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Fundamental point like particles?

  1. Jul 21, 2015 #1

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    Is it possible that fundamental point like particles (ie electrons) are actually particles with shape size and structure that are too small for any of our current technology to detect?
     
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    Sure, it's possible. How far do you think we'll need to zoom in to see any structure?
     
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    Maybe planck length, somewhere around there, but far too small for any of our current technology to see.
     
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    Yes, it is possible, as no measurement can prove that something is exactly zero. Instead, they set an upper bound on the difference between the maximum possible value and zero, and this as true of measurements of the electron size and deviation from perfect spherical symmetry as it is of anything else.
     
  6. Jul 21, 2015 #5

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    If you're going to make up a number with no supporting argument, that's as good of a number as any... But also no better than any other number you might have chosen.
    (If this comment confuses you, check out the wikipedia article on "Planck length" - it has less physical significance than the pop-sci press assumes).

    We can close this thread now. The original question has been answered and in the absence of either experimental evidence or plausible theoretical prediction, any further discussion will run afoul of the rule prohibiting speculative discussion and personal theories.
     
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