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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Compared to the rest in Baryon Octet, why is neutron decay lifetime so long? [duplicate]

Compared to the other particles in the baryon octet, neutron decays with a lifetime of about $900s$, compared to $10^{-10}s$ for the rest. Why the discrepancy? Is it because when the neutron decays to ...
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Total number of photons per unit volume in a box (extremely confusing)

This is a worked example from a text. a) Find an expression for the number of photons per unit volume with energies between $E$ and $E+dE$ in a cavity at temperature $T$. $$n(E)dE = g(E)f(E)dE = ...
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How to derive the Gamow factor in the simplest way?

I want to know how to derive the Gamow factor (how to solve the integral and which approximation I have to do) without the centrifugal correction. $$V(r) = V_N(r)+V_c(r). $$ The Gamow factor is ...
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Why is the energy spectrum of alpha decay discrete?

Are the other peaks with lower energy caused by the possibility that daughter nuclei have to be in excited states?as show in this link (count versus energy)
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Strong force between quarks that are out of causal contact

This is a rather artificial scenario, but it has been bugging me lately. Background Due to the confinement in QCD, quarks are bound in color-neutral configurations. Any attempt to separate a quark ...
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Why is a photon its own anti-photon?

Two properties of a photon that I have considered in trying to answer this myself : Photons are electrically neutral, so there is no need for "anti-photons" to preserve conservation of charge. Take ...
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Has a phonon, a formal quasi-particle, ever been observed as a point particle?

Phonons are a nice tool to simplify the quantum-mechanical description of lattice vibrations by identifying the ladder operator of normal modes as creation operators of a certain quasi-particle. In ...
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At what energy would contributions from EM decay equal weak decay?

Calculate the ratio $R = \frac{\sigma_{had}}{\sigma_{\mu+\mu-}}$ for energies around $10GeV$. At sufficiently high energies, the $e^+e^- \rightarrow \mu^+ \mu^-$ reaction can proceed via the $Z^0$ ...
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Why is the phi meson decay width much smaller than rho meson?

Decay widths for $\rho$ meson is $149 MeV$ while for the $\phi$ meson it is $4MeV$. Why is there such a difference? I know that the phi meson decays primarily to $K \bar K$ states as the $\pi^+ \pi^- ...
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Light Photons 101

How are photons emitted from for example a heated metal. Are they smaller than electrons, do they collide with electrons or can you even say microwaves are made of photons. Don't really understand it ...
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Experimental evidence of two neutrinos in muon decay?

We know that the pion decays into a lepton/neutrino pair while the muon decays into a muon neutrino, electron and electron neutrino. How do we distinguish them experimentally? Would the muon decay ...
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Elementary particles that make up an atom

How many real elementary particles (not hypothetical) make up an atom or can be in an atom?
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Total cross section of particle decay

Suppose a particle A travelling along the $z$-axis and decays into particles B and C. The cross section is given by $$\frac{d\sigma}{d\cos\theta^*} = k(1+\cos\theta^*)^2$$ where $k$ is a constant ...
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why are tau-jets narrower compared to quark-jets?

I read in a thesis (no online link provided) that tau-jets result in a narrower cone in comparison with the other quark/gluon originated jets. I don't understand this. Is this true? If so, why?
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what does interference between two decays amplitudes mean?

can anyone explain to me what does interference between two decay amplitudes mean? I'm reading about the GLW and ADS methods used to extract the CKM angle gamma they are both based on the interference ...
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Decay channels of the Higgs Boson in Large Hadron Collider particle production

I attach a diagram of 4 of the (many) possible decay channels produced by the Higgs boson, and I have read that 57 % of the time, we find a bottom quark, antibottom quark pair resulting from this ...
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What is the essential difference between a resonance and a particle?

Let me start by explaining my particle physics background is very patchy, so this question may not be as coherent as I would like it to be. In general terms, what is the difference between a ...
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Large Hadron Collider 2015 upgrade, what can it show us?

I realise that the initial answer to my question that may come to mind is, "we don't know yet, duh!!" But my question is hopefully not opinion based. To be specific, have we now a greater chance of ...
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How does impulse lose energy in rotation, forward and striking earth?

I have this kind of empirical signal in Electronics. where the electronics simulate events signal in rotation signal going forward and signal hitting the earth. The area of the signal is ...
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What does conservation of strangeness imply for the nature of interaction?

If the conservation of strangeness holds for a decay, then the possible interactions are Strong, Electromagnetic and Weak. But how does one determine which one is it, out of the three?
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Why doesn't the decay mode of negative omega conserve rest mass?

There are 3 modes of decay via which a $$\Omega ^{-}$$ particle can decay This is one of the decay: $$\Omega ^{-} \rightarrow \Xi ^{0} + \pi^{-}$$ Baryon number is conserved. Strangeness number is ...
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How do black hole jets form? [duplicate]

A black hole, neutron star or any object that has accumulated an accretion disc, sometimes features opposing jets, positioned perpendicular to the accretion disc. I understand that these jets are ...
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Implications of dark matter imprints on Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation?

Looking at this link, CMB Anisotropy, I have two questions regarding the possible creation and properties of dark matter: If dark matter has left it's imprint on the CMB, that to me, would imply ...
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Spectral function with negative value

How does one understand a negative value in the spectral function $$\chi=-\mathrm{Im(G)}$$ where $G$ is the Green function and $\chi$ is a spectral function?
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Role of quark color with respect to exclusion principle

From Wikipedia's article on color charge: "Shortly after the existence of quarks was first proposed in 1964, Oscar W. Greenberg introduced the notion of color charge to explain how quarks could ...
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Do Two-wire Full Duplex Data Signal Cause Collison at atomic Level

Can the transmitting and receiving signal travel in the same wire in Full Duplex (FDD)? If yes, will there be any collision at atomic level? If yes, how this phenomena can be explained?
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Is there a significant possibility of the LHC missing “exotic” particles or events?

