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What do quarks look like?

I've heard everything from zero-dimensional points, to squares, and I would love to know what they really look like, or if they have any physical shape.
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Which elementary particles have been seen up to now?

Which elementary particles have been shown up to now? which one except Graviton, haven't seen? I need an update one, I am searching but I couldn't find. If anyone could answer me, I am so thankful.
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How do particles get their charge?

How does an electron get its charge? And how can it maintain that charge for very long (infinite) periods of time? And how come a neutron has no charge since and a proton does? They are both made of ...
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Why do physicists say that elementary particles are point particles?

For example, an electron, it has mass and charge, but is considered to have point mass and point charge, but why? Why are they assumed to have charge and mass in a single infinitely small point in ...
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Is there a substitute for point particles other than strings?

In the Standard Model, QFT makes use of point particles. But are there models of elementary particles that are not pointlike? And I don´t mean the objects in string theory/M-theory.
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Can quarks be considered real and elementary?

In our current theories all hadrons are made up of quarks and gluons. This view reduces considerably the big family of hadrons by providing a very logical structure in which all quantum properties ...
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Shouldn't there be 6 fundamental forces? [closed]

I'm listening to Leonard Susskind's The Black Hole War. In it he states (paraphrased) that a string wrapped around a compact dimension once imparts one unit of charge. Wrapped one way, it's a ...
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Explanation of two slit experiment [duplicate]

Whilst going through 'a brief history of time' ,I faced difficulty in understanding the two slit experiment. How can individual electrons cause fringes?
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Why are quarks fundamental particles? [closed]

A neutron decays into a proton by changing one of its down quark into an up quark and releasing energy, positron and neutrino particle. So, a down quark can decay into an up quark. If a quark ...
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Why do we say that elementary particles are pointlike? [duplicate]

When people discuss quantum field theory in a popular context, they say that fundamental particles, such as quarks and electrons, are pointlike, with zero size. However, I don't think this is what ...
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Does the existence (now proved) of gravitational waves imply the existence of Gravitons?

I studied the theoretical part about the Gravitational waves in General Relativity (linearization of gravity and small perturbations of the metric and so on). But I was wondering about: since ...
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What do sun spots look like under the surface of the Sun? [closed]

Do sun spots float like oil, float around like a lava lamp, is it more like the tip of an ice burg or what?
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A few positrons collide with a solid body at rest; what can happen?

Suppose we have a macroscopic solid object. Now we have a beam of Positrons that is injected into this solid Body at vacuum. What can happen? There will take place a pair Annihilation of electrons ...
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Do all particles have radiative transitions?

Everybody knows that excited electrons can emit photons upon relaxation. A nucleus too (which is not an elementary particle), can be in an excited state and emit gamma rays upon relaxation: (source) ...
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Is there a theory where there are (recursively) infinitely smaller particles?

So I read that electrons are just points, with no mass, and furthermore, protons look like they have some "size" but that's really 3 "point-like" quarks. We first thought atoms were the smallest ...
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Are there experimental arguments against elementary particles to have wobbling magnetic moment

Elementary particles having angular momentum and magnetic moment are observed or assummed as these are either always parallel or antiparallel. This condition could be satisfied even the instantaneous ...
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Strange Matter and Stars

I am researching some stuff for a WorldBuilding.SE question, which asks if there is a true scientific method (not necessarily at our current technology level) to create a bomb capable of destroying a ...
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Why is an electron considered a point-particle?

Apparently, an electron has mass not greatly smaller than a proton (roughly 1/20, I read, the rest being just binding energy) its volume should, therefore, not be a lot smaller, and its radius between ...
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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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Voltage drop along electron beam

A focused electron beam represents a current and unless the charges (electrons) meet no resistance to their movement there should be a voltage drop along the length of the beam. So, assuming the beam ...
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Which of the properties of particles are intrinsic properties and why? [closed]

For macroscopic objects it's clear that - once observed - the observed property does exist for a while, even if we are no longer observing it. That has to do with the complexity and stability of such ...
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Why couldn't the decay $\pi^- \to e^- + \bar\nu_e$ occur if electrons were massless?

If we assume that electrons (just like neutrinos) are massless, why can’t the decay $\pi^- \rightarrow e^- + \bar{\nu}_e$ occur under the weak interaction?
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Are the leptons in $\beta^-$ decay already present in the nucleus in some form?

In beta minus decay, beta-minus particle and anti-neutrino are ejected, leaving behind daughter nucleus. $\beta^-$ and anti-neutrino both are leptons. Were the leptons already present in the ...
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Is muon muon annihilation already realised?

As muon colliders do not yet exist, has muon-muon annihilation already been realized experimentally?
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How do we know that elementary particles possess definite parity?

As I was reading Griffiths' "Introduction to Elementary Particles" Wiley 2008, on chapter 4 "Symmetries", the question stroke me. The same as Parity operator (inversion in 3-dimensional space) we ...
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Does gluons have names?

