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Millikan's experiment revisited. Description of the Millikan experiment using the mass-charge force

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It may be that Millikan’s classic oil drop experiment is not driven by the force of gravity, which acts in opposition to the electric force, but that it is rather the mass-charge force that pulls the charged droplets of oil down to earth. Accordingly, the force of gravity would have only an extremely small effect in opposition to the electric force, and the mass-charge force would act as the major opposing force to the electric force. Thereby the mass charge force is the force between the earth's mass and the charge of the oil droplets. This force is believed to act in opposition to the electric force and as an opposing force to the Stokes frictional force. We show that this novel interpretation of the Millikan experiment leads to identical results and an identical value for the elementary charge e as the original interpretation conducted by Millikan.
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Keywords: Elementary Charge; Millikan’s Experiment

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2016

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