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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Mixing of quarks, neutrinos… and leptons?

This is a quite simple question: quarks do mix (through the CKM matrix), neutrinos do mix (through the PMNS matrix). Then why do charged leptons not mix?
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For processes with multiple Feynman diagrams is the cross section increased?

For example in electron, positron annihilation $e^- + e^+ \rightarrow 2\gamma$ has 2 diagrams, whereas, $e^- + e^+ \rightarrow 3\gamma$ has 6 possible diagrams. This suggests, ...
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Testing diamagnetism of water while somehow breaking the 3rd law of physics

I am having trouble explaining how the following experiment actually works, but it does.? Place a neodymium magnet on a piece of Styrofoam and a test tube of water next to it on the same piece of ...
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Decay kinematics of Higgs boson

So I'm looking at a two-body decay question for the $h\rightarrow\gamma\gamma$ decay channel for the Higgs Boson. I am asked to find the invariant mass of the Higgs boson. I'm not too sure how to ...
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Question pertaining to the branching ratio of Ka0ns

I'm a little lost for part c of this question: I understand the $\mathcal{BR}$ (branching ratio) for species $i$ is $\mathcal{BR}=\Gamma_{i}/\Gamma_{T}$ (total Decay width). I know that ...
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Invariant amplitude in QED in terms of Mandelstam variables

So I'm having a little trouble with this question: These are my workings thus far: I just can't seem to get certain terms to vanish. I have the 1/4 factor for going between $8e^4$ to $2e^4$. Is ...
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Why is the energy shift due to a 'sagging' potential negative and independent of box size?

Consider a box of width $L$ and the composed of the following potential $$V(x)=V_0x(x-L), x\in[0,L]$$ and $V(x)=\infty$ elsewhere. Using perturbation theory - with a square box as the similar ...
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What is the mass density distribution of an electron?

I am wondering if the mass density profile $\rho(\vec{r})$ has been characterized for atomic particles such as quarks and electrons. I am currently taking an intro class in quantum mechanics, and I ...
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How would one go about drawing a Feynman diagram of color screening and anti-screening in QCD?

Title really explains this one. I'm not sure how to put together a diagram of the lowest order for colour screening and anti-screening in QCD. Seems to be a lack of diagrams for this in the ...
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How to draw Feynman diagram for K^- + p -> Sigma^0 + pi^0 — superposition in diagram

I'm trying to draw the Feynman diagram for the reaction $$K^- +p \rightarrow \Sigma^0 + \pi^0$$ I have two problems: How to draw the $\pi^0 = (u\bar u + d\bar d)/\sqrt 2$, a superposition of ...
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Pion decay: why is the positron electron neutrino decay suppressed?

I'm reading through M. Thomson's Modern Particle Physics to better understand why the positron electron neutrino decay channel is suppressed relative to the muon and muon neutrino decay route. I know ...
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String theory: Is the number of particles infinite? [on hold]

Sorry for a non-competent question. In string theory (AFAIK) every knot is a separate particle. And the number of knots is infinite (AFAIK). So in ST there exists an infinite number of particles, ...
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WHO WAS FIRST TIME OR MOTION? [on hold]

If motion was first and time present the motion. How can to any velocity break the flow of time? If time present motion no event can break to the flow of time. Only the event of when entropy of ...
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Scalar field divergent mass correction interpretation question (hierarchy problem)

Simple power counting tells you that a scalar field coupled to some fermions at one-loop picks up a correction to the mass of the order $\Lambda^2$. Based on this people say things like "it's natural ...
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What experimental measurement could be used to show that a neutrino is a Majorana and not a Dirac particle?

I've just been reading something on the concept that neutrinos could be Majorana particles and not Dirac fermions. I was wondering what experimental measurement could show/prove that neutrinos are in ...
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Gravitational entropy

In the beginning (big bang), mass was evenly distributed (if you consider an elementary particle as an extended object, like a circle on a very thin cylinder, with a radius near the Planck length, but ...
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Semileptonic decay of neutral D meson: branching ratios?

I am looking for the branching ratio of the semileptonic decay of the neutral $D^0$ meson: BR($D^0 \to \pi^+e^-\bar\nu_e$) = ? According to the PDG book the branching ratio for $D^0 \to ...
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Explanation of graphs from CERN [on hold]

I have a few questions about these kinds of graphs What is the name of this type of graph? What does the width of the peak mean? If the points are data points, how was the curve created/predicted? ...
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What is the total velocity/force on a particle in fluid?

I am now facing a fluid-particle interaction problem. I would like to simulate particle motion in a fluid. I do know the external force acting on a particle (dielectrophoretic force in this case) ...
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light has no mass but yet has momentum,what of radioactive particles [closed]

Light has no mass, but in principle it could move a solar sail due to electromagnetic pressure. Could a considerate amount of alpha particle, with a speed of 5% that of light, move a sail in space ...
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Has CERN recently found evidence for a Z-prime boson?

In the recent Higgs seminar at 73:38 Guido Tonelli the spokesman for CMS, makes a mistake and refers to a Z-prime in a context that would imply that they see them frequently. He swiftly backpedals ...
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What determines the color of photon that is emitted from an exited atom?

I understand the principle of how light is emitted from an atom. What I don't know is why neon atom is red and copper is green when exited? Is is the distance between the electron to protons or the ...
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Why is $np$ always equal to $n_i^2$?

For you guys who studied semiconductor physics must be familiar with the equation: $$np=n_i^2$$ I can understand why this is true for the intrinsic case (the broken bonds would always provide ...
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Are alpha and beta rays also generating electromagnetic rays?

