Nuclear and Atomic Physics


The Enigmatic Positron Confounds Atomic Theory

Authors: David Lindsay Johnson

Positrons satisfy the Dirac wave equations as equally well as do electrons, but remain enigmatic because they result from high energy particle/matter interactions and are not explained by current atomic theory. Specifically, the question remains as to whether they are dynamically created or pre-exist, and are thus released from matter by such interactions. The latter option implies that free positrons can exist within matter: at very least this would mean that positive holes, the functional equivalent of positrons, would no longer be required to explain electric current formation within semiconductors. However it would also mean that a major overhaul of the current conventional orbital atomic model would be required.

Comments: 6 Pages. Minor corrections to Beta Decay included

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[v1] 2019-12-26 03:43:00
[v2] 2019-12-27 22:36:21

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