# Binding Energy of an Electric Dipole

My question is structured in two parts:

1. Is there any way to isolate the charges of an electric dipole?

2. What is the binding energy of an electric dipole? To put it in another way, is there any dipole binding energy so that if an amount of energy above that binding energy is applied to the dipole, the dipole is split into its constituent charges.

For example, Carbon monoxide $CO$ can be described as a dipole. Relative to the oxygen-side of the bond there is slightly more negative charge located near the carbon side, which makes the oxygen side slightly positive and hence it is a dipole. As you see the answers to your question depends on the physical model of the dipole.