Particle physics is the study of the fundamental forces of nature as they are embodied in the interactions of elementary and composite particles at high energies and short time and distance scales.

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Is there really such a thing as a left-chiral particle?

A chiral eigenstate is always a linear combination of a particle and an antiparticle state and a particle or antiparticle state is always a linear combination of chiral eigenstates. Now, how can we ...
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Electron-positron annihilation to neutrinos

I was wondering, even though the electron-positron annihilation prefers to give us photons, it can turn into neutrinos as well - as far as I understand. My question is, since the equations I have seen ...
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Has the formation of a new quark pair as we separate two quarks been observed or is it only a prediction? [duplicate]

Because of quark confinement we know that as we try to separate quarks appart the energy required will increase, but if the force is strong enough (I do not know if possible in the lab, but at least ...
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What did Skobeltsyn publish about the possible existence of the positron?

I've read across several sources that before C. Anderson discovered the positron in 1933 there were evidence of its existence pointed out previously by C.-Y. Chao and D. Skobeltsyn. After some rearch ...
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Why do NNLC and NIST appear to give different values for the mass energy of the deuteron?

There is a problem with data that I've obtained over the internet. Here are the two sources of information from which I'm retrieving my data. NNLC and NIST On NIST, I have read that the mass excess ...
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Reference on stages of heavy ion collisions in particle physics

Is there any reference (book/review article etc.) where the physics of heavy ion collisions is overviewed? To be absolutely clear about things, I am looking for a introductory review which covers ...
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How the Higgs field exist if the Higgs boson is unstable?

I understand from the internet that the Higgs particle is highly unstable! It decays as soon as it is created. If it is so unstable, how one can say that the Higgs field exist? Just like, if photons ...
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Energy resolution of LHC Electromagnetic Calorimeter

So I am trying to get an estimate of the electromagnetic calorimeter resolution at LHCb, and I have found this online: But I have no idea of what it means. Can anyone explain what the last part ...
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What do we see while watching light? Waves or particles?

I'm trying to understand quantum physics. I'm pretty familiar with it but I can't decide what counts as observing to cause particle behave (at least when it's about lights). So the question is what do ...
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Techni-Higgs Particle

I read online that a professor from Denmark alleged that the particle that was found in Cern is not necessarily Higgs Boson, it has many characteristics that match with the "god particle" , but it ...
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How to explain electrons' interaction via the weak force?

What is the piece of theory which dictates that electrons interact via the weak force with other electrons and protons, and how can this force be understood in terms of what I am more familiar with ...
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Why is the energy of particles in accelerators much higher than the energy of the particles they are trying to find?

I have been wondering. In the LHC, or other particle accelerators for that matter, they are colliding particles with energies above TeV. The LHC is going to be 14 TeV or something like that the next ...
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What are Quarks made of and will they ever decay to this? [duplicate]

What is it that quarks are actually made of? Will they decay into this substance? As the up and down quarks are the lightest type of quark do they not decay? I was thinking that if this could happen, ...
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Can an elementary particle be reduced to its properties?

For instance, is an up quark merely its particular mass, 2/3 electrical charge and 1/2 spin? I was wondering if there was a 1:1 correspondence with a particle and its properties, but I noticed a gluon ...
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How does interpreting negative energy electrons as positrons solve the negative energy problem?

How does interpreting negative energy electrons as positive energy positrons solve the negative energy problem? How does change of “interpretation” without fixing the mathematics have such a profound ...
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How doesn't an ionization chamber leak?

I'm sure my understanding of an ionization chamber is incorrect, so please point out the error. Suppose we are using an sealed ionization chamber to detect the energies (trajectories) of a particular ...
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Upper bound to annihilation cross section into heavy particles

For a process in which two relativistic particles annihilate to produce two or more heavy(er) particles of mass $M$: Is it true that the cross section $\sigma_{ann}$ cannot be larger than ...
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If matter and antimatter were produced equally during the big bang, where is the rest of the antimatter? [duplicate]

As far as my understanding goes, during the 'Big Bang' equal amounts of matter and antimatter (matter's oppositely charged twin) were produced, and the physical matter that remains within this ...
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How positron and electron annihilate forming photons? [duplicate]

Electron is a particle with momentum $p$ and it spins up. Positron is its antiparticle having momentum $-p$ and it spins down. "A positron is an electron travelling backwards in time" said by Feynman. ...
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Are the left-chiral and right-chiral yukawa couplings equal?

I guess another way to ask this is: Does the "physical electron" spend EQUAL time being a left-chiral and right-chiral fermion, on average? Clarification: The electron switches between (-1/2 T3, -1Y) ...
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Does the gravity affect voltage in a circuit?

The electric current is a flow of electrons, which have mass (small, but it is still a mass). So, considering a planar circuit, do the properties of the electric current (voltage, intensity) change ...
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When optically pumping a lasing gain medium with another laser, does Stimulated, or Spontaneous emission dominate?

Much of my reading seems to indicate that laser pumping results in a fluorescent stokes shift but somehow photon vector is maintained. I've seen the phrase "Spontaneous Fluorescence by Stimulated ...
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Can we fully simulate molecular physics?

Is our knowledge of physics complete enough to achieve fully natural simulations of molecular interactions in a computer simulation? How far off are we? Reason for question: I wonder how far we are ...
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Leptogenesis with singlet neutrinos

(i) The Lagrangian of electroweak model extended with right-chiral singlet neutrinos $N_{iR}$ contains the Yukawa coupling term+ the bare Majorana mass term $$f_{\alpha ...
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How do we know what the flavour of the neutrino from a beta decay is?

