A fundamental property of matter which causes it to experience electromagnetic forces.

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Does a “capacitor” for light exist? [duplicate]

If I have a light that is flickering at a frequency low enough to be perceived by the human eye, is there any type of material that exists that will smooth out the appearance of flickering? Similar to ...
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Does the charge of a black hole affect its space-time geometry?

Does a black-hole of a given mass and angular momentum have the same space-time geometry regardless of its charge? I'm pretty sure that an electric field can accelerate a charged particle but doesn't ...
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Charge of electron in AC/DC circuit

If electrons in a DC circuit going through a metal wire carry only negative charge from negative to positive, then in a AC circuit through a wire does a electron carry both a negative charge and ...
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Majorana fermion [on hold]

I know that in condensed matter physics Majorana fermion is neutral and one fermion can be split into two Majorana fermions and vise versa. My question is charge. Two neutral particles can merge into ...
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Why don't loop currents produce light?

If a charge travels in a circle it must accelerate, thereby producing EM. However, a wire in a circular loop is analogous to many charges moving in a circle. So, why don't circular currents produce ...
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Charge distribution on a conductor surface

I understand that if a conductor was charged with a charge of say 1 coulomb, the charge would spread uniformly over it's entire surface to neutralize any difference in potential. However, and though ...
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Removing an electron from a conductor

I'm trying to understand how to think of and visualize a conductor where charge is added. As I understand, conductor are defined as materials (where the nucleus is stationary) that permit electrons ...
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If like charges repel, why doesn't a charge break itself apart?

How can it be that, if like charges repel, they don't repel themselves? In other words, why don't charges break apart? About the possible duplicate: I want to know about charges in general, not ...
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Charging Copper ball bearing

I want to conduct an experiment to observe the trajectory of charged particles in applied magnetic and electric field. Thus, I want to charge a copper bead/ball bearing. How can I electrically charge ...
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Charge structure of the neutron

David Griffiths’ book on elementary particles says that the neutron is positive at the center and edges, negative in between. (Introduction to Elementary Particles, Wiley, 1987, p. 21). But Wikipedia ...
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Find magnetic field of parabaloid-spiral particle path

Given the components of the particle's path (tcos(at), tsin(at), R(x^2 + y^2)), where a and R are constants, how can I find the magnetic force causing this? I would like to understand if this can be ...
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How did physicists know that only negative charges move?

I have phrased similarly another question about how physicists knew that two charges exist, positive and negative. The purpose of the question is not necessarily to educate me historically. It's just ...
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Current through a chargedwire

When current is passed through a conductor which is negatively charged ( has excess electrons), what will be the effect on the current due to this charge? In the case of a hot filament used for ...
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Connected and disconnected conductors spheres

I have an exercise in which I have the following situation: there are two conductors spheres (far apart) both of a given radius (R1, R2=2R1). The lesser sphere has a positive charge q and the other ...
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Effective mass vs. effective charge

In a semiconductor the effective mass multiplying the drift velocity is the result of the scattering of electrons off the ions in the crystal. I know that at least in the lowest order approximation ...
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Working out a specific charge of an atom?

I know how this formula work if the mass of the nucleus and the charge of the nucleus is given, however I do not understand how they get them as I have two books which do it differently. So the ...
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Measurement of electrostatic induction

How is it with the electrostatic induction measurement? Everywhere you can read about the effect of electrostatic induction but I still can't found any detailed explanations or quantitative ...
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How did physicists know that there are two kind of charges?

Problems The question I am about to make is either too stupid or hasn't bothered anyone because its obvious because I can't really find the answer anywhere. I am currently studying electricity and ...
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Why does the metal ball have no appreciable charge?

here is the question: A hollow conductor is positively charged. A small uncharged metal ball is lowered by a silk thread through a small opening in the top of the conductor and allowed to touch its ...
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Electric field dependence on distance

How can it be proved that for a point charge, $E$ is proportional to $$1/r^2$$ using the concept of Electric field lines (or lines of force)? I tried to show that if field lines are close, then ...
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Electric field of a line charge, along itself

look at the pic : What is the electric field in along the line of charge with charge density $\lambda$ and length $L$. Is the electric field zero along the line without any difference in height?
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Discharging a capacitor

Suppose I have a charged capacitor, meaning there's a voltage (electric potential difference), say, $2V$, between its two plates. We don't know the electirc potential of the individual plates, right? ...
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Regarding the zero internal electric field in a conductor (electrostatic case)

Let's say we have a homogenous electric field in the $z$-direction. For computational simplicity let's say we have a thin sheet of metal covering entire the $x$-$y$ plane. The answer here is straight ...
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Question on the Derivation of Lorentz Invariance of Electric Charge

On Zwiebach's "A First Course in String Theory" textbook, there is a problem 8.2 that derives the invariance of electric charge given a few assumptions: 1. Conservation of Maxwell 4-current $j = (c\...
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How can a battery charge up another battery to a higher percentage?

