# Field between 2 conducting spheres in electric field

Hi,
I tried to make some simulations of two conducting spheres in a constant electric field. The simulations seem to indicate that the electric field in the gap increases with increasing diameter of the spheres at a constant gap distance. Does this make sense? I expected just the reverse. What is wrong? Does an analytical solution for this problem exist?
I really appreciate any help.

## Answers and Replies

Meir Achuz
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If I approximate the added field at the center of the gap as due to two induced dipoles,
I get $$E=\frac{4E_0}{(1+d/2R)^3}$$. This agrees with what you found.

Thanx a lot. This matches qualitatively (although it still sounds odd to me). Can you tell me how you have derived this result?

Meir Achuz
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A conducting sphere in constant electric field E_0 gets an induced dipole moment
$$p=E_0 R^3.$$. The electric field a distance R+d/2 from a dipole is
$$E=2p/(R+d/2)^3.$$ Put these together to get the answer.

Ok. Thank you.