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A Neutral Atom Moving in an External Magnetic Field Does Not Feel a Lorentz Force
American Journal of Modern Physics
Volume 6, Issue 6, November 2017, Pages: 153-155
Received: Nov. 8, 2017; Accepted: Nov. 28, 2017; Published: Dec. 20, 2017
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Manfred Fähnle, Max Plank Institute for Intelligent Systems, Heisenbergstr, Stut
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A Lorentz force is generally exerted on a moving charged particle in an external magnetic field. But it is often asked whether also a neutral atom can feel a Lorentz force when moving straightly in an external magnetic field. It is shown that this is definitely not the case.
Lorentz Force on Charged Particle, Lorentz Force on Neutral Atom, Expectation Values of Velocities
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Manfred Fähnle, A Neutral Atom Moving in an External Magnetic Field Does Not Feel a Lorentz Force, American Journal of Modern Physics. Vol. 6, No. 6, 2017, pp. 153-155. doi: 10.11648/j.ajmp.20170606.17
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