# Cutting an RL Circuit

I was solving some problems with RL circuits today and a thought occurred to me that I couldn't answer. Say you have a Vsource Resistor and Inductor all nicely in a loop. You let the voltage source run until everything reaches a happy steady state. The Inductor should have energy

$$E = \frac{1}{2}L \frac{V^2}{R^2}$$

Now, what happens if I cut the wire? Where does the energy go?

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