Meaning of ANNIHILATION in English


In physics, a reaction in which a particle and its antiparticle (see antimatter ) collide and disappear.

The annihilation releases energy equal to the original mass m multiplied by the square of the speed of light c , or E = m c 2 , in accordance with relativity . The energy can appear directly as gamma rays or can convert back to particles and antiparticles (see {{link=pair production">pair production ).

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