Vector Potential

A function A such that

 B=del xA.

The most common use of a vector potential is the representation of a magnetic field. If a vector field has zero divergence, it may be represented by a vector potential.

See also

Divergence, Helmholtz's Theorem, Potential Function, Solenoidal Field, Vector Field

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Weisstein, Eric W. "Vector Potential." From MathWorld--A Wolfram Web Resource.

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