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Single Idea 21155

[catalogued under 27. Natural Reality / B. Modern Physics / 2. Electrodynamics / a. Electrodynamics]

Full Idea

Photons, the field quanta of the electromagnetic force, have zero rest mass, so virtual photons can exist indefinitely and travel any distance, meaning the electromagnetic force has an infinite range.

Gist of Idea

Photons have zero rest mass, so virtual photons have infinite range

Source

New Scientist writers (Why the Universe Exists [2017], 02)

Book Reference

New Scientist writers: 'Why the Universe Exists' [John Murray 2017], p.29