Magnetic field is an invisible space around a magnetic object. A magnetic field is basically used to describe the distribution of magnetic force around a magnetic object.

Magnetic fields are created or produced when the electric charge/current moves within the vicinity of the magnet. Here, the sub-atomic particle such as electrons with a negative charge moves around creating a magnetic field. These fields can originate inside the atoms of magnetic objects or within electrical conductors or wires.

### Table of Content

- Representation of Magnetic Field
- Magnetic Field Unit
- Magnetic Force
- Magnetic Field Of A Straight Line Current
- Magnetic Field of a Current-carrying Circular Loop
- Magnetic Field Variation on the Axial Distance
- Magnetic Field Of A Solenoid

## Representation of Magnetic Field

Magnetic field can be depicted in several ways. Mathematically, it can be represented as a vector field which can be plotted as different sets on a grid. Another way is the use of field lines. The set of vectors are connected with lines. Here the magnetic field lines never cross each other and never stop.

## Magnetic Field Unit and Measurement

The measurement of the magnetic field involves measuring its strength and direction. The measurement is necessary because every magnetic field is different from each other. Magnetic field intensity is either small and weak while some are very strong and large. If we look at the earth’s magnetic field it is weak but large.

**Also Read:** Electromagnetism

Nonetheless, the term magnetic field represents two unique but related fields which are usually denoted by the symbols H and B. H represents the magnetic field strength and is measured in the SI unit of ampere per meter. Meanwhile, B represents magnetic flux density and is measured in tesla.

## Magnetic Force

Magnetic field depicts how a moving charge flows around a magnetic object. Magnetic force is a force that arises due to the interaction of magnetic fields. It can be either repulsive or attractive force.

Magnetic Force Acting on a Moving Charge in the Presence of Magnetic Field

A change ‘a’ is moving with a velocity ‘v’ making an angle ‘θ’ with the field direction. Experimentally, we found that a magnetic force acts on the moving charge and is given by

Characteristics:

(1) No magnetic force acts on a stationary change present in the magnetic field.

(2) No magnetic force acts on a moving change when it is moving either parallel (or) Antiparallel to the field direction.

(3) The magnetic force acting on the moving change is maximum, when the change is moving

So, as

No work is done by the magnetic force on a moving charge because

As a result, there is no change in K.E of a change. There is no change in speed but the direction of motion may change.

**Magnetic Force on Currents**

Let us consider a line charge ‘λ’ moving with a velocity ‘v’ as shown in the figure. The amount of charge crossing a point p in a time interval Δt is λVΔt. The rate of flow of charge across the point p is nothing but the line current I.

Note: I is taken out of the integral because the currents which we are considering are study currents. A conductor

If

If it is a closed current-carrying conductor, carrying a steady current and is placed in a magnetic field

If

### Magnetic Field Of A Straight Line Current

A straight current-carrying conductor is carrying a current I as shown in the figure. By using, Biot – Savart’s law we are now finding the magnetic field at a point p, which is at a distance ‘r’ from the wire

OA=Z

r tanθ = Z

dz = rsec^{2}θdθ

**Case I:** In case of an Infinite wire carrying a current I the angle subtended by the ends at the point P can be considered

**Case II:** If the wire is having length extended to ∞ and the point P is present on a perpendicular passing through one end of this semi-infinite wire.

**Case III:** If the point p is on a ⊥ar bisector of length 2L.

(or)

### Magnetic Field of a Current-carrying Circular Loop

A circular loop carrying a current I in anti-clockwise direction lies in XY-plane with its centre at the origin. By using B.S.L, we are now calculating a magnetic field at point P.

Using B.S.L,

In case of a circular loop,

∴

They y – components of

At the centre, z = 0,

A circular loop carrying a current I behaves as a magnetic dipole having magnetic dipole moment

In case of flat surfaces. m = I (πR^{2})

The direction of the magnetic dipole moment depends on the sense of the current in the loop is in the anti-clockwise direction, then ‘m’ is directed ⊥ar to the plane outwards. If the current is in a clockwise direction, then the magnetic moment is directed ⊥ar to the plane inwards.

### Magnetic Field Variation on the Axial Distance

At the centre, the M.F is maximum, but when we are moving to either side of the circular loop along the z-axis, the field is varying Non – linearly, at two points along the axis, the second derivative of

The variation of

These two points are known as ‘the points of inflexion of the graph’.

