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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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Why can't muons be the carriers of the strong interaction?

The strong forces operate up to range of $10^{-15}$ meters. The calculations for Muon reveal that they can be propagator for distances up to $10^{-14}$ meters. Why can't I ignore the factor of 10 and ...
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Symmetry factor and coupling constant in scalar field theory

I am just now starting my particles "education" so forgive me if this is elementary... Looking at interaction terms in a scalar field Lagrangian, I get: $$ ...
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How can fusion within the sun be possible if there is no such thing as helium-2 (2 protons, no neutrons)

As stated in the question where does the sun(or other star) get the necessary neutron in order to produce the Helium atom? and how does this process occur (explain how the neutron incorporates).
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Matter and antimatter differences?

I've heard (and after googling for a while, found) that the only difference between matter and anti-matter is simply charge. This bothers me when it comes to the neutron. Matter and anti-matter ...
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How did Pauli and Fermi deduce the existence of the neutrino? [duplicate]

From Wikipedia: The neutrino was postulated first by Wolfgang Pauli in 1930 to explain how beta decay could conserve energy, momentum, and angular momentum (spin). In contrast to Niels Bohr, who ...
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How is it possible to accelerate a neutron?

It is possible to accelerate a charged particle in an electric field, how is it possible to accelerate a neutron? How can we control its velocity?
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Conservation of charge on Higgs production by bremsstrahlung

The Higgs production channel $$q+\bar{q} \rightarrow W^++ H^0,$$ depicted below, seems to be violating charge conservation, or am I missing something? The quark and its antiquark have the same ...
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Is there a machine readable format of the data tables in Particle Data Group PDFs?

Is there a machine-readable format of the tables of data in PDG documents such as this one? http://pdg.lbl.gov/2011/download/rpp-2010-booklet.pdf Something such as JSON, XML, CSV, HTML, or anything ...
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Detecting negative energy products in particle accelerators

Are the detectors in a typical particle accelerator experiment, either in Fermilab, or now in LHC, sensitive to negative energy particles? How would a negative energy particle, (say, a negative ...
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What does the first column in the “decay modes” table mean (in Particle Data Group documents)?

As a follow-up to this more general question, what are the values in the first column of each of the "decay tables" in a PDG document describing? What are those things in the first column? Are they ...
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Understanding the Particle Data Group review documents

Would someone mind outlining what each piece of semi-structured data means in these images taken of some PDG documents? As a newcomer it is very difficult to interpret the tables. tl;dr This ...
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Where can I find the datasets from LHC?

I know that most of the datasets from ATLAS or other particle physics experiments are terabytes, but I was just curious is there any place where one can find them to download? And one more question, ...
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A particle has $\overrightarrow{r}(0)=4m(\hspace{2pt}\hat{j}\hspace{2pt})$ and $\overrightarrow{v}(0)=(2m/s^2)\hat{i}$ [closed]

I am having trouble with these problems, and I want to gain a understanding of how to solve these. I'll put what I have tried at the end, even though I don't think it'll be of help. A particle has ...
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Why are there no elementary charged, spin-zero particles?

In the spirit of a related inquiry, I would like to know if there's a basis for understanding why there aren't any elementary particles that have non-zero electric charge but zero spin? Can such a ...
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What is the change in energy of $ \Delta e = h \nu $ in respect to?

I saw this equation today when calculating energies of photons of different frequencies, and noticed that the change in energy is a product of plank's constant and frequency. $$\Delta e = h * \nu $$ ...
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What's the value of the coupling constant in interacting field theories?

Consider this Lagrangian : $L = \frac{1}{2}(\partial_\mu \Phi)^2 - \frac{M^2}{2}\Phi^2 +\frac{1}{2}(\partial_\mu \phi)^2 -\frac{m^2}{2} \phi^2 -\mu\Phi\phi^2$ Its interaction term is given by : ...
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Inclusive and exclusive searches [duplicate]

Please, I would like to know what means inclusive and exclusive searches in High Energy Physics. Thanks in advance. Fábio.
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Why isn't the quark charge taken as primitive?

Why are electrons taken implicitly to be the elementary charge? It would save a lot of fractions in particle physics problems.
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How does the number of events per bunch collision scale (as function of energy, luminosity …)

Looking at Table 1 of Burton Richter's recent article High Energy Colliding Beams; What Is Their Future? I'm wondering how the number of events per bunch collision ("$N_b$") scales for the collider ...
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Nuclear Interaction Stopping Power

Hello again question board. I'm in need of some help with my b) question for homework I have. Following question is verbatim: "How thick should a wall of shielding iron be to absorb a 10 GeV/c pion ...
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Understanding the effective low-energy Lagrangian for hadrons

My course in Higgs Physics is discussing a two-nucleon low-energy effective theory of hadron interaction. With $\psi=(p,n)$, the pion is defined as $\vec{\pi}= i \bar{\psi}\vec{\tau} \gamma_5 ...
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What is the reason for the $ i \tau_2 $ - factor in the higgs coupling with up-type quarks?

The quark mass term in the Standard Model Lagrangian looks like this: $$ L = - \lambda_d \bar{Q}\phi d_R - \lambda_u \bar{Q} i \tau_2 \phi^* u_R $$ What is the reason for the $ i \tau_2 $ - ...
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Scalar Particles, Flavor Changing Processes and Gauge Symmetries

Let's consider an extended version of the Standard Model (SM) with a new Yukawa operator of the form $$ \sum_\ell g_\ell\bar{\ell}\ell \phi ,$$ where $\ell$ is any lepton of the SM and $\phi$ is a new ...
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Is the left-handed neutrino, after seesaw, still the left-handed neutrino?

