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Are the particle-antiparticle pairs produced in vacuum virtual particles, and can they interact with normal particles?

If it is true that due to energy fluctuations of a vacuum being able to produce a particle-antiparticle pair that shortly annihilate with each other and disappear again, is the following circumstance ...
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Should I observe single/double escape peaks for all energies above 1022 keV

I have already asked a question similar to this, but that question was specifically relating to the case of K-40. I'm going to generalize it to any case My question is to do with the field of gamma ...
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Can pair production be used to explain the EM Drive? [closed]

My understanding of the EM Drive: LOTS of energy and a little light is input into the system. A tiny amount of force is then exerted out of the system. Can this system be explained simply through ...
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Where does mass come from in pair production?

In pair production, two gamma rays with > .511Mev can come together to create a positron and an electron. So two electromagnetic waves E and B fields, with No mass and No gravity and traveling at ...
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question about Blandford-Znajek original paper

I'm trying to follow the original Blandford-Znajek paper (found here), and I can't find how equations 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3 are obtained: 2.1 refers to "the charge density required to ensure that $E \cdot ...
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Is pair production only with $\gamma$ photons?

in my revision guide the section on pair production only mentions it happening with gamma photons, so the question arose whether this is the only way it can happen? This is what the book says: "Pair ...
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The Schwinger Limit and the Breit-Wheeler Process

The Breit-Wheeler process requires a two photon system to have a total energy of at least twice the rest mass of an electron, which is determined by the frequencies of the photons. The Schwinger ...
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Entangled Photon (laser pointer)

From a laser pointer emission; is it creating entangled pairs of photon? is it possible to get more than "pair" entangled, like group of photons all entangled?
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Pair production with nucleus

I've seen in other questions that pair production is not possible in vacuum, i.e. it needs a nucleus or something massive in order for conservation of momentum to hold. I've seen the derivation of ...
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Under what conditions would photons interact to create pair production? [closed]

I understand that two photons colliding can result in pair production but under what conditions would this happen? Would the photons have to be in a superconductive state or is it just by chance, as ...
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Pair production and energy conservation?

Consider the question whether a photon can decay, in the free space, into an electron and a positron - a pair production event. Such an event I don't think is possible, because both energy and ...
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Does positron-electron annihilation preserve enough info to reverse exactly

An electron-positron annihilation can produce a pair of gamma rays. In the reverse process, known as pair production, can the gamma rays carry enough information to determine the resulting ...
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Why the photon can't produce electron and positron in space or in vacuum?

$$\frac{hc}{\lambda} = K_e + K_p + 2m_e c^2$$ could be the energy conservation equation for a photon of wavelength $\lambda$ decaying into a electron and positron with kinetic energies $K_e$ and $K_p$ ...
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How can nuclear decay both annihilate and create?

This'll be back to basics for many of you, but here's something I still don't get. How can nuclear decay of an unstable atom both create and annihilate positron-electron pairs? You have an unstable ...
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Can the rate of virtual pair production from vacuum be computed?

Consider for instance the QED Lagrangian. Is it possible to compute the rate of virtual electron-positron creation from the vacuum?
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Is it possible to produce images of pair production in home-made cloud chamber?

There are some nice pictures on the web showing the counter-spiralling paths of an electron positron pair produced in a bubble chamber with a uniform magnetic field, for example:- Would it be ...
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Why don't we consider electrostatic energy of the pair in the case of pair production?

I have seen this Wikipedia article and many others, but in none of them I find any mention of the electro-static energy of the generated pair. Why? I mean, the energy conservation should be written ...
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Space travel using pair production

If the method for creating electrons and positrons from photons, as described in this article, were proven correct, would it be possible to use it for accelerating space ships – using only an energy ...
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Feynman diagram for pair production in matter

I'm aware that electron pair-production from a single photon requires the presence of matter — say some large nucleus — able to absorb momentum, as in the process \begin{align} N \gamma \rightarrow N ...
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$\tau$ pair production question

There's a question on my homework about the process $e^{-} e^{+} \rightarrow \tau^{+} \tau^{-}$. Specifically, it is claimed that the minimum energy required of the colliding positron and electron ...
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Pair production of neutrinos

I learned that neutrinos have a much lower energy than electrons. Pair production of electrons occurs when the photon energy is above 2 times the energy of an electron. So I am wondering if pair ...
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positron / electron annihilation - where is the invariant?

