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Question about electron tunneling

  1. Apr 17, 2007 #1
    Hello,

    I know that electrons will be deflected if they move in a magnetic field.

    I was wondering if tunneling electrons would be deflected in the opposite direction?

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  3. Apr 17, 2007 #2

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    Opposite direction to what? A non-tunneling electron? Why would that happen when a "tunneling" electron is identical to a "non-tunneling" electron as far as charge and spin go.

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  4. Apr 17, 2007 #3
    Yes, with respect to a "non-tunneling" electron.
     
  5. Apr 17, 2007 #4

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    Then you didn't address the 2nd part of what I wrote, as in the reason why you think it would go in the opposite direction. Considering that the only thing that would affect a charge particle's interaction in a magnetic field would be its charge (and to some extent, its spin), and the fact that whether an electron is a "tunneling" or a "non-tunneling" one does not change these two parameters, then I don't understand why is there even a consideration that these two won't have the same trajectory.

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  6. Apr 17, 2007 #5
    Thank you for your response
     
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