Field and Force Saturation in Ionic Equilibrium Academic Article uri icon


  • A study is made of the response of an equilibrium ionic system to the increase of the electric charge carried by some of its parts. It is shown that due to the strong nonlinear screening, the electric field at a given positive distance from a charged particle of an arbitrary convex shape saturates upon an infinite increase of the particle charge. The conjecture that a physical consequence of this is a saturation of the force of repulsion between two symmetrically charged particles upon the growth of their charges is proved for parallel cylinders.

publication date

  • December 1, 1988