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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Which is the most fundamental constant between the Planck constant $h$ and the reduced Planck constant $\hbar$?

This question is related to Planck units (also called natural units, absolute units or God's units). I'm wondering which constant is the most fundamental and should be normalized to 1. I would like as ...
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Metric Perturbations in General Relativity and quasi-normal modes?

I am familiar with the tools that appear in (linear) perturbation theory for general relativity, that is namely that one writes: $$g_{\mu \nu} = g^{(0)}_{\mu \nu} + \epsilon g^{(1)}_{\mu \nu} + ...
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How to determine a strong or weak interaction (Strange particles)?

As you know $\pi^-$ meson + proton ---> $K^+$ meson + $\Sigma^-$ particle. (AntiUp,down) + (up up down) --> (up antistrange) + (down down strange) I know that the quark number has be conserved in ...
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What are the technological challenges to building a muon collider?

There is a strong physics case for building and running a muon collider (primarily as a Higgs factory). Currently, what is the principal technological hold-up in making the muon collider possible?
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Conservation of total angular momentum in $\Phi$-meson decay

I am looking into the decay of a $\Phi$-meson decaying into $K^+$, $K^-$. My problem is, the $\Phi$-meson has a total angular momentum of 1 and the two Kaons have a total angular momentum of 0. On the ...
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Energy in nuclear decays

After a nuclear decay is it a necessity that the total energy of the products is more than the energy of the original particle before decaying? (NB: by 'energy' I don't intend to include mass-energy ...
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Toroid moments tensor decomposition

I am currently working on my bachelor's thesis on the anapole / toroidal moment and it seems that I am stuck with a tensor decomposition problem. I have actually never had a course about tensors, so ...
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Subnuclear physics vs wave function

This question is more a philosophical question than a physics one. When we appreciate particle physics we study that in order to explain some experimental results we have to introduce a new particle ...
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VEV of tensor fields

Is it possible to have a VEV (vacuum expectation value) for tensor field? I am mainly concerned about second rank tensors. It seems it can have a VEV which will be proportional to the metric tensor ...
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What are particle multiplets in the Standard Model?

The particles of the standard model are often displayed in groupings known as multiplets. I know that this somehow relates to the underlying symmetries of the standard model, which can be viewed as ...
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Why use a hadron collider to search for Higgs Boson

If, according to relativity matter is energy condensed, wouldn't breaking open the endless Matryoshka dolls of matter to find the most fundamental particle which gives mass to matter be fallacious? ...
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Space-time Topologies?

When it comes to questions of existence of bounds for PDE's and such, one must often make some assumptions regarding the topology of the space-time to use well known theorems. My question is ...
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Why 3He(n,p)3H nuclear reaction proceeds but 3He(n,gamma)4He heavily suppressed?

The neutron capture reaction 3He(n,p)3H is very useful for neutron detection as the Q value of ~700keV is converted to kinetic energies in the produced p and 3H. These charged products can then ionize ...
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What exactly is an anti-neutrino?

According to the the definition of anti-particles, they are particles with same mass but opposite charge. Neutrinos by definition have no charge. So, how can it have an anti-particle?
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“Periodic Table” of Particles of the Standard Model?

What is a good, single, "periodic table" of all the particles of the Standard Model? I thought Particle Data Group would have a single-page PDF of this, but I couldn't find a single table listing all ...
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Whether nuclear physics or nuclear engineering is suitable for doing research in nuclear fusion? [closed]

I want to do research in making nuclear fusion sustainable for electrical energy production , which field I should choose? and it is worth doing research in fusion now, since many of them are saying ...
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Mass eigenstate of neutrinos [duplicate]

Isn't mass a fixed and an intrinsic property of a particle? How can we talk about eigenstates of the mass in the context of neutrinos?
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Particle Physics : Conservation laws

As a whole, is conservation of a Lepton number valid, or is it basically the generalization of conservation of electron and muon numbers?
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why electron s move towards less potential region

In quantum physics, can someone explain me why electrons move from high to low potential regions? By the way, what is the very definition of this potential? Moreover, how this generalize to other ...
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Double slit experiment observation

In the double-slit experiment, if you shoot particles through the slits one by one and observe which slit they travel through, is there still an interference pattern on the screen behind the slits? If ...
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How does matter know to obey physical laws? [closed]

First of all, you may say that, this is a "why" question and in physics we don't ask such a question and instead we ask about "how". However, I want to discuss this with you. We model the behavior of ...
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Representation of SU(3) generators

Let's discuss about $SU(3)$. I understand that the most important representations (relevant to physics) are the defining and the adjoint. In the defining representation of $SU(3)$; namely ...
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Decay width average in the isospin invariant limit

Suppose we have the following experimental values for $\eta' \rightarrow \eta \pi \pi$ decay width: $\Gamma_{\eta' \rightarrow \eta \pi^+ \pi^-} = 0.086 \pm 0.004$ $\Gamma_{\eta' \rightarrow \eta ...
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$L^{1}$ energy-momentum tensors in general relativity; semi-classical gravity

I was unsure whether to pose this question in a physics or mathematics forum, but it is an interesting idea I have been thinking about for some time. In any (semi-)classical field theory it is often ...
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Foundations of the notion of elementary particle in the Standard Model

According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_particles, the list of elemetary particles includes more than 30 particles (bottom of the page). Does the Standard Model explain (if yes, then how) ...
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Can someone recommend good resources to self study physics please? [duplicate]

I have a goal to educate myself up to the current level of knowledge we possess about the universe. I've tried textbooks, wikipedia, lectures, but i find each of them fundamentally flawed in ...
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Higgs boson production via positron-electron collision

One of the suggested diagrams for the Higgs production is the following: so basically an electron-positron pair annihilates and forms an (excited?) Z boson, which then decays into another (less ...
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B-mode and circular polarization in BICEP2

In the case of the B-mode detected in BICEP2, at first they assumed there was no circular polarization and then the Q and U stocks parameter of the CMB is given by E-mode and B mode. If we have ...
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Can an electron and a positron annihilate to form a Z_0 boson?

