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Published originally by H. Deutsch Publishers in 1985, ISBN 3-97144-889-3, Republished electronically in 2006, Copyright: J. Rafelski and B. Muller Use for scientific and educational purposes allowed with statement of the source


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Later states. within eLectron. electrons. onLy one energy which energy particles. binding moLecuLes.26 27 the detaiLed structure of the matter of our everyday And as the its in times But as If a we hydrogen has take nucLeus. should one what mechanics realize of is the and today that after Quantum steps Dirac the was at Dirac is the of take the particle square sign. introduction. mechanics the Ttat Namely. motion equation This of exhibits in equation describes the quantum mechanithis found nonto atom. it turns in of 2 . properties the as to falling by an the What of also lower. 2 first have is something Antimatter these by v of or Dirac's ·underworld· negative mechanics. state the understand initially totaL mass crazy. called light. M: we One can important measure energ. just the four induces a fashion slightly times a there states there electrons occurred in corresponded actuaLLy because. when one bit will of we its Large. these we have of order the However. the and inFor proton per two about has is relativistic very the special study in provides electron can be energy nucleus. you Jan. protons four R: the a stable into the can equation found which new was 'luantum ~nd there when while suddenly centre. to of rest states polarization antiparticles. M: To presence had Dirac to Yes. after at you sense A physicaL energy we rave understand about Dirac·s t his effect. not of alluded motion have r~} i 0 u sly rev relativistic In accurateLy eLectrons the nuclear has atom. have to tell our maticaL. is bound uncertainty the Dirac one principle prevents statement centre. the to small make the a LittLe as we localized binding relativistic which energy_ lng previously established fact. readers underworld. energies because matheof to be unreaL energy. creases exampLe. speed positive choose re expression the Now veLocity when or v Ic the the can R: Yes. longer bound to the from expressed state With true. substantially interpreted larger of as dielectric stronger. positive negative . t aLso energy - relativistic a particle where root so you m and is you have cLassicaL given mass. binding a lowest to was the no were electron is present. reconcile time Perhaps was quantum invented one invented. for example. aspect and aLso of know function of very the that of atom. binding caLcuLate in atoms energy charge. c the mechanics to that essential relativity. but we have to the totally negative has been but the mc you the 2 '~1 M- expLain physical here role even seems out that in what of these states. charge in sucr electrons binding this is that. excLuded. the the the which smaLLest heLium the eLectron more now nuclear the of vacuum the than describe. nuclear that assume this that nearly nonstates belongnegative as experience.

absoLuteLy down the these between symmetric Dirac two to equaworLds Fig. mechanics transitions by onLy one into faLL have in jump. and in off unfuLfiLLed ruLe to a perpetuum The He negative existence Dirac a perpetuum Dirac was antiparticLe. point. And that causes a big probLem. particLes stay cannot as there worLd states.~ ~ hv l photon) aLways energy energy is gap being that or between smaLLest want taLking in cLassicaL my two to positive say. one exists.28 29 and this negative is not can make as the they because energy states. It the couLd end you a And to other. in the couLd energy between it is imposin The Pauli Principle and the Stability of Matter they an because different when As a resuLt. you where a energy important change jump sages the they states. compLeteLy disappear whiLe giving introduce . wouLd mobiLe.1: Within eLectron down emission into of the framework a Lower of positive and Lower quantum energy state radiation. jumps aLso intervaL. are in an graduaLLy is mechanics. indeed M: sibLe quantum states. make energy states R: the order That oLd to had to is a big out invent probLem dream the the the as of this process of sea. mechanics wouLd under an faLL the is couLd exactLy be what R: So there each tion. mechanics non if positive go to the facit you continuousLy. particLe cannot tus ' . states. 2. What in positive E . have But a it saLa energy energy nega-mc 2 an infinite amount of energy. did aLL it the in eLectron a transistates. tive these R: the energy M: Yes. are if t ion. in worLds one and finds when writes reLation carrying eLectromagnetic reLativistic disregard the you quantum negative have energy states states the Lower of even states can mechanics energies. way fiLLed he reaLize So mobiLe. positive we have freedom particLes this negative mechanics. the reaLLy of oLd aLL wiLL aLso because the in cLassicaL in cLassicaL onLy ("Natura Therefore. then it wouLd between a finite positive of into these one occur separated beginning. about Berndt. energy in energy said).

exchange But the the change then and and according sign. same shouLd time something changes remains eLectrons Correct. can to arbitrary put in the in So an to statement the same have of the if we state positive eLectron 'anti'-particLe eLectron prevent energies aLL jumping do Lower . describe eLectrons. exactLy of to the course the its same the PauLi that sign Fig. the wave at / is caLLed If - r-:fI L-:J two and doesn't it same zero. A vacant wishes that sign. eLectrons same states. is fuLL of In other words. them. we change. this principLe excLusion we understand terms of a Do In principLe. we these cannot and So that states energy. the sea of perpetuum coexist That probLem eLectrons is caLLed negative energies particLes. from this have is actuaLLy more the in than PauLi which we down to need resuLts one we principLe. sitting them. exchanging is no of mathematicaL statement. anaLogue which has in such equations. principLe.aLL states with down. to it.2: Dirac's energy The positive "underworLd" are PauLi of normaLLy principLe energy negative charge from energy with the (positron). aLso.30 31 negative and the PauLi M: R: energy resoLves don't quantum states the Like with to eLectronsi mobiLe with This more is possibLe since in the is to f iLL the states. the that ~ \ terms cLassicaL quantum is to those describes This M: point. alL negative eLectron the be that generaL mechanics mechanics when two one .t \ electron hole= positron / underLies a manner the a wave of are a two-eLectron system. . state principLe at must R: that state. appears mass but of negative with as with an a fiLLed prevents faLLing (hoLe) same eLectrons. caLLed antisymmetry etectrons if mathematicaL function. In of E there principLe principLe one object changes function. Jan? very But The PauLi when weLL. 2.

So which the aLso have them has from the you is then in other have of fa L L hand Diraac's nameLy into it this aLso sea the poses many Dirac on the one hand reason soLves states. see. the That is Dirac infinite negative essence and charge. energy in the reason why we do not see at the same time we can have fiLLed with particLes. nameLy negative infinite R: it provides the eLectrons On if negative a new eLectrons sea energy probLem. the and R: an aLL Yes. states M: you Now I can aLso a see why there couLd be the an effect of when the introduce nucLeus. in the an infiniteLy states."'" "\ Yes. order have positrons. don't the you energy charge. 2. the worLd of the aLso the same have energy faLLing have opposite and a Dirac and charge. that which wiLL you fiLL be soLved by a simiLar negative consideration energy M: in If sea that you of the positron ~ --::. carries positron world % electron world . down. ::: - ::: - o hole= electmnI) \ hole= pst I ron Fig.32 33 Symmetry between Matter and Antimatter I~ E M: why The introduction Dirac's probLem. positrons. eLectrons for onLy Dirac positrons.. But sea. because charge . equation prevent charges positrons equation. negative you particLes positive positrons positive energy states. then aLso As of equation differs This in must a resuLt. seas negative of canceL energy two exactLy.3: Because eLectrons Dirac to a vacuum of the and is symmetry the totaLLy worLd between of uncharged.

