|Subject: RE: Dirac,
antimatter, positrons, (holes)
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2003 12:39:57 -0500
Tony and Marcia,
Yes, that is the point. One focuses on that "sea" that is underneath the zero level. Since there are no eigenstates of energy levels in that area, one is led to consider the energy existing not in a "quantized hole" but "smeared" in continuous manner. And that is a negative energy potential. Somebody somewhere may have considered that, but I haven't seen it. Yet we get it in COP>1.0 systems with sharp gradients. I thought for some time one could not have such, and so it had to be holes eating electrons. However, there is no associated pair annihilation radiation in the case of the input to the COP>1.0 system. So it isn't pair annihilation -- or Sparky Sweet would have been a dead man in six weeks.