Physical Significance of the Vector Potential

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Scientific Paper
Title Physical Significance of the Vector Potential
Author(s) Thomas E Phipps
Keywords Ampere force, invariants, Lorentz force, VACE?s, vector potential
Published 1998
Journal Electric Spacecraft Journal
Number 26
Pages 20-22


Empiricism indicates that the Lorentz force is in need of additional terms. Phipps suggests that the force law could be generalized simply by redefining electric intensity as ?[grad][phi] ? dA/dt, where d/dt is defined as the total time derivative. The difference from the Lorentz force law would have escaped observation because it integrates to zero in closed circuits. Phipps presents the current status of his research and invites interested parties to help resolve remaining anomalies, either experimentally or theoretically.