Photon, not the electron

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Originally posted by Eyesee
Thx for the explanation but I still don't understand why
if a photon has an e-field component,
A photon doesn't have an E-field at all. It is more fundamental than the E-field. It would be more appropriate to say that an E-field has photons. The description I gave is for EM waves, not photons.

it wouldn't affect an electron or a proton since the Couloumb force between
charges is supposed to be a result of the E-field.
Photons do affect electrons. When a photon hits an electron, both particles are scattered.
 
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photons are the force carriers for EM, but they are chargeless so they certainly are not the charge carriers in an eletric circuit. In a circuit the electrical enrgy is created by the movement of electrons and hence charge.
This is just by way of a footnote to this discussion . But apparently lasers (photons ) have enough energy to initiate fusion reactions , the older theories involving containment of the plasma in a magnetic field have been replaced by this newer method whereby lasers directly deliver energy. So photons can deliver energy it seems.
 

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