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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Wave function of particle and antiparticle

The wave functions of particle and antiparticle are related by complex conjugation and wavefunction Ψ must be complex for particle such as n, p. Is there way to prove this mathematically? Can we do ...
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Is the back induced emf in inductive coil equal to the original? [duplicate]

I always thought that an inductor resists the change of magnetic flux to a CERTAIN EXTENT, that is it would generate a back emf that would provide only a percentage of obstruction to the original emf. ...
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What interaction shown in this Feynman diagram and is it possible?

I saw the following Feynman diagram in my textbook, not sure if a typo or something I don't know: Just to clarify, the "e" on the upper left does not have any superscript. I am not sure if such a ...
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DNA breaks with particles or photons (Radiation therapy)

When protons (or other particles) or photons are used in radiation therapy to treat cancer patients, the main effect is for it to make DNA breaks that hopefully will make the cancer cell die ...
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If dark energy is responsible for the expansion of the universe, is it possible that it is also the force which creates dark matter? [duplicate]

In a science fiction story I am writing humans travel through space (only our solar system) using dark energy. In my imagining of the future scientists discovered that dark energy exists in a field ...
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How to calculate probability of neutrino oscillation after a distance

I'm trying to calculate the probability of an detecting a muon neutrino after a certain distance, where the neutrino beam is entirely electron neutrinos as t = 0. I know I need to use the PMNS matrix ...
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Why do we need to build photon colliders? Since electron-position colliders are very “clean”

What's the advantage of gamma-gamma colliders? What new physics can be done with it? Reference: http://www.slac.stanford.edu/pubs/beamline/26/1/26-1-kim.pdf
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How do I go about understanding particle physics? [closed]

My science project has tasked me in creating a research paper on the standard model of particle physics, but I'm not in highschool yet. I don't know how to go about learning the math and the concepts ...
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What is the difference between “additive” quantum numbers and “multiplicative” quantum numbers?

What is the difference between "additive" quantum numbers and "multiplicative" quantum numbers? I think that this may have something to do with P and C Symmetry groups, but I may be mistaken. I’m ...
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Could we live if we were made of antimatter? If so, would there be any difference to experience?

Antimatter is material composed of antiparticles, which have the same mass as particles of ordinary matter but opposite charges, as well as other particle properties such as lepton and baryon numbers ...
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How can muons travel faster than light through ice?

When a neutrino traveling through ice hits and interacts with an oxygen atom, muons are created. Cherenkov radiation can be created when muons travel through ice faster than light and create a ...
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Why is there no fundamental force following from the $SU(4)$ symmetry?

I've understood that the three fundamental interactions described by the Standard Model (the electromagnetic, the weak and the strong force) are thought to correspond (roughly) to gauge invariances ...
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Trinification lepton Yukawa interactions

We have a trinification model of $SU(3)_c\otimes SU(3)_L\otimes SU(3)_R$, where the first is the usual colour group, the second a left $SU(3)$ and the third a right $SU(3)$. As usual, leptons and ...
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Higgs boson and dark matter.

In the standard model the Higgs boson gives the mass to other particles, but in the Universe we know that the 80% of mass is in form of dark matter, that is not constituted by known particles. The ...
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How do I form the four-momentum quantum operator?

I am trying to form the four-momentum quantum operator. These are the steps I have taken so far: The 3-momentum operator is given by $ \hat{p}_{i} = -i\partial_{i} $. This is covariant because it is ...
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Physics of tagging at B factories

At some B factories, mesons carrying $b/\bar{b}$ quarks are created by $e^-e^+$ collisions at $\gamma(4S)$ resonance. $\gamma(4S)$ decays into antisymmetric wavefunction given by $$ ...
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Basic Quantum Entanglement

Quantum entanglement means that multiple particles are linked together in a way such that the measurement of one particle's quantum state determines the possible quantum states of the other particles. ...
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Why are there presently more electrons than positrons in the universe? [duplicate]

After the Big Bang, when the universe was extremely hot, there was a symmetry in the population of electrons and positrons. But in the present universe we observe a large number of electrons and ...
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What direction are the decay particles of muons emitted in?

If I were to run an experiment where I could measure the neutrino as well as the positron emitted when a muon decays, what direction should i be looking in?
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Why do the masses of decay products affect the branching ratio?

Consider a particle $P$ of mass $100m$ (where $m$ is some unit). It can decay into either of two particle-antiparticle pairs: $P\to P_1\bar{P}_1$ with branching ratio $BR_1$, where $P_1$ has mass ...
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Why do we say that elementary particles are pointlike? [duplicate]

When people discuss quantum field theory in a popular context, they say that fundamental particles, such as quarks and electrons, are pointlike, with zero size. However, I don't think this is what ...
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Why do Higgs decays depend on the production method?

I'm reading about Higgs phenomenology and I have come across the following table. I don't see why gluon fusion to $b \bar{b}$ is considered to be "impossible" in this table. As far as I can tell, ...
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Would the ultra high energy particle beam be scattered in plasma accelerators?

Plasma wakefield accelerators accelerate particles in hot plasma instead of cold vacuum chambers of superconductor linacs. Would the particle beam collide with ions, electrons or thermal photons in ...
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Why don't X-rays penetrate the bone?

My brother asked the simplest question ever: why do X-rays not penetrate the bone? I know it is something to do with the compact molecular structure of bone. What I really need to know is, what is ...
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What would have been the story of the Universe if there was no mechanism to produce massive fundamental baryonic particles? [duplicate]

Thanks for those of you who took their time answering my problem but it seems that there is a misunderstanding between us. Most answers are based on the assumption of Electroweak symmetry breaking ...
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What is a Parton Level Feynman Diagram?