Reading this question and its answer Seesaw type-1 and integrating out heavy fields The diagonalization of the see-saw is described as going from "interaction basis" right (and left) handed ...
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Is neutron decay a purely electromagnetic phenomena?

Until reading the Phys.SE post here about the neutron decay I never feel strange the fact about the antisymmetricity of this decay. But indeed why this decay is antisymmetric. The neutron is his own ...
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What does “P-wave” mean when referring to a particle?

In scattering theory, P wave means $l=1$, where $l$ is the azimuthal quantum number. However, what does P wave mean when referring to particle states? For example, in this paper (arXiv link), the ...
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Neutron to antiproton decay

Would it be possible for a neutron to lose a positron and become an antiproton? Or would would it need to be the decay of a antineutron to antiproton instead?
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Why are neutrinos more weakly interacting than light?

When people describe neutrino interactions they describe them as rare/infrequent due to the fact that the neutrinos are electrically neutral and have little mass, if any. Well why then is the photon ...
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Is negative mass for a bound system of two particles forbidden?

Is there any theorem that forbids the bound system of two massive particles to have negative mass?
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Is the Higgs Boson a Force Carrier? [duplicate]

I am told there are four fundamental forces, and each of these forces has a boson that acts as its carrier. Reading this http://www.fnal.gov/pub/science/inquiring/questions/higgs_boson.html I find ...
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General definition of vector spinor and spin

I am looking for basic and exact definitions of fundamental physical consepts in graduate level. I reach this following definitions. Could you please help to improve these definitions. Spin: ...
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Difference between Urca process and $\beta$-decay in neutron stars cooling

I was reading about the Urca process and its importance in the cooling of astrophysical compact objects. Indeed, it is supposed to be one of the major contribution to the cooling of neutron stars ...
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Do massive particles exchange Higgs bosons?

Do massive particles exchange virtual Higgs bosons between themselves? If they do does the resulting Higgs force decay exponentially with distance?
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Can a third type of electrical charge exist?

Upon reading my book on physics, it mentions that there are only two discovered types of electric charges. I wonder if there could be a third type of elusive charge, and what type of effects could it ...
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What are the quantum numbers of an exchange particle in the t channel?

i know that for an s channel reaction, the quantum numbers of the intermediate particle have to be the same as those of the particles coming in, for example in the reaction $\gamma \pi \rightarrow a_2 ...
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Dashed lines in Feynman diagram

In this article, in e.g. figure 2, what does these dashed lines across the Feynman diagram mean?
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Lie theory and particle physics [duplicate]

I have recently been reading Intro to Lie algebras and representation theory by Humphreys, and when I am finished I am interested in reading about Lie groups and Lie algebras and their applications to ...
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Higgs Boson revealed video

I'm newbie here, no background in physics, just trying to understand a bit about the Higgs Boson. I guess the key moment of this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RC-apKhWNDE) is when Fabiola ...
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How literally should you take “The Higgs boson gives other particles mass”?

A standard phrase in popular discussions of the Higgs boson is that "it gives particles mass". To what extent is this a reasonable, pop-science, level of description of the Higgs boson and it's ...
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Deriving Feynman rules from a Lagrangian for vertex factors for “more complicated” interactions

I am trying to derive Feynman rules from a given Lagrangian and I got stuck on some vertex factors. What for example is the vertex factor that corresponds to the four-scalar interaction that is ...
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Photon striking a molecule and getting reflected

I am writing a simple simulator which simulate absorption of UV light in solution. The idea is to see if I can see Beer-Lambert laws in my model. It is not intended to be a precise simulator but ...
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How to explain spin of electron? [duplicate]

How can we explain spin of electron, or the spin of other fundamental particles? If we think the spin of electron is similar to the spin of a ball or planet we make a mistake. We say it is an ...
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How does a structureless particle decay?

As we know that particles having structure (quarks) decays to lighter products. We can show the decay of them by quark level Feynman diagram. But what about muon decays to electron, neutrino (muon ...
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Magnetic moment of uncharged particles

As we know that particles, only having charge, can have magnetic moment, then how particle like neutrino (having mass) can have magnetic moment? Don't bother about neutron because it has charge ...
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How is photon time of flight/range over sub-millimeter distances measured?

I was reading a paper that described how the force a low-thrust torsion pendulum was measured. In it, the paper states a laser is bounced off a mirror and the displacement is "...based upon the beam ...
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What's the difference between energy and temperature in field theory?

I'm familiar with the formalisms for both zero temperature and finite temperature field theory, but (somewhat embarrassingly) I don't actually have a good physical intuition for when physical ...
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Constructing SUSY algebra via index structure

Often in literature the SUSY algebra is simply given, but various books, for example Bailin and Love, goes through the trouble of showing how the SUSY commutation relations are the only possible ones ...
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What are the main algorithms the LHC particle detectors use to reconstruct decay pathways?

I am just starting to look into how we understand the data from particle collisions. My question is, what are the algorithms or ways that these detectors interpret the data? Are there standard ...
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Is spin an observable quantity for fundamental particles? [duplicate]

How we know that the spin of fundamental particles? For example spin-0, 1/2, 1,2.. What is the experimental facts about spin?
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Is there a fundamental particle that gives rise to energy?

I was wondering if there exist a particle analogous to the Higgs boson that gives rise to energy, I´m sorry it´s not the big question but I feel confused about how the universe works, also I have been ...