In his popsci book, "Particle at the end of the universe", Sean Carroll says that the LHC, due to it's sheer information gathering capability, necessarily needs to completely discard most of the data ...
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With the LHC about to restart as max energy, are there absolutely no hints or tantalizing signs of Supersymmetry in previous data?

Over the last couple of years I've seen several articles talk about hints or bumps in the data that might point to Supersymmetry. An article in NewScientist from Summer 2012 discussed the discovery of ...
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What is the value (order of magnitude) of electric charge density of the atom and the nucleus?

The mass density of the nucleus is constant. But what is the electric charge density of the nucleus and the atom (any order of magnitude)?
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Acceleration of uncharged particles

Following on from this comment - do uncharged particles radiate under acceleration? (no offense to the commenter, just clarifying as I've not heard of this before) Why is this? I vaguely recall a ...
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What really is a particle?

In Classical Mechanics we consider particles as things whose internal structure for the purpose of studying some phenomenon might be neglected. In that setting we associate particles to points and ...
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Can antimatter becomes black hole? [duplicate]

I know it seems unlikely to accumulate sufficient amount of antimatter to let it collapse under its own weight to become a black hole(maybe the gravity works differently I don't know) since they will ...
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Can we create heavier particles with high energy?

It is known that an electron and a positron are created from the energy of gamma ray, is it possible to create heavier particles like proton and neutron from the energy of gamma ray? (if so what is ...
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What is the typical strength of the electric field in a particle accelerator?

I am working on a research project involving the closed orbits of hydrogen in the presence of an external electric field and I am curious what a reasonable approximation for the electric field ...
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Is a matter anti-matter collision comparable to Gamma Ray Burst (GRB) energy output?

Is a matter anti-matter collision (please assume two cosmological objects, neutron star sized say), the largest energy release method known? Would it be comparable in order of magnitude to gamma ray ...
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Can elementary particles be rightfully considered quasiparticles?

Can elementary particles rightfully considered quasiparticles? I have this association, because renormalization makes particle properties, like mass and couplings, energy-dependent quantities, even in ...
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What processes contribute to non-relativistic proton-antiproton collsions (annihilation)

I wonder what the dominant contributions of nuclear interaction to non-relativistic proton-antiproton annihilation are (I mean that the proton and antiproton are non-relativistic. The products might ...
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Charged-current: Why does the neutrino interact with the down-quark?

I'm revising for an exam and looking at a few exercises, one of which starts with Consider the charged-current interaction between a muon neutrino with one of the valence quarks of the proton. ...
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If the effects of gravity cannot travel faster than the “c”, does this mean we are only gravitationally bound by masses in our observable universe?

I'm 17 and fascinated by the differences and omissions Newton made in his equations of motion. However it makes sense that gravity can't travel faster than light because of the force-carrying ...
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Electron-Positron Annihilation: How is charge conserved at the verticies?

How is reaction possible? The verticies do not conserve charge. Also, why is the arrow for the positron pointing downwards when as time increases, the positron should move towards its vertex? Sorry, ...
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Where does the Higgs Boson fit in the three generations of charged particle?

I am reading a book called "Gauge Fields, Knots and Gravity" by Baez et. al. In the first chapter, the authors explains that there are three generations of charged particles: First: electrons, ...
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Chemical potentials of SM particles at high temperatures

Recently I've heard the statement that chemical potentials of SM particles on $T > 1 \text{ GeV}$ are very small, so that Gibbs potential reduces to free energy. How to prove this statement? Does ...
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Do shadows have mass?

It sounds like a joke but I just want to know if shadows have mass, since shadows are formed when there is blocking of light. It forms a black pattern with no energy therefore it has no mass.
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Particle Physics Decay Question - Eta Prime Decay Parity/Angular Momentum Conservation

I was hoping someone could clarify why the following decay does not occur: $ \eta ^{'0} \rightarrow \pi ^{0} + \rho ^{0}$ The quark compositions and spin parity are as followed: $ \eta ^{'0} : ...
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Neutron antineutron reaction documentation

Has neutron-antinutron reaction been observed? If so, can you please provide a documentation (experimental observation) for neutron antineutron reaction?
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Where does the majority of the mass of the usual matter come from? [duplicate]

I apologize in advance to experts for the naivety of the question. It should be a duplicate but I didn't find any satifying question or answer about that. The proton is composed by two up quarks ...
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Does Time change over temperature? [duplicate]

I am not a physicist, I am just an engineer. But I dared to ask whether the temperature changes the perception of time. Let's consider a particle that "stops" at absolute zero. I was thinking as a ...
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What are the parity of particles? [duplicate]

When looking to see if particle collisions/decays are possible and what force they act through, how do you know the parity of particles to know whether they act through weak force? Is there a grouping ...
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Do holes have physical existence?

We know that holes are created due to electrons hopping from one covalent bond to another. But does a hole have a physical existence or it's just a fictitious positive charge, an illusion created by ...
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Can bosons have anti-particles?

Can bosons have anti-particles? In the past, I would have answered this question with a yes, primarily because I can imagine writing down a QFT for complex scalars that has a U(1) symmetry that ...