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How many electrons are in a Photon?
- Elsa Hill (age 18)
Portland, OR USA
Actually, the answer is that there are ZERO electrons inside a photon!
far as physicists now understand, electrons and photons are both
fundamental particles, which means they are not made up of ANY other
You may have heard that if two very energetic
photons crash into each other, then electrons may be produced along
with a slew of other particles. However, these particles were not
inside of the photons, they were actually created by the energy
released by the impact of the two photons.
Tamara, Mike, and Tim
(republished on 07/21/06)
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