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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Given the quadrupole moment of the nucleus as Q, is it possible to find the order of magnitude of the dimensions of the nucleus?

Given the quadrupole moment of the nucleus as Q, is it possible to find the order of magnitude of the dimensions of the nucleus? ( order of magnitude means approximate value to the powers of ten)
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Why does the nuclear volume scale (roughly) linearly with number of nucleons?

As far as I know, it is the fermi repulsion that gives a collection of protons or neutrons its finite size. But this only acts on indistinguishable fermions. If the protons and neutrons do not repel ...
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What is the best materiels for fixed target experiments with a linear particle accelerator? [on hold]

I need the best materiel for fixed target experiments using linear particle accelerators when accelerating electrons. By "best" I mean one that when the accelerated electron beam collides with it the ...
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How do you accelerate atoms/particles? [on hold]

Revision of earlier question. So I'm in 11th grade, and I'm writing a theory for my Physics professor and I need help. I need to know how you can make atoms/particles travel faster in the vacuum of ...
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Repulsion of electric charges

If a take a vacuum tube and put electrons in it and put a negative ion strip or something like that outside the tube will the electrons inside the tube start moving due to the repulsion of charges of ...
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Do most physicists believe that axions exist? [on hold]

Is the theoretical justification behind proposing axions sufficiently robust, like, say the Higgs boson prior to its detection, that one should consider the existence of axions as generally accepted ...
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Decay of some particle involved quarks vs mesons as outgoing states

Let's have decay width of some mother particle into the state which involves hadrons. For simplicity, let's assume that creation of hadrons (on diagram) is possible only through electroweak vertices ...
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Uses of the accidental isomorphism $SO(5)\sim Sp(2)$?

Some of the accidental isomorphisms of low dimensional Lie algebras have very important applications in physics. The theory of angular momentum makes use of the fact that $SO(3)\sim SU(2)$. ...
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Neutrino Reaction: Is the Following Reaction Allowed?

Is the following reaction allowed and why? $$ \nu_e \to e^- + \mu^+ + \nu_{\mu} $$ I would say it is allowed since individual lepton number and charge are conserved.
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Why are holes (in a semi conductor) regarded as particle?

Can I say that holes in a semiconductors are treated as current-carrying conventional direction ?
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Idea About Combining the Light Models [closed]

This is probably going to sound very silly, but I learned that light has three different models: particle, wave and ray. So why can't it be that light is really a stream of particles that are moving ...
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Running of the Higgs mu term (or: running of individual mass terms in a complicated mass matrix)

I am wondering how to calculate the (one-loop) beta function for an individual mass term that appears in combination with a number of other mass terms in the coefficients of a number of fields. What ...
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Why do the quarks constantly change colors?

In a hadron the quarks constantly change colors.They,then exchange gluons to remain color neutral.For example a red quark becomes blue by emitting a red and anti blue gluon and then the blue quark ...
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Are there resources for simulating and/or theoretically describing solitons?

Recently there are striking new ideas emerging on "lower level" dynamics with respect to quantum mechanics involving fluid mechanics principles, including hints of soliton-like aspects to particle ...
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Why doesn't matter clump together such that it can't be taken apart again?

Given the inverse square law force of gravity shouldn't two particles that are infinitely close to each other be infinitely attracted to one another? For example, suppose the hands of some super deity ...
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Selection rule of Kaon decay to pions

in Peskin QFT page 611, he said the isospin change for $${K^0} \to {\pi ^ + }{\pi ^ - }$$ is 1/2, while isospin change for $${K^ + } \to {\pi ^ + }{\pi ^0}$$ is 3/2. Why? If ${I_3}({K^ + }) = ...
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Magnetic force between two charged particles?

