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Re: interesting secondary phenomonea
Original poster: "resonance" <resonance@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Yes, this is correct. I checked with one of my old Profs at
UW-Madison and they confirmed this. The storage mechanism is
different for vac caps as opposed to standard caps with dielectrics
such as air or plastic.
Hi DC and Gavin,
I believe the charge is on the surface of the conductor. It cant be
inside the metal as electrons in metals are "free" and will try to
get away from each other, hence they will be distributed about the
surface whether a vacuum or dialectric material exist between the
plates of the capacitor. If a vacuum, there is no dialectric to
polarize. If dialectric material is present, the electron obits
will be distorted by the field strength between the plates until the
field is strong enough to pull the electrons "free" (dialectric breakdown).