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Gravity and the Strong Force

  1. Nov 8, 2008 #1
    Is it possible that gravity and the strong force could be the same just on a smaller scale giving it different properties?
     
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  3. Nov 9, 2008 #2

    Vanadium 50

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    "the same" and "different properties" are mutually contradictory. I don't think you've written what you meant.
     
  4. Nov 9, 2008 #3
    People have been trying to test gravity on small scales, but have gotten down to only a fifth maybe a tenth of a millimeter so far....so far it seems the inverse square relationship is holding....

    it IS likely all forces originate from a single "unified" force at very high energies, so it's believed the four forces we observe today have different features resulting from symmetry breaking in the early universe....they now behave differently in a low energy, stable environment...in that sense all the forces ARE the same,or at least WERE, but "look" different now.
     
  5. Nov 9, 2008 #4

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    The gravitational force on the scale of nucleon sizes is something like 10 to the power of 40 times weaker than the strong force; the way in which it varies with distance is completely different; the strong force relates to "color" and quarks where the gravitational force relates to mass as its "charge". Even the word "force" is somewhat misused in the term "strong force"; the term "strong interaction" is better.

    It might be "possible", but I'd say there does not appear to be any evidence that they have anything useful in common.
     
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