The Big Bang and light

  • #1
So I'm reading this book called "Origins" by Neil Tyson and in the beginning of the book he was talking about matter and antimatter and said "had this matter over antimatter asymmetry not emerged, the expanding universe would forever be composed of light and nothing he else".

Now, I know I'm very ignorant in science (but I'm trying to learn more) but from what I thought, light was caused from electrons changing levels. If no electrons existed yet, how was their light?


(Please excuse my ignorance on the subject :P)

Thanks!
:D
 

Answers and Replies

  • #2
Dale
Mentor
Insights Author
2020 Award
31,070
7,750
That isn't the only source of light. In this case, the anhillation of matter and anti-matter also produces light.
 
  • #3
Drakkith
Staff Emeritus
Science Advisor
21,138
4,977
To elaborate, EM radiation, aka Light, is caused by the acceleration of charges, charged particles changing energy levels, annihilation events, and high energy collisions.
 
  • #4
jfizzix
Science Advisor
Insights Author
Gold Member
757
355
When matter and antimatter collide, they annihiliate one another, and their energy is converted to gamma rays, which is just a high frequency form of light.
 

Related Threads on The Big Bang and light

  • Last Post
Replies
13
Views
2K
  • Last Post
Replies
5
Views
3K
Replies
2
Views
2K
Replies
8
Views
1K
  • Last Post
Replies
5
Views
1K
Replies
26
Views
1K
Replies
4
Views
874
  • Last Post
Replies
2
Views
3K
  • Last Post
Replies
6
Views
2K
  • Last Post
Replies
3
Views
3K
Top