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Do quarks temporarily lose mass when giving off gravitons?

  1. May 8, 2012 #1
    Imagine a quark, which has x mass. The quark gives off a graviton, which has y energy. My question is, before the graviton "snaps" back, would the quark lose mass equivalent to y energy?
    That is,

    xnew = xold - y

    Where
    xold is the mass of the quark,
    xnew is the mass of the quark after giving off a graviton of y energy.
     
  2. jcsd
  3. May 8, 2012 #2
    No. You have apparently not studied the QM version of Conservation of Energy.

    (Oh, and we're not sure Gravitons exist. Pretty much the same argument applies to Gluons, Photons, and W and Z bosons.
     
  4. May 8, 2012 #3
    I haven't studied it; I'm not even out of my freshman year of high school. But you did give me something I might learn in my pass time. Thanks!
     
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