In this post, we will cover the Biot-Savart Law statement, formula, and derivation.
Biot and Savart conducted many experiments to determine the factors on which the magnetic field due to current in a conductor depends.
The results of the experiments are summarized as Biot-Savart law.
Let us consider a conductor XY carrying a current I (Fig 1).
AB = dl is a small element of the conductor. P is a point at a distance r from the mid point O of AB.
Biot-Savart Law statement
According to Biot and Savart, the magnetic induction dB at P due to the element of length dl is
(i) directly proportional to the current (I)
(ii) directly proportional to the length of the element (dl )
(iii) directly proportional to the sine of the angle between dl and the line joining element dl and the point P (sin θ)
(iv) inversely proportional to the square of the distance of the point from the element (1/r2)
Biot-Savart Law formula & derivation
∴ dB α (I dl sin θ) /r2
=> dB = K (I dl sin θ) /r2
Here, K is the constant of proportionality
The constant K =μ/4π, where μ is the permeability of the medium.
dB = (μ/4π) (I dl sin θ) /r2
dB = (μ Idl sin θ) /(4πr2)
μ = μr μ0 where μr is the relative permeability of the medium and μ0 is the permeability of free space. μ0 = 4π × 10–7 henry/metre.
dB = (μ0 Idl sin θ) /(4πr2)
scalar and vector forms of Biot-Savart law
Here are the scalar and vector forms of Biot-Savart law.
The direction of dB is perpendicular to the plane containing current element Idl and r (i.e plane of the paper) and acts inwards. The unit of magnetic induction is tesla (or) weber m-2.
[ Also read Ampere’s Circuital Law – formula, derivation]