Please explain the physical significance of electric dipoles.

Asked by Ann Liza Tharakan | 28th Jun, 2013, 07:48: PM

Expert Answer:

In an atom, electron generally surround the main nucleus i.e electrons encircle the positive charge. In this situation the centre of -ve charge is coinciding with centre of +ve charge that is both have same central point. If a new +ve charge is brought close to this atom, the electron cloud will be attracted towards +ve charge and the structure of the atom would become strectehed like an egg shape. Do centre of -ve charge and +ve charges do not coincide but form two equal and opposite charges like an enemy separated by some distance.So we just study this behaviour under electric field of the dipole.

Answered by  | 29th Jun, 2013, 11:40: PM

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