I have read that because of the conservation of the leptonic number, a neutron should decay into $p + e^- + \overline{\nu}_e$. I don't understand this argument because I have also learnt that the ...
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How many properties like charge, mass etc any quanta or particle must have?

How many properties are required to measure full energy of a fundamental particle? I know $E=mc^2$, but what about charge, spin, etc? Which full equation would give me all parameters of any particle?
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Are there QFTs in which a field cannot produce a real particle?

The usual mantra of a quantum field theory is that real particles (as opposed to virtual ones) are excitations of a field. Is this a necessary property of all (operator-valued) quantum field ...
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Charge conjugation matrix in baryon current

In his paper Calculation of baryon masses in quantum chromodynamics (ScienceDirect), B.L. Ioffe considers currents describing baryons. In equation (13) he gives an interpolating current for the isobar ...
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Adding a tracer to the surface of a water droplet

I have a 2 mm water droplet generated by a syringe and falling down. I am using two perpendicular cameras to capture simultaneous frames from it. I need to track the droplet during the time and ...
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Where does the polarity of particles come from? [duplicate]

Going though current lessons, I can clearly see that some particles, electrons, are charged negatively and other, protons, are charged positively. Where does this polarity come from? Knowing that ...
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Is a wave packet physically realizable as a Fourier series?

In QM a wave packet is modeled as an infinite, or almost infinite, Fourier series, and the Fourier transform provides a transformation between momentum space and position space. To what extent is ...
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particle and antiparticle notation

This may be a very simple question but I'm really confused. If $\psi$ represents a particle (a Dirac fermion). What is an anti-particle represented by? Is it $\bar\psi=\psi^\dagger\gamma^0$ or ...
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Is the continuity (discontinuity) one of the intrinsic properties of all physical objects?

Is the continuity (discontinuity) one of the intrinsic properties of all physical objects? How do we define continuity? Which of the definitions of continuity are used (and why) in physics? This ...
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how human is affected because of particle accelerator? [closed]

I saw a TV series The Flash which is about physics fiction. What will happen when the human will caome in contact to bombardment of particle accelerator.
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Why do weak interactions give such slow decay rates, if the analog of the fine structure constant isn't signifigantly small?

Intuitively, it seems as though the reason would be a small value for the coupling constant, as the probability for emitting $W^{-}$ bosons would be low. However, it's value is almost the same as the ...
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Discrete Symmetries: Breaking and Preserving

This is not a question, let's list down all the effects resulting from breaking or preserving of various discrete symmetries, on various observables, be it in condensed matter or in high energy. ...
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Charge Conjugation Operator in Supermultiplet

Consider an $\mathcal{N}=1$ left-handed chiral supermultiplet. The particle content is $$L = (\phi\quad e_L) $$ where $\phi$ is a complex scalar and $e_L$ a left handed Weyl fermion. People usually ...
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Black hole “no hair” theorem

The "no hair" theorem (or conjecture), suggests that black holes can be entirely described by their mass, angular momentum and charge. All other details of the BH formation are lost. Is there a ...
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Is the decay $B\rightarrow K^* \gamma$ decay allowed in the Standard Model?

This is my idea of the Feynman diagram of the $B^0$ to a $K^0$ decay: The photon is radiated off by one of the particles, and by $up$ quarks I just mean ($u$,$c$ and $t$) and their antiquarks. how ...
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How can nuclear decay both annihilate and create?

This'll be back to basics for many of you, but here's something I still don't get. How can nuclear decay of an unstable atom both create and annihilate positron-electron pairs? You have an unstable ...
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What is the Weak force?

In this Particle Physics books I'm reading it explains Weak force with Beta Decay, a Neutron turns into a Proton after emitting an electron, so after it emits an electron one of the neutrons ...
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Is the particle reaction $π^- + p \to K^- + Σ^+$ possible?

I'm currently going over some undergraduate exams on particle physics and I'm having problems with a specific reaction, namely $$ \pi^- + p \to K^- + \Sigma^+ $$ which, in my opinion, is not allowed ...
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Mechanism of Supersymmetry Breaking (F-term, D-Term, Mediated)

I will make my question clear. SUSY is broken symmetry because we haven't seen superpartners. As far as I know, there are two mechanism of SUSY breaking, F-term and D-Term. Besides, there are some ...
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The differences of R parity and $U(1)_R$ symmetry

I know that we introduce R-parity to avoid proton decay. But some papers introduce $U(1)_R$ Lepton Number, e.g claudia, thomas. I have questions 1.What is the differences of R parity and $U(1)_R$? ...
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Engineering new particles

I am not a physicist, but I have a somewhat philosophical question regarding particle physics. In chemistry, and biology, there is a notion of synthesis, which has led to the creation of novel ...
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Building blocks of particles in different theories

If I understand it correctly, in most theories in physics we exploit the notion of point, i.e. we have e.g. point-like particles. In string theory, we don't have points, but a notion of string. What ...
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How is antimatter made?

How is antimatter made in laboratory? Can anyone explain, at the particle level, specifically how anti-protons and anti-electrons are made?
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How to construct singlet and other multiplets from two triplets

Let an $SU(2)$ isotriplet operator is given by\begin{equation}\bar{l^c}i\tau_2\vec \tau l=l^T Ci\tau_2\vec \tau l\sim 3\end{equation} and an isotriplet Higgs field \begin{equation}\vec \Delta\sim ...
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Is there a connection between gluons and photons?

I was wondering if there is any sort of connection between a gluon and a photon since they are both considered massless.
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Is this summary of modern theoretical physics correct?

This is not exactly a physics question; it's more of a question about physics. You'll see what I mean in a minute. My understanding of modern theoretical physics is below. What I want to know is: Is ...