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Magnetic fields, like electric fields, are "made of" virtual photons. They act as the exchange particle.
Quote from: Supercryptid on 05/04/2010 14:31:28Magnetic fields, like electric fields, are "made of" virtual photons. They act as the exchange particle.Well? magnetic fields have no mass as they can move at around the speed of light so therefore the energy cannot be particle based.
If electrons flow, creating electricity and exerting the force, what flows from north to south in a magnetic field?
Quote from: Ben RiosIf electrons flow, creating electricity and exerting the force, what flows from north to south in a magnetic field?I don't understand what you're saying here. Where did you get the idea that the flow of electrons (always?) creates electricity? (what do you mean by “electricity”. Do you mean electric field? I’ll assume that is the case and go with that for now.)? What force are you referring to? The Lorentz force?It’s quite possible to have charges in motion and still have zero electric field. E.g. a current carrying wire can have a flow of charges inside it, to have zero charge everywhere but have no electric field present even though there is a magnetic field present. What do you mean by “flows from north to south”? Are you referring to a bar magnet as N and S poles in such a magnet? If so then consider the fact that there are no such poles in an EM waves.
I agree Jp. We need to come up with another solution.If the field of the electron and proton is made up of virtual particles then that would mean the virtual particles surrounding the proton must be different from those surrounding the electron in order to present different polarities. Until we can explain how and why those fields are different we do not understand no matter how much success the standard model has exhibited.
JP think of electromagnetic energy as a volume of magnetic flux vibrating or helixing forward through a conducting medium. You can then visualise not only how electricity works, but also how telephone signals are transmitted at the speed of light and even how MRI scanners work. We need to unify this electric concept so that all forms of massless electromagnetic energy are covered by one single fits all equation CliveS