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Is there a practical process in nature in which the relationship between the 1 and the 137 is patently manifest and describes the equation in a manner which is more accessible for a layman?

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Is there a practical process in nature in which the relationship between the 1 and the 137 is patently manifest and describes the equation in a manner which is more accessible for a layman?

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hbar*c has something to do with the size at which quantum effects become important. So, you could interpret the fine structure constant as how important quantum effects are for the electric force.

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The Fine Structure Constant ##\alpha## characterizes the strength of the electromagnetic interaction between charged particles. Its value is

Is there a practical process in nature in which the relationship between the 1 and the 137 is patently manifest and describes the equation in a manner which is more accessible for a layman?

##\alpha## is one of the more intriguing constants of nature, since it is dimensionless -- meaning that its value doesn't depend on which system of units we choose.

As for "applications",... it affects

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It comes up in a number of places. The most intuitive, it seems to me, occurs in the ground state of a hydrogen atom. The speed of the electron is simply α times c, speed of light.Is there a practical process in nature in which the relationship between the 1 and the 137 is patently manifest and describes the equation in a manner which is more accessible for a layman?

Of course "speed" is not observable but is calculated from the electron's momentum in the s-orbital.

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Why it has this value is unknown.

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It is approximately one 137th of 1. Which means, it is a pure number written approximately as a fraction.it is 1 137th of what?

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It is the square of the electric charge expressed in natural units divided by 4 pi.

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Hi juniorcarty, Sixty Symbols covered α in this clip:Is there a practical process in nature in which the relationship between the 1 and the 137 is patently manifest and describes the equation in a manner which is more accessible for a layman?

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