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E-p Pair creation without nuclear collision?

  1. Sep 21, 2006 #1
    Can an e-p pair be created simply from field interactions rather than brute force collisions of atomic nuclei?
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  3. Sep 22, 2006 #2
    Creating e's and p's

    In theory, you could collide two photons and get an e (and an anti-e) and also a p (and an anti-p). But that’s probably not what you meant.
    Also in theory, a vey small black hole can create e’s and p’s via Hawking radiation. “Rip em right out of the vacuum”, according to some popularizations.
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