High Energy Particle Physics


Dynamic Spherical Casimir Effect as a Contributing Mechanism for Pair Production

Authors: Alec Feinberg

A simple calculation is made where the zero-point energy is obtained for a spherical Casimir cavity the size of the classical electron radius. The result is found to be roughly equivalent to the rest mass-energy of an electron-positron pair. A discussion is provided from this that suggests a possible contributing mechanism for pair production. It is suggested how the virtual spherical cavity could come about in the presence of a background E&M field and that such cavities could be viewed as a dynamic virtual potential energy field.

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[v1] 18 Dec 2007

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