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How does electron spin change instantaneously without violating inertia principle?

The inertia in one of the main properties of matter. That is why all process in macro world do not happen instantaneously. What I do not understand is how we should apply this general idea of inertia ...
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Why should I believe that “elementary” particles are indeed elementary?

Atoms were once thought to be indivisible (i.e. have no substructure), until it was discovered that they are made of protons and neutrons. Protons and neutrons in turn are made of quarks, and that's ...
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Are the electric charges of an electron and a proton equal or approximately equal? [duplicate]

I read in Auletta's quantum mechanics (section 11.2) that the charge of the proton is, apart from the sign, approximately equal to that of the electron.. What ...
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Conservation of charge on Higgs production by bremsstrahlung

The Higgs production channel $$q+\bar{q} \rightarrow W^++ H^0,$$ depicted below, seems to be violating charge conservation, or am I missing something? The quark and its antiquark have the same ...
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Magnetic moment of uncharged particles

As we know that particles, only having charge, can have magnetic moment, then how particle like neutrino (having mass) can have magnetic moment? Don't bother about neutron because it has charge ...
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An electron has no known internal structure, does that imply it has an unknown one?

I'm currently reading Alonso and Finn's Electromagnetism book. It explains that the spin contributes to the magnetic moment and is somewhat comparable to a rotation of the particle around its own ...
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What does temperature look like at the subatomic level?

I am trying to get a better understanding of the definition of temperature at the subatomic level. I have a background in molecular biology with some college physics, but no deep quantum mechanics ...
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Does quark have fixed energy?

Does a quark, for example a up-quark has a fixed energy? The standard model gives well defined masses in MeV which is energy too.
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Young Tableau Projectors: Does the order of symmetric and anti-symmetric projectors matter?

Given a Young Tableau we find the irreducible basis of an arbitrary tensor by projecting, The projectors are usually defined as first symmetrise over the row entries and then anti-symmetrise over the ...
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Do electrons have shape?

According to the Wikipedia page on the electron: The electron has no known substructure. Hence, it is defined or assumed to be a point particle with a point charge and no spatial extent. Does ...
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Is the graviton hypothetical?

Wikipedia lists the graviton as a hypothetical particle. I wonder whether graviton is indeed hypothetical or does its existence directly follow from modern physics? Does observation of gravitational ...
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Is it possible to measure the radius of an elementary particle?

The only way to describe the electron radius that I found in literature is the "classical electron radius". Is it possible to experimentally measure this? Is there a better way to describe the ...
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Which particles can go right through the atom?

Can elementary particles (like the electron, photon, or neutrino ) go through an atom (not the nucleus)?
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Rigorous mathematical formalism of particle physics

Can anyone provide me with a rigorous mathematical definition of the fundamental particles (all fundamental bosons and fermions), reflecting the analogy of action of groups with interaction of ...
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Which is the heaviest elementary particle? [closed]

Which elementary particle has the greatest rest mass? (For the sake of this question I'll call a photon's rest mass 0, whether it is or isn't (actually, tell me if this is the right thing to do)).
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Nature of Microscopic space-time

I am going through the introductory chapter's of Schwinger's Source theory. He writes, It [Source Theory] is a phenomenological theory, designed to describe the observed particles. No speculations ...
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Fundamental difference between neutron and proton

As I try to understand the elementary particles,I was reading strong interactions and Isospin from a book.Then I came across this: Thus,the strong interactions do not distinguish between a proton ...
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Lifespan of particles

After reading a very informative tutorial on elementary particles physics over at http://www.particleadventure.org, I have a question I can't figure out. I understand the need to accelerate a ...
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What is the most fundamental peice of matter? What is it that thing which can no more be sub-divided?

I know that there is theory that strings are the most fundamental particles. But if it is a string, then it can be 'cut' into pieces, and if it can be 'cut', then it can be cut at infinitely many ...
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Quarks are now considered to be fundamentals, but so were atoms some time ago. So the way we see is only limited by our technological advances? [duplicate]

After watching this FuseSchool - Global Education episode, I cannot stop thinking how can something not have a substructure, how it cannot be split? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlv06lSAC7c
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Are particles solid?

My intuitive understanding is that although atoms are mostly empty space, the nucleus is solid. Thus a neutron or a neutrino can collide with it and do things like deflect or cause a nuclear ...
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What is the difference between QFT and elementary particle physics?

I'm a little unclear as to how QFT differs from Elementary particle physics. They both use pictorials of Feynman graphs, is it that Elementary particle physics assumes the point particle perspective, ...
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Elementary particles

That's what Wikipedia says about Elementary Particle: In particle physics, an elementary particle or fundamental particle is a particle whose substructure is unknown, thus it is not known to be ...
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Can we make usable energy from subnuclear particles?

I understand mass and energy are the same, but in this question I will be talking about mass being turned into usable energy (electricity/heat/etc). We can make our energy through chemical reactions ...
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Muons Internal Clocks and Time Dilation? [closed]

I don't get how time dilation affects the half-life of muons? Time is just a tool that is used by humans how does that affect the internal clocks of elementary particles?
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Explaining chirality for spin 1/2 particle

I found the following explanation for chirality for spin 1/2 particles here What happens when you rotate a left- vs right-chiral fermion 360 degree about its direction of motion. Both ...
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Do the particles made in a collider exist outside the collider?