and The about a nucLeus. 2. one resuLt vacuum it.34 35 nucLeus in R: the wiLL Dirac is fieLd an interact sea. huh? it Dirac's underworLd. nothing wiLL with the eLectrons and positrons R· Correct. of any M· OnLy a macroscopic LittLe There it different.such When as eLectroLytic positron Fig. in the that Like Dirac to because sea. which means they differentLy. that them. one There works that due strengthen is an extra sign in this one picture. R: No. the same situation particuLar do fieLd that. as now in And we consequentLy have in is And a we have exactLy medium. wiLL attract the eLectrons and wiLL repeL the attracts positrons. M: you That appLy or the is the voLtage acid fieLd. of appLied charge actuaLLy weaken if NormaLLy of by the any thinks distance wouLd that medium. move if you have the have a away. Liquid .the . be weakened eLectricaL dispLacement qenerated. . arrives density fieLd ri'lther especiaLLy polarizabLe to it it out the to an mathematicaLLy dispLacement appLied one a the eLectricaL wouLd behi'lviour field at in wiLL than charge eLectrical fieLd expect.4: An atomic and (positrons nucLeus energy repeLs positive energy) energy wovetunction attracts (positrons eLectrons positive with eLectrons with with with negative negative water weakens car poLarization energy). eLectric dispLaces eLectrons energy. in typicaL to a an case with battery an eLectroLyte. course. is and not if the the crazy. and eLectrons negative force crazy. electric generates positrons M: It nucLeus.

of a vacuum.36 37 Renor. is to disturb the of we quantities fir s t infinite however. charge M: But same same as onLy way. the + j9~--~c~-=-. because to charge charges vacuum.: . from compute done. vacuum consequentLy the such can that a physicaL if it to change the vaLue way as be absorbed into the definition quantity. measure back acts negative strengthens nucLeus. That we. the change energy very one negative resuLt states. wiLL observed be which on structure vacuum because the Fig. indeed charge. sign such the an he is we And in is of of because a very course. 2. the that reaL they charges weaken are the shows poLarized appLied vacuum actuaLLy is is response can prove from in generaL. muLtipLies is exactLy every charges._-- t hat if you So factor..~-==~ ~--:--=_--=.: ctf . of weLL must the estabLished expect in the sign experimentaL opposite which Thus we now arises must is is And fact. they are affected charges indeed of the And this charge then same.~ E:D----- c::::D ~ . that to are a reaLizes subject observe carefuLLy.alization of Charge § ~ ED @ Fig. the and positive repeLs beLong The eLectricaL the definition which a vacuum of ALL the the of a of present arbitrary renormaLization. 2. eLectricaL eLectricaL . charges charge.5: An charges negative particLes poLarization fieLd of the atomic e ® in @ cB ~ R: Yes. nucLeus charges with thus atomic attracts the vacuum because they energy... finds not When this that there dispLacement the theorist. true if and one true derived it not to is dependent on other any charge a theorem So a bare the onLy phenomena. that wiLL the are be individuaL R: the That affected. dielectric medium affects if it every add charge two in preciseLy charge tren sum of by the how the the way the I mean. unit in on the contribution does the charges if T his.-~~ ~_ -8 -=medium such a way .6: In a materiaL in fieLd.

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not atom a Fig. of has mass. about about two this two Then discussion brother hundred the size times we called times of must the Larger a muonic assume muon. system for stabLe. a nucLeus such which doesn't As form we a aLL So we must Helium moLecule. no muon. than atom purpose mass eLectron a heavy electron's ~ hundred smaller. form M: heLium is a nobLe gas and consequentLy it doesn't more kind. ALso. has which stiLL about has not of trere positively atom. 2. contains a nucLeus. in Now fortunateLy than the why one muon.7: The tion muonic because heLium of atom its very is an the smalL ideaL vacuum size. Yes. wiLL nucLeus So remain another pLus if is caLled you is know Do It there is a heavy that this eLectron? simpLe question muon. system approach interesting for for is the a to be more answer. it turns We out know that the eLectron eLectron know. suitable that hydrogen but using the 8 - M: atom muon atom Yes. a muon bound. with hydrogen which for has a ~~~ instead will UnfortunateLy. is It one wiLL the charged remain helium and just nucLeus then it an wiLL ion. B g Muonic Atollls -~ one the it form of a vacuum take might muon turns out It muonic first consider of a hydrogen attract is not anotrer moLecuLe. such the than At a helium reason known an there So for an has out existence forty present we of years have the now.42 43 M: comes which R: M: the been found why R: that which the turns Yes. properties experimentalLy measuring poLariza- fascinating measurement R: polarization. a heavy a molecule. . has the not two protons. with is and So hydrogen electron. explanation a particle.

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vacuum interaction very this knows. essentiaL atomic R: Yes. essentiaL caLLed radioactivity M: gravitationaL pLanetary essential systems for creation atoms interactions the naturaL . and interactions necessary atomic to make nucLei a many- together. So the h ed that is electromagnetic which have just interactions vacuum. discovered. concerned. is weLL about say between estabLished the eLectricaLLy indeed... For for weak the of strong w hi c h atom. is so the there are many interactions. one. in it We the we than have but the now best knowLedge in poLarization determinat known lis eLectromagnetic because of charge to estabThis is ingredient energies.. M: which tests. that. bind in order exampLe. there today we weLL been can regard estabLished vacuum poLarization physicaL confirmed by as an the But a dispLacement structure vacuum fir s t there is something more experimentaLLy has phenomenon experimentaL quantitativeLy Other Interactlons R: that of can far It the onLy as has we is been can confirmed convincingLy to such a degree that our of precision parwe as As other is soand argue understanding charged Of the course. of are there structure ticLes eLectromagnetic in interactions nature of are .48 49 an and effect which is of found vacuum precise in many other atomic is an ion of 5ystems. ex i s t binding everybody interactions. eLectron ..

its do Learnt have seen Let structure you we of into are can be mean that that us now the vacuum can have prove if a structure. if in the which vacuum the charge is nucLeus can be charged. that the this is can vacuum positrons. was reLativeLy charge And symmetric initiaLLy between eLectrons and M: and We have we so. which have M: R: is right. charged? to believe to is what vacuum we caLLed a state. and another referring two vacuum it may may be have caught difup it the and R: because nucLeus ferent in could R: as What one positive structure. property. is structures if we one charge.50 51 R' of Chapter 3 M: We the But decided vacuum this had that is in the Dirac sea picture the charge zero. R: "changing that and maybe structure") M: WeLL. Therefore the That When But We L L . we we of charge break aLready a and the symmetry? broke nucLeus. The and states. conditions changed. whiLe opposite . produces pumped out loIe m u s real 01 t M: Yes. The Electrical Charge of the Vacuu. to by do with the the fact that smaLL the vacuum of was the onLy The Charged Vacuum heLium R: poLarized nucLeus. types decay you discussed structure. fieLd eLectrons. in principLe of the Now is charge is OK a box the there vacuum how abLe can to is is no reason anymore. discuss of must the be most distinguished or important by some WeLL. structure. M: R: conservation. it acts the symmetry the differentLy by introducing has a on positrons under by conditions. M: experiments try consider appropriate its the that if indeed change R: M: What That How is do correct. vacuum certainLy eLectric eLectromagnetic properties measure charges. it become absorb that charge zero there different states different structures. something we have that it in a charge.

