Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

What happens to field lines from a charge inside a hollow conductor?

  1. Nov 16, 2011 #1
    If I put a charge inside a hollow conducting body is it true that the field lines from the charge don't penetrate through the conductor but instead terminate at induced charges on its inside wall?
  2. jcsd
  3. Nov 16, 2011 #2
    In case of static electricity there’s no net field inside a conductor. So like you say the field lines must terminate on induced charges on the inside. In case this conductor is isolated then these induced charges did come from the outer surface so that this outer surface now becomes charged.
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook