Okay, I have a comic book scenario and I want to know what would happen.

  • Fighter A can forcibly control electrons in the state of an electron where it is both particle and wave, and when they strike other objects the electrons are unable to react either as particle or a wave because of their state. Normally, electrons have a mass that is close to zero, but because they are "stopped" at this state they take become like a solid object. This then creates a highly destructive beam of very fast electrons that pierces through a target at the same velocity that it was fired.
  • Fighter B is able to drop temperature to absolute zero (the point where all molecular motion stops).

Which power would negate the other?


I have two questions about the scenario described above,

  1. Is the idea that electrons can be stopped "in the middle" of each of their states (wave and particle) and that makes them like a solid object at all realistic?
  2. Can absolute zero stop the movement of electrons, or solid electrons like those described above?


Sorry for wasting your time. I am just 16 and not a physics major. Just asking a question that I thought could theoretically be answered. I asked on other sites but no one would answer. They all kept pointing me to here. Thanks for the -2. Now that I know the response I'll stop asking questions.


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    $\begingroup$ I'm afraid the premises/ontology/concepts of this question are comic book physics, which means that there isn't going to be a coherent answer from real physics. $\endgroup$ – zeldredge Jul 10 '16 at 20:50
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    $\begingroup$ @KawaiiSamii, I edited your question to try to make it more readable - kept your original meaning, of course. It's an interesting question - unfortunate you can't find anywhere to ask it. One thing though - keep asking questions! Perhaps not like this one, but do as count_to_10 said - look at other questions, keep thinking about physics, and keep being curious. Don't let one question keep you from asking others. $\endgroup$ – heather Jul 10 '16 at 21:28
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    $\begingroup$ For reference someone on Science Fiction & Fantasy told this poster that Physics was a good place for this question. My suspicion is that the question is about some kind of comic or comic-like superhero material. Which means that the advice was very bad indeed. $\endgroup$ – dmckee Jul 10 '16 at 21:41
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    $\begingroup$ I would also advise you to keep asking questions. The misfortune that you had here is that you came to the wrong place. There is an art and a science to writing both comic books and good science fiction, but I am not sure that it's actually being discussed on the scifi stackexchange... over here we are dealing exclusively with the real behavior of real matter, radiation and spacetime and your question simply doesn't meet the criteria for what we call real, which are very strict. Look at the help bubble of the voting button to see the criteria for votes, it's nothing personal. $\endgroup$ – CuriousOne Jul 10 '16 at 21:56
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    $\begingroup$ Try worldbuilding.stackexchange.com $\endgroup$ – Milind R Jul 11 '16 at 9:24

As regards the first question, if you read this article, it might make the difference between waves and particles clearer. Double Slit Experiment

Can absolute zero stop the movement of electrons, or solid electrons like those described above?

This is an exerpt from Wikipedia Absolute Zero

The laws of thermodynamics dictate that absolute zero cannot be reached using only thermodynamic means, as the temperature of the substance being cooled approaches the temperature of the cooling agent asymptotically.

Sorry if you already know what asymptotically means, but just in case, it's like moving along a curved road that gets closer and closer to another almost parallel road, without ever connecting to it.

A system at absolute zero still possesses quantum mechanical zero-point energy, the energy of its ground state at absolute zero. The kinetic energy of the ground state cannot be removed.

So the particle will keep moving, however slowly and however low the temperature. This is a consequence of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle that says you can't simultaneously know the position and velocity of a particle.


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