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27 July, 09:55

The definition of resistivity implies that an electric field exists inside a conductor. Yet we know that

there can be no electric field inside a conductor. Is there a contradiction here? Explain.

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  1. 27 July, 10:41

    There no electric field in a superconductor, since a superconductor has 0 resistance (and 0 resistivity).

    Ordinary mere mortal conductors like silver and copper do have a little resistance and hence do have small electric fields inside. They are not perfect conductors.

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