New answers tagged virtual-particles
Yes, as far as anyone can tell, virtual particles in the vacuum should gravitate, and generate a huge spacetime curvature everywhere, which isn't observed. This is the famous cosmological constant problem.
From the OP's comments I have a feeling that the real issue is not the virtual particle, but an actual annihilation of a positron and electron into 2 real photons. Like here: And the question is, how can the system of 2 massive electrons accelerate into the speed of light, when accelerating to c requires infinite amount of energy. The answer has two parts: ...
In Feynman diagrams all four vectors conform with special relativity algebra, BUT the internal lines, even though they have the name "photon" are virtual, which means the mass can be different than zero, only the quantum numbers identify them as a photon, quark, electron, etc.. Feynman diagrams are an iconic representation one to one with the integrals and ...
it seems curious to me that a system can have a mass, and then accelerate to the speed of of a massless particle There is no paradox here. Special relativity doesn't preserve velocity - in fact the opposite - it allows one to move between frames of reference in which the velocity of objects is relative to the observer. [do the particles] accelerate ...
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