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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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 ...
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Is there experimental evidence supporting the equivalence principle between different particles?

Knowing virtually nothing of GR, and only hints of particle theory, this might be something of a naive question. If I've misunderstood somethings, I would gladly like to know why. Perhaps a more ...
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Equivalence of delta functions when calculating decay rate [closed]

$\newcommand{\bs}{\boldsymbol}$ Hello, I'm currently working through the lecture notes of my Theoretical Particle Physics course, and there, we are calculating the decay rate of the following process ...
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Is it possible to make an electromagnetic shield?

Is it possible to make an electromagnetic shield to protect something (or ourselves) against things like bullets, human attacks, metals thrown on us or simple dust particles to protect a spaceship ...
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Can an Atom be negatively as well as positively charged simultaneously?

For example there are three atoms- atom A, atom B, atom C. Atom A has 3 electrons, atom B has 4 electrons and atom C has 2 electrons. If we bring together atom A and atom B, in this case atom A is ...
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Why doesn't light affect a compass?

In our daily life a lot of photons of visible light, infrared and radio etc move around us. We know that light is an electromagnetic radiation. So why doesn't that electromagnetic radiation affect a ...
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Does a photon travel in all directions?

For example i am standing and a beam of light is passing in front of me. I am able to see that beam of light so does it mean that photons are travelling in all directions other than the photons which ...
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Experimental evidence for Z boson coupling to right handed fermions

I do have a question about electro-weak interactions. I know the Z boson is an admixture of two fields, one that couples only to the left-handed part of the fermions (the neutral field introduced to ...
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Virtual particles and the scaling effect on valence quarks

Inside a proton there are 3 valance quarks. In addition, there is constant creation and annihilation of gluon, quarks and anti-quarks. The number of virtual particles we observe depends on how ...
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Discovery of spin-3 particle at LHCb

I just read a discussion on the CERN website regarding first observation of a heavy flavored spin-3 particle at LHCb. This appears to be a post from last July. Is there anyone knowledgeable enough in ...
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Free parameters in the Standard Model

From my understanding of the standard model, I understand that there are 19 or 20 free parameters that we need to put in by hand as, and I'm guessing here, there is as yet no theoretical basis for ...
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beta minus decay: expression for maximum electron energy

I'm having some trouble finding an expression for the maximum electron energy in beta minus decay. In the frame where the neutron is initially at rest, conservation of momentum reads: ...
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Neutrino cc interaction potential calculation field theoretically

Is there any very good reference where neutrino charge current interaction potential is calculated field theoretically in details ?
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Alpha particle in vacuum

Does the alpha particle travel in vacuum for ever and ever or can it undergo some transformation eg two protons get separated or the neutron decays etc.?
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What exactly is quantum spin? [duplicate]

What is "spin" as it relates to subatomic particles? I've heard that it's similar to angular momentum but I've also heard that's not completely the case.
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Would you please explain this statement please [closed]

As the atoms of a material are brought closer together to form the crystal lattice structure, there is an interaction between atoms, which will result in the electrons of a particular shell of an atom ...
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What is the reduced width amplitude of an unstable state?

Particularly used in nuclear physics when describing the lifetime (i.e. partial decay width) of a resonant state (a.k.a resonance) is the term "reduced width amplitude". I have searched online, and ...
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Can the Unruh effect be confirmed by the LHC?

Two short questions regarding the Unruh effect. There are related answers on this forum and on wikipedia, but I am looking for confirmation of my own intuitive assumptions, so a straightfoward yes or ...
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Nature of particle spectra at ALICE

I have a question regarding the nature of the particle spectrum at ALICE as a function of momentum. The spectra in question can be seen here. My question is, why is it that the particle spectrum in ...
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Excitation energy of carotene using the particle in a box model

I'm practicing for an exam and I came across the following question: The linear, conjugated π-electron system of a carotene molecule comprises 11 atoms and the distance between two atoms is 1.4 Å. ...
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What is the difference between the Higgs Boson particle and an electron moving through the Higgs field?

I am watching a lecture by Sean Caroll titled "Particles, Fields, and the Future of Physics". I am not a physicist by any means but enjoy the subject in my spare time hoping to understand it. This ...
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Evidence that nuclei contain neutrons and protons (other than nucleons appearing if a nucleus is smashed)?

This may seem like a silly question, but I believe this to be very fundamental because the Standard Model of particle physics seems based on the axiom or assumption that neutrons and protons exist ...
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Fiducial volume in collider/detector physics

I'm trying to make some sense of ATLAS measurements for a personal project to learn how to use Pythia, and part of my work requires me to recreate the distribution for Z boson decay. I encountered the ...
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Most general separable solution of free Dirac equation

In relativistic quantum mechanics, the solution of the free Dirac equation is assumed to be $$\Psi(\textbf{r},t)=u(\textbf{p})e^{i(\textbf{p}\cdot \textbf{r}-Et)}$$ How do I know that this is the most ...
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Why average incoming spins and sum over outgoing spins? [duplicate]

The book by Griffith on elementary particles reads: A typical experiment starts out with beam of particles whose spin orientations are random, and simple counts the number of particles in a given ...
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Predict spread of signal peak in particle physics experiments, due to detector resolution

I am working on an LHCb experiment, in particular the $B^0 \rightarrow K^{*0} \gamma$ decay. The $K^{*0}$ decays into $K^+$ and $\pi^-$. So the decay products of the decay are $\gamma, K^+ $and $ ...
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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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What does it mean for a state to have a negative partial decay width?

I don't understand what it means when a particular decay mode has a negative partial decay width. I'm guessing the total decay width for a particular system must always be positive (now that wouldn't ...
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How can you have odd nuclear spin angular momentum but positive parity or vice versa?

How does it happen that you can get states like $J^\pi=3^+$ or $J^\pi=2^-$? I think this could be because $\pi=(-1)^l$ so you could have an even state in $l$ but the $J=l+s$ sum could be an odd ...
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Dose-depth curve of photons vs. protons

The dose-depth curve of protons and photons can be seen in the image below: Now, what I've heard is, that in some cases, proton therapy is advantageous compared to photons, and of course the other ...