Quantum Chromodynamics 101
LQCD at FNAL
 

 

The Electromagnetic Force

 

The electromagnetic force is responsible for most of the interactions we see in our environment today.  The EMF holds electrons in their orbit around the nucleus.  These electrons interact with other electrons to form electron bonds among elements and produce molecules and, eventually, visible matter.  Electrons “jumping” energy levels provides us with visible light.

 

 

Electricity is also able to produce a magnetic field, thus the term “electromagnetic force.”  Electric waves and magnetic waves are said to be transverse waves, waves at right angles to each other.  These waves will travel within each other.  Follow the link below to see the flow of transverse waves in an electromagnetic field.

 

 

As was stated, electrons give atoms the ability to link to each other to form bonds which create molecules, which are the building blocks of matter.  Without these bonds, matter would cease to exist beyond the atomic level.  An analogy would be a house of cards.

 

 

A house of cards has a fleeting existence, whether it is because of an annoying brother or a rogue gust of wind.  The house of cards would live a much longer life if there were a bond between the cards.  Electrons are the “glue” that keeps atoms (cards) together to form molecules and matter (the house of cards).  Follow the link below to learn more about the electromagnetic force.

 

To more about the electromagnetic force.

 

 

Gravity Weak Force Electromagnetic Force Strong force