nucLeus charged vacuum are the aLso the occurrence forces there a question a change exercised. of teLLs occur. have if the what but so vacuum we in the from that is caLLed reaLLy before charged.52 53 t his rounding actuaLLy box be by the some nucLeus machinery. in the So the~ the of vacuum the box surwouLd . And this nameLy the kind state Whether is are when weLL known of are of in nature.1: If inherent vacuum actuaLLy of of the strong the eLectricaL enough. the a kind charge of we virtuaL wouLd not M: depending on this one can have saturation or vacuum vacuum in the not. fieLd the sibLe. Now question couLdn't strong eLectricaL there fieLd. the fieLd reaL of an The is atomic LocaL particLes nucLeus couLd be R: is near particLes then Phenomena opposite. charged. becomes of vacuum so the us the that eLectric that the I mean. R: poLarization. that poLarization become l weaker which seLf-modification imitation cannot Fig. from atomic as and escape. charge.1 r Que that the vacuum charge is zero. discussions interaction fieLd. a poLarization. a reaL is whether it be that it due fieLd some some charged kind to aLL postries the wiLL of his reaLLy when the change can the of happen. weLL theory. in or but the is an of produced charged repeLLed vacuum. poLarization. is effect detaiLs M: onLy Now. reaL contained Correct. the eLectric to we be of must sure an that a charged careand is different is some quite Lengthy vacuum strength Remember before we we were had to abLe go to fuLLy positrons ever-increasing investigate of eLectrons eLectric theory given possibLe. wi L L of the in a So be in the of order resuLt fieLd. Charged M: t Vacuu. the a screening negativeLy structure anti-screening a positiveLy known. vacuum R: That addition totaL zero. of course. 3. that there is voLume onLy a dispLacement. through . there - or not? is. vacuum. so the nucle~s· to structure again.

effect where exampLe the It wouLd be of very in the i9 interesting experimentaLLy. eLectricaL E certainLy becoming reaL. M: order vacuum This to state nucLear is our to find present observe an understanding. vacuum fieLd. counteract M: very vacuum R: the If But poLarization However. other to the the The point 'virtuaL' which where eLectricaL couLd the spark residuaL materiaL. fieLd. fact we it is opposite the said vacuum that to what to poLarizathe one effect wouLd the R: Now. structure actuaLLy 3. conductivity these remaining poLarization appLied effects can tigated. conduction states . tends increase eLectric R: And eLectric this indeed aLways there tendency. of in the this "penetration" process (vaLence insuLator. vacuum fieLd occasionaLLy. we have poLarization this is the no reason vacuum Large to doubt new possibiLity vacuum forming .2: A high eLectricaL of into eLectrons band) voLtage an jump the out resuLts In bound band. of then correction.54 55 M: tion of naiveLy recaLL in the vacuum that muonic when we discussed atom.the ledrons structured charge. this changes.with a charged a sufficientLy . fie L d have been and been found very that so carefuLLy they s~rong make cannot invesonLy keep that a the the this these and smaLL continues becomes strengthens may be up reaL. effects it has from becomes case. we both know to that This Lead to when is an we due appLy to in avaLanche a very insuLators some the of insuLating ionization. strong can The Sparking Vacuum heLium that in poLarization expect. eLectricaL which insuLators.

subatomic of is to the of is positrons vaLence strength between create vacuum nucLei. is enough gap wiLL the atomic to essentiaL strength We order the vaLue impossibLe with the eLectricaL during the now from So simiLar macroscopic that eLectron eLectron-positron spark aLso not if states. We appLy in were the to as to of the eLectrons conduction there bridge the this expect of fieLd and and R: is the of change the required course possibLe nucLeus. Of this so that far we remote have here from an what exercise M: Fig. can being of the view that in that is necessary the vacuum must be to pLays create a simiLar an M: one tion T his is indeed the fieLds. in isn"t physics? so. vacuum the identified discussion distance to manage to is it This But zero poLarization 400 Fermi. 3. of fieLd at discussed. the case. bands in the an to but in a Lifetime.56 57 M: roLe And to the the to threshoLd pair threshoLd make we a spark. The the produced. as anaLogous eLectricaL and onLy we insuLators. eLectricaL over with a sufficientLy fieLd a constant homogeneous eLectricaL E eLectricaL a super-heavy 2mc2 x Supercritical AtOMic Nuclei 2mc2 R: But teLL in t his me. Berndt. eLectron-positron the produce be we positrons ivory-tower such to show super-heavy for its experiment. of have of the Rig h t . this abLe to probabiLity finds the it t~at is even overcome in an one in normaL ones smaLL so macroscopic that that be wouLd eLectricaL the As states to soon fieLd positron pair. fundamentaL . as we have aLready fieLd the have criticaL we basicaLLy distance. produccan we if eLectron-positron insuLator R: caLcuLates to occur. wouLd vicinity distances. But it for turns such out a pair that. fieLds. not be strongest probabiLity observe point. not but to itseLf reaLLy what A very strong States pLay eLectricaL of roLe fieLd positive of vaLence is pairs and capabLe from and negative conduc- of the producing vacuum. a process is a investigating principLe. strong vacuum. energy tion band. an want course But the nucLei we own a experiment wouLd are sake.3: actuaLLy occurs ivory-tower is not from nature No.

resuLts.58 59 principLe. of It it controL them is a By arrive he a faLLing reaching where caLcuLate everything exactLy. GaLiLeo's stone two of the of from earth that its objects detaiLs. eLectron . a fieLd in near the a super pair heavy atomic of the nucLeus neutraL spontaneous production ("decay z eLectron-positron R: What pLace. understand on the that We aLL basis the want the of vacuum to state prove that can in one and nature have where difwe M: one But this to is a typicaL way to proceed in and further and science. 3. mass time. such such changes is that in the controL in many vacuum over into the Fig.4: The of eLectricaL resuLts vacuum"). 3. ferent where can as we we expect nameLy structures. a very make speciaL is possibLe experiment. you where we want we do as we to not say. to the the do which one an principLe much takes to of interactions our concepts. to test If the case one and instance behaves wants prove concepts is aLL with a generaL on buiLt. have Berndt. experimentaL predictions in a way simiLar and that surface the is to experiment the of at the mass.5: The bound vacuum poLarization state becomes dives into reaL the when sea a of stances take expect have a firm circumstances in a super-heavy atom. fundamentaL understanding where can compare R: Pisa. tower different the of in same dropping heavy at object a light demonstrating the demonstrated principLe veLocity independent Fig.

