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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Why is the (free) neutron lifetime so long?

A neutron outside the nucleus lives for about 15 minutes and decays mainly through weak decays (beta decay). Many other weakly decaying particles decay with lifetimes between $10^{-10}$ and $10^{-12}$ ...
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2 entangled electrons in QFT

In field theory, by quantizing a dirac field, we can obtain a creation operator for a single electron of definite momentum, of definite spin up or down, these respectively are: ...
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Which cosmological dark matter theory is most compatible with current particle physics?

This occurred to me while I was writing Why hasn't warm dark matter replaced cold dark matter as the standard model of cosmology? but I think this deserves a question of its own. The background ...
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Could Particles Really Spin in the Really Real World? The video in the link says they do [on hold]

In the video bellow the presenter indicates that particles really do spin. He also claims to calculate the energy release from a U 235 fission reaction. Could this be real? ...
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Why do physicists use LHC?

My question is why are we colliding particles in LHC to produce new ones? And these particles that they sometimes say live for a fraction of a second, how in space they exists then? In space all ...
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If atoms never “physically” touch each others, then how does matter-antimatter annihilation happen?

It is known that matter and antimatter annihilate each others when they "touch" each others. And as far as I know, the concept of "touching" as our brain gets it is not true on the atomic level since ...
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Neutrino annihilation and bosons

Would it be theoretically possible for a high energy neutrino and another high energy anti-neutrino to annihilate into a boson? Which boson(s) would be possible theoretically? - one or more photons ? ...
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Isotropic neutrino-lepton scattering

I'm a physics student and I'm attending an introductory course of particle physics. My professor stated that, in center of mass frame, the $\nu_\mu e^- \to \nu_\mu e^-$ elastic scattering has an ...
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Mathematical model that allows the existence of an infinite number of smallest, but different particles

Does there exist a mathematical formalism (model) in particle physics that assumes the existence of an infinite number of different, yet smallest particles (building blocks)?
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Fierz identity for Weyl spinors in tensor currents

Using Fierz identity I found that certain four-fermion operator with left $l_i$ and right-chiral $r_i$ Weyl spinors vanish $\bar{l}_1\sigma_{\mu\nu} r_2 \bar{r}_3 \sigma^{\mu\nu} l_4 =$ $ ...
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Polarization vectors in scattering amplitudes

The annihilation ($e^+ e^-\rightarrow 2\gamma$) diagrams are I'm just wondering if the amplitudes should be $$(-ie)^2\left[\bar v(p_2)\gamma^b\epsilon_b^*\frac{-i(-(\gamma^\mu p_{1\mu}-\gamma^\nu ...
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If subatomic particles pop into existence all the time, why don't I gain weight?

Watching Discovery's first episode of the first season of Curiosity (entitled "Did God Create the Universe?" by Stephen Hawking), I heard this information: [...] you enter a world where conjuring ...
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Labelling representations using isospin and hypercharge

Can someone explain how isospin and hypercharge can be used to label representations? What is the meaning of the term singlet, doublet etc in this context? In particular how can I use it to label ...
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Why is the decay of a neutral rho meson into two neutral pions forbidden?

Why is the decay of a neutral rho meson into two neutral pions forbidden? (Other modes of decay are possible though.) Is it something with conservation of isospin symmetry or something else? Please ...
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Could space itself be made out of particles? [duplicate]

Are there any theories out there that discuss the idea that space itself could be made out of particles?
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How to explain the weak force to a layman?

I'm trying to explain in simple terms what the weak interaction does, but I'm having trouble since it doesn't resemble other forces he's familiar with and I haven't been able to come up (or find on ...
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Spallation neutron generation and pure U-238 reactors

Main question: Is it possible to achieve net power generation based on linear proton accelerator and U-238 target? In the proposed reactor design there is a proton beam with energy ~10 GeV, and on ...
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Particle Collision with Static System

I have a system of particles with equal distance with each other and another at random positions which is moving with time. What I want to know is : The method by which I can reduce the number of ...
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Mathematical formalism to include wave and particle perspectives of light

Does the exist any mathematical formalism (model) describing the behavior of light and incorporating its particle character (divisibility, quantization) and wave character? (i.e. quantized wave model) ...
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What exactly is a gauge anomaly?

In lots of papers I read about gauge anomalies. For example, avoiding gauge anamolies in the MSSM is the reason for introducing an extra Higgs doublet. Gauge anamolies in the Standard Model are ...
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Stellar remnants in a state of matter denser than neutron-degenerate

When discussing the stellar life cycle, it's often stated that if the collapsing core of a star is bigger than the mass limit for a stable neutron star, it must collapse to a black hole. However, ...
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If there were fundamental forces weaker than gravity, would we know about it?

We know that gravity is a very weak force compared to electromagnetic forces and the nuclear forces. We know about the other forces because they're necessary to explain atoms, and we can detect ...
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Chirality of Weyl Semimetal

For Weyl semimetal, the effective Hamiltonian reads: $$H=E_0 \mathbb{1} + v_0 \cdot \mathrm{q} \mathbb{1}+\sum_{i=1}^{3} \mathrm{v}_i \cdot \mathrm{q} \sigma_i$$ Why is the chirality given by ...
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Where does the electron get its high magnetic moment from?

I have always found the concept of spin a little weird. I had read somewhere that for the charge or size of electrons, their magnetic field is very high. In order to produce such fields, they must be ...
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Why doesn't matter pass right through other matter if atoms are 99.999% empty space?

