# Ascendancy of potentials over fields in electrodynamics

@article{Reiss2017AscendancyOP, title={Ascendancy of potentials over fields in electrodynamics}, author={H. R. Reiss}, journal={arXiv: General Physics}, year={2017} }

Multiple bases are presented for the conclusion that potentials are fundamental in electrodynamics, with electric and magnetic fields as quantities auxiliary to the scalar and vector potentials -- opposite to the conventional ordering. One foundation for the concept of basic potentials and auxiliary fields consists of examples where two sets of gauge-related fields are such that one is physical and the other is erroneous, with the information for the proper choice supplied by the potentials. A…

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