Question #eda55

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Feb 1, 2018

That the beam is made of charged particles.


The force on a beam of particles is given by, #F = Bxxqxxv# where B is the magnetic field strength (often called flux density), q is the charge on the particles and v is their velocity (I’m deliberately avoiding vectors here, I don’t think you need them at this level.)

So you can see if q = 0 (or any other factor =0) the force must also be zero, hence if a deflection occurs (#F != 0#) the particles must have charge.