pair production

noun

Definition of pair production

: the transformation of a quantum of radiant energy simultaneously into an electron and a positron when the quantum interacts with the intense electric field near a nucleus

First Known Use of pair production

1934, in the meaning defined above

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“Pair production.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pair%20production. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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