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Pion decay in particle physics

I'm taking a particle physics course and we're using Perkins Introduction to High Energy Physics as the text. I am looking at problem 1.7. It asks whether $$\pi^0\rightarrow e^- + e^+$$ is allowed or ...
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Lepton number conservation in standard model

Why is it said that in standard model lepton number is conserved? How do I know that Lepton number is an abelian charge? Why is this conservation not as sacred as electric charge conservation. How ...
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Could elementary particles join to create bound states?

I recently had question, can 2 elementary particles be "attached" together using Strong and weak nuclear forces to create a bound state. For example can Electron and some other stable elementary ...
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Oscillations and Majorana Neutrino

In neutrino oscillations, neutrinos can convert from one flavor to another. This implies individual lepton number is not conserved. Doesn't it also imply that, if the neutrinos have mass, the mass ...
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Is there any way to annihilate matter without the use of anti-matter?

Is there any way to annihilate matter without the use of anti-matter? And vice versa? I mean, for example is it possible to totally convert the mass of a proton into "pure energy" without use an ...
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Particle physics conservation law checking tool

I'm just starting out with simple particle physics, and I'm doing a ton of exercises where I have to check if a certain reaction is allowed, from the point of lepton/baryon/energy conservation and ...
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Why is electric charge conserved?

We have long been taught that electric charges are neither created nor destroyed. But somehow it is okay to destroy two oppositely charged particles at once ! Why is that so? Let's just take a look ...
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No valid Feynman diagram for processes

This will likely be easy for anyone experienced in particle physics, but I'm not. I'm asked to explain why it is impossible to construct a valid Feynman diagram using Standard Model vertices for the ...
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Angular momentum conservation in pion decay?

I have seen the charged pion decay $$\pi^{-}~\to~ \bar{\nu}_{\ell} +\ell^{-}$$ represented with diagrams containing a $W^-$ in the $s$-channel. The $\pi^-$ and $W^-$ have angular momentum $0$ and $1$ ...
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Charge neutrality of the Universe: evidences and theories

I've always wondered why the number of protons in the Universe exactly matches the number of electrons. They are such different particles with totally different cross sections. So, first of all, is ...
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Is total angular momentum conserved in particle interaction?

Imagine that two electrons interact by exchanging a virtual photon. I know that the total energy and linear momentum of the two electrons is conserved by the interaction. Is the total (orbital) ...
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Spin of a decay product

A particle A decays into particles B, C and D. The spin of A, B and C particles is 1/2 each. What are the possible spins of particle D? My attempt is the following: Since B and C have spin 1/2 ...
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Why does the pion half-life differ between the charged and uncharged species?

Why does the uncharged pion have much shorter half-life than the charged pion despite the fact that the uncharged pion has a little bit less mass than the charged one, so that according to the ...
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Charged pion decay and spin conservation

Charged pions $\pi^\pm$ decay via an intermediate $W$ to (e.g.) a lepton-neutrino pair. The pions being scalar (spin-0) particles and the intermediate $W$ having spin 1, how is spin conserved in ...
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Can 3 photons be combined to give a spin-0 projection?

Motivation: The neutral pion decays to 2 photons ($\pi^0\to\gamma\gamma$) most of the time. For the decay of the neutral to 3 photons ($\pi^0\to 3\gamma$) we have an upper limit on the branching ...
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Trilinear gauge couplings: Spin

In non-abelian gauge theories self interaction of gauge fields is permitted, allowing coupling such as $WWZ$ (i.e. $Z$-boson decaying to $W^+W^-$) or ggg (i.e. gluon splitting into two new gluons). ...
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Conservation laws in mSUGRA model

Can somebody list all the quantum numbers (beside R-parity) that are conserved in vertex for SUSY particles in mSUGRA model?
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Parity of a decay

If a particle of unknown intrinsic parity decays into 2 particles each with negative intrinsic parity, does that necessarily imply that the original particle also has negative parity?
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What is difference between the different 'flavours' of neutrinos?

Moreover, how-come scientist know that muon-neutrino are different from electron-neutrino when they didn't even know what the difference was? Did they interact differently with other particles?
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How does Delta baryon decay conserve angular momentum?

I'm a chemist so bear with me: I understand the Delta baryons $\Delta^{+}$ and $\Delta^{0}$ to be in some sense spin (and isospin) quartet states of the proton and neutron. These can decay straight ...
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What process could produce two neutral pions only?

Any examples? $$? \rightarrow \pi^0 \pi^0$$ If such a process exist, could there be nonzero total orbital angular momentum in the final states of the two neutral pions? But then how to understand ...
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Can a neutron be created from pure energy

Is it possible to create a neutron out of pure energy, i.e. not by bringing a bunch of already-existing quarks together? (A quick calculation using E = mc2 shows the energy required would be about 1.5 ...
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What is a Pseudoscalar particle?

Can someone explain to me what is a pseudoscalar particle? And how do experiments figure out that what they're dealing with is a scalar or pseudoscalar?
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Lepton Number Conservation

What is the global symmetry of the electroweak Lagrangian that gives rise to lepton number conservation? As I understand it, electric charge is some linear combination of the conserved quantities ...
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Why can't a single photon produce an electron-positron pair?

In reading through old course material, I found the assignment (my translation): Show that a single photon cannot produce an electron-positron pair, but needs additional matter or light quanta. ...
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Any case of a particle seemingly decaying into copies of itself?

Is there any case reported that seems to resemble the following: there is a particle and at some moment, the particle seems to break down into two or more particles that are all identical to the ...
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What barriers exist to prevent us from turning a baryon into a anti-baryon?

At present the only way we can produce anti-matter is through high powered collisions. New matter is created from the energy produced in these collisions and some of them are anti-matter particles ...
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Neutrino Oscillations and Conservation of Momentum

I would like to better understand how neutrino oscillations are consistent with conservation of momentum because I'm encountering some conceptual difficulties when thinking about it. I do have a ...
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Can the charge of particles spontaneously flip from positive to negative or vice versa?

I'm thinking of matter antimatter annihilation, are there reactions where normal matter converts to antimatter?
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Does electron go through a forbidden state when annihilate with positron?

Let's consider an electron-positron pair with total spin equal to zero. When it annihilates it can not emit only one photon because it would have zero momentum and nonzero energy. The pair emits two ...
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Decay of massless particles

We don't normally consider the possibility that massless particles could undergo radioactive decay. There are elementary arguments that make it sound implausible. (A bunch of the following is ...