Use for computational-device notional particles which are not observable in the lab, such as "off-the-mass-shell" particles, "spurions", renormalons, merons. Do *not* use for unobserved hypothetical particles such as the graviton, or Goldstone bosons which could have been observable, but got ...

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

0
votes
1answer
48 views

Why are there e.m. vacuüm fluctuations?

According to the rules of qft there are virtual photons in the vacuüm. But how can this be if for the production of photons you need an electric charge?
0
votes
1answer
49 views

Coulomb law and photons

When we consider process like $e^- e^- \to e^- e^-$ in QED, we see that from exchanges of one photon (tree-level diagrams) one can obtain Coulomb's law, while loop-diagrams give quantum corrections ...
2
votes
0answers
54 views

Why would a black hole evaporate? [duplicate]

Hawking radiation doesn't make sense to me, with respect to black holes getting smaller. It would seem that any particle (or anti-particle) leaving the Schwartzchild radius would have a similar ...
3
votes
1answer
77 views

If an object has a temperature, does it have to radiate?

I'm reading through a powerpoint presentation about Hawking Radiation (HR). They are explaining all of the reasons that built up to the postulate of HR, and one of the reasons is that if there is a ...
0
votes
2answers
72 views

Dark energy and virtual particles

If space time is accelerating away from itself everywhere due to dark energy, could this acceleration be the cause of virtual particles, essentially Unruh radiation?
0
votes
0answers
46 views

Exchange of virtual photons [duplicate]

How does the exchange of virtual photons as per QED explain the electrostatic attraction of particles of opposite charge?
1
vote
2answers
52 views

Neutrinoless double beta decay: annihilation of neutrinos or nucleon absorption?

I've a question regarding the interpretation of the neutrinos in neutrinoless double beta decay: The basic issue that I have is with papers that regard the decay as a neutrino-neutrino ...
0
votes
0answers
48 views

Solving non scalar integrals in loop calculations

Consider the following integral that comes out of a loop calculation along with some fermionic propagators (e.g virtual one loop correction to a $p \gamma^* \rightarrow p'$ process such as in DIS): $$ ...
-1
votes
1answer
33 views

Electron and photon relation [duplicate]

While a photon is mass less but when it converts to an electron how mass can come into being ?
1
vote
3answers
92 views

Is the empty space really empty? [duplicate]

I've come across another article in "list verse" which says that the empty space is not actually empty at least for a while. I've tried to find about this, so I googled it .It also quotes a word ...
1
vote
1answer
79 views

Virtual particles, gravity, and dark matter? [closed]

In Hawking's radiation, virtual particles respond to intense gravitational tidal forces with pairs being ripped apart. One crosses the event horizon and the other escapes. On the other hand, in ...
3
votes
2answers
111 views

Feynman diagram, which virtual particle?

Hi I have been asked to produce the lowest order Feynman diagram for the following scattering process: $$a.~~~ \mu^-+\mu^-\rightarrow \mu^-+\mu^-$$ $$b.~~~ \mu^-+\mu^+\rightarrow \mu^-+\mu^+$$ The ...
2
votes
2answers
88 views

How virtual photons give rise to electric and/or magnetic field? [duplicate]

Say a neutron which have magnetic moment despite carrying no charge. Isn't both the electric field and magnetic field consist of virtual photons? So how can the same virtual photons give rise to 2 ...
2
votes
0answers
35 views

Can virtual particles be thought of as pieces of 'nonregular' waves?

I just came across this blog post, which gives an interpretation of virtual particles I haven't seen before. To rephrase it, consider a 1D system of springs and masses, where the springs are slightly ...
1
vote
1answer
106 views

Does the property of being “virtual” for a particle depend on the observer?

I've read at several places that a static magnetic (and electric for that matter) field can be thought of as made by virtual photons, at least that's what I understood. Now, in Special Relativity we ...
0
votes
1answer
70 views

If virtual photon is it's own antiparticle why is it short lived?

Most virtual particles comes in matter-antimatter pair and are quickly being annihilated, I know we shouldn't think of virtual particle as real particle but I think as long as the virtual particle can ...
0
votes
2answers
56 views

How do virtual photon cloud produce discrete magnetic field lines in bar magnet?

