pair production(redirected from Decay of the vacuum)
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The simultaneous creation of a subatomic particle and its antiparticle from another form of energy, especially the production of a positron and an electron from a gamma ray photon in a strong electric field, such as that surrounding a nucleus.
(Nuclear Physics) the production of an electron and a positron from a gamma-ray photon in a strong field as that passes close to an atomic nucleus
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|Noun||1.||pair production - the transformation of a gamma-ray photon into an electron and a positron when the photon passes close to an atomic nucleus|