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In an ideal case, the charge on a wire is evenly distributed.

According to Gauss' Law, an electric field from a charged wire decays with 1/r

where r is the distance from the centre of the wire.

Say two wires, with equal and opposite charge and a large radius, R, are placed very close together.

At the closest points, the electric field will appear as if between parallel plates.

When close together, the charge distribution will not be even around the circumference of the wire. How would one go about calculating the charge distribution?

Ultimately looking towards calculating the x component of the electric field in the z direction, ie moving through the gap between the wires.

Any help on this would be much appreciated, even just to be pointed in the direction of a relevant book or website.

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# Electric field between two wires and gauss law

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