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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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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Where would the dark matter particle fit inside a picture of the standard model of particle physics?

Where would the dark matter particle fit inside a picture of the standard model of particle physics? While I am particularly fond of the Sterile Neutrino, I have not been able to find any example of ...
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Apparatus for generating plasma

I'm working on a project which involves superheating nitrogen to a state of plasma. I was considering using my Fusor, but this project has nothing to do with plasma, and I believe that there are way ...
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Where does the mass of particle that is decaying go?

The particle of a heavy quark (such a s a bottom quark) into either an up or down is an actually change I'm mass (if I know what I'm talking about, which I don't think I do, but that's what this is ...
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Why performing axial symmetry, results in the same masses for pion and sigma mesons?

Under axial transformations, $\sigma$ and $\pi$ are rotated into each other: $\vec{\pi} \rightarrow \vec{\pi}+ \vec{\theta} \sigma $, $\sigma \rightarrow \sigma+ \vec{\theta}.\vec{\pi} $. In ...
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Regge trajectories for higher spins

I have read that Regge theory did/does predict higher spin meson states, but that at higher spins the data becomes fuzzy for spins greater than 4. Why is this so? In the book "A Brief History of ...
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Antineutron repelled by gravity?

I was reading an old post, Can gravity be shielded, like electromagnetism?. One of the responses had this comment. There are some experiments trying to measure whether antiprotons ( antimatter) ...
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the different settling speed of two solid particles in fluid

In a container full of fluid A, which can be water or oil, I have two solid particles, both of which are of the same material. These two particles are of different size. One is bigger than the other ...
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How many quantum fields are there?

I'm just an aficionado, but my understanding is that in QFT, the photon is an excitation of the electromagnetic field, the electron is an excitation of the electron field, and so on. Is there a ...
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Is the only difference between two particles their location and momentum?

Maybe this would be better suited for philosphy.se, if so, then let me know and i'll move it, but this seemed like a reasonable place to start. Let's start with my motivations for asking such a ...
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Direct and indirect CP violation

Experimentally, what is the difference between direct and indirect CP violation? An example of indirect CP violation is: $$ \Gamma(\overline{B}^0 \rightarrow B^0) \neq \Gamma(B^0 \rightarrow ...
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Is the $\nu_e$ massive?

Neutrino oscillations imply that the $\nu_\tau$ is more massive than the $\nu_\mu$, and the $\nu_\mu$ is more massive than the $\nu_e$, so it's inferred that the $\nu_\mu$ and $\nu_\tau$ have mass. ...
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Do subatomic particles have finite size?

We know atoms are mostly "made" out of empty space, so the nucleus and all the subatomic particle are very small in compared to the magnitude of the atoms. We also know that atoms are incredibly ...
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is electromagnetic phenomena and particle behavior dependent on dark matter?

Dark matter permeates space and coalesce s in its own gravitational attraction. It neither absorbs or emits light or interacts well with baryonic matter. It deflects light on a path and is the sub ...
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Colliding proton-proton and antiproton-antiproton?

Would there be any difference in the measurable observables between collisions of proton-proton and antiproton-antiproton? I guess that colliding protons with anti-protons enable far more ...
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What is the charge/matter distribution?

I am a mathematics student who is doing an introductory course in nuclear physics and since the course is rather elementary a lot of the definitions/derivations are skipped which makes it quite tough ...
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Why does gg fusion dominate over q qbar annihilation at the LHC?

The cross section of top quark pair production is dominated at the LHC by gluon-gluon fusion, whereas at Tevatron, quark-antiquark annihilation is more prevalent. Why is this? I know the fundamental ...
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Pion decay exercise in Griffiths books

I have questions about pion decay problem. In Griffith "Introduction to Elementary Particles" 1st edition, 1987, question number 10.10 : Analyze $\pi^-$ decay as a scattering process, using the ...
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First-order EM Feynman diagram?

Is there any 1st order electromagnetic Feynman diagram? I.e. a process whose probability is just $\propto \alpha_{EM}$? If not, is there any physical reason why? We always need at least two particles ...
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Order of Feynman diagrams for electroweak processes?

I want to compare two Feynman diagrams and be able to say which one describes a process that is more likely to happen. As far as I understand, this is done by considering the order of the diagram. ...
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how can a particle can have a spin of 2 [duplicate]

i have seen some analogies of spin using playing cards but i am struggling to grasp the concept due to this making no sense in terms of playing cards
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Is it possible that neutrinos or some other sub-atomic particle contributes to radioactive decay?

According to Wikipedia: For most radioactive nuclides, the half-life depends solely on nuclear properties and is essentially a constant. It is not affected by external factors such as ...
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How can silicon have a capacity of 8 electrons in the outer shell?