Below is the transcript of a section from Demystifying the Higgs Boson with Leonard Susskind. Around 1:02:23 Susskind says that the heaviest of the fermions is called the top quark. Top quark is ...
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Has the spin and parity of the Higgs boson been experimentally confirmed? [closed]

I read in a newspaper that the Higgs boson might be the new boson but that this was not confirmed, because we don't know its properties, e.g. its spin or parity. Now I see it confirmed that it is the ...
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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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Is there scale by size of all discovered particles?

Atom: Neutron: Elementary particles: Is there scale by size of all discovered particles? From neutron and proton to electron and to boson? Compare to each other, like this I have found ...
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Asymmetry in muon energies of public CMS dimuon event data

CMS published for educational purposes (caveat) 100.000 dimuon events: https://cms-docdb.cern.ch/cgi-bin/PublicDocDB//ShowDocument?docid=11583 As one easily sees, column 4 shows the first muon's ...
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Is everything made of massless particles?

Photons have no mass. Yet they interact gravitationally, as all energy does, with other energetic and massive particles. This means that if you put multiple photons in a system, you get something that ...
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Elementary (fundamental) properties in electricity

I tend to believe that there are two elementary properties in electricity: Electric charge Coulomb's force I think that I can express any other entity in electricity using just these two (by means ...
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String theory and the SM spectrum [closed]

Long ago, I realized this: (super)string theory can NOT give a well-defined/unique prediction of why the electron (muon, tau) or the neutrino (any flavor) masses have the masses we measure. String ...
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History of the elementary particles

The current model for the elementary particles is the standard model. I understand its basics It is for me however, difficult to wrap my mind around it without having some kind of knowledge of the ...
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Why do quarks have a fractional charge?

I am aware that evidence exists that strongly suggests the existence of quarks and do not doubt it. It is just simply really weird to me that they can have a fractional charge. While other ...
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Is ch. 2, sect. 4 of The Feynman Lectures on Physics, Vol. 1 still accurate?

The chapter 2 section 4 of volume 1 is on nuclei and particles. Here are a few things that trouble me. Dr. Feynman says that Another most interesting change in the ideas and philosophy of science ...
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Why no fundamental force from the Higgs? [duplicate]

I wish to ask whether I understand the following correctly. This universe seems to have six fundamental elementary bosons namely photon $(\gamma),\ W$-bosons$(W^+,W^-),$ gluon$(g),\ Z$-boson $(Z)$, ...
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Is everything in the physical world composite?

In philosophy there is a principle that anything composite cannot have existed eternally, since it is preceded by its parts and whatever forces assembled it. Is everything in the physical world ...
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Matrix element approximation

In the formula for the decay width of $\Upsilon(4S)$ to B-mesons from $\text{e}^+\text{e}^-$ collisions: $$\Gamma_{\Upsilon(4S)\to B\bar{B}}=\frac{\left|\underline{P}_B \right|}{8\pi ...
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Parton Distribution Functions, average cross section of the nucleon

Say we are given the scattering cross section for neutrinos from $d$ and $\bar{u}$ quarks as $\frac{d\sigma^{d}}{dQ^2}=\frac{G_F^2}{\pi}$, $\frac{d\sigma^{\bar{u}}}{dQ^2}=\frac{G_F^2}{\pi} (1-y)^2$, ...
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Is color confinement detected?

I'm a graduate student studying QFT. I'm quite interested that is color confinement detected or proved? (both directly and indirectly) Or it is just an assumption?
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Does it happen at high energies (heavier leptons decay)?

A lepton is an elementary particle. The best known of all leptons is the electron which governs nearly all of chemistry as it is found in atoms and is directly tied to all chemical properties. The ...
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Can the mass of a SUSY particle depend on the process it participates in?

I believe that mass is property of every particle,as well as spin etc.Now I'm interested in SUSY particles in cMSSM model.Can it be,that mass of a SUSY particle (at one point in five parameter space) ...
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Can objects, animate or inanimate, be constructed out of basic particles?

If all the elements are made of protons, neutrons and electrons, but some elements are much rarer and more expensive than others, would it be possible to break apart atoms of one element and make ...
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Is it true that an isolated fundamental particle does not decay?

Is it true that an isolated fundamental/elementary particle does not decay? It seems logical to me.
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Why do physicists think that the electron is an elementary particle?

When we first discovered the proton and neutron, I'm sure scientists didn't think that it was made up of quark arrangements, but then we figured they could be and experiments proved that they were. ...
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Definition of elementary particle [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why are atoms particles? According to wikipedia an elementary particle or fundamental particle is a particle not known to have substructure. Moreover, I've learned ...
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Parity, how many dimensions to switch?

Parity is described in Wikipedia as flipping of one dimension, or - in the special case of three dimensional physics - as flipping all of them. Is there any simple rule that generalises both for any ...
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A basic confusion about what is an atom

Wikipedia defines atom as The atom is a basic unit of matter that consists of a dense central nucleus surrounded by a cloud of negatively charged electrons. and defines electron as: The ...