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A Neutral Atom Moving in an External Magnetic Field Does Not Feel a Lorentz Force

Received: 8 November 2017    Accepted: 28 November 2017    Published: 20 December 2017
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Abstract

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.

DOI 10.11648/j.ajmp.20170606.17
Published in American Journal of Modern Physics (Volume 6, Issue 6, November 2017)
Page(s) 153-155
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Keywords

Lorentz Force on Charged Particle, Lorentz Force on Neutral Atom, Expectation Values of Velocities

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