Completing Maxwell's equations by symmetrization
Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique, Centre de Valduc - 21120 Is-sur-Tille, France
Accepted: 6 November 2000
Maxwell's equations have allowed to obtain, for more than 100 years, a large number of results in electricity, magnetism, optics, wave theory, etc. But the antisymmetry between electric and magnetic fields is not completely respected in Maxwell's equations. By developing a theory where this antisymmetry is respected, a more complete set of equations is obtained in which the electromagnetic tensor is the divergence of a third-order tensor made up from electric and magnetic potentials. In particular, the Lorentz equations are included in these divergence equations and do not appear as a necessary trick. Electric fields produced by rotating magnets are then deduced.
PACS: 03.50.De – Classical electromagnetism, Maxwell equations / 41.20.Gz – Magnetostatics; magnetic shielding, magnetic induction, boundary-value problems
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