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Electrons in intergalactic space.

  1. Apr 18, 2003 #1
    In the evolution of Atomic structure, what came first Electrons or Protons?

    In the early Universe the appearence of Quarks>>Protons>>Electrons, have to have a precise evolutionary existence. I know Quarks form Protons, and Protons can exist without Electrons, then the appearence of Electrons fused around Protons creates Hydrogen, probably the Original Atom, and in evolution terms, every other Atom evolved from This.

    Now for Electrons around the stable Hydrogen Atom, they 'absorb', actually thats the wrong term I think?..Electrons are moved to a higher orbit on reciept of a Photon, like a 'fulcrum lever' that is lifting the Electron, then as the Electron reaches its maximum momentum,it drops like a stone, ejecting the photon back out of the Atom.

    In inter-galactic space, there are no 'structured' atoms?..there are nuclie..protons and seperate electrons, so what are the interactions between Photons and Electrons in deep space?

    At any given moment,in the Universe as a whole, are there more Photons outside of Atoms than there are 'inside'of Atoms?

    I do not know if these are valid questions, I am interested in the consequences of 'free-electron' interactions with photons away from and external to 'Atoms'.
  2. jcsd
  3. Apr 19, 2003 #2
    Protons are composite particles, whereas electrons are fundamental, suggesting that electrons appeared before electrons.
  4. Apr 19, 2003 #3
    You mean before protons? =]
  5. Apr 19, 2003 #4
    I'm fairly sure that most (non-virtual) particles you would come across in intergalactic space would be hydrogen atoms in exceedingly rare quantity. There is little energy out there, and therefore not much to keep electrons and protons from forming atoms. It's in stars that you'll find nucleui separate from electron shells, where the particles aren't "calm" enough.

    I'm not entirly sure though.
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