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  1. #1 Electrons and radiation 
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    I am working on a theory, and I have a question. Do electrons continuously emit lradiation? How do you know it is there if it is not giving off something we can detect?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steven Kayser
    Do electrons continuously emit lradiation?
    No.

    To do so would entail continuously giving off energy - violating a Conservation Law.


    Quote Originally Posted by Steven Kayser
    How do you know it is there if it is not giving off something we can detect?

    Steven Kayser
    We know of an electron by its interactions - which can be frequent, but are not necessarily (see Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle) continuous.

    Strictly speaking (as Feynman once pointed out) we do not know whether it is the 'same' electron we speak of from one moment to the next.


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    So we know of an electron by its interactions. So because it has a negative charge, it affects things around it, and its existence can be infered from those interactions?

    Are there any thoughts that an electron could be a standing wave, or that the electron exists as a potentiality, in that it is everywhere equally at the same time, until we look at it or try to determine its position, and then it localizes into a particalar place. Does any of that describe it?

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