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

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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 ...
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Zero electric field in empty region of hollow conductor

A hollow conducting shell having a net charge of +Q has a point charge -Q placed at its centre. From the diagram, it looks like Suppose the radius of the inner shell from the origin is a and the ...
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Does charge injection from electrodes increases the total charge in a (semi)conductive channel?

When a (semi)conductor is connected to a voltage bias, charge is injected from the electrodes. When steady state is reached (constant current flow), does the total charge in the (semi)conductor is ...
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Is the $C$ rating of a battery a measure of Capicitance or Charge?

I have become confused as to the meaning of what a C rating of a battery means. My understanding is that because a C rating is measured in milli-ampere hours the units should cancel to be a unit of ...
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Feynman graph, proportional charge of a vertex

It is defined that the contribution of a vertex in a Feynman Graph towards the probability amplitude $ M_{fi} $ is proportional to a charge $Q_f$. Yet I seem to cannot find any precise explanation how ...
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How do particles get their charge?

How does an electron get its charge? And how can it maintain that charge for very long (infinite) periods of time? And how come a neutron has no charge since and a proton does? They are both made of ...
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When two like charges are placed at a large distance from each other, do they attract each other? [closed]

So my friend and I were arguing about this. He insists that if two like charges are placed at a large distance from each other, they attract each other. I find this nonsense. This clearly violates ...
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Why is it easier to remove stains with water?

And I don't mean stain removers, but literally tap water. See here's the thing, you can't remove a stain without some sort of friction, and water reduces friction. Yet if I say, spill some coffee and ...
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Magnitude of charge on each plate of a parallel capacitor? Why should I multiply by two?

Here's the full question: A parallel-plate capacitor has a plate area of $0.2\ \mathrm m^2$ and a plate separation of $0.1\ \mathrm{mm}$. To obtain an electric field of $2.0\ 10^6\ \mathrm{V/m}$ ...
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What does potential mean in capacitor?

Technically potential means work done to move a unit positive charge from one point to another against electrical field but What does potential mean in a capacitor?
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Relationship between electrons (leptons) and quarks

I assert the following is true: Either: electrons are made up of (two) quarks Or: Quarks are made up of some kind of smaller particles, which also make up electrons. I think this must be the case ...
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Electron losing its charge

If the electron is said to be a charge carrier, then could it lose its charge ? It wouldn't remain an electron ofcourse , because charge is one of its important properties . But am talking about the ...
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Reversibility of uniqueness theorem

If we use uniqueness theorem then we know that if the boundary conditions and the charge distribution is same in 2 setups in a certain region then the electric field and potential in that region in ...
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Can a lightning strike cause your car to not run? [migrated]

If lightning strikes a tree in your yard and your car is close by, can this cause your car to not work properly? I had an employee call in stating that lightning struck a tree beside their mobile ...
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Flow of charge through metal wire [closed]

It is the flow of charge that matters -- electrical current is defined as the flow of charge. " -person W [...] if the flow of charge is all that matters; and electrons with their charge attached ...
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Why are there e.m. vacuüm fluctuations?

According to the rules of qft there are virtual photons in the vacuüm. But how can this be if for the production of photons you need an electric charge?
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Expressing charge density in terms of spherical multipoles

How to express the charge density in terms of the full set of the spherical multipole moments? That is, how to invert the relationship $$ Q_{lm}=\frac{4\pi}{2l+1}\int ...
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Is there a charge difference between ground and our head?

I commented on a question on Skeptics.SE that it would be an interesting question whether there is a charge difference between ground and our head. The question is not very relevant, but here it is ...
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Understanding Capacitors [duplicate]

I cannot understand how capacitors work. Electric field is supposedly uniform between the parallel plates of a capacitor. But how? Since $E=\frac{kq}{d^2}$, shouldn't the electric field approach ...
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Why is capacitance defined as charge divided by voltage?

