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 a natural source of Antimatter in this universe?

I was just asking if there is an natural source of Antimatter in this universe capable of creating simple molecules/compounds? So, any good answers?
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Explaining the Atemporal Dimension of Feynman Diagrams

In a Feynman diagram, I understand that one of the dimensions (horizontal, say) represents time. Could someone please rigorously explain why a second dimension (vertical) is necessary? In particular, ...
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Importance of CP violation

To explain the matter-antimatter assymmetry, CP should be violated according to Sakharov conditions. Charge conjugation is required as matter and antimatter have opposite charges but why Parity ...
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Is light relative? [duplicate]

I was wondering, if two cars (A and B) are going at different velocities let's say A=90km/h, B=80km/h then if we add the two speeds we get 170km/h meaning they are relative to each other. But if one ...
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Is the video “How to Reveal Subatomic Particles at Home”'s explanation of its experiment misleading?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wN_DMMQEhfQ The video asserts that along the path of an electron or muon, a trail of condensation will appear. But from what I understand, if an electron or muon (both ...
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Undergraduate Physics Senior Research Topic (Theory/Mathematical Physics Based) [on hold]

This is most likely a question for those who have experience/knowledge of theoretical/mathematical physics at the graduate level and can provide recommendations following my criteria. Here is some ...
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How to determine likelihood of baryon decay

If I want to determine the probability of $\Sigma(1385)^+ \to \Lambda^0 + \pi^+$ how would i do this? I know I have to do something with the $J^P$ value of each part of the decay, but I'm not sure ...
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Decay of lepton into meson and neutrino using four-momentum

I'm learning about how to use four-momentums and am working through a problem involving the decay of a charged lepton into a charged meson and neutrino. The equation would be: $L^+ \to M^+ + \nu$ ...
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Is mass in the sub-atomic particles caused by their angular momentum? [on hold]

When they found the God Particle, they said it's responsible for creating mass in all other particles except photons and neutrinos. But how it creates mass is a mystery to me. My suspicion is that ...
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Shouldn't atoms of the same element repel each other? [on hold]

Shouldn't the same type of atoms repel each other due to electrostatic charge?
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Why neutrinos are weakly interacting? [duplicate]

I recently attended a talk on neutrinos, where the speaker said there are billions of neutrinos passes through our body every second, but in our lifetime the probability of alteast one neutrino ...
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Do physical entities with one dimension equal to 0 exist?

Within mathematics, a lot of entities with one or more size equal to zero exist and are fluently manipulated. For example, within $\mathbb R^4$, the entity defined as $z=0, t=2$ is a plan, the one ...
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What physics does the Super Proton Proton Collider intend to explore in the $\lesssim 100\:\mathrm{TeV}$ range?

Chinese scientists have completed an initial conceptual design of a super giant particle collider which will be bigger and more powerful than any particle accelerator on Earth. With a circumference of ...
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Can we generate artificial electrostatic energy? [closed]

Can we generate artificial electrostatic energy for electrostatic attraction?And can it be controlled to get element specific electrostatic attraction?
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What will happen if we collide electron with any quark? [closed]

What will happen if we collide electron with any of the quark at very high velocities? Is this collision possible? Edit: for e.g. consider down quark.
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Normalisation of the $\gamma$-matrices

I'm having a little difficulty with understanding the normalisation process of the $\gamma$-matrices. In Thomson Modern Particle Physics 2013, the normalisation of the $\gamma$-matrices are quoted ...
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Is it possible that Haïm Harari´s rishon theory can solve the explanation of mass in a ``non Higgs`` way? [closed]

In Harari´s rishon theory there are only (less is impossible) really elementary particles, of wich all quarks and leptons and other particles are made of: The V- en de T-rishon. All known particle ...
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What is the best software to simulate the tracks of muons in matter?

What is the best (free) software to simulate the tracks of muons in matter? I have done some simulations using SRIM/TRIM (www.srim.org) by modifying their proton model to have the mass of a muon, but ...
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Photons Disappear and Reappear from Atoms?

Where does photons come from and disappear to? Can photons be destroyed and created? Without atoms would photons exist?
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What is the physical intuition behind the Bragg peak?

The wikipedia page says: Energy lost by charged particles is inversely proportional to the square of their velocity, which explains the peak occurring just before the particle comes to a ...
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If there are long-lived elements in the Island of stability, why are they not present in Nature?

To my understanding, some (but not many) physicists speculate that the Island of stability may contain long-lived elements, as in a billion or so years. But couldn't we rule that out just by the ...
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What are the lowest level properties of matter [closed]

I am not a physicist but I am interested in philosophical implications of theoretical physics. My understanding is that many physical properties like mass, volume, temperature etc. - are emergent ...
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Feynman diagram, which virtual particle?

Hi I have been asked to produce the lowest order Feynman diagram for the following scattering process: $$a.~~~ \mu^-+\mu^-\rightarrow \mu^-+\mu^-$$ $$b.~~~ \mu^-+\mu^+\rightarrow \mu^-+\mu^+$$ The ...
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Energy dependency of the total cross section for different species

Comparing the plots for the total (inelastic) cross sections as a function of the centre of mass energy for $pp$ and $e^+e^-$ collisions: one notes that the trend at high energy is opposite: the ...
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Does the Higgs Field positive value correlate with “giving mass”?

