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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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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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 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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Electromagnetic force interaction

As far as I know, the electromagnetic force only interacts on particles with electrical charge, but I was told that the electromagnetic force was involved in the following reaction: ...
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Proton as superposition of hadrons: $\vert p\rangle = c_0\vert p_0\rangle+c_1\vert h\rangle+\cdots$

I have a question regarding hadron fluctuations. For instance on page 85 in Feynman's "Photon-Hadron Interactions" equation 15.2 reads: $$\tag1\vert \omega\rangle = \vert ...
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How does the Higgs Particle Decay?

Background: It is my understanding that the Higgs Boson is a fluctuation of the Higgs field. It also is not very stable and decays into a plethora of other particles. If all other particles interact ...
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Neglecting mass at asymptotic spacelike momenta

What is the rational/reason for neglecting masses at asymptotic non-exceptional space-like momenta. I have come across this as a first fix for being able to extract information from the ...
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Twisted supermultiplets

What is a twisted supermultiplet, in a generic supersymmetric theory? Which ordinary fields belong to one of such twisted supermultiplets? I am confident with the idea of a supermultiplet or a ...
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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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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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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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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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Likelihood of the creation of a single unbound quark in the collision of very high energy particle beams

I am going over old exam and am not understanding the logic behind the answer given in the mark-scheme. A beam of protons and antiprotons attain energies of 1400 GeV in a synchrotron. Why is it ...
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What determines the probability of a pair of photons interacting, and producing a positron and an electron?

The second answer to this question describes how this process might occur, and I'm curious for more details about it: What is the probability distribution of the interaction producing ...
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Spin of a decay product

A particle A decays into particles B, C and D. The spin of A, B and C particles is 1/2 each. What are the possible spins of particle D? My attempt is the following: Since B and C have spin 1/2 ...
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Weak decays classification

Sir, We often read about Cabibbo Favourite, Singly Cabibbo Suppressed and Doubly Cabibbo Suppressed decays. I have two questions: I understand that the suppressed decays are rarer but why are ...
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Intensity of particles with zenith angle dependence

The intensity of particles come to sea level depend to the zenith angle $I=Iv (\cos(z))^n$, where $z$ is the zenith angle and $n$ depend to the particle. I know the vertical intensity depend to the ...
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Charged pion decay and spin conservation

Charged pions $\pi^\pm$ decay via an intermediate $W$ to (e.g.) a lepton-neutrino pair. The pions being scalar (spin-0) particles and the intermediate $W$ having spin 1, how is spin conserved in ...
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Limits on stable charged particles

Are there generic model-independent limits on massive stable charged particles (say 10-500GeV)? I mean SU(2)/color singlets with just a hypercharge. For example the LEP search (CERN-EP/99-075) was ...
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Parton Distribution Functions, average cross section of the nucleon

Say we are given the scattering cross section for neutrinos from $d$ and $\bar{u}$ quarks as $\frac{d\sigma^{d}}{dQ^2}=\frac{G_F^2}{\pi}$, $\frac{d\sigma^{\bar{u}}}{dQ^2}=\frac{G_F^2}{\pi} (1-y)^2$, ...
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Strong decays of baryons via quark-antiquark pairs

I have the doubly charmed $\Xi_{cc}^{++}$ consisting of ccu quarks. This is meant to decay via strong force, producing a light baryon (cud/uuc/udc etc...) and a quark-antiquark pair along with a ...
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How is the hierarchy problem consistent with the decoupling theorem?

One the one hand we have the hierarchy problem in it's various forms, in my understanding in it's most serious form one could state it as the observation that if there is a heavy mass scale M in ...
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Chirality when moving around legs in Feynman diagrams

Assuming one has the following term in a Lagrangian: $$ g (\overline{A_R} B_L)(\overline{C_R}D_L) $$ where A,B,C,D correspond to spin 1/2 Dirac particles and the subscripts $R$ and $L$ denote left- ...
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should the Z0 decay at the same rate that the neutral pion?

The original title of the question was "In a composite Higgs..." and so the sub-questions were done around this theme: Should the decay rate of Z0 be related to the decay of the "higgs" composite ...
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Eternal clocks and 4D spacetime crystals

There was a recent article about the creation of 4D spacetime crystals based on recent theory proposed by Frank Wilczek. This theory is based on breaking time translational symmetry which basically ...
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Remaining Potential Experimental Particle Physics Discoveries at the TeV Scale?

With the discovery of the Higgs Boson, some have been calling it the end of experimental particle physics for our generation, due to the fact that all of the particles predicted by the standard model ...
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What results from particle collision would ensure the existence of the graviton?

I understand that particles are smashed together to try to enable us to detect some sort of graviton presence but we can't actually detect a graviton due to the fact that it 'exists' in some extra ...
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Can the mass of longitudinal and transverse W bosons be measured separately?

Some higgsless unified models of particle physics predict that the mass of longitudinally polarized W bosons and the mass of transversely polarized W bosons are different. In those models, a ...
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About the decay of Higgs into 2 Z bosons

I need to know if I understand this point. The factor of HZZ vertex in the SM Lagrangian is half the value of the Feynman rule which appears in Diagrammatica. When I calculate the decay of Higgs ...
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Does electron go through a forbidden state when annihilate with positron?