### Magnetic Field Of A Solenoid

‘N’ turns are wound on a cylindrical tube having radius ‘a’ & length ‘L’, so closely that the surface of the cylindrical tube presents a surface current density ‘k’. Assuming each turn having a circular shape.

The M.F on the axis due to each turn carrying a current I is

The no of turns are n d z and the current I in the above formula can be replaced by ndzi of the M.F due to this current is

z = a tan θ , dx = a sec^{2 }θ dθ.

This is the M.F due to the small surface current element dz of the surface current at a point p on the axis.

If the two ends of the solenoid are subtending angles θ_{1} and θ_{2} at the point p on the axis of the solenoid, then the M.F at point p is given by

**Case I:** For a long solenoid at any point O inside the solenoid, the M.F can be calculated as follows.

**Case II:** If the point P is at one end of the long solenoid.

Comparing 1 and 2, The magnetic field is only 1/2 at the end because there is a leakage of ϕ_{B} at the ends. We can avoid this leakage of flux, by joining the ends of the solenoid. This is called endless solenoid (or) solenoid toroid.

### Force and Torque on a Current Loop or Coil in a Uniform Magnetic Field

Let a rectangular current loop ABCD having length AB = CD =

Forces I (b × B) on arms AD and BC act in opposite directions along the vertical axis of suspension X Y and hence cancel.

Forces on arms AB and DC, being perpendicular to the field, are i

These forces form a couple of arm PR = PQ sin Ɵ = b sin Ɵ.

As Torque = force X arm or perpendicular distance between the two forces.

For a loop having n turns,

If the plane of the loop makes an angle Ɵ with the direction of B. Then

It can be seen from the above equation that the torque acting on the coil is similar to the torque acting on a magnet in a uniform magnetic field,

When the plane of the circular loop is parallel to the applied magnetic field the torque becomes maximum i.e.,

### Couple Acting on a Bar Magnet Placed in a Uniform Magnetic Field

Let us consider a bar magnet (NS) of pole strength ‘m’ and magnetic length

The torque

τ = (mB) SP = mB(NS) sin θ ( since sin θ = SP/NS)

(or) τ = mB (2l) sin θ (since NS = 2l)

= (m 2l) B sin θ

= MB sin θ

Where M = (m 2l) B sin θ is a constant for a given magnet and is known as the moment of the magnet. Thus the torque on the magnet depends on the angle between the magnetic field ‘B’ and the axis of the magnet. When the magnet is parallel to the direction of the field (Ɵ = 0), the torque on the magnet is equal to zero. IF the magnet is at right angles to the direction of the field (Ɵ = 90°), the torque is maximum τ = mB.

### Magnetic Induction Due to a Bar Magnet on its Axial Line

The axial line of a magnet is the line passing through both the poles of the magnet. Let us consider a bar magnet (NS) of magnetic length ‘2l’ and pole strength ‘m’ as shown in Fig.

Let ‘A’ be a point on the axial line at a distance d from the centre (O) of the magnet. The magnetic induction at ‘A’ due to the north pole of the magnet is given by

acting along NA.

Similarly, the magnetic induction at A due to the south pole of the magnet is given by

Therefore, the resultant magnetic induction at A is along NA and is given by,

Where M = m (

Thus the magnetic induction at any point on the axial line of a bar magnet is given by

The direction of the magnetic induction B_{A} on the axial line is always in the same direction as the magnetic moment.

In the case of a short bar magnet, i.e., when

### Magnetic Induction Due to a Bar Magnet on its Equatorial Line

Equatorial line of a magnet is the perpendicular bisector of the axis of the magnet. Let us consider a point E on the equatorial line of a bar magnet (NS) at a distance d from the centre ‘O’ of the magnet. Let ‘m’ be the pole strength and ‘

The magnetic induction at ‘E’ due to the north pole of the magnet is given by

Similarly, the magnetic induction at ‘E’ due to the south pole of the magnet can be written as

B_{N} and B_{S} can be vectorially represented along (EP and EQ) the sides of the parallelogram EPRQ. Then ER the diagonal of the parallelogram gives the resultant field induction BE. From the similar triangle EPR and NES we have

∴

The direction of the field induction B_{E} on the equatorial line is always opposite to the direction of the magnetic moment. In the case of a short bar magnet, i.e., when