I think magnetic field is the exchange of virtual photon constantly absorbed and emitted by electrons roughly speaking so assume the setup isn't in a complete vacuum and I have a piece of bar magnet ...
0
votes
1answer
55 views

How force is transmitted in Magnetic field (Quantum mechanically )

According to particle physics , every fundamental force has its force carrier particle. Photon is a force carrier particle of electromagnetic force but What is the process through which magnetic ...
0
votes
1answer
30 views

Can Charged Virtual Particle Interactions Propagate Electromagnetic Energy?

Since virtual particles have charge and motion, their fields should interact with each other to produce Lorentz forces, even in a perfect vacuum. Can these interactions propagate energy that is ...
30
votes
4answers
2k views

Why do many people say that virtual particles do not conserve energy?

I've seen this claim made all over the Internet. It's on Wikipedia. It's in John Baez's FAQ on virtual particles, it's in many popular books. I've even seen it mentioned offhand in academic papers. ...
3
votes
1answer
424 views

Do we need virtual particles?

I understand the $\Delta t \cdot \Delta E \geq \hbar / 2$ relationship and the idea behind them. However, I don't understand why do we need them at all. I'm a physics undergraduate. As far as I know, ...
2
votes
1answer
168 views

Difference between photon upconversion and two photon absorption?

One can find in the wikipedia the following assertion: Upconversion should be distinguished from two-photon absorption However, it is difficult to tell the difference between both processes by ...
0
votes
0answers
52 views

Do virtual photons give particle charges?

I think the electric field is due to the exchange of virtual photons constantly emitted by the point charged particle such as an electron, does this apply to proton which is consisted of quarks? does ...
2
votes
2answers
145 views

Does the uncertainty principle imply the existence of particles that exceed the speed of light?

The uncertainty principle allows for the creation of virtual particles (with non-zero mass) that exist for very short durations. This allows empty space to have particle pairs that pop into existence ...
3
votes
1answer
145 views

Why, in quantum field theory, is $\hat{a}(p)|0\rangle=0$?

My Quantum Field Theory lecturer just said that $\hat{a}(p)|0\rangle=0$ because the vacuum state contains no particles. Now, according to Wikipedia, "according to quantum mechanics, the vacuum ...
0
votes
3answers
142 views

Why can't we see virtual photons? [closed]

If photons are the carriers for the electromagnetic force, then why can we not see electromagnetic fields, given that photons are involved in this interaction?
0
votes
0answers
40 views

Can an electron in empty space to create electromagnetic radiation?

Is it possible in the empty space to create electromagnetic radiation from oscillations of the charges only of one kind - positive or negative? This question stems from the fact that all man-made ...
0
votes
1answer
35 views

Trying to visualize virtual particle behavior near “real” particles

I hope this isn't too clumsy a question, but I'm trying to figure out if my way of thinking about virtual particles is reasonably OK or completely wrong. This question got me thinking about it ...
9
votes
4answers
761 views

Can virtual particles be 'boosted' into becoming real particles by fields other than gravity?

On the wikipedia page for Hawking Radiation it states: Physical insight into the process may be gained by imagining that particle-antiparticle radiation is emitted from just beyond the event ...
0
votes
0answers
27 views

Does a Description with Photons as Force Carriers Apply for Non-Radiative Systems?

What is the full quantum mechanical description of the statement from classical electromagnetism "the electric field of a uniformly charged infinite flat plane is constant"? By "full" I mean that I'm ...
3
votes
1answer
71 views

Why does virtual negative W boson decay mainly into antiup and down quarks during weak decays of lambda, Xi, omega and other baryons

Virtual $W^-$ boson may decay into $\bar{u}$ and $d$ quarks, $\bar{c}$ and $s$ quarks, $e$ and $\bar{\nu}_e$, $\mu$ and $\bar{\nu}_{\mu}$, $\tau$ and $\bar{\nu}_{\tau}$. Decay into $\bar{u}$ and $s$, ...
3
votes
2answers
215 views

Is the vacuum empty? Are virtual particles in the vacuum? Is the vacuum non-zero? [duplicate]

I have read a lot about this stuff. Is the vacuum empty? How is it not-empty? But nobody can it explain serious and simple that I can fully understand it. Some physicists tell may that virtual ...
3
votes
1answer
191 views

Are virtual exchange particles real or just mathematical? [duplicate]

When an electron exchanges a virtual photon with another electron or proton, is the virtual photon a real particle or just a mathematical construct? In string theory, the force carrier particles of ...
2
votes
3answers
298 views

Virtual Particles real? Virtual particles create a universe?

