# Pair Production Physics Question

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#1
Can someone produce a quick worked solution of this question? I keep getting a negative value of wavelength.
A stationary neutron is annihilated by an anti-neutron that has a velocity of 9.0 x 107 ms-1. Calculate the wavelength of the gamma photons produced.

Here's my working:

Erest(neutron)= 939.551E6 x 1.6E-19= 1.50E-10 J

Ek(antineutron)= 1/2mv^2 => Ek= ½ 1.675E-27 (9E7)^2 =6.784E-9 J

E(photon)=hc/lamda => lamda=hc/E= 6.63E-34x3E8/(1.5E-10-6.784E-9)= -2.998E-17 m
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1 year ago
#2
From what I can remember, the total energy in the system is the rest energies of the two particles plus the kinetic energy of the anti-neutron. Add all three energies together to get the total. On collision, this energy is then released as two photons each with half the total energy. From this you can then work out the energy of each photon and hence, the wavelength.
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1 year ago
#3
(Original post by ben.alexander)
Can someone produce a quick worked solution of this question? I keep getting a negative value of wavelength.
A stationary neutron is annihilated by an anti-neutron that has a velocity of 9.0 x 107 ms-1. Calculate the wavelength of the gamma photons produced.

Here's my working:

Erest(neutron)= 939.551E6 x 1.6E-19= 1.50E-10 J

Ek(antineutron)= 1/2mv^2 => Ek= ½ 1.675E-27 (9E7)^2 =6.784E-9 J

E(photon)=hc/lamda => lamda=hc/E= 6.63E-34x3E8/(1.5E-10-6.784E-9)= -2.998E-17 m
this is what I got
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1 year ago
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#5
I thought that the total energy would be the energy of the neutron. Therefore the energy of the photon emitted is the rest energy of neutron - kinetic energy of the anti neutron. Why is this incorrect?
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#6
But that only takes into account the energy of the anti-neutron, not the energy of the neutron it collided with- how can this be right?

(Original post by Yazzy.j)
this is what I got
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1 year ago
#7
(Original post by ben.alexander)
But that only takes into account the energy of the anti-neutron, not the energy of the neutron it collided with- how can this be right?

Yeah I just realised that mistake. I messaged my tutor with that question and hopefully he'll answer soon. If he doesn't reply by tonight, maybe just ask your teacher tomorrow.
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1 year ago
#8

my tutor worked it out. here you go
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1 year ago
#9
(Original post by Yazzy.j)

my tutor worked it out. here you go

I disagree that the energy of the photon comes from the kinetic energy of the moving anti-neutron.

The energy of the 2 photons comes from the sum of the kinetic energy of the anti-neutron and rest-mass energy of the neutron and anti-neutron.
2Eγ = 2mc2 + ½mv2
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1 year ago
#10
(Original post by Eimmanuel)
I disagree that the energy of the photon comes from the kinetic energy of the moving anti-neutron.

The energy of the 2 photons comes from the sum of the kinetic energy of the anti-neutron and rest-mass energy of the neutron and anti-neutron.
2Eγ = 2mc2 + ½mv2
yeah that's what I was thinking. I'm gonna ask my teacher tomorrow coz I don't think I agree with what my tutor said. I'll post on this chat what he says tomorrow morning if I remember
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1 year ago
#11
(Original post by ben.alexander)
I thought that the total energy would be the energy of the neutron. Therefore the energy of the photon emitted is the rest energy of neutron - kinetic energy of the anti neutron. Why is this incorrect?
The total energy is the sum of the kinetic energy of the anti-neutron and rest-mass energy of the neutron and anti-neutron. Both neutron and anti-neutron are annihilated after the collision to produce a pair of identical photons.
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1 year ago
#12
(Original post by ben.alexander)
Can someone produce a quick worked solution of this question? I keep getting a negative value of wavelength.
A stationary neutron is annihilated by an anti-neutron that has a velocity of 9.0 x 107 ms-1. Calculate the wavelength of the gamma photons produced.

Here's my working:

Erest(neutron)= 939.551E6 x 1.6E-19= 1.50E-10 J

Ek(antineutron)= 1/2mv^2 => Ek= ½ 1.675E-27 (9E7)^2 =6.784E-9 J

E(photon)=hc/lamda => lamda=hc/E= 6.63E-34x3E8/(1.5E-10-6.784E-9)= -2.998E-17 m
Teenie2 had outlined the correct way of attempting the problem in post #2.
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#13
Your tutor is wrong- i managed to figure out my mistake- see attached for correct workings

(Original post by Yazzy.j)
yeah that's what I was thinking. I'm gonna ask my teacher tomorrow coz I don't think I agree with what my tutor said. I'll post on this chat what he says tomorrow morning if I remember
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1 year ago
#14
(Original post by ben.alexander)
Your tutor is wrong- i managed to figure out my mistake- see attached for correct workings
Agreed.
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