I understand that the Higgs Field has a positive average value, while the average strength of (almost?) all of the other particle fields is zero. Does that positive value relates specifically to the ...
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Effective collision energy at LHC

The proton is not a fundamental particle, so in high energy proton-proton collision we actually collide proton's sub-constituents: quark-quark and (mostly) gluon-gluon. LHC operates now at 13 TeV ...
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Cold dark matter from creation in external gravitational field

Suppose we have massive (pseudo)scalar field action in FRLW spacetime: $$ S = \int d^{4}x\sqrt{-g}\left( \frac{1}{2}\partial_{\mu}\varphi \partial_{\nu}\varphi g^{\mu \nu} - ...
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Could there exist (and if not: why?) non-elementary particles composed of gravitons?

I read about glueballs, which should be particles made purely out of gluons. This is a quite theoretical thing but its existence has at least been theorized. Now, I don't know so much about ...
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Order of the life time of the K± mesons [duplicate]

It is not a homework. I've just wanted to find the order of the life time of the K± mesons. I had some suggestions like Starting from Fermi’s model and dimensional analysis ,Considered decays like K ...
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Open-source code for computing response functions

Summing Feynman diagrams to compute the response functions of a microscopic model is common in many areas of physics. While conceptually straightforward, the task can be computationally intensive. ...
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Showing the annihilation of an electron-positron pair [duplicate]

How to show that the annihilation of an electron-positron pair under emission of one real photon (mass zero) is forbidden by energy-momentum conservation, the emission of two photons is allowed?
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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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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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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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Internal energy + energy of electron

Internal energy of a system composed of molecules or atoms is the mean energy of all these particles in the system (energy as kinetic energy, potential energy etc..). But what I am seeing that we are ...
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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 the electromagnetic force “split” at lower than normal energies?

Since we have working models for forces "combining" or being describable via a single framework at higher energies (such as the "electroweak" force and the aim of GUTs), does electromagnetism split ...
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Second order Fermi mechanism. Is there a mistake in the Claus Grupen book?

The second order Fermi mechanism describes the interaction of charged particles with magnetic clouds. This model leads to a collision-less acceleration of cosmic rays up to ultra high energies. A ...
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Obtaining an angular distribution from the Klein-Nishina formula

I'm having trouble on how one might obtain an angular distribution from the Klein-Nishina formula for compton scattering of polarised photons, more specifically on how this report is obtaining it. ...
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Why don't antiparticles have antispin?

Antiparticles are often said to particles moving backwards in time. However if they are moving backwards in time shouldn't they also "spin backwards", meaning they should have negative or antispin? ...
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What is “mass” in particle physics? [duplicate]

It's clear, from reading pop-science articles about the Higgs boson, that particle physicists have something very specific in mind when they say "mass". In classical physics the mass of a particle is ...
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Hierarchy problem and quadratic corrections in the Standard Model

In this paper, the third paragraph of the “Introduction” says that the Standard Model by itself is a natural theory. As I understand, they say there is no quadratic divergence in the Standard Model ...
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Physics : Formula involving density, Mass, temperature and pressure [closed]

A set of dryers has a mass 40kg and density of 16kg/m3 at temperature of 40°C under the pressure 760mmHg. At what temperature will the mass be 50kg with density 20kg/m3 under a pressure of 700mmHg
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How should we understand the value of a recent theory published on Phys. Rev. D? [closed]

I would like to know what to make of this paper, published on Phys. Rev. D on the 11$^{th}$ of January: Quantum field theory of gravity with spin and scaling gauge invariance and spacetime ...
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The magnetic moments of Hadrons

So I am very confused about how to find the magnetic moment of a arbitrary hadron. I have found out that the magnetic moment of a quark is given by: $\mu_q = \frac{e_qM_p}{m_q}\mu_N$ Where: $e_q, ...
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Why is the top quark mass reconstructed too high when the bottom quarks were swapped (semileptonic decay of a ttbar pair)?

I use a dataset containing simulated events of semileptonic $t\bar{t}$ decays ($t\bar{t} \rightarrow W⁺b W⁻ \bar{b} \rightarrow q\bar{q}bl\nu_l\bar{b}$) at CMS, LHC. For each event, the four-momenta ...
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Conservation of quantum information [duplicate]

Bosons occupy the same quantum states, even if fermions obey Pauli's Exclusion Principle. Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle rules out determining the quantum states occupied by two close fermions, ...
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Why do we need to “create our own” Higgs boson in order to see one?

I understand that the LHC found the Higgs boson by pumping so much energy into a tiny space (via near light speed proton-proton collisions) that a Higgs boson appeared momentarily, then instantly ...
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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 are the elements of the periodic table stable? [duplicate]

I apologize in advance for the stupid question, but I was wondering about neutron decay and elements. Taking for example one of the most simple elements, Helium. Helium is made by 2 neutrons and 2 ...