Electron and a positron are headed towards each other with same kinetic energies - observed from center of mass (COM) system. After the colission two photons are emitted and are headed in opposite ...
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Atom emitts a photon - what is the frequency of the energy of the photon?

Lets say I have an atom of known mass who goes from excited state to the ground state whose energy is $14.4 keV$ lower. I know that the emitted energy $14.4keV$ got converted into an energy of a ...
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2 protons collision (both with different kinetic energies) - I don't know what to put in for $p^2c^2$

The problem statement: Two protons with kinetic energies $W_{k1}=4GeV$ and $W_{k2}=2GeV$ colide and form new particles. What is the mass of newly born particles? There are as many as possible ...
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2 particles collision - deriving the equation for an energy which can become mass of new particles!

Q1: Lets say a particle with mass $m_1$ and kinetic energy $W_k$ colides with a particle of mass $m_2$ at rest. Can anyone explain why do both particless ($m_1$ and $m_2$) plus an aditionall mass $m$ ...
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Pair annihilation - how to generaly solve these types of problems?

Simple question regarding pair production: Can a collision of an electron with a positron result in two photons? I have this problem to solve and I doubt this is even possible. Please provide some ...
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Conservation of energy issue with pair creation/annihilation

Question: what is the energy balance in this situation? (Fig A) Two gamma rays collided and produced an electron/positron pair $(e-/e+)$. (Fig B) 1. because all particles are accelerating ...
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Pair production intefering with gamma-ray laser black hole fabrication

A common "proposal" to make a micro black hole is to use on the order of 10^12 kg of gamma-ray lasing medium and focus all the light at a small point. However, intense light will interact with itself ...
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Why does Quantum Electrodynamics Allow a Photon to Exist Temporarily as a Positron and an Electron?

In this question... Why does a photon colliding with an atomic nucleus cause pair production? ...I asked why a photon colliding with a atomic nucleus can become an electron and a positron. The ...
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Why does a photon colliding with an atomic nucleus cause pair production?

I understand that the photon needs to have enough energy to produce a lepton and it's antimatter partner, and that all of the properties are conserved, but why does the photon do this in the first ...
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Anomalous target space diffeomorphisms for one-loop world-line integrals

The Schwinger effect can be calculated in the world-line formalism by coupling the particle to the target space potential $A$. My question relates to how this calculation might extend to computing ...
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Pair production - mathematically?

Allover the web i am only seeing a statement similar to this: Pair production is not possible in vaccum, 3rd particle is needed so that conservation of momentum holds. Well noone out of many ...
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Pair production in complete vacuum

I want to prove that pair production (electron-positron) cannot happen in complete vacuum. This is why I obeyed conservation of energy and got equation: $$h \nu = m_e c^2 \Bigl[ \gamma(v_1) + ...
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Energy-time uncertainty and pair creation

Usually, the energy-time analogue of the position-momentum uncertainty relation is quoted as $\Delta E \Delta t \geq \frac{h}{4 \pi}$. This has interpretational issues and such. But, with a suitable ...
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Mechanism of pair production and annihilation of matter

Pair production is where an energetic photon on its interaction with strong electric field surrounding a nucleus produces an electron-positron pair. Annihilation is its converse where an ...
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Why can't a single photon produce an electron-positron pair?

In reading through old course material, I found the assignment (my translation): Show that a single photon cannot produce an electron-positron pair, but needs additional matter or light quanta. ...
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Spontaneous pair production?

So I've been looking into particle-antiparticle pair production from a gamma ray and don't understand one thing. Let's say I have a 1,1 MeV photon and it hits a nucleus - electron-positron pair with ...
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critical electric field that spontaneously generates real pairs

With the current QED framework, If an electric field is strong enough (say, near a nucleus with $Z > 140$) , pair production will occur spontaneously? Is this a real effect or an artifact before ...
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Do all massive bodies emit Hawking radiation?

It is known that any accelerated observer is subject to a heat bath due to Unruh radiation. The principle of equivalence suggests that any stationary observer on the surface of a massive body should ...