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Ions tought a wire

  1. Oct 17, 2012 #1
    Can ions pass tought a conductive wire like electrons do ?
     
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  3. Oct 17, 2012 #2

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    Not in conventional wires, at least not in a significant amount. Wires are solid, therefore the ions are bound in specific locations. If you melt the wire, ions can move.
     
  4. Oct 17, 2012 #3
    There are unconventional "wires" that do conduct ions, however: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salt_bridge
     
  5. Oct 17, 2012 #4
    Ions ARE the [charged] current carrying particles in electrolytes, like batteries and seawater. Neither electrons in conductors nor electrons nor holes in semiconductors are considered ions.


    lots more here:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ions

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