electric field


Definition of electric field

: a region associated with a distribution of electric charge or a varying magnetic field in which forces due to that charge or field act upon other electric charges

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The researchers apply that field using a very bright laser, which works because light has an electric field. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Wireless nanowire lasers absorb infrared, emit blue light," 1 June 2019 One of the earliest was skin cells, which generate an electric field when injured. Sally Adee, Quartz, "Our bodies are full of electricity that could help us fight cancer," 30 May 2019 Somehow, the electric field seems to have triggered this phase change and its accompanying change in conductivity. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Researchers make RAM from a phase change we don’t entirely understand," 18 Dec. 2018 The challenge is that air is largely made of uncharged molecules that don't respond to electric fields. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Ion drive meets drone, as small plane flies with no moving parts," 21 Nov. 2018 Different solutions have since been proposed to slash the time needed for individual pixels' total dimming; in one, electric fields are rapidly applied to an LCD panel's molecules in more inventive ways. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Oculus Go review: The wireless-VR future begins today for only $199," 1 May 2018 The researchers arranged a set of electrodes to recreate that electric field. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Technical tour-de-force traps positrons," 11 Dec. 2018 With neither propellers nor jets, the airplane gets its thrust by applying a strong electric field to the air. Malcolm Ritter, The Seattle Times, "Experimental plane flies silently, may lead to quiet drones," 21 Nov. 2018 This instrument will measure magnetic and electric fields in the sun's atmosphere to help scientists better understand why the corona is so much hotter than the photosphere. Elizabeth Howell, Space.com, "Here Comes the Sun! Parker Solar Probe Instruments See 'First Light'," 25 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of electric field

1879, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of electric field

: a region associated with a distribution of electric charge or a varying magnetic field in which forces due to that charge or field act upon other electric charges

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