entaL Evidence of Vacuu. the of vicinity of When so the that to of some the the see the transition It has past from been the each decay is the neutraL that decay The if short. transition the emission vacuum M: make NOW. a the can produce a reaL But come what Like very a the to vacuum doing one uranium cLose totaL time of experiment do nucLei. they then and one hurL one in nucLei. the the due to observe fly conservation. the wiLL which have So a very appLied one be. a long of impact then from of flying contact. forces two lies poLarization therefore. rid process a charged the vacuum. 184 that the A smaLL protons nucLei space proximity. could Such time two be ago. the charge eLectricaL charge be R: weLL predict. emitted particLe sureLy a positron. carries must the emitted the diffuse vacuum distinguish eLectron. nucLei fieLd poLarization with which a sufficient is do with strong not an exist. from be fieLd of a emitted. the if These stability between their long-lived possible "double nuclear are normally nuclei into which formed. Large on energy tested eLectricaL that this The this the of positron eLectricaL energy strength the in wiLL of must be. is to at nucLeus. existing two another region cLose spend of very so number enough so to we heavy that of have protons no way to of precisely defined energy. there the charged a positron Experi. Decay nuclear enough to take created. contains during may hope together. prediction various of vacuum and must an sufficientLy becomes must get the to if in the reaL. expected.60 61 M: But Let me fieLd come is back made we to the experiment. time simply uncertainty for the from R: argued vacuum other. Fortunately here. strong then. vacuum baLancing change of during neutraL And nucLeus. very If should with help us And one defined how depending what the can different be can show energy. fieLd. relationship vacuum positron positrons many positrons the energies of the surfaces uranium" may discovered creation was is the on not were nuclei molecule time place for through is again: very emitted produced attractive which the uranium come nucleus be the quite generally available energy one cannot vacuum state. . is not the time the and decaying processes. very by by vacuum there if the then the other reason to a charged enough nuclei in the of eLectricaL the charge charge. can This out for other giant tively molecules" their uranium responsible also cause past Then relabut large the be a "nuclear an each a fie L d atomic determines attraction nuclei eLectricaL empLoy positron experiments fieLd strengths. together.

7: 3. 3. Pres. observed positron Fig. ascertain Lines. uranium projectile spectra the the However.62 63 R: time sharp Such now experiments at the have energy caLcuLated further nature have GSI of been performed near found positrons are needed for quite some Here with Laboratory been the coincides Darmstadt. uranium) negative formation then ensues.6: In a coLLision with two is heavy created nucLei for a suoera short heavy time.8: AeriaL Laboratory where strong ion view experiments eLectricaL of GSI the at are heavy Darmstadt. in more in the or the to Less Lines the energy deLicate indeed which for experiments of the positron vacuum. the of of coLLision uranium of dives two with wit h very heavy atomic a bound into of defined the an The energy in which (e. 3.. weLL a fieLds eLectrons eLectrons sea) is and temporariLy coLLisions. 2346/82) spontaneous pair with eLectron-positron emitted .. conducted are ion acceLerator Germany.. Fig. /' / / / I I / / t Fig. "quasi-atom" E _-:::::::----. Nr. (Reg. very heavy in West created During nucLei state sea (Dirac's positron energy. Darmstadt.g.

.. difference and or the reaL increases reaL between vacuum the vacuum Is there a Positron -Gun-? M: R: Yes.) 800 Positron Kinetic Energy (kev) additionaL Fig.. physics skins their nucLear results predictions there touch are structure seem about are to be the can in M: consistent difficuLt coLLisions Thus unraveL at balancing the electrodynamic of when other of the nucLear very with associated each being made other. electricaL fieLd of the just And as so that remains and field we more the even had furstate an on eLectron bound sounds basic the idea Pauli can quite of exciting. so actually by is The of the screens the the former field. strength polarization positron.64 65 E/A I. 0 . positrons counterLocalized M: decay ALthough of the of the aLL with problems nuclei present details the the experimental theoretical vacuum. Dirac·s a given pair then we cannot However. 3. fundamental anti-screens whereas field. more realize always . without it ~ <. underworld. state vacuum polarization positrons continue . charge vicinity with stronger eLectrical the fieLds. 5. if then we we increase may sparks But of of the that expect will we must vacuum nucleus strong electrical that occur. spark. w "<. .7 MeV/u 38° < to has M: 30 (f] be emitted in large numbers when the vacuum state 8 > (I) e-. Q_ occupy ::s! 0 200 1.. .9: Sharp heavy lines ion in the as positron observed spectrum at GSI. 0 I.rn. which strongly tells If so make us we the more that state. e p < 52° decayed. to . and screens the experiments nucleus. eLectrical fieLd This vacuum vacuum poLarization. 600 (c.00 u 10 sufficiently electron-positron energy. That possibility the based one one make of one But pair. from R: collisions the r . R: Aha. and a first stronger further be emitted. the we real now do screen this source of involved. virtuaL The time Perhaps acts like has we come shouLd a positron to ask believe gun and why we that expect our onLy new one polarization.J ::::: contradicts which that have we expense than is only just can Z :::l 0 20 principle <.

. can Lim it. then than fieLd. much cLoser For the be a WeLL. to in muons than R: and But as we So both we are Light know. What sees in you recognize again which if as the is in of here are is the has fact hundred that of the times 15 LocaLized aLthough positron fieLd structures ConsequentLy diameter. the couLd strength eLectricaL orbit inside a fundamentaL create So wiLL we find over may aLL know strong eLectricaL eLectricaL a smaLL someone strong hand. be to the produce if we by But Limited muons.. eLectric particLes principLe. That is a very produce gun production forbid eLectrons. we cannot are not of aLso appLies whether to produce fiLLed of us even more because new to positrons the when PauLi but aLL the produce source Limit wiLL formation M: far wiLL future. reLevance. of there course are we can we protons can never in the strong which M: WeLL. to a muon gun? Or perhaps even a quark gun? of the sibiLity whether particLes nucLeus the their the a size the tightLy than the the of uranium bound 1/r- eLectricaL muons more muon. This positrons eLectricaL number charged true. actuaLLy very the wiLL because heLium. muons expLore. context probabLy of nucLei the muons feeL as we the to have the wiLL the discussed of nucLeus with be fieLd so nucLeus.66 67 R: If this more of to Limit the the the of is the case. create were the we fieLd two positrons of vacuum But of muons to PauLi must wiLL a positron state. this discussion based on course.. possibLe shouLd of is we bodies.. more in than the beforehand cientLy heavier M: strong than positrons foreseeabLe eLectrons. to the voLume that cLever fieLd. On don· t have gun. eLectromagnetic interaction nucLeus . Limits be abLe ion heavy of effectiveness electron forbids principLe R: they Yes. muonic are eLectrons. Law and R: . science today be no very has made great becomes about strides. not. fie L d . Limits veLocity of not future creating M: nucLeus a very cLose and its fundamentaL Limit the expect a very eLectricaL we couLd However. tomorrow. orbits. wouLd aLso states the does but principLe the PauLi instead. possibLe setting The motion of at an does some of way the around those strong that no fuLL R: muon orbits what is not which of physicaL fieLd any time a very the of the Like have other making often carefuL the of the Longer extent. make muons. not one produce posask other Fermis nucLeus. investigate be suffitimes hundred the is certainLy the not in one takes and one or us we two IN hi c h beyond probabLy present to make cOLLision experiments. structure the two case most between nucLeus smaLLer. a .

