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If the electrons are small tiny dipoles, how do then they refuse?

  1. Sep 4, 2007 #1
    If the electrons are small tiny dipoles, how do then they refuse them selfs? Thanks. I appreciate your help.
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  3. Sep 4, 2007 #2


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    I'm not sure I understand your terminology. Electrons are not dipoles by themselves, unless you are refering to something other than an electric dipole. Could you please clarify, and provide a web pointer to what you are asking about?
  4. Sep 4, 2007 #3


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    I think what you are asking is something like, "If I imagine that the electron's dipole moment is produced by two opposite charges some small distance apart then what holds the two charges at that fixed small distance apart?"

    Well, the electron's dipole moment is *not* produced by two small charges a fixed small distance apart. It is an intrinsic property of the electron itself proportional to its spin.
  5. Sep 4, 2007 #4
    I think he means that if the electrons are dipoles (one positive end and one negative end), then why doesn't the positive end of the dipole attract to the negative end of another electron.

    Your assumption is wrong. Electrons are not dipoles.
  6. Sep 5, 2007 #5
    Ok, thank you very much.
  7. Sep 5, 2007 #6
    electronic confusion

    The electron is a single point charge, and so does not have an electric dipole moment. However it does have a magnetic dipole moment - that is it does act like a little magnet in addition to its charge. This is related to its spin. Look up gyromagnetic ratios and g- factors.
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