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LarryS

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- Inverse square laws and relativistic length contraction

In classical electromagnetism, Coulomb’s Law gives the force between two stationary charged particles, a certain distance apart. It is an inverse square law – the density of the electric field lines is spherically symmetric. What if the same two charged particles are moving in parallel, say to the right. Is the density of the field lines no longer spherically symmetric due to the relativistic length contraction?

Thanks in advance.

Thanks in advance.