# electric multipole

## electric multipole

[i¦lek·trik ′məl·tə‚pōl] (electromagnetism)

One of a series of types of static or oscillating charge distributions; the multipole of order 1 is a point charge or a spherically symmetric distribution, and the electric and magnetic fields produced by an electric multipole of order 2

^{ n }are equivalent to those of two electric multipoles of order 2^{ n-1}of equal strengths, but opposite sign, separated from each other by a short distance.Want to thank TFD for its existence? Tell a friend about us, add a link to this page, or visit the webmaster's page for free fun content.

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