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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If the effects of gravity cannot travel faster than the “c”, does this mean we are only gravitationally bound by masses in our observable universe?

I'm 17 and fascinated by the differences and omissions Newton made in his equations of motion. However it makes sense that gravity can't travel faster than light because of the force-carrying ...
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Electron-Positron Annihilation: How is charge conserved at the verticies?

How is reaction possible? The verticies do not conserve charge. Also, why is the arrow for the positron pointing downwards when as time increases, the positron should move towards its vertex? Sorry, ...
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Where does the Higgs Boson fit in the three generations of charged particle?

I am reading a book called "Gauge Fields, Knots and Gravity" by Baez et. al. In the first chapter, the authors explains that there are three generations of charged particles: First: electrons, ...
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Chemical potentials of SM particles at high temperatures

Recently I've heard the statement that chemical potentials of SM particles on $T > 1 \text{ GeV}$ are very small, so that Gibbs potential reduces to free energy. How to prove this statement? Does ...
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Do shadows have mass?

It sounds like a joke but I just want to know if shadows have mass, since shadows are formed when there is blocking of light. It forms a black pattern with no energy therefore it has no mass.
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Particle Physics Decay Question - Eta Prime Decay Parity/Angular Momentum Conservation

I was hoping someone could clarify why the following decay does not occur: $ \eta ^{'0} \rightarrow \pi ^{0} + \rho ^{0}$ The quark compositions and spin parity are as followed: $ \eta ^{'0} : ...
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Neutron antineutron reaction documentation

Has neutron-antinutron reaction been observed? If so, can you please provide a documentation (experimental observation) for neutron antineutron reaction?
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Where does the majority of the mass of the usual matter come from? [duplicate]

I apologize in advance to experts for the naivety of the question. It should be a duplicate but I didn't find any satifying question or answer about that. The proton is composed by two up quarks ...
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Does Time change over temperature? [duplicate]

I am not a physicist, I am just an engineer. But I dared to ask whether the temperature changes the perception of time. Let's consider a particle that "stops" at absolute zero. I was thinking as a ...
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What are the parity of particles? [duplicate]

When looking to see if particle collisions/decays are possible and what force they act through, how do you know the parity of particles to know whether they act through weak force? Is there a grouping ...
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Do holes have physical existence?

We know that holes are created due to electrons hopping from one covalent bond to another. But does a hole have a physical existence or it's just a fictitious positive charge, an illusion created by ...
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Can bosons have anti-particles?

Can bosons have anti-particles? In the past, I would have answered this question with a yes, primarily because I can imagine writing down a QFT for complex scalars that has a U(1) symmetry that ...
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How would an atom behave (in terms of atomic particles) if the electrons were much heavier than the nucleus?

In other words, does the mass of electrically charged particles affect the electromagnetic forces that operate between them ? Is the electrons revolving around the nucleus simply a consequence of the ...
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Polarization in LCDs why the light need to be polorized twice? [closed]

In Lcd Screens there is a prcess called polarization. Two question about it: 1. Why is it needed to pass the light through two polarizers ? 2. How des a pixel devide the light to three sub pixel and ...
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Is there a major difference between neutron-neutron collisions compared to proton-proton collisions?

For the sake of argument, assume the LHC was able to accelerate / focus / collide neutron beams, with the same energy levels it runs at for p-p collision. Would the collisions produce any major ...
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Plasma wakefield acceleration for Protons

Laser plasma acceleration is a promising technology that could replace the current method of accelerating particles (which is via electric fields). It is somewhat cheaper also as it makes the ...
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How does radiation degrade mechanical parts and electronic devices?

I'm running out of places to look (lots of Googling, SE, [articles and books are too specific and never give a good overview]), and yet I am still unsure about how exactly radiation can degrade ...
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Production of Inductively Coupled Plasma

I am working on an experiment hat requires the usage of inductively coupled plasma, but unfortunately, I do not have any equipment at the moment that can produce such plasma, and I really need your ...
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do the planes of electron orbits make an angle?

if we think as the electrons around the atoms classically, then as the two electrons in the first shell (1s) go around the nucleus; do the planes of orbit make an angle with each other (as an average) ...
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Is gauge invariance essential to a theory be renormalizable?

Let's consider a model of New Physics in which all operator have dimension smaller than four, but which breaks explicitly $SU(2)_L$ gauge symmetry. Is this model necessarily renormalizable? ...
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Question on particle decay process, conservation of energy

Why is $$\Sigma^0 \rightarrow \Lambda +\pi^0$$ not a possible process? Charge and baryon number both are conserved. There's no issue with strangeness that I can tell. The masses in $\frac{Mev}{c^2}$ ...
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How is an atom ionized by electron impact?

Can someone walk me through in detail what happens when an atom is ionized by colliding with an electron? I would prefer a solid example so I can understand it more concretely. What I think:- -The ...
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What happens when an electron collides with an atom?

I was solving this question: Here is part of the energy level diagram of hydrogen: n=4 --> -0.85eV n=3 --> -1.50eV n=2 --> -3.40eV n=1 --> -13.6eV When an electron of ...
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Energy transitions of 12.1eV electron?

Here is part of the energy level diagram of hydrogen: n=4 --> -0.85eV n=3 --> -1.50eV n=2 --> -3.40eV n=1 --> -13.6eV When an electron of energy 12.1eV collides with this ...
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Similarity between particles and antiparticles

I was doing a past exam paper and there was this question: State the similarities between a particle and its antiparticle. The answer given was: Same mass and rest energy. I am not too bothered ...
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Is the virtual photon a particle?

