why there are no electric field lines passing through the conductors explain?

Asked by spsberry8 | 19th May, 2010, 11:39: AM

Expert Answer:

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There are many electric field lines inside a conductor...the reason there is no "net" electric field is because the charges balance themselves in such a way to cancel the overall electric field. If we place "excess" charge on a conductor (excess meaning a charge not associated with the structure of the material itself) and then leave the conductor alone we will observe a net electric field inside the conductor of zero after a very short time period.

The "excess" charge will basically reside on the outside of the conductor and will distribute in such a way as to cancel any net electric field within the conductor. So a conductor that is in "electrostatic equilibrium" will have no net electric field inside the conductor.

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Answered by  | 19th May, 2010, 12:45: PM

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