publication . Article . 2017

The Misconception of Closed Magnetic Flux Lines

Luca Zilberti;
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  • Published: 25 Apr 2017 Journal: IEEE Magnetics Letters, volume 8, pages 1-5 (issn: 1949-307X, eissn: 1949-3088, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
The belief that magnetic flux lines are always closed has been widely disseminated, handed down from Faraday through the present day. We review the problem and revisit the example of “the wire and the loop,” which shows analytically that flux lines are not necessarily closed, and extend its analysis. The pictorial representation based on flux lines may give rise to erroneous conclusions not inherent in Maxwell's laws.
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