I am reading the book of Lawrence Krauss "A universe out of nothing", where he explained that the vacuum is not empty. It is a boiling brew of virtual particles that come out of their existence. And ...
1
vote
3answers
104 views

With respect to the Casimir effect, why can't the wavelengths of the virtual particles between two plates just “pass through” the plates themselves?

I've read over the years that the suppression of many of the possible wavelengths between the two plates in a Casimir experiment is what causes the phenomenon (top comment on this Askscience thread is ...
0
votes
2answers
106 views

The source and sink phenomenological description of charge - how realistic is it?

I've heard over and over an electron described as a source of the electric field, but that is a misleading term. Source makes one thing of a tap, with a constant flow of something coming out of it. ...
3
votes
1answer
96 views

Two questions about Feynman propagator

Taking for example the meson propagator: $$ \Delta_F (x-y) = \int \frac{d^4k}{(2\pi)^4} \frac{e^{-ik(x-y)}}{k^2 - m^2 + i\epsilon}. $$ It describes a meson that propagate from a point of Minkowski ...
2
votes
1answer
43 views

Are there any other pairs similar to virtual and normal photons? [duplicate]

Are there virtual particles for every kind of particle there is?
1
vote
1answer
92 views

How is the EM force exchanged over long distances?

The Situation Imagine we place two charged objects a very far distance apart, essentially making them point charges. How does the EM force interact between the two point charges if virtual photons ...
0
votes
2answers
62 views

Do anodes emit virtual photons representing their positive electrostatic potential?

I understand the electrons in circuit travel down the path of least resistance, however are electrons attracted by the emission of virtual photons emitted by a source with relatively low electron ...
6
votes
2answers
248 views

Are black holes eternal?

The question might sound very easy - Hawking radiation, however I was pondering that as you get closer and closer to a black hole, time dilates exponentially where the surface of the black hole is ...
0
votes
1answer
901 views

Deriving Coulomb's law from quantum electrodynamics [duplicate]

Is it possible to derive the Coulomb's law using the principles of quantum electrodynamics? How?
11
votes
4answers
1k views

Do virtual particles actually physically exist?

I have heard virtual particles pop in and out of existence all the time, most notable being the pairs that pop out beside black holes and while one gets pulled away. But wouldn't this actually violate ...
0
votes
0answers
38 views

How black hole lose mass? [duplicate]

Even in empty space virtual particles can constantly pop in and out of existence in pairs, when 1 of the pair fall into the black hole while the other escape this is hawking radiation but black hole ...
0
votes
0answers
56 views

Why do virtual particles form at black hole horizon? [duplicate]

This question relates to Hawking radiation. I understand about virtual particles - pairs of positive and negative particles that form - but I can't find out why they form at the event horizon and in ...
2
votes
1answer
399 views

Is the virtual photon a particle?

I just saw an exam question: Write down the antiparticle for the virtual photon. The answer was "virtual photon". Is the question even a meaningful one? If so please explain why?
4
votes
1answer
92 views

What happens to the planck distribution if the temperature is set to zero?

BE Problem I am currently working on modelling the density of states and optical conductivity of graphene utilizing the GW algorithm. In calculating the exchange self energy of the system, the ...
2
votes
1answer
219 views

Can photons travel faster than $c$? (Feynman Lectures)

I apologise for the very non-technical nature of this question. I am new to QED and perhaps am interpreting things in the wrong way, but I'll ask anyway, and hopefully someone can provide a ...
0
votes
0answers
49 views

Experiment validating existence of virtual particle

I'm curious about virtual particle whether do they really exists, therefore I dug out an experimental theory called lamb shift by measuring the difference between the two energy levels of a hydrogen ...
1
vote
1answer
86 views

Virtual particles and the scaling effect on valence quarks

Inside a proton there are 3 valance quarks. In addition, there is constant creation and annihilation of gluon, quarks and anti-quarks. The number of virtual particles we observe depends on how ...