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Q & A: Which particle is mediated in electrostatic force?

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Most recent answer: 03/02/2018
Q:
Which particle is mediated in electrostatic force...
- Mmtz (age 26)
India
A:

Electromagnetism in general is mediated by photons.  This is a quantum phenomenon.  The quantum description of the electrostatic field produced by an electric charge is that a cloud of "virtual" photons surrounds it.  When another charge comes near, it interacts with these photons.

Note: this description is not very useful for macroscopic phenomena, but is the standard method for microscopic (e.g., atomic) interactions.

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(published on 03/02/2018)

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