Maxwell’s Equations—Generalization of Ampère-Maxwell’s Law

  • Bahman Zohuri


Ampère’s Law, relating a steady electric current to a circulating magnetic field, was well known by the time James Clerk Maxwell started his research in a similar field in the 1850s. Although Ampère’s Law was known to apply only to static situations involving steady currents, it was Maxwell’s effort to add another source term—a change of electric flux—that extended the applicability of Ampère’s Law to time-dependent conditions. More important, it was the presence of this term in Ampère’s equation that led to it being known as Ampère-Maxwell’s Law. It allowed Maxwell to distinguish the electromagnetic nature of light and to develop a comprehensive theory of electromagnetism [1].


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bahman Zohuri
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  1. 1.Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringUniversity of New Mexico, Galaxy Advanced Engineering, Inc.AlbuquerqueUSA

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