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A gamma ray (a high-energy photon of light) can produce a particle- antiparticle pair, each particle with mass 8.68 MeV/c2 when it enters the electric field of a heavy nucleus: γ ! λ+ + λ− .

What minimum γ-ray energy is required to accomplish this task?

I have searched but can't come up with a numerical answer in MeV units. Please Help

  • College Physics - ,

    You know the mass created: 2*8.68Mev/c^2

    so energy= masscreated*c^2=2*8.68Mev

  • College Physics - ,

    thank you very, i did the calculations and it was simple math after your explanation..

    i got answer as 17.36 MeV

    =]

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