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Can He-4 atoms create black holes?

Suppose that in the intergalactic space far from any significant gravitational attractors there is a relatively small concentration of He-4 atoms. Due to gravitational attraction fermions in this case ...
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Why are all force particles bosons?

All of the force-particles in the standard model are bosons, now my question is pretty short, namely: Why are all force particles bosons? This can't be a coincidence.
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Huge confusion with Fermions and Bosons and how they relate to total spin of atom

I am supremely confused when something has spin or when it does not. For example, atomic Hydrogen has 4 fermions, three quarks to make a proton, and 1 electron. There is an even number of fermions, ...
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Combining two finite number fock spaces into one

Say I have two separate systems of identical Bosons, one with N Bosons the other with M. System one is described by a state $|\psi_1\rangle$ the other with $|\psi_2 \rangle$ which are expressed in a ...
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Is electric charge truly conserved for bosonic matter?

Even before quantization, charged bosonic fields exhibit a certain "self-interaction". The body of this post demonstrates this fact, and the last paragraph asks the question. Notation/ Lagrangians ...
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Fermions in the same state

I need some clarification of what is meant when someone says "fermions cannot occupy the same quantum state". Consider two bosons: $$\psi(\vec{r_1}, s_1, \vec{r_2}, s_2) = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}} \left( ...
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Who added $\frac{3}{2} \partial^2 c$ to the virasoro BRST current (and why)?

I've been looking at the literature on quantizing the bosonic string, and I noticed that there was a change made in the definition of the BRST current around 1992. However, I haven't found any ...
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Why do Photons want to be together?

So I've heard that when a photon flies by a atom excited enough to release a photon there's a good chance it will. Because Photons want to be together and have the same direction etc? Is this true? ...
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How can a massless boson (Gluon) mediate the short range Strong Force?

I thought massless particles were mediators for long range forces such as electromagnetism and gravitation. How can the massless gluon mediate the short range strong force?
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Is there record of a bosonic Stern-Gerlach measurement?

I cannot seem to find any peer-reviewed (or other) reference to an integer-spin Stern-Gerlach experiment. It shouldn't be too hard to do: just find you friendly neighbourhood Deuterium ion and shoot ...
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Is ground energy of interacting fermions always higher that that of bosons?

Consider two systems, each made of $N$ particles. In both systems particles interact pairwise and the interaction is given by the same Hamiltonian for both systems. Any other constraints and/or ...
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Is there a reason why the spin of particles is integer or half integer instead of, say, even and odd?

It seems to me that we could change all the current spin values of particles by multiplying them by two. Then we could describe Bosons as even spin particles and Fermions as odd spin particles. Is ...
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How do particles become entangled?

A person asked me this and I'm just a lowly physical chemist. I used a classical analogy (how good or bad is this and how to fix?) Basically, light has a net angular momentum of zero, insofar as ...
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Operator norm of creation and annihilation operators

Are the creation and the annihilation operators $a(f)$ and $a^{\dagger}(f)$ for the bosonic Fock space bounded? What is their norm? So far I did not have found any note about this in the linked ...
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Chemical potential of a Bose gas

In my course, there is this fact : In a Bose gas, the chemical potential $\mu$ must always be lower than the smaller level of energy $\epsilon_0$. I find this strange, because if we put a Bose ...
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Are composite bosons always bosonic (e.g. the pion-cloud surrounding the nuclei)?

The $\pi$-meson is a boson, but consists of quark-antiquark (fermions). It seems to me that at some energy level (equivalently distance) the inner structure (fermionic nature of the quarks) of the ...
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“Bosons are either gapped or condensated, except physical principle protected cases (Goldstone boson, photon).”?

Bosons are either gapped or condensated, except physical principle protected cases (Goldstone boson, photon, etc.). I read this in a paper (version1 of http://arxiv.org/abs/1404.3728v1, 1st page 1st ...
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Probability enhancement for bosons: Probability goes over 1?

It is said that if there is already n bosons in a particular quantum state, the probability of another boson joining them is (n+1) times larger than it would have been otherwise. But if we apply this ...
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Meaning of the chemical potential for a boson gas

My lecturer told me that the mu is the Chemical potential is zero or negative, in the following example, mathematically it acts as a Normalisation constant. But is there any Physical insight about why ...
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Fermion vs. Bosons and particle vs. wave: is there a link?

I'm puzzled since several years on this basic aspect of quantum mechanics. Quantum theory is supposed to describe particle-wave symmetry of our world. It also describes our universe in term of bosons ...
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Helium Nucleus as boson

I am rather perplexed with this fact that though Helium Nucleus is a boson, the particles insides it: protons and neutrons are essentially fermions. How the nucleus which is made by fermions can be a ...
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Atoms: boson or fermion? [duplicate]

The spin of fundamental particles determines if they are bosons or fermions. The atoms also have bosonic or fermionic behavior, for example $\require{mhchem}\ce{^4He}$ has bosonic and $\ce{^3He}$ has ...
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Composition of squeeze operators?

I'm wondering if it exists a composition law for the squeezing operation ? I guess so for geometric reason, since they are (generalized, and the phase is annoying of course) hyperbolic rotations of ...
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Ground states of Chiral Boson Theory with tunneling

I am reading this paper(pdf) and on page 11, the chiral boson theory on a cylinder is studied when both edges of the cylinder are brought in close proximity so that electron is allowed. Why is it ...
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First order coherence function in terms of momentum distribution function

Can someone show me how the first order coherence function $G^1(r,r')\equiv \left \langle \hat{\Psi}(r)\hat{\Psi}(r') \right \rangle $ for a system of bosons is related to the momentum distribution ...
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Why are interactions always mediated via bosons (as opposed to fermions)? [duplicate]

Weak, Strong and electromagnetic force are mediated via bosons. I've come across the Walecka-model where the exchange particles are $\sigma$ and $\omega$ mesons; bosons again. why are interactions ...
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Spin-statistics theorem proof details

Recently I have read one book where there was some incomprehensible proof of the Pauli's spin-statistics theorem. I want to ask about a few details of the proof. First, the author derives ...
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Perturbative series for bosons

I have recently read that ... the perturbation series ... is valid only when the perturbed state is qualitatively similar to (or ‘has the same symmetry as’) the unperturbed state. This means ...
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Is deuterium a boson or a fermion?