I was trying to find in some general physics books and using the Internet the answer to my question - does each one of 8 gluons has its own name? For example quarks are named: Up Down Charm Strange ...
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What effects would a finding of Gravitational Repulsion Between Matter and Anti-Matter in the ALPHA Experiment have on Mainstream Theory? [closed]

The actual nature of the gravitational force between matter and anti-matter (attractive or repulsive) remains unsettled: See Are there experiments taking place right now that might show evidence for ...
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Can an atom be formed from a combination of subatomic particles other than electron, proton and neutron (or their antiparticle)?

I have read that there are plenty of elementary particles. Can some of them form some species other than proton and neutron that are able to form a stable atom together with an electron or an electron ...
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Relativistic Scattering

When we work out the relativistic general two-body scattering in the CM frame (like two elementary particles producing two other P1 +P2 -P3 -P4) , the cross section is proportional to absolute final ...
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Strangeness of elementary particles

What is the property, whose violation led to the assumption of strangeness? Prior to the discovery of strangeness was it assumed that particles that are produced by strong interactions can decay only ...
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How many elementary particles are there?

I was reading QED by Feynman (a dated book) and he seemed to be suggesting we have discovered hundreds of particles. But I thought there were only the ones we saw in the standard model (ie leptons, ...
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In a universe with four spatial dimensions would there be elementary particles with intrinsic isoclinic spin?

Elementary particles have an intrinsic property called spin which is different from classical spin as it does not involve actual rotation and the magnitude of spin cannot be changed but particles with ...
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How many fermions?

Quick question: I just read in a PhD thesis that there are 48 fermions. I count 6 quarks + 3 leptons + 3 neutrinos times 2 for anti-particles = 24 fermions. Am I missing something?
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Are electrons really elementary particles? [duplicate]

I know that physicist do accept that fact as "an assumption", or "as a fact" due to "proofs" (or missing unroof). But are electrons really to be considered as elementary particles?
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Good book about elementary particles for high school students?

I need a good book about elementary particles. I am a high school student and don't want anything to technical. I read a brief history of time and the universe in a nutshell but I want something that ...
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Particle Physics: Weak Interaction

Consider the following decay equation:- A Kaon(+) decays into a muon(-) and an antineutrino(?) The question is as follows :- State and explain whether the anti-neutrino is an electron, muon or tau ...
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Can an electron in empty space to create electromagnetic radiation?

Is it possible in the empty space to create electromagnetic radiation from oscillations of the charges only of one kind - positive or negative? This question stems from the fact that all man-made ...
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How can the unstable particles of the standard model be considered particles in their own right if they immediately decay into stable particles?

How can the unstable particles of the standard model be considered particles in their own right if they immediately decay into stable particles? It would appear to a layman such as myself that these ...
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Where do electrons come from in thermionic emission?

Let we suppose to have a HV Tube or CRT . The filament is connected to the secondary of the transformer used to supply the filament. At time $t=0$ the wires and cathode are neutrally charged. Then ...
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Why, fundamentally, are particles charged?

This is something that has long bothered me, and I have asked a few physicists and chemists and never gotten a very satisfying answer. Why are particles charged? And I'm not asking (and this is the ...
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Fractional number of particles in the universe?

Is it possible, that the metagalaxy contains a fractional (non whole) number of particles or fractional number of a particular kind of particles (such as electrons)? Sorry, if my question is stupid, ...
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Evidence electrons are fundamental particles [duplicate]

Is there any evidence that entities like electrons and quarks are indivisible, i.e. not composed of other, smaller entities? And have I just made a category error by even asking this question?
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Are electrons simple? Do they have any inner structure? [duplicate]

The Planck length is far smaller than the classical electron radius. Could the electron have structure?
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Intrinsic structure of electron

The electron contains finite negative charge. The same charges repel each other. What makes electron stable and why does it not burst? Is it a law of nature that the electron charge is the smallest ...
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How many combination can quarks form?

How many different combinations can quarks produce? E.g. 2 up quarks + 1 down quark = proton. Is this value going to be infinite?
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What are these arcs in bubble chamber photos?

In photos such as this one, or this one (too large to fit inside post), what are the highly frenzied arcs that are really prominent in these photos? Are they simply physical walls in/of the ...
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Why doesn't the decay mode of negative omega conserve rest mass?

There are 3 modes of decay via which a $$\Omega ^{-}$$ particle can decay This is one of the decay: $$\Omega ^{-} \rightarrow \Xi ^{0} + \pi^{-}$$ Baryon number is conserved. Strangeness number is ...
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Identifying interaction responsible for this particular Eta-prime decay

$$\eta ' \rightarrow \eta + \pi^{-} + \pi^{+}$$ To identity the interaction responsible for the above reaction/ decay, observe that the strangeness number sums to zero on both sides. Conservation ...