I know the gravitational force between two particles with masses $m_1$, $m_2$: $$ \vec{F} = \frac{Gm_1m_2}{|\vec{r}|^2} \hat{r} $$ And I know the electrical force between two particles with charges ...
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What can happen when 2.3*10^28 positrons collide with 2.3*10^28 electrons? [closed]

I'm interested in this question after a writer friend asked me what happens when a human gets bombarded with positrons. Didn't want to post this under scifi because I want more "scientific" answers... ...
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Centrality analogue in proton-proton collision

If we look at ion-ion collisions one can represent most observables as a function of centrality (0-5% centrality class event etc.). Is there any possibility to introduce centrality analogue in ...
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Possible Meson decays

For an excited state $D_s^{**+}$ of the $D_s^+$ meson, a possible decay is $$D_s^{**+} \rightarrow D_s^+ \pi^0 $$ For which of the $1P$ mesons, i.e. $1^1P_1, 1^3P_0, 1^3P_1,1^3P_2$, is this decay ...
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Group theory of quark model [closed]

I am trying to understand the group theoretical aspects of quark model. In chapter 11 - Hypercharge and Strangeness- in the book titled 'Lie Algebras in Particle Physics' by H. Georgi, I am not able ...
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Why is there no $u$-channel in $A_1 + A_2 \rightarrow A_1 + A_2$ scattering?

Two particle species $A_1$ and $A_2$ with respective masses $m_1$ and $m_2$ scatter in a process of the type $A_1 + A_2 \rightarrow A_1 + A_2$. I am required to show that the matrix element ...
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Isothermal Expansion in Real Gases

I understand that for a ideal gas in the case of reversible isothermal expansion, $\Delta U=0$ and $-Q=W$ but in case of a real or van der Waal gases, how can I find $Q$, $\Delta U$ and $\Delta S$?
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Electroweak precision in the future

LEP has measured electroweak precision observables to an extremely good precision ($\sim 0.1\%$). The future linear collider is expected to run far from the W and Z poles so other then higgs and top ...
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Reference for the non-perturbative origin of the baryon masses

I'm looking for nice introductions to the non-perturbative generation of the baryon masses.
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Deuteron wave function

The deuteron wave function is given by $$|\psi _d\rangle = a|^3S_1\rangle+b|^3D_1\rangle$$ where all states are normalized. How do we find $b^2$ s.t. the wave function reproduces the magnetic moment ...
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Spin of vector boson in higher dimension

A vector boson $V^{\mu}, \mu = 0,...,3$ has spin 1. To my understanding (correct me if I'm wrong) this is because it transforms as a 4-vector under Lorentz transformation $SO(1,3)$. So the $\mu = ...
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Quark anti-quark pair creation. Do we need a gluon?

What is the difference between these diagrams? Is the presence of the gluon taken for granted in the second one? and EDIT: I just zoomed into the picture, it is not a single quark state. ...
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Estimate the moment of inertia of nucleus [closed]

How do I estimate the moment of inertia of the rotating nucleus, $^{232}_{90}Th$, using the first order estimate assuming the nucleus does not change shape at high rotational angular momentum? Can you ...
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Difference betwen combinatorial and correlated background in particle physics?

What is the difference, in particle physics experiments, between combinatorial and correlated backgrounds?
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Hard processes in particle collisions

This is in reference to a MC generator called Pythia, but has wider applicability because the phrases are used widely in particle phyiscs, even though I have not managed to find a clear, ...
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effect of a simultaneous local and a global $U(1)$ symmetry breaking

EDIT : I am trying to figure out the effect of symmetry breaking in a $U(1)_Y\times U(1)_Z$ invariant lagrangian where $U(1)_Y$ is local symmetry of the Lagrangian and $U(1)_Z$ is a global symmetry of ...
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What is the limit of directly detecting a resonance?

