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How do anti-photons behave?

Asked by Brian_Ghilliotti (328points) April 26th, 2017

I have read much material stating that anti-photons do not exist, or that they must exist since quantum theory calls for a counter point to each particle -yet photons are their own anti particle…in any case, I came across one researcher who claims that when anti-photons interact with electrons, they do the exact opposite of photons. Anti photons make electrons jump down an electron orbital level, and then they jump back up to their original orbital layer, releasing two normal photons in the process.

Normally, photons make electrons jump up one electron orbit, where they then go back down to their original orbit, releasing photons in the process.

If this is true (the researcher does not claim to be a formal scientist), then I must ask:

What theoretically happens when a anti photon hits an electron in the lowest electron orbital cloud…? Does this layer one electron bump up against the atom’s nucleus? What happens then? If there is any truth to this, it is more theoretically possible with simpler elements that do not have complex electron orbital structures (hydrogen, helium).

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jwalt's avatar

The photon is its own antiparticle. So an anti photon interacts with electrons in the exact same way as the photon. In fact, if you created an anti hydrogen atom, so there was a positron in place of the electron (and an anti proton in the nucleus), the positron would change energy levels in the same way was the electron does in normal matter.

Anti particles do not mean negative energy. Energy must be conserved, so if a photon is absorbed, the energy goes into changing the orbital state of the electron (or positron) in the atom. The argument is the same for the anti photon since it is the same as a photon.

Rarebear's avatar

Exactly like photons.

NomoreY_A's avatar

I never had a problem with photons.

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