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[Phys-L] Re: What IS a field? (Was Re: Physics (chem.) Humor)

A statice electric or magnetic field has no "particle properties" that I
am awawre of and is not carried by photons.

On Thu, 24 Mar 2005, RAUBER, JOEL wrote:

| The more I learn about fields the more confused I am about
| them. Do the particles create the fields or do the fields
| create the particles? Does that question even make sense?
| What IS a field?

I suppose a short glib answer might be that one simply can not
distinguish between the particle(s) and the field that represents them.
The electromagnetic field are particles of photons and vice-versa.

Joel Rauber
Department of Physics - SDSU

"Trust me. I have a lot of experience at this."
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just before leading them into the Little Big Horn Valley
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