Let us take a hollow conductor which has a charge Q uniformly distributed on its surface. Now, we know that the Electric field inside the conductor must be ZERO.

But what happens when I bring another charge say, q close to the outside surface of the conductor? Does the Electric field inside the conductor still remain zero? I would appreciate an intuitive answer, if possible.

This is what I think- Due to the introduction of charge q, there will be a rearrangement of charges on the conductor. Due to this new charge distribution a new electric field will be formed inside the conductor which will nullify the field due to charge q. Hence, the net field inside the conductor still remains zero. Am I right?

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    $\begingroup$ Yes, you are correct. $\endgroup$ – DanielSank May 1 at 6:05

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