The ghostly passage of one body through another is obviously out of the question if the continuum assumption were valid, but we know that at the micro, nano, pico levels (and beyond) this is not even ...
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$\Delta^+$ decay in GZK process

The dominant channels in the GZK process are $$p+\gamma_{\rm CMB}\to\Delta^+\to p+\pi^0,$$ $$p+\gamma_{\rm CMB}\to\Delta^+\to n+\pi^+.$$ According to the pdg, $\Delta\to N+\pi$ makes up essentially ...
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What are particle multiplets in the Standard Model?

The particles of the standard model are often displayed in groupings known as multiplets. I know that this somehow relates to the underlying symmetries of the standard model, which can be viewed as ...
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Would it be possible to create a hadron collider in space?

Would it be theoretically possible to create a hadron collider in space by orbiting particles around a planet?
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Reason for big bang [duplicate]

can an elementary particle compress or condense or collapse (for both cases: if particle represents primordial singularity where all fundamental forces are unified, and if elementary particle is just ...
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How does Annihilation work?

How does annihilation work? I'm wondering why matter and antimatter actually annihilates if they come into contact. What exactly happens? Is that a known process? Is it just because of their different ...
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Physical reason for annihilation? [duplicate]

What is the fundamental reason as to why matter and antimatter annihilate? Is it because both particles and antiparticles are excitations of quantum fields, and the annihilation process corresponds ...
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What would the properties of a particle be that would allow light to orbit it? [duplicate]

What would the properties of a particle be that would allow light to orbit it? Light travels fast. Really fast. Almost to the point where we consider that it's instantaneous, and moves only in a ...
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What is the difference between “accelerating a particle to light speed” and “turning on a flashlight”?

According to how we understand the universe it would take an infinite amount of energy to accelerate the ambiguous "particle" to light speed. Yet there are all kinds of reactions that cause light, ...
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Regarding luminosity monitor of particle collider

I am sorry if my question is completely wrong or foolish I would feel glad to be corrected On the wiki page for Bhabha Scattering, it is mentioned that it is used as luminosity monitor in many ...
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Does the Higgs boson give mass to ALL other particles? [duplicate]

The Higgs Field gave mass to other particles via spontaneous symmetry breaking; does this mean it gives mass to all particles that have mass - such as neutrinos, quarks or weak bosons and strong ...
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When does a particle go through the Higgs Field?

This is a short and simple question... I have been reading my book on particle physics and quantum physics when I had thought of a question that it failed to answer: "Does a particle enter/interact ...
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Is there still mystery about spin crisis?

The gluon is a vector boson; like the photon, it has a spin of 1. If this is true and if we know the spin of protons and neutrons then why the news SPIN COMES FROM GLUONS? is telling that, we ...
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Why can the Euler beta function be interpreted as a scattering amplitude?

The Wikipedia article on the Veneziano Amplitude claims that the Euler beta function can be interpretted as a scattering amplitude. Why is this? In another word, when the Euler beta function is ...
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Units and missing constants in quintessence expressions?

In cosmology, quintessence is an alternative to the cosmological constant. In this approach (described here), we consider a scalar field $\phi$ and its self-interacting potential $V\left(\phi\right)$ ...
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Are mesons color polarized?

The binding of quarks in mesons baffles me. It's an Occam's Razor thing. Since a meson is a colorless, the simplest way to bind its two quarks together is to use a $U(1)$ Cartan subalgebra of ...
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Why is the spectrum of the $\beta$-decay continuous?

the spectrum of the Gamma and Alpha decays are both discrete, i.e. the $\alpha$-particles and the $\gamma$-rays take on only discrete values when emitted from a decaying nucleus. Why is it then, that ...
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What is the phase space for outgoing photons?

For a scattering process for which $n$ fermions are scattered, (by some conventions) the cross section acquires a phase space factor of: $$d\sigma \sim \prod_{i=1}^n\frac{d^3p_i}{(2\pi)^3 2E_i}$$ ...
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Lepton number conservation in standard model

Why is it said that in standard model lepton number is conserved? How do I know that Lepton number is an abelian charge? Why is this conservation not as sacred as electric charge conservation. How ...
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Specific Heat of Nano Particles

Specific heat of nano particles is less than bulk specific heat of them. Why?
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What does it mean that the neutral pion is a mixture of quarks?

The quark composition of the neutral pion ($\pi^0$) is $\frac{u\bar{u} - d\bar{d}}{\sqrt{2}}$. What does this actually mean? I think it's bizarre that a particle doesn't have a definite composition. ...
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Pions as a superposition of quark states

in Isospin space there are two fundamental states called up and down quarks, which satisfy the following eigenvalue equations: $I u = (1/2) u$, $I d = (1/2) d$ and $I_3 u = (1/2) u, I_3 d = (-1/2) ...
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Foundations of the notion of elementary particle in the Standard Model

According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_particles, the list of elemetary particles includes more than 30 particles (bottom of the page). Does the Standard Model explain (if yes, then how) ...
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Moseley's Law Conceptual Question

From Young & Freedman, Univ. Phys. p. 1394 about Moseley's law: Suppose one electron is knocked out of the K shell. This process leaves a vacancy, which we’ll call a hole. (One electron ...
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The ridge at LHC

One of the results obtained by LHC is the following diagram for p-Pb collisions: I would like to understand what is actually depicted in the figure, what should we expect based on theoretical ...
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Insulators (also called Dielectrics) which cannot conduct Electricity

How Dielectrics as an Insulating materials transmit electric effect without Conducting Electricity ? How its Possible ??