I need clarification on the difference between a “force carrier” and “radiation.” Imagine two electric charges separated by a distance “d” but not moving. They exchange “force carrier” photons which tell the electric charges to attract/repel. But you can’t see these “force carrier” photons unless the electric charges accelerate, like in an antenna. However, if the “force carrier” photons of attraction/repulsion are really present between the electric charges, it seems like they should be detectable. Are the photons of “force carrier” the same as the “photons” of radiation? If not, why are photons of force detection not able to be detected but the radiated photons emitted from acceleration are? It seems that photons are photons. This now applies to gravity waves. Similarly, I know that masses exchange gravity waves from which they know to attract. If such gravity waves really are present between the masses, shouldn’t I be able to detect them? Yet I know that accelerated masses are required for the detection of gravity waves. This seems like a contradiction. Aren’t the gravity waves always there, always moving between the masses, whether the masses accelerate or not? Or like, with electromagnetism, is there some fundamental difference I am missing between the force carries of gravity and the gravitational radiation we observe from binary black holes? It seems like the same "apparent contradiction" would hold up if I thought of the "force carriers" as a "fields" since I know that there are electromagnetic (or gravitational) fields causing attraction/repulsion and that radiated electromagnetic (or gravitational) waves propagate as fields.