Does the chirality of emitted virtual photons depend on the sign of the electric charge?

+ 0 like - 0 dislike
1923 views

This question is very short.

Electric charges emit virtual photons that then yield attraction or repulsion of other charges.

Does the chirality of the emitted virtual photons depend on the sign of the emitting charge?

Is this the way that nature realizes attraction/repulsion of different/like charges?

asked Jun 6, 2023
edited Jun 8, 2023

+ 0 like - 0 dislike

Electric charges emit virtual photons that then yield attraction or repulsion of other charges.

Indeed, according to the Maxwell equations, the electric and magnetic fields are proportional to the sourcing charge $q$ (linear in $q$). These fields get into equations of motions of the other charges and determine the corresponding force. This is the way that nature realizes attraction/repulsion of different/like charges.

Does the chirality of the emitted virtual photons depend on the sign of the emitting charge?

If you speak of the angular momentum of the emitted field, it is proportional to the vector product of electric and magnetic fields, so it is quadratic in $q$.

answered Jun 8, 2023 by (102 points)
edited Jun 8, 2023

This does not answer the question - or am I missing something?

 Please use answers only to (at least partly) answer questions. To comment, discuss, or ask for clarification, leave a comment instead. To mask links under text, please type your text, highlight it, and click the "link" button. You can then enter your link URL. Please consult the FAQ for as to how to format your post. This is the answer box; if you want to write a comment instead, please use the 'add comment' button. Live preview (may slow down editor)   Preview Your name to display (optional): Email me at this address if my answer is selected or commented on: Privacy: Your email address will only be used for sending these notifications. Anti-spam verification: If you are a human please identify the position of the character covered by the symbol $\varnothing$ in the following word:p$\hbar$ysicsO$\varnothing$erflowThen drag the red bullet below over the corresponding character of our banner. When you drop it there, the bullet changes to green (on slow internet connections after a few seconds). Please complete the anti-spam verification