Superman created virtual particles?

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Comic is Superman/Batman #80

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Superman explains that virtual particles are always spontaneous generated

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And that he's using his heat vision to (excite) the vacuum in order to accelerate the process. He's generating more virtual particles

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So my question is, how much energy or heat did he have to use in order to create virtual particles, so they would annihilate themselves with the antiparticles?
 

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It's a comic book, not a textbook. The science isn't right, but it's not about the science.
 
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So my question is, how much energy or heat did he have to use in order to create virtual particles ...
None, since it's not possible. Virtual particles don't exist. They are a mathematical fiction. That's what "virtual" means in this context.

You really should not take the "physics" of comic books seriously.
 
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It's a comic book, not a textbook. The science isn't right, but it's not about the science.
I know it's not a text book
 
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None, since it's not possible. Virtual particles don't exist. They are a mathematical fiction. That's what "virtual" means in this context.

You really should not take the "physics" of comic books seriously.
Not taking it seriously at all. That's why this post is listed in the "science fiction" category
 
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Now that we've gotten the obvious out of the way, I'll change the question

What amount of energy would it take to cause a (real) particle to collide with its antiparticle pair? Or is this not possible at all?
 
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Now that we've gotten the obvious out of the way, I'll change the question
People assume you mean what you say and we are not mind readers. We answered the question you asked. It was in no way "obvious" that you already knew that your question was meaningless.
What amount of energy would it take to cause a (real) particle to collide with its antiparticle pair? Or is this not possible at all?
Very little because you don't need to push them together or anything. They LIKE joining up and annihilating each other, at least to the extent that quantum objects enjoy anything (most of them are just grumpy). The problem would be getting them to move around and I think you do that with magnetic fields that could, in the case of single particles already close to each other, probably be quite weak.
 
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People assume you mean what you say and we are not mind readers. We answered the question you asked. It was in no way "obvious" that you already knew that your question was meaningless.
Doesn't take a mind reader. And it was obvious to me, since this post is listed in the (Science fiction) category. But I'll do better at explaining next time

Very little because you don't need to push them together or anything. They LIKE joining up and annihilating each other, at least to the extent that quantum objects enjoy anything (most of them are just grumpy). The problem would be getting them to move around and I think you do that with magnetic fields that could, in the case of single particles already close to each other, probably be quite weak
Thanks, that's what I was looking for. I appreciate it
 
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Virtual particles have neither positions nor trajectories, so the concept of "pushing them together" is meaningless. As such, any discussion on how much energy it takes to accomplish it is meaningless as well.
 
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It's a comic book, not a textbook. The science isn't right, but it's not about the science.
None, since it's not possible. Virtual particles don't exist. They are a mathematical fiction. That's what "virtual" means in this context.

You really should not take the "physics" of comic books seriously.
One may want to distinguish between Fiction and Fantasy.
 
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Virtual particles have neither positions nor trajectories, so the concept of "pushing them together" is meaningless. As such, any discussion on how much energy it takes to accomplish it is meaningless as well.
Got it. Understood
 
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One may want to distinguish between Fiction and Fantasy.
That's a good point. I don't read much fantasy beyond Tolkien and tend to have a mindset towards science fiction instead of fantasy.
 
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What are you talking about? Virtual particles exist, they just can't be observed. Where do you think an electron gets its intrinsic angular momentum?

Virtual particles

The thing is, superman doesn't create virtual particles. That is a common misconception. Superman actually turns virtual particles into real particles by his laser eye beam and then causes those real particles to annihilate, producing a bunch of radiation.
 
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Alright whatever
 
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