at an Lightest LikeLy R: order which ProbabLy five M: does vacuum R: Yes. Decay and Other Ele. required they we were to are to heLp vacuum is and the very right properties fieLds. possibiLity Laboratory generating properties. of it this of as strong we have vacuum. on what probLem one wants mass. ~0re we need the is form that of in the super heavy knowLedge interaction. we to an And particLes. knowLedge It of have ask new orbits UnfortunateLy that charged keep Lighter to questions the to decay Led particLe understand vacuum. I the can circumstances the further. new amazing. they study not. discover Lighter indeed. the an than because earLier there charged are no experiment.entary Part. particLe wouLd form we the the spontaneous eLectricaLLy then point.68 69 M: Vacuu.cles Isn't to in so it amazing tackLe. about permits interactions worLd are particuLarLy best times case Lighter eLectricaL ten the not decay. R: No. permit one to the an wants test is concept some the physics. of eLementary of particLes the M: Are there other interactions interaction? that remainder and we wiLL aLL interactions of show this how book the have wiLL simiLar be conwe which are simiLar to Further Interact. Structure presentLy give us known good opportunities observing indeed that and of the an it offers vacuum is us a very just the under nice has and rewarding of cirgood the R: eLectromagnetic Today with we beLieve The them. never of the creates desire atoms the of this and insights that is this eLectrons eLectron. with the we the has in the the ~ow cirand ActuaLLy. given the a heavy by be vacuum knowLedge for wiLL about other the eLectromagnetic in other to vacuum s~itabLe wouLd than zoo particLes nucLei. we think asked it is not mereLy have decay. a great confronted ask. generated coLLiding eLectron doubtLessLy a muon. reLevant cumstances important The to important faciLitate fielc t~~ point the in mind decd/. to have and aLways right right particLe right to which kind energy M: So muons ideaL are not in a good Light In the decay probe atoms. cerned knowLedge . I are probes. because were is as we the in been It I think of the not if must the that there.ons and the Vacuu. eLectronic deveLopment if us Lead around on us. on one the the what depending kind of finds size. carry charged couLd questions of the probabLy probLem we been theory have the of arise If wouLd vacuum the to that charged the existence which charged eLectron know of is much particLes. cumstance properties the change eLectron sufficientLy conditions. If be eLectricaL discussed. to So ActuaLLy. that.

of not eLementary argument electrical discussed occurring R: correct. it such of a many state is not empty So it of is eLectromagnetic ing areas M: the physics.70 71 have gained of the of So about basic the physicaL possibLe vacuum infLuences structure our in most of the M' Because. easiLy an a very vacuum conceive external strong change actuaLLy by are this some just vacuum quantum eLectrodynamics a prototype physics. interactions understandfundamentaL particLes. a prototype and physics weLL state a prototype and interact. pairs away in Practical Value of FundaMental Research A strong create traveL that. structure whereas This phenomenon technoLogy. in in investigate 'empty' is the space. is being w hi L e philosophicaLly the so Lid the is vacuum today appears perhaps of of greater importance. of but state. Indeed to band which an which and and a eLectronic structure is empty. hoLes fieLd usefuL R: where the the that are in then eLectron this particLes structure of the with fiLLed atomic serving a practical purpose. The that distant Of This onLy for in for phenomena the the and ture our electrical acquires worLd tions. the fieLd we of case which We L L . experiment) of because a box is so it a Gedanken field space have in just The in field a strucsource. estabLished from fiLLed the soLids One and to the is one fieLd the very often has can empty and difference the So. well namely this (in empty we phenomena a many-particle one couLd However. state. particLes eLectricaL wiLL between responses nucLei region in at. not R: a vacuum Yes. the phenomena is commonLy it have we used is dis- former medium R: a change Looked structure a real today basicaLLy cussed semiconductor different this chapter. of a change the of is. tool in other course. coLLiding 'nothing' upon nucLei encountered circumstances M: has states excite states. from way wiLL a current effects. s i m i I a r- Dirac vacuum. . eLementary it in is soL i d particLes as many interacmany other discussed. equaLly course fields. eLectrons eLectricaL states of in turn. of course. in the physical the that vacuum in phenomena exposed latter of in of the the the produce produce of an it an atomic eLectronic weLl. of but sufficient box wiLL when hands undergo strength exposed that is applied. one to argue the is that source not after in here aLL. is the nothing areas experiment but of is to see the that for change we phenomena of have our of vacuum electricaL aLso contains can which is to the acted towards particLes. M: seen in a solid and the to case vacuum. but is made but particles. However.

what the which . Lead carrying the at And light Or In with of formation hand. we the cook. or . of many years. research concepts. eLements we appLy are. ago. in everyday turning or trying a pLastic because about one issue foundathe to appLications fundamentaL out is of a microwave in our to car ignition because ing for M: R: M: R: Laser carry studies years is the were which measure in quantities is onLy in our understandand not things. But physics we know that it the time we fundamenpredates is of great be vacuum appLicaof have an been fundamentaL order standing M: A questions appreciate of the topic worLd of in asked fuLL in physics how physics at that our time under- in normaLLy about a Later we physics to and appLications importance properLy tions discussing M: No. years here to from to now. which aLL reLevance.72 73 Larger taL practicaL understanding by that understood. But Laid of physicaL Laws. couLd research. fundamentaL perhaps of a hundred of is as physics the most reLativity. so of the these forthcoming. the concern about the veLocity was concerned with the questions main conceive production R: eLectromagnetic another being the one the was this a the is one then to chapter? singLe charged a typicaL starts the new nobody by proper probLems unpredictabLy. daiLy by M: question words. hundred tions M: understanding these necessariLy maybe is many fitting and tomorrow. or or using possible made important the ago. appLication ConsequentLy that type at Can of has that changed.. years reasons But Not But It pertaining appLications appLication.. doubt come. circumstance investigating understanding and R: other on things in our switching M' R: use bag of of . the crucial phenomena to research importance and a specific wiLL no about the vacuum just think practicaL vacuum appLication is presentLy in of not scientific fundamentaL of can these to research. conversion reLativity it? about of 10 from mass life R: percent the to of energy aLL in take a look ourseLves back what about were one the electrical tic effect is derived relativis- hundred years remind . true. The is That practicaL stiLL is not not energy of appLication very quite today the Large. concepts and on R: maximum of velocity.... can be at in even of But it that and Leads some the carry it physicaL time.. or a to the aLL lights or kitchen further this of whiLe at with We quite a radio teLevision oven to ALL when start this set. engine.. . period waves.

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quarks Are there Free Quarks? these whether these looked and have seen for inR: in principLe we have as wiLL the with it is not Yes. . dispLacement structure charge true a attenuation. cLaimed have to quarks. quarks? many has People experiments. is is that the even the case ina the of a that differences appreciated singLe gLue weak gLuon What required we aLways a very true of their interaction interaction If finite. beautifuL This quarks that the fieLd around and the quark can a finite the extends displace volume. between impression eLectrically structure quarks simpLy resemble matter gluon Law interaction aLmost simiLar inverse the Law one they electrodynamics: a force .t certainLy try to to important in nature. eLectron's property. the is range can have energy of it is tenuated. tt>e observed interaction energy. necessary In this charge The force because wouLd inside same is is atonLy to test Look of to to Most speciaL the i r singLe is Our and Lot of present in order the Because remove a quark tre sphere.. range basic of onLy the So is of the t fin i t e of It is are region the vacuum possibLe somewhat If the therefore onLy onLy in if with square h e o r e t i cal ly consistent. how can it be that answer to we do is: this of not observe the which vacuum between have d two grave If wouLd here if then particles consequences you be the we of make reduced wouLd for the be the sphere by of attenuated.94 question any vacuum carries has to be structure is asked: quark? structured the costs strong a dispLaced. because a have of the the picture is be that deveLoped. I even the remember dividuaL R: somebody is it and indeed protons. what is not w hi c h have charge. large . that of were would space eLectricaL quark.. still what here me the say kind quark. impossibLe. gLuon quarks. region a singLe "free" but day better don't more These experiments succeed. We but internaLLy interactions between has the today said not may then and is so charged so much are vacuum permit filled experiments a is more the singLe succeed. speciaL find speciaL between is been and find to a singLe reaLLy assigns unit of M: free How is it with in free many. to range with Later cLustered very quark M: over free finite. fin i t e disturb singLe the amount the one that in order order structure can one the find vacuum. the case. treoreticaLLy is many )bservation there to be "free". property charge possibiLities experiments is not it that sense are . that of eLectrons tt'e lluarks yes. much that quarks it in at nice for is say aLL the at in and by sense FirstLy Let in a is different charge we looking different However. a speciaL from But integer. find a very that charge. actuaLLy trying shouLd if they much quark.. indeed one picture because the that are a feature. nameLy quarks that quarks. Looked discuss then only existence chapter. observed Larger. charge.

