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Stimulated virtual W+, W- when supernova core-> neutron star?

  1. Mar 2, 2014 #1
    Stimulated virtual W+, W- when supernova core--> neutron star?

    Weak interactions allow supernova core electrons and protons to convert to neutrons and neutrinos allowing (under the right conditions) the formation of a neutron star? Large numbers virtual W+ and W-bosons are produced in a short time frame (there is a more precise way to state this quantum mechanically)?

    To what degree if any do these virtual bosons stimulate emission of other virtual W+ and W-bosons under the most extreme conditions imaginable in a progenitor of the neutron star?

    What effect if any does the large gravitational well the core "sits in" have on such reactions?

    What is the degree of coherence if any between these virtual particles?

    Is there a classical limit of a coherent large amplitude, large extent oscillation of the W+ W- field like there is for the photon field (not worried that such a state is probably not possiible) or do the massive weak bosons "want" to quickly decay away?

    Thanks for any help!
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  3. Mar 2, 2014 #2

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    Virtual particles cannot be counted, so the rest of your argument kind of goes away.
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