PHYS208 Fundamentals of Physics II

Quiz 3 -- Bonus Question

Find the effective dipole moment far away from a split-ring of charge.

[split ring dipole]


We would like to examine the electric field far from the ring and compare to the field dependence of a point dipole. A point away from the center must be considered so that we may consider the limit far away. There are two possibilities that should give the same answer far away:

Answer:  Effective dipole moment is p = (4 Q a) / pi.

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Copyright George Watson, Univ. of Delaware, 1997.