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The word "destroy" implies a violation of thermodynamics. Energy is conserved, never created nor destroyed. The state of an electron can be changed however, like in electron capture or inverse beta decay. In one case the decay is natural and energy is released, resorting to a stable form of matter, and the other energy is required, if I understand the process correctly.
So if you were to continuously destroy all the electrons in one end of this pole
originally posted by: ParanormalGuy
I don't need to use any of your fancy words or laws to explain that. And all your arguments trying to discredit the fact I just stated will just make you look like the lesser informed person here.
I feel that "destroy" is an incorrect term. Both of the methods you described create byproducts and energy is released so it could be said that the energy of the electron is conserved. I am also going to take a guess and say that both of those processes can be reversed and produce electrons similar to electron capture/neutron decay.
originally posted by: TheRedneck
Simple answer: yes, we can destroy electrons, but no, it is completely impractical to do so in the manner you hypothesize given present technology. We know of only two ways to destroy an electon: near-light-speed collision with another particle (a'la CERN), or annihilation with a positron.
originally posted by: AugustusMasonicus
a reply to: ParanormalGuy
How do you destroy an electron?
Both of the methods you described create byproducts and energy is released so it could be said that the energy of the electron is conserved. I am also going to take a guess and say that both of those processes can be reversed and produce electrons similar to electron capture/neutron decay.
originally posted by: stormcell
Hit it with a positron. They have colliders to do this:
But there are some momentum conservation laws which apply:
If you want to make electrons jump off the rod, just apply a high-frequency radio wave. Then you get a radio transmitter emitting photons. Crank up the voltage/frequency/current and eventually they will be giving off gamma rays unless the transmitter melts first.