Relativity and Cosmology


Is Charge Another Form of Energy?

Authors: Moshe Segal

The kinetic energy of a moving mass is attributed to the mass increase because of its velocity. Thus, mass is recognized as a special form of energy. In contast to mass, charge is believed to be a constant entity, not affected by its velocity. From the above, two questions might be asked: 1. Why charge remains a distinct entity while mass was discovered to be a special sort of enery. 2. If mass increase by velocity is recognized to be the cause of the kinetic enrgy embeded in a moving mass, what is the cause for the generation of a magnetic field while the charge is moving? This article deals with these questions by executing the following "thinking exercise": It assumes that charge is also another form of energy, as mass turned to be. This assumption makes Energy as the only distinct entity, a simpler and cleaner view of nature. Then, it uses that assumption as follows: It adds the following two assumptions: 1. The charge magnitude value is not a constant entity and it is affected by the charge velocity. 2. The increase of the charge magnitude because of its velocity is the cause for the generation of the magnetic field of a moving charge. Then, by analyzing the existing experimental results related to charges and the fields they create from a new point of view, and applying these assumptions, the article tries to evaluate if these assumptions lead to new insights. The result is the following four conclusions: 1. Charge magnitude increase because of its velocity is described by the following formula: 1/2))2/c21v –/((1 0q = q - 2 - - 2 - This is very similar to the equation: 1/2))2c/2v -((1 /0m = m Which describes the increase in mass when the mass is moving. 2. The magnetic field generated by a moving point charge is actually two moving field components. One of these moving field components is a moving electric field component. Another moving field component is perpendicular to this moving electric field and it can be seen as the actual magnetic field created. These two moving fields resemble and might be related to the electromagnetic emission from moving charges. 3. Since charge comes in two types, a positive charge and a negative charge, then the energy embeded in charge also comes in two energy types. The article assigns these energy types to one set of Energy Pairs. 4. A magnetic field energy conservation paradox is resolved using the above concept of Energy Pairs. This is done by assuming that Energies belonging to Energy Pairs, cancel each other if they coexist in the same space volume, such that only the net energy intensity of the energy type in the Energy pair that had initially more intensity, remains in the space volume where the two Energy Pairs coexist. Thus, energy conservation exists only when the total amount of energy in a specific volume in space contains only the net amount of one member of the energies which belong to an Energy Pair. Thus, by assuming that charge is a special form of energy, and analyzing the existing data and knowledge according to this assumption, it seems that new insights can be found, and also an explanation can be supplied to a magnetic field energy conservation paradox.

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