A highly charged piece of metal

# A highly charged piece of metal - volts(b Next calculate...

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A highly charged piece of metal (with uniform potential throughout) tends to spark at places where the radius of curvature is small, or at places where there are sharp points. The breakdown electric field strength for air is about 3 10 6 V/m. (a) It is possible to calculate the maximum possible potential (relative to infinity) in air of a metal sphere of 10 cm radius. First, what is the maximum charge you can put on this sphere? C For that amount of charge, what is the potential of the sphere relative to infinity?
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Unformatted text preview: volts (b) Next, calculate the maximum possible potential relative to infinity in air of a metal sphere of only 0.6 mm radius. What is the maximum charge you can put on this sphere? C For that amount of charge, what is the potential of the sphere relative to infinity? volts These results are related to the fact that if a piece of metal has a small radius of curvature, it will spark at relatively low potential relative to infinity....
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## This note was uploaded on 02/17/2011 for the course PHYS 2212 taught by Professor Dr.chen during the Spring '11 term at Fudan University.

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