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Coulomb's Law at Very Short Distance Scales

  1. Sep 30, 2009 #1
    I read in the Feynman Lectures, section 5-8 in Volume 2, that Coulomb's law may begin to break down at distance scales shorter than 10^-14 cm.

    Feynman says that, at the time of his lecture, the question was still open. Does anyone have any new information on this question?

    Thanks,

    Djinn
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Oct 1, 2009 #2
    Coulomb's 1/r2 Law breaks down at distances shorter than an electron Compton wavelength (~3.8 x 10-11 cm) due to charge renormalization (Uehling equation). This renormalization has been known since about 1935. Are you talking about something else?
    Bob S
     
  4. Oct 1, 2009 #3
    Is there a simple explanation to this break down?

    Best regards,

    DaTario
     
  5. Oct 1, 2009 #4
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