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The destruction of a particle and its antiparticle as a result of a collision between them. The annihilation radiation produced is carried away by photons or mesons. For example, in a collision between an electron and a positron the energy produced is carried away by two photons, each having an energy of 0.511 MeV, which is equivalent to the rest-mass energies of the annihilated particles plus their kinetic energies. When nucleons annihilate each other the energy is carried away by mesons.

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