Let's consider an electron-positron pair with total spin equal to zero. When it annihilates it can not emit only one photon because it would have zero momentum and nonzero energy. The pair emits two ...
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Normalisation of the $\gamma$-matrices

I'm having a little difficulty with understanding the normalisation process of the $\gamma$-matrices. In Thomson Modern Particle Physics 2013, the normalisation of the $\gamma$-matrices are quoted ...
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Cold dark matter from creation in external gravitational field

Suppose we have massive (pseudo)scalar field action in FRLW spacetime: $$ S = \int d^{4}x\sqrt{-g}\left( \frac{1}{2}\partial_{\mu}\varphi \partial_{\nu}\varphi g^{\mu \nu} - ...
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W boson recontruction

How we can reconstruct the W boson, when decays leptonically because there is MET (W-->lepton+neutrino). Need a theoretical description in detail. Can any one explain this or point me to a good link?
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zee model of radiative neutrino mass

Without computing the expression for radiatively generated neutrino mass matrix $M_{\alpha\beta}$, in Zee model, is it possible to guess that the diagonal elements of the mass matrix vanishes? I ...
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What sorts of problems does asymptotically safe gravity face as a potential quantum gravity solution?

I've recently read an article by Ethan Siegel over at Forbes (he also blogs at Starts with a Bang) on asymptotically safe gravity as a possible alternative to string theory. I read the author's blog ...
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T invariance in flavored meson system

Consider Kaon CP conjugate states $\left|K^{0}\right>$ and $\left|\bar{K^{0}}\right>$. The physical states i.e, eigenstates of effective hamitonian can be written as \begin{equation} ...
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What is the meaning of thermal spectral function and thermal decay width in thermal field theory?

In Kallen-Lehmann spectral representation of 2-point correlation function \begin{equation} \langle 0|T\phi(x)\phi(0)|0\rangle=\int_0^\infty \frac{dM^2}{2\pi}\rho(M^2)D_F(x-y;M^2),\quad (a) ...
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$SU(3)$ Tensor Methods in a Tetraquark

I am trying to understand the Georgi chapter of tensor methods in $SU(3)$ representations, and I don't know how to resolve the tensor product of 2 matrices in a 2 heavy quark + 2 light antiquark ...
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Quark axial-vector current in nucleion

In almost all direct detection articles (see for example Jungman, G., Kamionkowski, M. & Griest, K., 1996. Supersymmetric dark matter) I found the following parametrization for the matrix element ...
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Sterile neutrino constraints (summary of results)

Constraints on sterile neutrinos come from an amazingly wide range of different sources. From astrophysical observations (review1, review2) to particle physics experiments (MiniBooNE, Daya Bay, LSND, ...
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Two double slit experiments after each other

Does the act of observation forever destroy a photon or electron's wave like behaviour? What would the result be if the electron was observed, and instead of displaying the two lines or particle like ...
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Writing the Interaction Hamiltonian for pions in a different way

$\pi^+$, $\pi^-$ and $\pi^0$ are scalars particles with masses approximately equals. Their interaction is, approximately, given by $H_{int}(x) = g \epsilon^{abe}\epsilon^{cde}(\phi^a\partial_\mu ...
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What is the role of the hyperfine interaction in singlet-triplet transition of spin correlated radical pairs?

I don't really understand the hyperfine structure. I understand, that the magnetic dipole moment of the nucleus interacts with the spin of an electron, causing a split between the energy levels of ...
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How to explain binding energy of electron in Geant4 particle transport code?

The question is related to binding energy of electrons in oxygen atom. First I will put the question and later explain how did I came across it. ========= The question =============== In the ...
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Why spurious pulses are likely in partial discharges?

My notes The gas multiplication in the proportional counters is based on the secondary ionization created in collisions between electrons and neutral gas molecules, resulting in some visible ...
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Covariant projection method - Meson bound states

I have seen many papers that discuss the production or decay of mesons ( quark bound states ) to make use of the covariant projection method where the product $\upsilon\bar{u}$ of the quark spinors ...
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Collision symmetry and measuring the asymmetry in the Drell-Yan process

I saw a talk the other day about an asymmetry in the Drell-Yan process caused by CP-violation: Apparently one way this can be measured (ATLAS is doing this) is to collide protons and observe the ...
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Is there a local canonical ensemble partition function for a Bose-Einstein gas?

The grand canonical partition function for a Bose-Einstein gas is $$ Z_{\text{grand bos}} = \exp \left( \sum_{j=0}^{\infty} -\ln \left( 1-e^{\beta(\mu-\epsilon_j)} \right)g_j \right) $$ where $\beta$ ...
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Is there any difference in mixing and oscillation of neutral mesons?

I have often read about neutral Kaon oscillation or neutral B meson mixing. Both are described by the similar box diagrams. So I want to know if we can say neutral kaon mixing and D meson oscillation. ...
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No bottom quark in parton distribution function

CTEQ6M Parton Distribution: http://www.scholarpedia.org/article/Introduction_to_Parton_Distribution_Functions My understanding is that bottom/top quarks can exist (at least temporarily) as ...