I want to know if deuterium is a fermion or boson. Please give me a descriptive answer. I tried the formula that is the combination of protons and electrons which gives odd number but the answer is ...
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How do I show that a given Hamiltonian does not affect the overall number of particles in a given state?

I'm struggling with the following problem: Consider a system of an arbitrary number of indistinguishable bosonic particles. The system has two sites and $a_i^{\dagger}$ and $a_i$ are the ...
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Slater's determinant for Bosons/Symmetric Particles?

For Slater's determinant it is obvious how this describes two or multiple fermions/anti-symmetric particles. By definition the determinant introduces a negative sign in front of the second product. ...
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SUSY as the only way to unify bosons and fermions

Is SUSY really the only known approach to "merge"/unify bosons and fermions in a common framework? BONUS question: If SUSY does exist at high energy, it seems unnatural and "not simple" in the sense ...
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Number of gravitons launched by a proton

The wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gauge_bosons describes how in QM exchanges of gauge bosons carry force, and describes how the graviton may also be a gauge boson. If the observable ...
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From spectrum/dispersion relation to the partition function

I know the spectrum/dispersion relation for a bosonic system. $$E \left( \mathbf{k} \right) = \cdots$$ Is there a general method for writing down the partition function when the spectrum of the ...
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Bose Enhancement Factor

How may one explain the fact that the probability of a boson transferring to a state with an occupation number n is 'enhanced' by a factor of (1+n), compared to the classical case? (In the classical ...
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Boson calculus and Maximum Weight State

I'm just going over a few past exams for tomorrow, and I've come across a question that I'm having quite a bit of difficulty with. Let $\left|0\right\rangle$ denote the Fock vacuum state so that ...
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Decay of a particle

Would someone please explain the following found on P. 125 of these notes? On the other hand, two $π^0$’s cannot be in an $l = 1$ state. The reason for this is that pions are bosons and so the ...
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Can someone explain the quote “there would be no chemistry if electrons acted as bosons”?

I am reading a book and in a quote it says that if electrons acted as bosons, then all the electrons would occupy the lowest energy state, and there would be no chemistry. What does the author mean ...
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Canonical partition of a boson gas

I have a 1D gas made of $N$ particles placed in a harmonic potential well, so the Hamiltonian is: $$ \mathcal H = \sum_{j=1}^N \left ( \frac{p_j^2}{2m} + \frac{1}{2}m\omega^2 x_j^2 \right )$$ The ...
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Understanding the Bose-Fermi dichotomy

I'm an amateur on a quest to understand QM. In various places (such as early in chapter III.4 of the Feynman Lectures) I have seen an argument that looks like it's trying to convince me that any class ...
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Physical interpretation of the chemical potential in Bose and Fermionic gas

I understand that both Fermions and bosons have the chemical potential $\nu <0$ when it is T>0, but still behave classically, the fermions would increase its chemical potential at T=0, whereas the ...
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The mass of X Boson (and Y Boson too)

I was reading an article on Wikipedia about the hypothetical particles called $X$ and $Y$ Bosons. Looking at their "calculated" masses, I felt quite weirded. Their mass should be $$m = 10^{15}\ ...
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Why don't we have particles whose wavefunctions are symmetric wrt one exchange operator and anti-symmetric wrt other exchange operator?

Consider a system with $n$ identical particles. Let the wavefunction of the system be $\psi(r_1,\ldots, r_2)$. Let $P_{a,b}$ represent the exchange operator which exchanges particle $a$ with particle ...
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Why does the $Z$ boson not change quark flavour?

Is it just an observation from Particle Accelerators data? I was trying to understand what is it that mathematically stops the $Z$ boson from changing quark flavour, if it is known?
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2N Fermions $\stackrel{?}{=}$ N Bosons

We know that we do have composite particles (for example Atoms) made of fermions or bosons or mixture of them with fermionic or bosonic statistics. So why can't a gas of $2N$ fermions become a gas of ...
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Bose gas with $T = 0$ and $\mu < 0$

Is it possible to have a Bose gas with $T = 0$ and $\mu < 0$ ? I think that there is a problem, because all the states $k$ are such as $$\langle n_k \rangle = \dfrac{1}{e^{\beta \{\epsilon_k - ...
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Examples for p-form gauge fields [closed]

I don't completely understand the notion "p-form". Can you give me examples of 1-form, 2-form and 3-form gauge fields? What kind of p-form is e.g. the Higgs field, the electromagnetic four-potential, ...
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Mass eigenstates and occupied physical volume?

I recently read about atom lasers and it made me wonder about something I recalled from my limited experience with quantum (two undergraduate and two graduate level classes). I recall that some ...
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systems of particles that are not symmetric or anti-symmetric; Helium 4

Suppose I have an electron and a proton, and that the electron is in the spin-up state, and that the proton is in the spin-down state. The particles are distinguishable, so I should just be able to ...
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Adding versus multiplying identical photons' wavefunctions?

I am currently confused with understanding many identical photons' wavefunctions. I think that photon wavefunctions are supposed to be multiplied together to describe the total state of all bosons. ...