To discover radio waves in 1886, Hertz used electric sparks between two iron balls. These sparks caused radio waves which generated a current between other balls. The oscillating charges caused a ...
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How do I calculate the differential cross section with respect to the transversal momentum?

First of all, sorry for my English, my first language is German. My problem is: I calculated the matrix element of the quark-gluon-Compton process (q+g -> gamma + q). With the kinematics of ...
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How can an electron fake a jet?

This is a question for experimentalists. I have seen in several ATLAS papers (see for example chapter 4 in arXiv:1602.09058, 6th paragraph), that after objects have been correctly identified, any jet ...
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Fine structure constant and unit conversion [on hold]

In a paper I'm reading, the author writes down the following formula: $$\Gamma=\dfrac{\alpha^2}{576\pi^3}\dfrac{\left(4+z\right)^2}{z}\dfrac{m^5}{m^2_\pi f_\pi^2}$$ $\Gamma$ is a function of $m$ (in ...
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What if a faster-than-light particle is found?

What will be the consequence (severe ones) on laws of physics if a particle that travels faster than light is discovered? I am looking for a more general answer so that a high school student would be ...
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Is (rest) mass quantized?

I learned today in class that photons and light are quantized. I also remember that electric charge is quantized as well. I was thinking about these implications, and I was wondering if (rest) mass ...
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Differential cross-section for a 2-particle process in the LAB frame

This should really be a straightforward calculation, but somehow, I keep confusing myself and failing over and over again. I did the calculation so many times that I don't even know what I'm looking ...
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I want to know about the quantization of mass [duplicate]

Is mass quantized? If yes, then why do we see all amounts of mass? Well , can it be said quantized just for smaller masses?
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Are oscillations of electron chirality experimentally observable?

Is there any plausible experiment by which chirality oscillations in electrons could be observed experimentally, such as through some analogy to neutrino oscillation experiments?
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How do (and don’t) particles emerge from fields?

I am aware of the following field- and particle-like notions: QFT particle, a unit of excitation in (the Fock space of) a QFT; SR field, an extremal $A = A(\mathbf x)$ of a Lorentz-invariant action; ...
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Particle-antiparticle spatial arrangement? [closed]

There is an antiparticle for every particle in atomic level. Such as electron- positron, proton-antiproton, nucleon-antinucleon. Do antiparticle have mass, how are they arranged, do they have charge?
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Conjugation Operator General Question

I’m sitting here reading my particle physics book, and the Conjugation Operator is defined as: $C = -(-1)^{S+1}(-1)^{L}$, where $L = $ relative angular momentum for the $q\overline{q}$ pair for a ...
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Motion of an electric charge within an electric field with two electric charges

Assume that air resistance and gravity are negligible and the only significant force acting in the scenario is the electric force. There are two electric charges, both with an equal and positive ...
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Angular momentum conservation in pion decay?

I have seen the charged pion decay $$\pi^{-}~\to~ \bar{\nu}_{\ell} +\ell^{-}$$ represented with diagrams containing a $W^-$ in the $s$-channel. The $\pi^-$ and $W^-$ have angular momentum $0$ and $1$ ...
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What does the data in various stages of analysis from a particle collision look like?

I've been following the news around the work they are doing at the LHC particle accelerator in CERN. I am wondering what the raw data that is used to visualize the collisions looks like. Maybe someone ...
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Neutrino interaction probability [closed]

Just a quick question, if a single 1GeV neutrino (muon neutrino) were fired at a block of iron with a given density, $\rho$, and the neutrino-nucleon interaction cross section is $\sigma$, what would ...
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What is more fundamental $E=\hbar \omega$ or $E=c\hbar k$?

Let us say I have a massless particle (not necessarily a photon) then in a medium where $\omega \ne c k$ (e.g. a dispersive medium) what is the energy of the particle? As my title indicates are think ...
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Stopping power diagram

I'm currently looking at this figure, but I'm not sure how to interpret it. If I'm not mistaken, the energy loss of the muon (This is a muon that penetrates copper) is on the y-axis. But does that ...
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Adjoint Dirac equation (in momentum form) from Dirac eq in momentum form method

I just wanted to check the method I have formulated for the derivation for the adjoint Dirac equation using Gamma matrice notation. This is a problem from the very excellent "Modern Particle Physics" ...
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What really is the smallest “mass” or “object” in the universe?

As the Wikipedia article Subatomic particles shows, with respect to the sciences, the atom is obviously not the smallest piece of mass. Apparently, if people have already broken down the atom in to ...
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Helicity angle of electron in $B^0 \rightarrow K^{*0} \gamma$, with $\gamma \rightarrow e^+ e^-$?

I haven't been able to find the exact definition of a helicity angle, and the ones that I found don't apply to this particular case, because they'd require to boost to the electrons' 4-momentum to the ...
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Singlet neutrinos decaying to Higgs bosons during leptogenesis

(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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Inclusive and exclusive searches [duplicate]

Please, I would like to know what means inclusive and exclusive searches in High Energy Physics. Fábio.
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Sequence of topics for studying quantum theory (Research strategy) [duplicate]

I am trying to learn about the higher level basics of physics. I want to cover up all that is included in particle physics/quantum physics. Now being in high school, I only know partially about ...
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How does the uncertainty principle relate to quantum fluctuations?

I found a webpage that just kind of mentions the uncertainty principle lightly but doesn't really go into detail as to why we need it in the first place when considering quantum fluctuations and ...
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Why is the $D^0$ oscillation so different from the $K^0$ and $B^0$?

I have looked for this answer into many articles and books but I am not able to figure out why $D^0\to\bar{D}^0$ is so highly suppressed if compared to the $B^0 \to \bar{B}^0$ and $K^0 \to \bar{K}^0$ ...
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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 ...