Quantum Theory / Particle Physics
August 29, 2015
Stephen Hawking popularized the theory that a vacuum fluctuation particle pair can have one particle of the pair captured while the other is released. He examined capture at the event horizon of a black hole, but antiparticles can also be captured by annihilation with free stable particles. The other, once virtual particle of the pair is then freed. This annihilation-production interaction makes it appear that a particle has jumped from one place to another without accelerating, decelerating or traveling across that distance as we typically see in “orbital” transitions. This Hawking type mechanism is a physical explanation for all quantum jumps and quantum tunneling. Particle decay can also be facilitated by this Hawking type interaction, as it yields a more fundamental description of neutrinos in particle equations. Annihilation-production interactions also facilitate quantum tunneling in nuclear fusion. This paper consists of a detailed exploration of each of these vacuum fluctuation mediated annihilation-production events to give us a physical model for previously unexplained quantum phenomena.