Author(s): Andr Michau d
This paper lays out the mechanics of creation in the 3 - spaces model of an electron - positron pair as a p hoton of energy 1.022 MeV or more is destabilized when grazing a heavy particle such as an atom's nucleus, thus converting a massless photon into two massive .511 MeV/c 2 particles charged in opposition. An alternate process was also experimentally discover ed in 1997, that involves converging two tightly collimated photon beams toward a single point in space, one of the beams being made up of photons exceeding the 1.022 MeV threshold . In the latter case, e lectron/positron pairs were created without any atom' s nuclei being close by. These two observed processes of photon conversion into electron - positron pairs set the 1.022 MeV photon energy level as the threshold starting at which massless photons become highly susceptible to become destabilized into converti ng to pairs of massive particles .