physics reaL a knowLedge effeceLectrodepend gLuons are on is aLso M: Can you am give an exampLe? for exampLe as some unraveL physics respects of the forty the that simiLar strongLy about are the was many structure went to into what years. charged the shouLd abLe and very be to state too where We reaLize of that the On underfrom history t ion this fundamentaL interactions earLy LeveL. acts But this back on the physics vacuum quarks of of . it took to the context from properties eLectromagnetic interaction inter- and me And it right. R: that WhiLe perhaps you teLL we me don't aLL this have Berndt. ture How do Because that superconductivity. hand detaiLs shows we Least. observed of singLe other the derive stand the science first . understand do reaLLy we understand structure of they stiLL today? the structo I immediateLy. quarks. occurred. or the of of properties interaction state. detaiLs be discovered? theoreticaL . the that to be principLe the As we Laws have suppLemented opaque we of vacuum about and is a in the principLes. oe cause (coLour) or at the have vacuum not of the many new that because LikeLy structured. the of the instances situation beginning. theory actuaLLy important if my memory of we this are underof state. serves state.J S absence. deter. quite R: the what quantum gLuons. This things is is how we commonLy theory reaLLy of it and weLL we of this vacuum interactions gLuon the this the vacuum Like interaction state R: thinking magnetic the quite action.96 97 of the same of kind. standing jiscussing vacuum. been was of course. the that one couLd see a certain emerging unificaeven at p: think gLuons we know are nothing reaLLy. the and in many structured chromodynamics" between extreme structure interacting caLLed depends from "quantum in it. M: mean.ines the Properties of the Interaction mathematicaLLy and to starting The this the properties of Now. indeed is in the the Look of the Lives vacuum at. mechanics not reaLLy understand possibLe superconductivity. vacuum isn't M: the Laws of tive So the strongLy exampLe of nameLy have vacuum of interacting. beautifuL of the taLked nature by seen. vacuum. was part discovered and to of we the know reason today to was quantum that that one superneeds So it understanding gLuon ronductivity had it luantum before mechanics deveLoped. this the or are an interactions fundamentaL sense of the on the But. M: Superconductivity accidentaLLy. the I shouLd remark means to understand vacuum. different the different. structure bad. been this absence The Vacuu. discovered phenomena.) f h .

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teract 'Ir\ those plasma out are pLasma in between: wiLL reach be and during produced. it be? to reaLize particLes. Others strongLy which onLy the of are easiLy and are produced. is that we but need not partoo pLasma M: What R: particLes Berndt. our lifetime but they the a few 'lPt detectors. ase which nucLear coLLisions. 5. couLd you of and have different to which can Leave the So 'l(Les trongLy. fairLy Jan. pLasma R: We must voLume kind hi nk.4: The be states studied inside by wh i c h the means can quark of gLuon pLasma eLementary the can suitabLe Leave particLes unrestrained. of Look without of for much particLes interaction. difficuLt . but in produce that then the we Some are are they first interact strongly I t taLking aLmost are a variety very Yes.f and we which create actuaLLy in need to be made in the new noninteracting usuaLLy penetrating. I have a greater probLem.3: The be away. 5. temperature measured by at the surface of the the sun can far I observing sunlight Ig. but then The the they best aLso bet is of can .113 112 the I? quark gLuon pLasma. sun photon Lepton pair "thermometer" ~ 77/77777/777777/1/1 • normal quark ®strange Fig.r. what which you reaLLy mean. don't I' Ide e. reabsorbed. .

do not many kind easiLy The to mass the or fortunateLy. comparabLe we So wiLL and of quarks. do we are p interaction.. caLcuLation. consider produced species discovered common be can exist years of of to created typicaL Lifetime are scaLe wiLL pLasma. they Yes. Lambdas reaLLy to time that of very " (!\") decide Look omegas that M: which some So that of we of It want these was there the to can new be a reaL Now.h a t typicaL gLuons energies quarks agree very this one that fifth for the Light that So many quarks for new the meLted couLd these of the of to we producneeds is what we nucLeons. they they not wiLL wiLL point but traveL not is be once that down buiLt extremeLy observation associated important experimentaL ActuaLLy without been reach the absorbed that But wiLL the essentiaL 1 there ctrange antiparticLes antiquarks. that the strange of pLasma quarks. again. nucLei strange the with r. quarks known these producpLasma.. R: wh i c h coLLisions experiments to R· do the wrong experiment wit h you the first respect. purposes vacuum. which of is the expensive. other kaons Now a particLes. understand wiLL not why decay these before particLes. and fact one of their I think one particLes for the is these not try Lishment phase. created.4).). the quite ~. (K ± i. they actuaLLy created. . containing And of coLargue convincingLy have be a mass their for in be a if we many something that the given considered quarks produce the weLL can speed quark-gLuon pLasma. they come pLasma (out of the Ia s m a ? dissociates. wren Now.. these be in strange at which quark. made. of have when quark. such as or for exampLe (r. a t hi r d . individuaLLy. detect formation the so quark-gLuon they the in in that. for creation that matter. specific coLLide of these of ActuaLLy. observer aLthough They The after not disappear cooLs . these by rate the and of the this in normaL are whether short during for pLasma. in come signaL severaL ago in for the estabquarks and is of quarks nucLear M: before good of the enough the we signaL strange as we evidence shouLd be shouLd pLace. species. wilL traveL tion the t characteristic Lifetime must proton. radius wi L L strength strange tion M: produced determined between compute in the how in think the gLuons the re v e l d through found that w iLL is aLso wi L L be proton. there 'strange' actuaLLy and fairLy particLes.v ve reaLLy of And such we further strange can aLso quarks compute quark-gLuon far they e I ieve there wnat without R: very easiLy they they or can Yes.114 115 Strange Quarks: A signal from the Quark-Gluon Plasma into 5. (see Fig. far have interactions we don't pLasma. is So we interaction o a r r ic t e s is about the time order which mass. be certainLy course. eLementary is in Lide.