Some resonances are extremely short-lived. With a lifetime of $10^{-23}$ seconds, they would travel just about the size of the proton ($10^{-15}$ m) even if they traveled at the speed of ...
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Understading triplet Majoron model

In the Higgs triplet Majoron model, the spontaneous breakdown of ungauged lepton number gives rise to two Numbu-Goldstone bosons. But isn’t the SU(2) symmetry also broken? I mean when the neutrak ...
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Cosmological and astrophysical bounds on physics beyond SM [closed]

There are many cases when cosmological and astrophysical observations make restrictions on particle physics models. For example, some axion models are rejected by white dwarf luminocity functions, ...
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$ZZ^{(*)}$ decaying to leptons mass spectrum

I was looking the mass spectrum of the $ZZ^{(*)}$: and I was wondering why the shape is the way it is. The peak around 90 GeV is the single Z resonant, what is reason behind the slight peak in the ...
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Rejecting background in $B$-meson decay

I want to reconstruct the $B$ mass from the decay $$ B^0 \rightarrow K^{0*} \gamma \quad\text{ where }\quad K^{0*} \rightarrow K^{+} \pi^{-} $$ and the equivalent antiparticle decay. A key element in ...
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Trace of gamma particle

Can we have a detector, making traces of gamma particles (gamma photons) visible? Usually they are invisible until pair born or something. UPDATE G-M tube can detect gamma particles. Can we put ...
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Motion of charge particle under electric and gravitational fields

I am working on one experiment in which the charged particle falls under the effect of gravity and passes through the electric field in between. I want to know what is the charge of the particle? ...
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Uniform $p$-values in $\chi^2$ fit?

I seem to have gotten myself confused about uniform $p$-values assuming the null hypothesis. This is related to how we interpret the results. Say I have a $\chi^2$-distribution which I got from ...
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How much cheaper and smaller on average is SiPM technology over conventional PMTs?

I've heard it said that some of the major advantages of silicon photomultipliers are its low cost and compactness when compared to widely used photomultiplier tubes, but haven't found much information ...
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What “is” energy in sub-atomic particles?

This question may be simple or not, I don't know but I can't find the answer anywhere. The electromagnetic spectrum is the range of light particles in different wavelengths and is supposed to be ...
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How to make sure that two electrons collide head to head?

In high energy experiments, people smash particles into particles. But how to make sure that they really run into each other, instead of just passing by?
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Definition of a symbol $s_{NN}$ appearing in particle physics

What is the meaning of $s_{NN}$ in particle physics? See e.g. here http://www4.rcf.bnl.gov/brahms/WWW/thesis/karabowicz_phd_thesis.pdf page 18 in the pdf. What is its relation to energy? I ...
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Can we measure the electron spin independently of its magnetic moment?

What experimental evidence do we have for the intrinsic angular momentum of the electron (its spin)? I am specifically interested in whether we have a value for this that is independent of the ...
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beginners question: neutral and charged current in elastic scattering

Consider scattering process: $\nu_x + e^- \to \nu_x + e^-$ Why does this only undergo weak neutral current interaction for $\mu$ and $\tau$ neutrinos but can involve exchange of either $W$ or $Z$ for ...
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Particle physics plots: on the x-axis, Mass or (Mass)$^2$?

This might be very silly, but I have seen particle physics graphs plotted against $mc^2$ and others plotted against $(mc^2)^2$, which is actually the invariant $p_{\mu}p^{\mu}$. Is there a physical ...
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Why, in particle physcis experiments, the background is sometimes a decaying exponential?

Take, as an example, the Higgs boson finding: But the same is found in many other particle physics detector graphs... **Why is the shape of the background a decaying exponential? ** At least ...
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Invariant mass for inelastic scattering

I am trying to understand the idea of invariant mass during electron-proton inelastic scattering. For electrons with energy $E$, scattered by a stationary proton through an angle $\theta$ with energy ...
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Why does randomness exhibit a pattern in the long run? [migrated]

!!! Layman here so please avoid complex math and answers. Random (usually pseudorandom) events are usually characterized along these lines: Each outcome in a trial experiment must be i.i.d.; i.e. ...