Some remarks on the charging capacitor problem

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C. J. Papachristou


The charging capacitor is the standard textbook and classroom example for explaining the concept of the so-called Maxwell displacement current. A certain aspect of the problem, however, is often overlooked. It concerns the conditions for satisfaction of the Faraday-Henry law inside the capacitor. Expressions for the electromagnetic field are derived that properly satisfy all four of Maxwell’s equations in that region.


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Papachristou, C. J. (2018). Some remarks on the charging capacitor problem. Advanced Electromagnetics, 7(2), 10–12.
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C. J. Papachristou, Naval Academy of Greece

Faculty, Dept. of Physical Sciences, Naval Academy of Greece


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