I was reading an article on how solar cells work in this website- http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/energy/solar-cell2.htm In that website I have a doubt in the first paragraph i.e.- ...
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Why do the $u$ and $d$ quark not have an associated quantum number?

All the other quarks ($c$,$s$,$b$ and $t$) have quantum numbers of charmness, strangeness, bottomness and topness that are conserved in strong interactions. This allows, among other things, flavour ...
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Direct interaction theory

I got to know about a kind of theory or formulation of EM which doesn't have the idea of fields in it. In that theory I guess field isn't that which mediates the force between two charged particles. ...
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Neutral $K$ and $B$ mesons decay to 2 photons?

The neutral pion $\pi^0$ decays almost exclusively to 2 photons, $\pi^0 \rightarrow \gamma \gamma$, which got me thinking: Can we have $K^0 \rightarrow \gamma \gamma$ and $B^0 \rightarrow \gamma ...
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Why does the pion not undergo netural particle oscillation?

$K$, $B$ and now $D$ mesons exhibit neutral particle oscillation, where we see the spontaneous interchange between a particle and its antiparticle, i.e. $K^0 \Leftrightarrow \overline{K}^0$, $B^0 ...
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Particle physics: Why is J^P called spin parity if J is the total angular momentum?

Here is the question I am working on: "The Ξ- has spin parity=½+. It decays through the weak interaction into a Λ0 and a π- meson. If the spin parity of the Λ0 particle is 1/2+ and the spin parity of ...
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Will the new LHC data falsify some theories? [closed]

There are plenty of extensions of the Standard Model, that all agree until the energy scales that have already been explored, but will differ at the new energy range of 14 TeV. This means the data ...
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Does a photon emitted in a potential well due to transitions undergoe a blueshift?

This idea is related to that of gravitational redshift. As a photon climbs away from a gravity source it loses energy. In case of the finite potential well or infinite potential well as the transition ...
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Methods of detecting gravitino DM and possible implications for theories of everything

Let me summarize my thoughts about topics in theoretical physics: Theory of everything: The theory of everything aims to unite all the four forces of nature into one single elegant equation. ...
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Pair-annihilation why does it occour? [duplicate]

Why does pair annihilation occur with particles and only their matching anti-particle? E.g., electrons and positrons, but not protons and positrons? What is the difference?
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Gravity vs. Electromagnetism Scenario

Imagine a two dimensional world where there are only two electrons. They are set right beside each other. Of course, immediately they will start to separate, being repelled. My question is, as they ...
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Understanding percentage dose-depth curves

I just have a little question regarding dose-depth curves. When you look at them, you have on the y-axis the dose, and on the x-axis the depth into your material. What I'm not sure of is how I ...
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What is the energy threshhold to produce Cherenkov radiation?

I am in a nuclear course right now and am getting some misleading information from different sources. I am trying to figure out what the minimum total energy is that a proton must have in order to ...
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Maximum Momentum of Neutral Pion

I'm considering the reaction $p + p \rightarrow p + p + \pi^0$. To find the maximum momentum that the $\pi^0$ can have after this reaction in the center-of-mass frame, what I am doing is assuming the ...
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Why can't a high intensity beam be injected into the LHC when the machine is empty

Watching this YouTube video about the LHC at around 3 minutes and 50 seconds into the video the narrator says... For machine protection reasons we are not allowed to inject a high intensity beam ...
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Fujikawa's method for 2+1-dimensional parity anomaly?

Fujikawa's chiral rotation method is applied to calculate 3+1 dimensional chiral anomaly in many textbooks, but is there any counterpart of that method in deriving 2+1 dimensional parity anomaly, i.e. ...
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5 sigma result proof for particle discovery

Source: Carrolls : "Particle at The End of The Universe" P. 177 I am just checking my understanding of Carroll's point about "a 5 sigma result being the gold standard" of experimental proof. ...
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If I were to keep increasing the mass of particles I throw at a double slit, at what point would it stop creating an interference pattern? [duplicate]

Why don't things like tennis balls create interference patterns when thrown at double slits? Where's the limit where it stops interfering?
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Is there a fundamental interaction responsible for quantum entanglement?

Quantum entanglement seems to share information between particles instantaneously, as well as characteristics of these particles through changes that occur in each particle. If forces transfer energy ...
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Does a force being applied in an ideal case to an object of infinite mass where there is no friction always result in an acceleration?

So if yes is your answer to my question then does that mean that the property of the object that resists this acceleration ie.(mass) if is infinity in the equation acceleration= force/mass would'nt ...
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Is there a mistake in a QFT textbook?

I tried to calculate one of the problems in the textbook Gauge Theory of Elementary Particle Physics by Ta-Pei Cheng and Ling-Fong Li. On page 248 you can find the following calculation of a loop ...