Residual Interaction

Interaction between objects that do not carry a charge but do contain constituents that have that charge.

Although some chemical substances involve electrically-charged ions, much of chemistry is due to residual electromagnetic interactions between electrically-neutral atoms.

The residual strong interaction between protons and neutrons, due to the strong charges of their quark constituents, is responsible for the binding of the nucleus.

See also: Strong Interaction, Weak Interaction.

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Subjects: Nuclear and Particle Physics