I guess that, since the Z boson is more massive than both the electrons, they need to go pretty fast (so that their kinetic energy is large enough), but is annihilation a property of the ...
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What is the difference between these two Feynman diagrams?

In which direction is time flowing and what reactions do they represent? EDIT for Gigi (I could not add a comment to your answer): 1) Do Feynman diagrams by definition only show fundamental ...
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Scalar field divergent mass correction interpretation question (hierarchy problem)

Simple power counting tells you that a scalar field coupled to some fermions at one-loop picks up a correction to the mass of the order $\Lambda^2$. Based on this people say things like "it's natural ...
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Is the neutral pion a singlet?

In Griffiths' Introduction to Elementary Particles, it is mentioned p. 179 that the $\pi^0$ is a singlet under $SU(2)$ isospin. But it is also part of the $\pi^-,\pi^0,\pi^+$ isospin triplet. How can ...
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Alpha particle deflection by 180 degree in Rutherford's gold foil experiment

Did some of the aplha particles back trace their path after hitting the gold foil ? (Turn by 180 degrees.) If so, how were they detected ?
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How to calculate relative branching fractions of the $Z$ boson to specific pairs of “neutral lepton and anti-lepton”?

The PDG is listing values of "$Z$ couplings to neutral leptons" as $$ \begin{eqnarray} g^{\nu_{\ell}} & = & 0.5008 \, \pm \, 0.0008 \\ g^{\nu_{e}} & = & 0.53 \, \pm \, 0.09 \\ ...
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Can we squeeze atoms?

Lets consider few water molecules (or monoatomic noble gas or $H^+$ ions or electron gas) to be present inside a vessel, now if we enclose the vessel with certain hard material which could act as ...
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Need help solving a task - laws of conservation (leptons, baryons, charge)

We got a task from our teacher, a multiple choice task; and here it is: Which of the following reactions is correct, considering the conservation laws? Note: We have only learned to use the ...
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Why are neutrino and antineutrino cross sections different?

Particularly in the case of Majorana neutrinos, it seems a little odd that the particle and antiparticle would have differing cross sections. Perhaps the answer is in here, but I've missed it: ...
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Virtual particles and physical laws

Recently, I was reading about Hawking Radiation in A Brief History of Time. It says that at no point can all the fields be zero and so there's nothing like empty space(quantum fluctuation etc.). Now, ...
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Effective theories and dimension six operators

What is the importance of dimension six operators in the study of physics beyond the Standard Model? Are these operators more relevant than dimension five operators like $HHFF$ or operators with ...
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Rigorous mathematical formalism of particle physics

Can anyone provide me with a rigorous mathematical definition of the fundamental particles (all fundamental bosons and fermions), reflecting the analogy of action of groups with interaction of ...
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What is the meaning behind the neutrino oscillation parameter?

As far as I can tell, there are 6 parameters that describe how a neutrino oscillates: 2 mass squared differences, 3 mixing angles and another parameter I don't understand at all (delta). Thus I have ...
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Entropy of Reeh-Schlieder correlations

Any state analytic in energy (which includes most physical states since they have bounded energy) contains non-local correlations described by the Reeh-Schlieder theorem in AQFT. It is further shown ...
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$\mathrm{d} \Omega_{CM}$ for a $1\rightarrow 2$ particle decay?

The differential solid angle is described in e.g. Srednicki's QFT text but only for the case of scattering. Because in the case of scattering it's defined with respect to the incoming three-momentum ...
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How use the Higgs branching ratio plot to extract information about the Higgs mass compared to experiment?

What does the plot of higgs branching ratio (see figure below) say about the higgs mass anyway? How can one use it as a guide to find the higgs mass experimentally? If we e.g. go to $M_H=126$ GeV ...
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How can a pion with neutral charge exist? [duplicate]

A $\pi^0$ consists of an up and anti-up quark. However, I also learned that when a particle and its anti-particle meet, energy is produced. So, my question is that how can $\pi^0$ exist? Won't it ...
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Mandelstam variables 1 positive 2 negative

The three Mandelstam-variables are defined as: $$s=(p_A+p_B)^2=(p_C+p_D)^2,$$$$t=(p_A-p_C)^2=(p_B-p_D)^2$$$$u=(p_A-p_D)^2=(p_B-p_C)^2.$$ Where A and B are the incoming particles and C and D are the ...
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Which is the heaviest elementary particle? [closed]

Which elementary particle has the greatest rest mass? (For the sake of this question I'll call a photon's rest mass 0, whether it is or isn't (actually, tell me if this is the right thing to do)).
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Can a neutrinos mass oscillate in a similar way to its flavour?

So I've been reading up on neutrino oscillations and I think I'm making some progress in understanding it, but I'm still a long way off. As I understand it, you can 'classify' neutrinos in two ways; ...
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Multiparticle generalization of $\langle \vec k \vert E,l,m \rangle$ spherical harmonics.

From Sakurai eq. 6.4.21a we have that $$\langle {\bf k} \vert E,l,m \rangle=\frac{\hbar}{\sqrt{M k}}\delta\left(E-\frac{\hbar^2 k^2 }{2M}\right) Y_l^m({\bf\hat k}),$$ where $M$ is the mass of the ...
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what is QCD Background?

I am looking at some papers in particle physics and came across 2 terms called QCD Background and ABCD method (control region and signal region). When I searched them on Google, could not get much ...