1. Limited time only! Sign up for a free 30min personal tutor trial with Chegg Tutors
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Question: will highly charged metals break apart?

  1. Nov 3, 2013 #1
    Because of the "sea of electrons" holding a metal lattice together is it possible to charge that metal so much positively (by removing enough electrons) that it will break apart due to the unbalanced repulsion between positive nuclei?

    normally the interaction between the "sea of electrons" and the positive nucleus holds the lattice together. without the sea wouldn't the atoms just fly apart? if its possible how hard would it be to achieve this?
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2013
  2. jcsd
  3. Nov 4, 2013 #2
  4. Nov 4, 2013 #3
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook