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Question 17

A long charged cylinder of linear charged density λ is surrounded by a hollow co-axial conducting cylinder. What is the electric field in the space between the two cylinders?

Answer

Charge density of the long charged cylinder of length L and radius r is λ.

Another cylinder of same length surrounds the pervious cylinder. The radius of this cylinder is R.

Let E be the electric field produced in the space between the two cylinders.

Electric flux through the Gaussian surface is given by Gauss's theorem as,

Where, d = Distance of a point from the common axis of the cylinders

Let q be the total charge on the cylinder.

It can be written as

Where, q = Charge on the inner sphere of the outer cylinder

0 = Permittivity of free space

Therefore, the electric field in the space between the two cylinders is

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