antiquarks so is abundant an are in annihiLated in particuLar. are are produced not present mainLy by the in ordinary We glUonr< exist in protons a quark-gLuon gluon strange quark pair gluon . finds and mainly normaL evidence produced nucLei for not in strangeness gLuons indirect quarks. 5. entireLy. strange quark can aLso expect to an is antiquark that form.5: Strange gLuons nucLear quarks which matter. particuLar. observation particLe-antiparticLe signaL of wouLd be just the reverse process of the observe strange break-up antimatter? chance pLasma. difficuLt recombine gluon there quarks normaL nucLear particLes. thing which When then worries these you me and nucLei wiLL a bit. if dissociation coLLision. M: Which coLLisions. bu i L t Large nucLear has to just of not argue another any the strange by and the amounts occurred that type has couLd such in this the for matter generated couLd antiquark strangeness annihiLation. thus expLains sLowLy.116 117 R: Yes. formation that produced sLowLy. into of these under reaLLy it. neutrons coLLide but aLso Fig. a strange baLance of strange favourabLe antimatter The point radioactive of other the pLasma. And are hotter time. the it reaction. into matter. and which of strange are strangeness R: which the strange wit h again. quark Now t hat form Yes. NormaLLy. and is ~: ALso. antiquarks What we w iLL eLementary simiLar radioactive However. why we Then the as more the easier pLasma wanted they it to some aLso one is expands to particLes wilL produce cooLs them be that antimatter a better surviving quark-gLuon quarks gLuons. M: know which without just form R: make. of the stay strange I agree However. particLes to there be in the decay are that the can be when we decay have by muon of And by a Lot a naturaL decay of time. depLeted the forms strange of coaLesce strange antiquarks expect normaL vacuum contine to s tiL L circumstances. wit h is to that be we to One points Why point The of strange cannot in new now way we that the the the don't is described decay. presence the pLasma. NormaLLy we We have are the But very consider speciaL with for exampLe to is one aLso nucLei. quark then antimatter. the pLasma. which is antimatter. sureLy strange antimatter. and pLasma.~ _'_-~ s tra n ge quC?rk pair being converted pLasma. antimatter producing is difficuLt conditions each strange . with you here pLasma. it radioactivity nucLei In meets the or the previousLy.----.

serve. experiments? pLasma Learn where about the the M: TelL Cost of likeLy l ike L y experiments. there that that is we sit there always previousLy cosmic cosmic Isn't in the fruit. strange the in order size. The pLasma abundance is had higher of by strangea Large finds in the R: in very Yes. Plasma by Cosmic Radiation experiment. why do we of mean we have to produce are meLted in do compLex quark-gLuon order to vacuum. before ~hiLe differ angle t But a there in at are rays. in that the than is very correct. aLready ray plasma doing centrated exampLe ~e don't pLasma R: right M: R: So Very now. yet. space. wiLL cheap? these which experiments are done be among or the are most they expensive comparativeLy experiments today. particLes. occurs. have It are to condi- ion s compLeteLy Nonetheless. If you you wait you such Lots nucLear they can for wiLL put many wait up a detector there which a very reason energy. conditions. evidence obtained quark-gLuon pLasma within out acceLerator experiments. energetic pLasma present. event for factor the that normaL abundance the this coLLision gLuons couLd. because which Part is no cosmic the nature cosmic interpret the rays. the Search for Quark Gluon-Plasma Because must the under speciaL properties M: You detectors me.118 R: ness Yes. signaL events be as difficuLties radiation radiation experiments on have formation such observation measurements for quark-gLuon ConsequentLy. the Today been events events. nice Of course. is due a detaiLed are course. particLes which of occurred study not study to without one present onLy estabLish quark-gLuon then second are their which pLasma event of enter ob- phase transition. I wouLdn't being made be surprised viewing if there distance is the possibiLity we has of heavy every day said tested this by nucLei. controLLed . around of of on our a very earth? so. quark-gLuon experimentaL even one However. The one great And borne weird as one The their when been has very anywhere wiLL you can is they in Looks efforts I must of has a Lot pLasma quark-gLuon in confor has than quark-gLuon And very by carrying long be time that can the at a quark-gLuon if the to So of same the one In years. of particLes. say couLd due cosmic types of strange ray onLy unambiguous cosmic wiLL of the There Formation Quark-Gluon cosmic commend in recent M: When we at discussed in the us vacuum. existence of pLasma. which wrong danger radiation stabiLity consists making impinging vacuum universe. to may do years we uncontroLLabLe there just such effort. with easier an in discovered. cosmic in the matter.

120 121 R: I think to name a price wrong.a inside Stars? is costs intrinsicaLLy to of of But these costLy and terms of in expensive. a radius quarks consist resources experiments of kiLometers. squareLy. we purchasing cost answer have tion which acting the are giant R: arrived between is vacuum. the But these probabiLities. as stars of of understanding associated fundamentaL clearLy beLong aLready this wiLL tbe mac"inery. there is supply I have Today no has been we burnt it besuch essentiaL quark-gLuon experiments be done further initiaL cornerstone worrying believe source out comes question neutron the the Large nucLear nucLeus. difficuLt expense basket search. experiments of And we open of the these in haven't aLso parour dis- is produced essentiaLLy sure. wiLL tainLy experiments M: those other gluon particLes these Look R: must ticLes understanding there cussed new of been the wiLL here are for Indeed. physics. do not strangeness. t"e pLace. particLes Like not very. production you. structure caLLed nucLei Yes. interacting CertainLy the it not about that of and de here energy that facto wiLL one is this that type of coLd. certainly compLeteLy properties phase has further other gravitationaL source of coLLapse this energy opportunities vacuum. very of And soon these the the basic and pLasma forefront invented. accompanied strongLy stars nothing interwhich but experiments ones. quarkbecause has these eLectromagneticaLLY abundantLy. which and wiLL study R: don't very star fueL But know. some effort Quark cost of the and with probabLy dense. They of were that of these such are severaL better compact reaLLy understand detectors human most stars. wi L L be which observation pLasma. or matter. be CertainLy acceLerators indirect M: Once these experiments at a better by then of neutron having soon as couLd the work and we the normaL have nucLear a change can very been matter in carried of and the out the quark and transimatter. the quark stars as mass. and one the wiLL Look be for thereafter. compLeted. t his in a once after one be no I I agree done. compete in more in be estimate associated the to furthermore the singLe couLd with question wiLL certainLY the are direct be project. the most Look may that nameLy eLectrons. a signature muons and understanding stars. to ~: from in that I . which with any this tag and are book your ALthough for fundamental it and put physics is Even into very the the reand to the in work cer- Is there Quark-Gluon Plas. of the radius. presupposes in investigative trat stars. further . reaLLy quark in matter coLLisions wouLd of differ nucLei. much.m it was reaLized interior interiors of infLuence which pLasma. ~eutron -tructure theoreticaL properties brightness. produced very smaLL with because be of an the wiLL for once the so expensive for be experiments but for photons.

Thus the you we to sources know these of menwe are and it thermonuclear nothing a compLeteLy touch note on that and be matter be knows the them to that which a diameter In Quark their it now. to as about of neutron from matter. mass in be. a core of finaL their stage of of Large 10 but to an of about sources the tioned R: universe. 5. invoked there we understand.6: Neutron stars fueL 20 they that stars have suppLies.10-20 km detaiL why atoms dense cannot z Ling many chapter. beLieve . nucLear rest the know as we mass nobody if fission energy energy today reaLLy nucLear connected or won even a gravitationaL stars coLLapse. oversized center energy universe couLd of aLL couLd beyond fusion. centre amounts free in There quasars. come be what Now. energy be neutron t~e the sky burnt just shouLdn't centres excLude objects things contained up stars? caLLed of of these been radiation very this possibiLity. the next the nucLei of in in Extreme being hoLes objects hoLes want here in of the are to we set We wiLL have but to discuss vagueLy in into It the couLd this rest weLL are and that in more speaking.122 123 l I the energy residing abaiLabLe in and might become M: the You mass are reaLLy of the heat? thinking nucLeus that 1 Strange Objects in the Sky converted into R' Yes. in and indeed. burning have it. do as not coLd anything centers be. different We wiLL must there go subject. represent later. constantLy M: energy BLack strange BLack wouLdn't But have in often the to understand such Fig. gaLaxies thermaL objects. of the We are not are puzdo ". kiLometers atomic contain might form burnt They and the out have nucLeus.

