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JonnyMcA wrote:

> They annihilate to produce photons. The general idea is that
> quantum mechanically speaking, anti-matter can be thought of
> holes in a sea of negative energy.
>
> The idea goes like this. Normal electrons are particles that
> occupy a positive energy regime of unfilled states (the
> positive continuum). In the negative energy continuum, all
> energy states are filled. A high energy photon can come along
> and knock an electron out of this negative region, and promote
> it to the positive energy continuum, leaving behind a "hole".
> This hole will have an effective positive charge,a nd can be
> thought of as a particle in itself, i.e. the positron. if you
> apply and electric field, one would see that all electrons move
> in teh same direction (say to teh right), making it seem that
> the hole moves to the left, which is teh direction a positively
> charged particle would move in response to that same field.
>
>
>
> So when an electron and a positron come together again, the
> electron merely fills the hole in the negative energy
> continuum, and the excess energy is given out again in high
> energy photons. Thus the electron and positron disappear (or
> annihilate) and are replaced by photons.
>
> Why we dont experience this negative energy continuum is
> another matter, and one I dont know the answer to, but it was
> Diracs vision of the model, and it works well to illustrate the
> concept. Indeed, the concept is used and works well for
> semiconductor physics, where both electrons and electron holes
> contribute to conduction behaviour in these materials (though
> the holes in this case are not true positrons, but are actually
> absences of electrons from energy states in the band structures
> of these materials)
>
> Jonny
>

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