I just saw an exam question: Write down the antiparticle for the virtual photon. The answer was "virtual photon". Is the question even a meaningful one? If so please explain why?
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Ambiguity with reaction equations

I understand that if two particles are on the left hand side of a reaction equation they are said to "interact". For example, $p+e^{-}\rightarrow n+v_e$ is a proton and electron interacting (electron ...
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Quark decay implies particle decay?

For example, since $$s\rightarrow u+\overline{v_e}+e^{-}$$, then sticking a $\overline{u}$ next to the quarks ($s$ and $u$) we get $$s\overline{u}\rightarrow u\overline{u}+\overline{v_e}+e^{-}$$, ...
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Is there a quark conservation law?

The section on particle interactions in my revision guide says that only the weak interaction can change quark types, e.g. when a neutron changes to a proton the down quarks in the neutron are changed ...
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Do hadrons only interact via strong interaction?

According to my revision guide baryon and mesons always interact via the strong interaction. Does this hold for baryon-baryon interactions? meson-meson? Thanks
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What theory is used to describe photonuclear reaction and photodisintegration?

Assumption: electroweak interaction Background: I am interested in interactions of photons with matter. I just like to know at what point we can purely use the limiting case of QED and where we have ...
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What is the smallest observable structure in the universe?

I've been wondering about the Planck length recently, but it is not observable. What is the smallest actually observable structure in the universe?
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What is the smallest amount of neutrinos needed to create a black hole? [duplicate]

Is there some smallest amount of neutrinos needed to create a black hole? Note that this question is not at all the same as the question here If a 1kg mass was accelerated close to the speed of light ...
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Does (mass $\rightarrow$ pure energy) conversion need both matter $and$ antimatter?

A question in my revision guide: "Explain why the mass of a tree cannot be converted directly into energy." The answer explains that the tree contains particles but not their corresponding ...
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Do inelastic or elastic collisions have any effect on a large bodies movement (like the Earth)

Recently read a question regarding the temperature of the CMB & one of the comments got me thinking... From what I understand, collisions between subatomic particles and objects out in ...
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Why are the particles called irreps of Poincare group? [duplicate]

Why are particle excitations called irreducible representation of the Poincare group? It will be very helpful if someone can illustrate with one concrete example of a particle. EDIT : But how does ...
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Anything special about the internal structure of Carbon-12?

In trying to understand the various structures carbon forms, I'm wondering what, if anything, is so special about having 6 neutrons and 6 protons in the nucleus. I'm aware there are permutations ...
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What happens when an anti-proton and an electron collide with each other?

The vice versa case is also of interest (proton and positron). Are both processes actually symmetrical?
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Is possible to create water? [closed]

Theoretically is relatively easy to create water, because it is formed by only the hydrogen and one oxygen molecules. I know that the oxygen and hydrogen is highly flammable, and to union the ...
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What is the property of neutrino? [closed]

If mass of a particle is due to Higgs boson, spin is due to Z boson and translational energy is due to photons, what exactly is the innate property of a neutrino? If none exist, is neutrino truly a ...
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Counting higher-order corrections in “ABC theory”

I am trying to understand how to enumerate higher-order Feynman diagrams. In his book on Elementary Particle Physics, Griffiths considers a simple "ABC toy theory" which has: three (scalar, ...
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How can the uncertainty principle be used to deduce range of a force from properties of the force carrier?

Question: How can the uncertainty principle be used to deduce range of a force from properties of the force carrier? My thoughts? Not too sure how this can be done and would like some advice. ...
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Why are high energies needed in collision experiments?

Why are high energies needed in collision experiments? I believe it has something to do with the interactions needed between particles to find other particles only happening at high energies? Is this ...
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Decay of matter

I was watching Stephen Hawking's documentary and in there he explained how he realized why black holes eventually disintegrate: There are ripples in space, an antiparticle and a particle get ...
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How would one build an RF cavity?

How does an RF cavity, such as the RF cavities in the LHC, work mechanically and mathematically? How would one build an RF cavity? What equations govern the speed of a charged particle in an RF ...
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Why don't protons just bounce off each other in the LHC?

Ok, this might sound like a silly question, but I was wondering, when particles (e.g. protons) are smashed together in the LHC, why do they break up into dozens of other particles, as opposed to just ...
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How is $J^{PC}$ value experimentally determined for new types of particles?

How is $J^{PC}$ value experimentally determined for new types of particles? For example, this paper says ... Angular correlations in B+→X(3872)K+ decays, with X(3872)→ρ0J/ψ, ρ0→π+π− and J/ψ→μ+μ−, ...
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What experiment(s) have or can refute the existence of an electron-particle “system” over the separate existence of a neutron within itself?

This question actually came about from a discussion of another question posed here The neutron is known to be comprised of an electron and a proton, and there are observations that the neutron can be ...
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Need help with which books I should buy [duplicate]

I need some help with witch books i should read. I would like to study science, physics, quantum physcics, astrophysics and all other kind of physics. Hit me with the best books inside of thoes ...
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Gamma matrices in Decay Calculations [closed]

I am trying to calculate the transition amplitude, $\lvert M^2\rvert$, for the process where a top quark (momentum p) decays to a bottom quark (momentum q) and a $W^+$ boson (momentum k). I am ...