Say I have my phone on 5% and a large battery pack on 35% and I charge the phone. By the end the phone is on 100% and the pack is on 12%. How can the battery pack charge the phone up to a higher ...
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Why is the magnetic force not (never) in the opposite direction

In this question I'm talking about the left-handed orientation for the direction of the $x$, $y$ and $z$-axis. This is the coordinate system at the left of the picture below. I learnt that when you ...
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Electron spinning speed and “matter” it is made from

I wonder how electron may have spin if its model has no space occupied solely by the electron. Is it possible to estimate this rotation speed knowing its mass, charge and magnetic field emerged? If ...
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Will a giant ball of protons form a black hole?

Suppose you have enough energy and resources to put together (in a momentarily static configuration in which they are all at rest at the same time) as many protons as you want to form a "proton star". ...
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main cause of self charging of unshorted capacitors?

In the lab, we keep all of the high voltage capacitors shorted when not in use, and rightfully so. They tend to spontaneously charge when left for some time and become extremely dangerous. while the ...
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How does the ion mobility influence the elctrical fiels?

So I have a system of three electrodes, anode, cathode and reference electrode. When I apply a negative current and then register somehow the activity of the sodium chloride solution. Then I apply a ...
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What happens to forces when a charge travels at near c?

Suppose 3 electrons are travelling at $c - 1$mm at 1 cm distance The charges are at rest relative to one another in their frame, but what happens to fundamental forces Fe and Fg? What Fe does A get ...
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Does the charge leakage of capacitors lead to photon emission?

Capacitors will leak charge over time. This charge is basically electrical current leaking through insulating layer of the capacitor. I am wondering, if there is some emission of photons as there is ...
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How many kinds of “weak charges” exist?

For electricity, we have one charge, for the strong force three. How many are there connected to the weak force? Three, because of the W- and Z-particles?
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Surface charge outside conductor

If I have a hollow conductor of arbitrary shape, and have a charge placed inside is cavity, then is there anything I can say for sure about the charge distribution on the outer surface? I know that ...
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Kaufmann's experiment 1902

Kaufmann's experiments (1902): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaufmann%E2%80%93Bucherer%E2%80%93Neumann_experiments#Historical_context About charge to electromagnetic-mass ratio. Fig 2 has a plot of ...
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Energy of an accelerated charge?

Thought experiment: Let's take a positively charged particle and place it in a vacuum with no electric field. It just sits there. Now, we instantaneously introduce an electric field. The moment ...
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Difference in directions of charge and current.?

I just dont understand that why does charge flow in a different direction as that if current when current is the rate of flow of charge.
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Why does there have to be an electric field if there is potential difference?

I read in a few books that there is always an electric field if there is an electric potential. I went through this but the question on this page only states that there is an electric field and it is ...
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Are pure Dirac fermions (electrons, quarks, …) allowed to have effective Majorana mass?

Charged particles such as electrons and quarks are not allowed to have a hard Majorana mass (see here). With 'hard' I mean an explicit mass term in the Lagrangian which would break the corresponding ...
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Can a Van de Graaff Generator be used to put plasma at high potential?

Lets say hypothetically, we use a sphere of plasma (ofcourse lab-plasma, stabilized somehow) instead of a sphere of metal in a van de graaff generator. Now can we use it to put a large amount of ...
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Can additional charge be put on plasma?

We all know that plasma is electrically conductive. My question is that is it possible to somehow place more charge on it (lets say like a capacitor) such that it produces its own electric field ...
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Determination of the electric field of charged object using Gauss's law

when we determine the electric field of a charged rod of infinite length,we consider a circular cylinder to be the gaussian surface for convenience.In the case of a charged sheet we choose the ...
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How to Explain the the following situation?

I have thought a simple thing: consider a system of a planet and its natural satellite revolving around it in a perfectly circular orbit(assumed) and this is happening in an isolated space in some ...
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Does changing a closed surface in the manner outlined contradict Gauss' Law?

As I understand it, Gauss' Law states that the electric flux on any arbitrary closed surface is equivalent to the sum of all charges enclosed within the surface times a constant. Mathematically, this ...
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Different charges of plates of parallel plate capacitor

Suppose the plates of a parallel plate capacitor have charges +2Q and -Q initially. Then if they are connected with a battery of emf V what will be the charge distribution on the plates of capacitor? ...
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How can I know the induced charge density in a dielectric?

There's an infinite conduciting plane lying over the XY plane, conected to a battery that keeps it at a constant potential $\phi_0$. At a distance $D$ from the plane there is a point charge $q$ that ...
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Is there a reason why every meson and baryon has an integer electric charge? [duplicate]

Is there a reason why every meson and baryon has an integer electric charge? For example, why is there no meson existing of two up quarks, giving a charge of $\frac43$?
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AP Physics 1/2- Electrostatics Capacitor [closed]

I recently took a physics exam over Electrostatics Capacitor and was unsure about a couple of questions. the test was free response and I had to explain. Please tell me if my answer and reasoning ...
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Two Black Holes held stationary by EM forces

If two black holes with large enough mass (so that the tidal forces are minimal and the intersection is large) that are held apart by like charges (saddle point stability). Imagine the black holes in ...
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Mechanism by which a capacitor is charged, using surface charges

I want to gain a deeper understanding as to how a capacitor actually gets charged. Consider a situation in which an uncharged parallel plate capacitor is connected to a battery using two wires. I ...