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Q & A: Field of a single particle?

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Most recent answer: 06/05/2010
Q:
Suppose that nothing exists in our universe except for a single electrically charged particle. How far will the electric field surrounding that particle extend? Does it have an infinite value? Will it be able to attract an equally opposite-charged particle located at 'gonzillions' miles away? Does gravity act likely?
- A single proton (age 1.3x10^10)
A:
Dear Methuselah,
The electric field of a single charged particle is just that described in an elementary text, as well as its force on another charged particle.   See: 
As far as we know, gravitational and electric fields don't interact,  beyond the simple small interaction due to the energy density in the electric field. 

LeeH
 

(published on 06/05/2010)

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