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 come the universe is made of matter and not antimatter?

Antimatter is like matter on opposite day: it has the same properties as the stuff that makes up planets, stars and galaxies, but one vital piece is different—its charge. The universe supposedly ...
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Multi-Fermion interactions induced by integrating-out Yukawa-Higgs terms?

Suppose one considers a multi-component free fermions field theory with field $\psi_{q_i}$ with a give global symmetry (such as U(1)). We can say that every component of fermions carry some U(1) ...
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Interesting identity on $SU(3)$

In arXiv:hep-ph/1307.5414 Grabovsky use an interesting identity which is not derived in the paper: ...
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Oil drop experiment and quantization of charge

How to systematically show that the resulting charges in oil drop experiment are integers multiplied by $e$ in other word how to extract $e$ from the data?
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Does the fact that protons and neutrons have larger mass than electrons mean they're bigger in size?

and so if a proton is so larger than an electron doesn't that mean it has a shape? What would be the shape of a subatomic particle? are they spherical?
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Wavefunction of a Baryon

How to write the total wavefunction of a Baryon including space part, spin part, isospin part and color part such that the net wavefunction is anti-symmetric? What is the difference in wavefunctions ...
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Can gravity be reversed?

I'm wondering if any set of hypothetical conditions could result in us gravitating in a different direction. Specifically a reversal of gravity on the surface of Earth (or at least part of it), so ...
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Why does the spiral of a positron have a larger radius than that of an electron in this picture in a bubble chamber?

The smaller spiral is caused by an electron The bigger spiral is caused by a positron However, they have the same mass and magnitude of charge. So, during this pair production, why does the positron ...
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Could sphaleron-induced proton decay also cause vacuum decay?

I will say right away that I don't mean standard-model sphalerons, I mean the sphalerons of some extension of the standard model. The reason to even think about this is last year's paper by Frampton ...
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Sign of mass of an anti-particle

When deriving the Lagrangian for Spin $\frac{1}{2}$ particles we are naturally led to using $\Psi$ and $\bar{\Psi}$. The Euler-Lagrange equations lead us to two wave equations: \begin{equation} ...
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Why is the charge on protons == to charge on electrons? [duplicate]

I am not a expert on physics, just another high schooler, so sorry if the question is obvious. This is something I've been wondering about for a while. Why is the charge on a proton equal but ...
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What is the smallest distance measured that the muon is considered pointlike?

What is the smallest distance measured that the muon is considered pointlike. I know for the electron it is clost to 0.001 of a femtometer. It seems to be assumed that this is the same for the muon. ...
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Why positronium can annihilate in vacuum?

I thought that the annihilation process of positronium cannot take place without a third-party particle. This can be directly derived from energy & momentum conservation: energy conservation: ...
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Interaction muons with Iron

I would like to know why $\mu^+$ muons can easily penetrate a solid metal such as Fe with negligible interactions while $\pi^+$ mesons lose their energy a lot faster when traveling through the metal. ...
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Can a positron beam cut through metal?

Can a positron beam be used to cut through metal?
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flavor splitting of quark masses

It seems pretty clear that flavor symmetry splits the quark masses. It seems extremely odd that a global gauge symmetry of the Standard Model fields could or would produce such extreme splitting as ...
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Do particle accelerators produce (dangerous) radiation?

I was under the impression that particle accelerators were pretty harmless, but some article said that they produce harmful radiation when you're in the tunnel. Given that the Internet... isn't always ...
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Quantum corrections to massless fermionic field

in QED the corrections to electron propagator change the bare electron mass from $m_0$ to $m=m_0+δm=m_0+∑(\not{p}=m)$ (Peskin, formula 7.27). This is the consequence of the fact, that the quantum ...
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Electron recoil after emitting virtual photon

Assume that a stationary electron $A$ emits a virtual photon with $4$-momentum $k$ and a stationary electron $B$ absorbs it. Let us assume a description in which time is moving forwards. At the ...
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Dirac adjoint of a matrix

The Dirac adjoint for Dirac spinors is defined as, $$ \bar{u} = u^{\dagger} \gamma^{0} \, . $$ However I have come across this, $$ \overline{\gamma^{\mu}} = \gamma^{\mu} \, , \tag{1} $$ (where ...
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If an electron can't go faster than light, how is energy conserved here?

I came across a physics question recently about accelerating electrons with potential differences and it got me wondering. Here is the question that brought the concept to mind. First off, imagine ...
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Electron and photon collision

So electron moving left ($v_{initial}=0.8c$) collides into photon going right. After the collision electron is moving to right ($v_{after}=0.6c$) and the photon is moving to left. What is the ...
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Higgs field in space around us?

Is the higgs field in space around us? I understand it as that the higgs field has a constant value on every space time point, is that right? And this value is the vacuum expectation value. This ...
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absorption length of thermal neutrons in a medium

My book states that $$N(x)=N_0\cdot e^{n\cdot \sigma \cdot x}$$ for $n$ absorbing particles per volume element with a cross section $\sigma$. Can somebody explain where this comes from?
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The life of proton

I have two questions regarding protons 1) Wikipedia says Mean lifetime of a proton $>2.1×10^{29}$ years (stable) Obviously this means practically nothing happens to a proton, but what does ...
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Radiation at plate of vacuum tube

Say you have a vacuum tube, such as the kind used in old amplifiers, wherein electrons are accelerated from the cathode to the anode through an electric field. Presuming, for the sake of argument, ...
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How to find SUSY with near-degenerate masses?

