Electromagnetism (or EM, electromagnetic) is the relation and interplay between two phenomena, electricity and magnetism.

Electromagnetic interference can obscure a starship's sensors. (VOY: "Phage")

Spatial Anomaly 521 is attracted to electromagnetic energy. (VOY: "One Small Step")
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Energy: electron, electricity, magnetism
Magnetic field
Electromagnetic collector
Electromagnetic lifeform (EM lifeform)
Class J nebula lifeform
El-Adrel IV lifeform
Electromagnetic pulse (EM pulse or EMP)
Electromagnetic radiation (EM radiation)
EM scan, Electromagnetic scanner
Electromagnetic storm (EM storm) (magnetic storm)
EM weapon, EM pistol
EM waveguide The electromagnetic force is one of the four fundamental interactions in nature, the other three being the strong interaction, the weak interaction, and gravitation. This force is described by electromagnetic fields, and has innumerable physical instances including the interaction of electrically charged particles and the interaction of uncharged magnetic force fields with electrical conductors.

The word electromagnetism is a compound form of two Greek terms, ἢλεκτρον, ēlektron, "amber", and μαγνήτης, magnētēs, "magnet". The science of electromagnetic phenomena is defined in terms of the electromagnetic force, sometimes called the Lorentz force, which includes both electricity and magnetism as elements of one phenomenon.

The electromagnetic force is the interaction responsible for almost all the phenomena encountered in daily life, with the exception of gravity. Ordinary matter takes its form as a result of intermolecular forces between individual molecules in matter. Electrons are bound by electromagnetic wave mechanics into orbitals around atomic nuclei to form atoms, which are the building blocks of molecules. This governs the processes involved in chemistry, which arise from interactions between the electrons of neighboring atoms, which are in turn determined by the interaction between electromagnetic force and the momentum of the electrons.

There are numerous mathematical descriptions of the electromagnetic field. In classical electrodynamics, electric fields are described as electric potential and electric current in Ohm's law, magnetic fields are associated with electromagnetic induction and magnetism, and Maxwell's equations describe how electric and magnetic fields are generated and altered by each other and by charges and currents.

The theoretical implications of electromagnetism, in particular the establishment of the speed of light based on properties of the "medium" of propagation (permeability and permittivity), led to the development of special relativity by Albert Einstein in 1905.

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