I am studying elementary particle physics and I am wondering what a parton level Feynman diagram is? My understanding is that partons are representations of the quark and gluon substructure of ...
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The Space Between Atoms And Sub-Atomic Particles And More [closed]

I was wondering what the space between atoms or electrons is called. Is it Vacuum ? And what is in there ? Is it really free or empty space ? And if so, how can nothing exist ? It is a bit of an odd ...
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proton magnetism and repulsion [closed]

I am reading that it is proton magnetism that keeps us from falling through a bed if we land on it- That is to say that the proton magnetism in the bed repulses the protons in us, our clothes etc. If ...
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Do neutrinos have mass? [closed]

I'm really curious on this subject and I want to know if neutrinos have mass. I know they are a subatomic particle, but how much mass.
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How to determine if interaction is allowed?

I'm trying to determine if the reaction $$n\rightarrow p\pi^-$$ is allowed. First of, this doesn't list this as one of the decay modes of the neutron, so I suspect that it should not be allowed. ...
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What experiments can we conduct using CERN's beamline? [closed]

I am participating in a competition organised by those brilliant people at CERN. Here’s where the trouble arises: -None of my school’s teachers are well-versed in particle physics -My country, ...
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What is the meaning of $\mathrm{d}^4k$ in this integral?

From Gerardus 't Hooft's Nobel Lecture, December 8, 1999, he states the following equation (2.1): $$ \int \mathrm{d}^4k \frac{\operatorname{Pol}(k_{\mu})}{(k^2+m^2)\bigl((k+q)^2+m^2\bigr)} = \infty ...
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is the earth's atmosphere positivly charged? [duplicate]

Is the earth's atmoshere charged with positive ions? What are the effects of positive verses negative ions?
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How is Spin experimentally determined?

I know what spin is and how theories determine it for particles. What I don't understand yet, is how people, through experiments and data analysis or whatever, reach to confirm/say that the $X$ ...
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Can glueball be created by electron-positron colliders?

Since electrons and positrons are leptons, which don't experience strong interaction, and glueballs are unadulterated entities of quantum chromodynamics. Does that mean hadron colliders are better at ...
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Why does antimatter and matter fuse to release energy even though they will cancel each other perfectly?

I have seen many physics people talk about antimatter as a evil twin of matter and when they come in contact with each other leave massive amount of energy instead of only void. If antimatter and ...
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Parent particles. Production modes of hyperon $\Lambda$

In the PDG are listed the decay modes of the known particles. I wonder if there exist lists with the production modes of particles. It is, lists with all the possible parent particles that decay into ...
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How the state of elementary particles change under lorentz transformation?

Let us take three observers namely Alice, Bob and Charlie. Bob is stationary with respect to Alice, but his axes are rotated from her's.We can get Bob's coordinate axes by rotating Alice's through 60 ...
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How do we know that A is a pseudoscalar (CP-odd) Higgs?

Starting from a model with two complex Higgs doublets (as e.g. in the MSSM) we arrive at 5 physical Higgs bosons (instead of 1 as in the Standard Model), 2 of which are charged and 3 are neutral. One ...
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Equivalence of nonlinear sigma model and the $CP^1$ model

While studying the non-linear sigma model, defined by the action $\mathcal{S} = \int dtd^2x (\partial_\mu n^a \partial^\mu n^a)$ along with the constraint $n^a n^a=1$, people often use the map $n^a = ...
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Why are spin-1/2 particles the simplest particles? [closed]

Paul Dirac, in his interview with Friedrich Hund, mentioned that it was to his surprise that his equation automatically incorporated spin. He said that he thought the simplest theory, for which he was ...
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time of flight between two scintillators

I found this page on Wikipedia about finding distance between time of flight of two particles passing past two scintillators, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_of_flight_detector, but I can't find ...
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Does our Universe reside in the smallest particle? [closed]

I do not know where to ask this question in the first place, but I think here would be a start. Is there a possibility that if we go inside the smallest particle (which we have not discovered yet; ...
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Neutrinoless double beta decay: annihilation of neutrinos or nucleon absorption?

I've a question regarding the interpretation of the neutrinos in neutrinoless double beta decay: The basic issue that I have is with papers that regard the decay as a neutrino-neutrino ...
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Can I catch a particle (such as electron) and say it's left hand

Why is only the left hand electron coupled to weak interaction? How can I tell the chirality of an electron?
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Proton-Proton collision [duplicate]

How are the people at CERN able to exactly collide protons head on? What about the HUP? Do they accelerate many particles and smash them so that at least some of them collide head on?
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Massive spin one pseudovector decay?

Suppose you have a massive spin one pseudo-vector particle. Is it allowed to decay into an electron-positron pair? I'm thinking it might be disallowed because of parity conservation. If it is ...
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Why do we say that photons are particles? [closed]

This question may appear stupid but I really do have to understand. Maybe it's just semantic and nothing else. Why do we say that photons are (elementary) particles? They are pure radiation, since ...
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How can neutrinos have both mass and helicity?

If a neutrino has mass it must travel at less than the speed of light. So how can it possess helicity, which can change depending on relative velocity?
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What are the essential pure mathematics branches applied in theoretical high energy physics [closed]

I am a physics graduate student.I am interested in theoretical high energy physics.Very often people say that to be a good theoretical physicist you need to know mathematics very well.Now although we ...