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Q & A: Is the spin and charge of an elementary particle related?

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Most recent answer: 04/10/2012
Q:
Is spin of the elementary particle is the cause of electric charge ?
- Amrit (age 16)
Purnea, Bihar, India
A:
No the two quantities are completely independent.  For example the spin of both electrons and neutrinos is 1/2 h-bar whereas they have different charges.  Similarly the electric charge of an electron and a pi-minus meson are both -1 e whereas the spin of the meson is zero.

LeeH

(published on 04/10/2012)

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