In SUSY models, you can have the case that sparticles and their decay products have near-degenerate masses. For example $$ m(\tilde \chi^\pm_1) - m(\tilde \chi^0_1) < 1\,\mathrm{GeV}$$ Then in ...
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How to measure (missing) transverse energy

There is traditionally a bit of confusion between missing transverse energy, and missing transverse momentum. I've seen both used interchangably, and sometimes even things like "$\not E_T = -|\sum ...
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How do you measure proton's spin? [duplicate]

I've probably read it somewhere in Sakurai but I cannot recall it at the moment. So how does one really measure the proton's spin? I mean the proton's spin and not its constituents. Do you measure ...
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Are there any Meson colliders?

There are no stable mesons as far as I know. Are there any meson-colliders analogous to for example proton-proton colliders? Edit: This edit was made more than a year after the original question was ...
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Do particles ever touch each other during a collision? [duplicate]

Do particles ever touch each other during a collision? My understanding is that they can get really close to each other but never actually touch, is that true? Another thing I've read about is, the ...
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What is the 1/2 spin analog of the graviton called?

In some supergravities you have the gravition, gravitino, graviphoton and graviscalar. Each is analogous to each other in only sharing gravitational properties and nothing else. They differ by spin ...
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Preons as scalar-like fermions?

The symmetry of the standard model between the fermions and each generation of them is strongly suggestive of components as proposed in the Rishon model. Having discovered the Higgs boson, we know the ...
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Is it possible to split baryons and extract useable energy out of it?

Since baryons (e.g. protons, neutrons) are composite particles it should be possible to split them apart. If so, is it then possible to extract useable energy out of the splitting of baryons in ...
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Can the technology behind Particle accelerators can be used for energy storage?

As I understand, the kinetic energy of the proton beam in a hadron collider is quite large. Can you build a energy storage system that is based on accelerating a proton beam to relativistic speeds to ...
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Evidences against Supersymmetry [closed]

Recently, some experiments show that the supersymmetry is not realised by Nature according to the simple models that we currently have. Nevertheless, it is far from saying that the "game is over" as ...
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Born rule and Feynman propagators

Let us assume that we want to describe the full process of photon emission by electron A and absorption by electron B. Therefore electron B must be on the forward lightcone of electron A. In the ...
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Does double slit in a vacuum have any effect?

If you do the double slit experiment in a foggy or smokey room, it seems like your going to smudge out the interference pattern, right? Continuing in the other direction it seems intuitive that a ...
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Why are the Z boson and photon different?

If I understand right the Z boson and photon are both a mix of the same two bosons, the W_3 and the B boson of weak isospin. If the Z boson and photon are both made of the same bosons, then they ...
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How can W+ boson turn an electron to a electron neutrino?

If you look at the Feynmann Diagram of an electron capture: Whe W+ boson turns the electron into a neutrino. How is this possible? I thought the the boson carries the positive charge and converts ...
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Elementary particles

That's what Wikipedia says about Elementary Particle: In particle physics, an elementary particle or fundamental particle is a particle whose substructure is unknown, thus it is not known to be ...
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References on the LHC experiments

I'm looking for a references / short book which discusses what is going on LHC collider - specific experiments, collision processes, analysis of data, how exactly the facility is operating (not ...
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Moving between degenerate vacua?

In spontaneous symmetry breaking, moving round the circular valley of Mexican hat potential doesn’t cost energy. These angular excitations are called Goldstone bosons. But doesn't the angular ...
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What would happen if an incredibly high energy photon passed through a human body?

What would happen if an incredibly high energy photon passed through a human body (or any other material)? When I say incredibly high energy photon, I mean higher than any known energy scales... ...
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Most particles that have ever been modeled

Two billiard balls collide. Consider the two balls only, how many particles are in that system? Have particle systems of that size been modeled with each individual particle before? What is the ...
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What are the ways of finding the spin of a particle [duplicate]

How many ways are there for this mission? Any article about that on the internet. I heard about TODAI made a reprogrammable quantum computer. Any more ideas are welcome
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Would gravitons follow the same trajectory as photons through a gravitational lense?

Would gravitons follow the same trajectory as photons through a gravitational lense? would all other particles follow the same trajectory?
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Generalized Unitarity cut of Scalar One-loop Box integral

How does one perform the integrals in four particle cuts in generalized unitarity? It would be helpful how one finds solutions to the simplest case, the fully determined box integral given by: ...
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Catching/harvesting neutrons

This question has several parts. How does modern science catch free neutrons that are just floating around? Is there anyway to "pull" a neutron off any atom that does not involve our current ...
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Can we make usable energy from subnuclear particles?

I understand mass and energy are the same, but in this question I will be talking about mass being turned into usable energy (electricity/heat/etc). We can make our energy through chemical reactions ...