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Force is only in packets

  1. Aug 23, 2010 #1
    since forces are communicated by particles i find it hard to envisage how unbrocken forces are communicated. That is to say if for example the strong nuclear forces are the result of gluons, how do they act? Is it a long stream of gluons? If so that would mean a small window between each particle hitting say a neutron that is binding to a proton. So there would be small moments between eac particle when no force was being exerted. Is it a barrage of gluons so there is always a gluon making contact with the neutron? is that actually because particles also move as a wave there is always contact? How many gluons are required to communicate the force for each moment in time?
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  3. Aug 25, 2010 #2
    i guess most people have a problem visualising this too then?
  4. Aug 25, 2010 #3
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