Charge Separation in Space

8 Dec 2009

In his blog, astronomer W.T."Tom" Bridgman takes the Electric Universe (EU) to task over their understanding of "Charge Separation in Space". Bridgman clarifies that:

"When astronomers say there is no significant charge separation in space, we are talking about bulk charge separation, contrary to what EU advocates want to claim.  EU advocates usually mean large groups of the same charge are separated by some distance .."

Bridgman discusses a phenomenon of plasma called "quasi-neutrality", and its apparent tendancy to maintain neutrality. Of course some astrophysical plasmas are known  to violate quasi-neutrality, and bulk charge separation does happen, and double layer bulk charge separation up to 10km has been measured; but this may be considered relatively small.