# Accelerated charged particles produce electromagnetic radiation, but holes (the charge carriers) do not. Is this correct?

Holes are treated as particles in solid-state physics, so I've had some trouble with reasoning through this properly.

• @DanII: We can take a piece of matter with only one hole (a dust particle) and accelerate it in a strong electric and/or varying magnetic field. The piece will radiate because it is charged positively. All constituent charges are involved in the process, but we may say that it is the hole who radiates since there is no nucleus or electron with a positive charge $+|e|$. By the way, radiation of an accelerated proton is, in some sense, the hole radiation of Hydrogen atom ;-) (similarly, radiation of any positive ion too). – Vladimir Kalitvianski Jun 25 '13 at 16:35