surface at the Lawrence Hall of Science. ...
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A homopolar generator, also known as a unipolar generator, acyclic generator, or disk dynamo, is an electrical generator in which the magnetic field has the same polarity at every point, so that the armature passes through the magnetic field lines of force continually in the same direction. ...
A cavity magnetron is a highpowered vacuum tube that generates coherent microwaves. ...
An MPD thruster during test firing The Magnetoplasmadynamic (MPD) thruster (MPDT) is a form of electric propulsion (a subdivision of spacecraft propulsion) which uses the Lorentz force (a force resulting from the interaction between a magnetic field and an electric current) to generate thrust. ...
Mass spectrometry is a technique for separating ions by their masstocharge (m/z) ratios. ...
The BiotSavart law is a physical law with applications in both electromagnetics and fluid dynamics. ...
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Electromagnetism is the physics of the electromagnetic field: a field which exerts a force on particles that possess the property of electric charge, and is in turn affected by the presence and motion of those particles. ...
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Hendrik Antoon Lorentz (July 18, 1853, Arnhem â€“ February 4, 1928, Haarlem) was a Dutch physicist who shared the 1902 Nobel Prize in Physics with Pieter Zeeman for the discovery and elucidation of the Zeeman effect. ...
In electromagnetism, Maxwells equations are a set of equations first presented as a distinct group in the later half of the nineteenth century by James Clerk Maxwell. ...
In special relativity, in order to more clearly express the fact that Maxwells equations (in vacuum) take the same form in any inertial coordinate system, the vacuum Maxwells equations are written in terms of fourvectors and tensors in the manifestly covariant form (cgs units): , and where is...
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The AbrahamLorentz force is the average force on an accelerating charged particle caused by the particle emitting electromagnetic radiation. ...
Reference  Serway and Jewett (2004). Physics for Scientists and Engineers with Modern Physics. Thomson Brooks/Cole. ISBN 053440846X.
 Feynman, Leighton and Sands (2006). The Feynman Lectures on Physics The Definitive Edition Volume II. Pearson Addison Wesley. ISBN 0805390472.
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