I understand that capacitance is the ability of a body to store an electrical charge and the formula is $C=\frac{Q}{V}$. What I don't understand, however, is why it is defined as coulomb per volt. Of ...
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What is the potential difference between the plates? field around the plates? charge is on each plate? [closed]

What is the potential difference between the plates? field around the plates? charge is on each plate?
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How do I determent the radius and the viscosity of air on an oil drop falling? (Millikan's Oil Drop Experiment)

I bought this article with the intentions of learning how to do the calculations in Millikan's oil drop experiment. ...
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Electric Flux is zero

When is the Electric Flux zero through a closed surface? I know that if number of field lines entering is equal to leaving then it is true. Which I think is always true for a closed surface. So can ...
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What is the definition of electrical charge? [duplicate]

In one simple sentence what is the definition of charge as I don't understand what role it has in a circuit. Thank you
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What is maximum energy we can extract from electric field?

I was reading Does Electric field has mass Energy; it gives energy density k stored around an electric charge as $ k = \dfrac{q^2}{r^4}$ in skeleton form without any constants. So, a definite amount ...
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Motion of an electric charge within an electric field with two electric charges

Assume that air resistance and gravity are negligible and the only significant force acting in the scenario is the electric force. There are two electric charges, both with an equal and positive ...
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Spherical Shell with Electric Field Zero Everywhere Inside It

If an isolated, charged spherical shell has a uniform charge distribution, the electric field everywhere inside it is 0, by Gauss' Law. Is the converse true? That is, given an isolated, charged ...
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Do Weyl fermions carry electric charge?

Do Weyl fermions carry ordinary electric charge? That is, do they interact with, for instance, electrons or photons?
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Surface density charge, divergence of the electric field and gauss law

It´s known that the divergence of the electric field at a certain point is given by this formula: $$\nabla \cdot E=\dfrac{\rho (r)}{\epsilon_{0}}$$ Being $\rho (r)$ the volume charge density at that ...
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Why are electrons negetively charged? [duplicate]

Why have we assigned a negative charge to electrons (and positive for protons)? I feel it would be easier if electrons were positive (thereby, protons negative)- electrons would flow in the direction ...
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What exactly is Breakdown Voltage of Air?

Most of the online sources say that the breakdown voltage of air is 30kV/cm. I've made a Cockcroft Walton multiplier and I can see the air breaking in between 17-18kV/cm. Only in a discussion at one ...
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Why is there no negative mass? [duplicate]

We know that the entire matter has a property called mass. Charge is also a property of matter. If negative charge can exist, why don't negative mass exist? Also, like charges repel each other. Then ...
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What are all charge-like quantum numbers?

What are all charge-like quantum numbers? In particle physics there are often things (like charge conjugation) that apply to all charge like quantum numbers. Everytime I read something about ...
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Potential energy of a shell & point system

Consider the system of a point particle with charge $q$ and a spherical shell with uniform charge $Q$ and radius $R$ whose center is a distance $r > R$ away from the point particle. I'm trying to ...
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Charge distribution parametres

I'm reading an article regarding charge distribution parametres in muonic atoms ad I'm stuck in the very first pages. In particular, I don't understand, given a 2-parametre Fermi charge distribution ...
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Why is it said that electric current always flow from higher potential to lower potential?

Why is it said that electric current always flow from higher potential to lower potential? It is said that current flows from positive terminal to negative terminal, but it is actually the negative ...
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Gauss's law, electrical flux density [closed]

Q. Given a 60-μC point charge located at origin, find the total electrical flux passing through the plane z = 26 cm. I can understand what the question means, but I can't do anything. Is it using ...
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Choosing between a parallel-plate and spherical capacitor model

This problem is solved in the solutions manual by making reference to equations for the parallel-plate capacitor. I have some basic understanding of why this is the case (the local curvature is small ...
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What is the difference between emu and esu?

Ok...so this is the statement given in my book: a) In C.G.S System the unit of charge is electrostatic unit of charge (E.S.U). It is also called Stat Coulomb (StatC). b) In C.G.S system, the unit ...