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# What is the term for the length of time it takes light to traverse across the diameter of a proton? And, can you tell me what that length of time is?

Question #53109. Asked by potterguy. (Dec 14 04 8:28 AM)

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Richard,

The only thing I could find was concerning the diameter of an electron, whose calcualtion was established in 1684 by Cassini. The term is TEMPON, which, to be precise, is the amount of time it takes light to traverse the RADIUS of an elctron. Since an electron and a proton have the same magnitude but opposite signs, I presumed that the term would still apply. Since the diameter is twice the radius, I then deduced that it would take 2 tempons for light to traverse the diameter of a proton, 1 tempon being 1x10 to the -23 seconds, MUCH smaller than a nanosecond! Hope this helps.

 Dec 14 04, 7:33 PM
potterguy

Hello Rita and others,
No correct answers so far. If it helps, the length of time is a billionth-trillionth of a second.

[Dec 15 04 10:11 PM] potterguy writes:

OK, you guys, time's up.
It's called a jiffy. Really.

(As one entry - McG)

 Dec 15 04, 5:04 PM
potterguy

OK, you guys, time's up.
It's called a jiffy. Really.

 Dec 15 04, 10:11 PM

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