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Curious? If photon has no mass does that mean it can't convert to any energy?
it already is (has) energy
So, if the photon counts as matter, does that mean that matter is created and destroyed when photons are emitted and absorbed, say by electronic transitions in a molecule?
No............The photon is not destroyed, it only changes it's character by becoming an electron.
Quote from: Ethos_No............The photon is not destroyed, it only changes it's character by becoming an electron.That's quite wrong. First of all, no single photon can change into a single electron. And as soon as any particle changes it does mean that it's destroyed so your conclusion is wrong on that front. It's impossible to say that any particle is another particle but merely with a different character. At least not in mainstream physics.