into stars.formed Jntimatter antimatter ever R: presence matter sort against if you universe. to that contained nucLei protons actuaLLy universe. aLready the I wouLdn't prepared wish cLaim probLem around it. know wi L L we to on have this pLasma this. believe the M. bet to to put bet be If oe t iev e opportunity Today extremeLy soLution quark-gLuon 1 :100 rand it. antimatter very the possibLe the one provides I wouLd hundred. unexpectedLy. Yes. convert n e u t r-o n s destroy again.124 125 Chapter Burning of Matter in the Quark-Gluon Plasma? The M: But you in become wouLdn"t can say in an to can formed a and And way don"t high want to say that producing coLLisions source that quite of quark-gLuon might energy? Such What matter we to might radiaI M: 6 Grand Vacuum pLasma tuaLLy R: energy nucLear evenBurning of Matter: The Ultimate Source of Energy a very efficient even arise excLude often is that aLready suggestion. makes matter Sure. arise certain f I i pract one that that more up against M: I . be aLthough to and in seen. but what find extensive signaLs annihi searches for Lation of the of trat been of and has o e r. nothing been Yes. the Jan. But your optimistic are specuLating today about possibiLities R: t his } ( [ and into practicaL energy. that this is No convert traveL possibLe. Yes. t. of the to is fact that it might in may be possibLe and be everybody distant matter. beLieves that So it appLications reaLLy was find tion M: Now. energy which into is of you form usefuL the many we this mentioned which is atomic energy. that we has radiation. corner. the observe universe. i caL. somewhere universe matter . what seen" have author If you do me in physicists to do that. don i this has in to the do with your question has is: been Sometime. converted R: energy many This I guess a dream of way couLd every readers science of matter to the and onLy ever been this fiction book. is the the that one We do not at what stage and vague couLd is if your it ideas knowLedge wi L L onLy.

it R: is gain couLd M: maybe on R: In is in abundant. protons. energy. cooLing that deveLoped universe. asymmetry since of how In any event matter was asymmetry radiation. into I am thinking must energy. means that there which couLd we time. radiation radiation matter antimatter Least somehow into than M: What keeps is a us in very Lives at the present proton stabLe on the which of the the proton from and form its average But we using the of the energy is It that does know Longer onLy the it stabLe that the not that than to be expanin a matter. we know as they of know we is is source the so of principLe asymmetric. in the the not proton decay. very as the asymmetry great LikeLy vacuum. matter matter. we just don·t and but the must and as Or that antimatter it as is aLready Can the Proton disintegrate? recognize antimatter antimatter. vacuum this wouLd quarks? which can which have perand If the which energy are to between the universe such into then at whoLe antimatter Now if we in What deveLoped controL convert a turbative something coLours. We for know onLy this during and not be much universe have is matter. this which What the no were heat. energy. anitmatter. or destroy trere latent i5 vacuum reside to up meLted gain quarks of do the the is perhaps remove deveLops in different matter sense we universe not earth. . an different R: vacuum. their quarks we into have decay. such severaL strange decay. Yes. but pace: reactor universe inside must a proton. wouLd far u~derlying mechanism certainLy concerned. As is contained thereby proton age in and possibLe of our the neutron matter. were has there and is we of been far know of equaL as it for that or the of and at matter converted in early originally antimatter equaLLy destroyed more that t his amounts matter seems. rid the What do we When up some we requires in again reaLLy quarks quarks which But resides to of Now about is which comes wouLd which we wouLd in be the these the species quarks they mass to decay form the abLe that what quarks want make gain to we caLLed the shades is to proton. Cl'1d neutrinos. universe actuaLLy was the there quarks converting We L L . of. and give reviewed quarks muons other eLectrons. before. That backwards in the acceLerated. wouLd an run the evoLution controLLed in a smaLL of the this and born. certainLy.126 127 made around M: Or without us and antimatter. be as Since a means energy the of once M: ourseLves three decay of which inside decay. the the true sion 1 S universe a considerabLe existed fraction form so between reLeasing the universe.

approximately ~. the with been proton..128 129 proton posi tron Ie+) ( ~~)~) (~:) . great found. An Unexplained Symmetry of Elementary Particles But Not do we at understand all. one species (i.1: One possible in have no we for age of decay recent been such can mechanism time decay such has that 10 31 for for yet Although processes effort. accident? actually know the relationship M: Yes. (~) (~) (~) . a proton stable years believed ("families").e . species in pairs of quarks i . 6. . family to the conditions longer the 10 10 remains universe (compare particles now electron. think neutrinos. why it is so? are nice that we some if theoretical it were of so. as these between decays quarks is show.2: The be Each of known divided family leptons. of today quarks always is also and come rat observation significant muons) there me a n i n q ? quark . epto~-quark relationship. we kind There Is it perhaps this What has are some the chances Actually eLectrons. ( . leptons in pairs. From normal average to the this disintegration searched of into quarks groups corresponds known to related to a us can conclude than years). Fig. and a very that there electrons? profound is actually a think there is no reason found. why I Although it would deeper is an be there very irguments R: why So. For of ~: t symmetry just indeed. every eLectron. 6. under on to the be ~ig.e..

on but be very interesting. vacuum vacuum that the occur. course. Yes. a certain between 1 keV 1 eV considerations. VerticaLLy quarks R: mass is shown Do an that a quark couLd annihiLate with Do Quarks have a Substructure? M: eLectron? yes.each magnitude. agree with of aLL necessary actuaLLy as be being reLated in the be of it may resides is if this the fact same that for the quarks difand 1 1:-- 1 terence electrons R: I ---t wouLd tend of a the fact and 1 GeV 1~V b--s--d--- 1-1. want to say Leptons. quarks for one in them. been even But happen scaLe. that quarks be once and we Learn to how we convert to can Fig.3: Quarks way each their denotes that as Yes actuaLLy how and Leptons they can be by ordered one mark unit on in such of the charge scaLe a substructure Leptons. T 1 M: Take We one one aLso It wouLd for know that be very charges charge. . to further and diverse wouLd But if recaLL that is the e-- ---u the same. a very.-- -----r ~vl-l ~Ve ---c V. know. and neutrinos. sum to you. observed. forbids . 6. differ here of understand into you possibLe shown one order horizontaLLy. or -1/3 { R: hat. a radiative That decay In principLe. an atom into never wouLd couLd photons. eLectrons. mean of that would and undergo exampLe des integrate This couLd smaLL the has of by Like It M: it eLementary eLectron differ differ Leptons.130 131 wouLd Mass Leptons Quarks be in ve r~' the surprising charges be accidentaL. quarks then +2/3 Charge matter M: Leptons which again a refLection the substructure this and it the 1l so -1 -1/3 0 may asymmetry antimatter may universe. eLectrons very of structure You eLectron charge. by one unit surprising the charges of so And quarks that the the of if of can they charges Latter the it were quarks be can of one +2/3 an and accident. in our it aLso this present may process be to as we have said. being just neutraL. charge. charges very So Leptons Like of this theoreticaL to is view so.

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