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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Does it make a sense to speak about age of electron or atom?

It's possible that this question is too soft or even quite senseless for this forum, but I will ask nevertheless. Everyday (macroscopic) things, like a grandfather's pendulum clock or the grandfather ...
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Status of experimental searches for tachyons?

Now that the dust has settled on the 2011 superluminal neutrino debacle at OPERA, I'm interested in understanding the current status of experimental searches for neutrinos. Although the OPERA claim ...
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is the nature of particle beam weapons in science fiction true to the reality of particle physics?

I am referring to the use of specific particle types such as an antiproton beam, positron beam, meson beam or muon beam for example in the likes of shows like star trek. I was curious if a beam of a ...
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Infinite reflection of light and the conservation of energy / momentum

First off, I confess I'm no physicist, but I have been asking people with a more extensive knowledge this one question, without a definitive answer so far. Basically, I'm playing around with the idea ...
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Infrared-free QED and Higgsless standard model phenomenology

This is one of those "what if" fantasy world type questions. I like hard sci-fi so please no "well, you changed one thing about the world so now anything goes." :) What if the Higgs had no vev? That ...
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Elementary question on pion-proton scattering cross-section

Is $E_k$ the energy of the outgoing or incoming pion? The first peak is supposed to be a delta baryon. What does the graph tell us, experimentally? A pion of kinetic energy x comes in, then we ...
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Entangled photons creating particle pairs

Two gamma ray photons are entangled and travel through space. The first gamma photon interacts with a low frequency photon and creates an electron positron pair. What happens to the other gamma ...
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Parity and Particle Exchange Operators

I would be grateful if somebody could help me brining the parity operator and the particle exchange operator together. Suppose, there is a two-proton system, where one proton is sitting at $+r$ on ...
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Earliest example of naturalness/fine-tuning arguments

The notion of naturalness is important in particle physics, especially supersymmetry. I was a little surprised, then, that the idea, or at least the name, is apparently only ~30 years old ('t Hooft, ...
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Quantum tunneling is faster than light travel?

Quantum tunneling is faster than light travel ? My reasoning is that the particle cannot be detected inside the tunnel so if it travels from A to B it must be instantly going from A to B , hence ...
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Field content and symmetry groups of Minimal Composite Higgs Models

I'm trying to teach myself the Composite Higgs Model, both its theory and its LHC phenomenology (particularly the 4DCHM). Unfortunately, I'm struggling; the literature is contradictory and/or omits ...
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Transfer of electron energy to atoms (heating up of matter by absorption of photons)

If an electron absorbs a photon to get exited to a higher energy level, it should either come back to same state or any other lower state by emitting the required photon. How then can there be a net ...
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What is the Standard Model equation which unified Strong, Weak, and Electromagnetism?

I always heard that three atomic force in small scale structure (Strong, weak and electromagnetic) are unified through the standard model, but I've never seen its unified equation. What is single ...
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What is the process that gives mass to free relativitic particles?

When a free particle move in space with a known momentum and energy then what is the physical process that gives mass to that free (relativistic) particle? What is role does the Higgs field in that ...
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Proton-proton collisions

I have a question about proton-proton collisions at the LHC. Firstly, the 4-momentum $p^\mu=(E/c,\vec{p})$ can be represented as $p^\mu =(m_T \cosh \Psi, p_T \cos \phi , p_T \sin \phi, m_T c \sinh ...
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Second baryon octet

Let's temporarily ignore spin. If 3 denotes the standard representation of SU(3), 1 the trivial rep, 8 the adjoint rep and 10 the symmetric cube then it's well-known that 3 x 3 x 3 = 1 + 8 + 8 + 10 ...
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Single photon's effect on conservation of momentum?

When your looking at basic Compton theory you find that if you shoot a stream of photons at a particle (usually atoms or electrons), then you have the basic laws of conservation of momentum. The ...
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Which was first, energy or matter in the creation of our universe?

Was it the Big Bang or was it something else that gives us our universe in its present condition? Did it all begin with just pure energy that eventually evolved into simple atoms of matter, that ...
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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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What is Transverse Energy?

What is transverse energy? Why we use transverse total energy instead of energy and transverse momentum in place of Total momentum in the particle detectors?
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Does a photon have mass? [duplicate]

I have seen questions assume photons have no mass. But I have not seen any questions that directly ask whether or not photons have mass. If photons have no mass, then how do they occupy space? How ...
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Facts About Quarks Electric Charge [duplicate]

Quarks have the unusual characteristic of having a fractional electric charge. here there is a new model that suggests maybe an up Quark has no electric charge and infact down Quark has electric ...
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Mirror Matter Hypothesis?

What is the current state of the hypothesis of mirror matter today? Are there any experimental data or theoretical arguments that exclude it by now, or is it still considered viable among physicists? ...
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Convolving Parton Distribution Functions

I have the cross-sections as a function of $\sqrt{s}$ for a process with a $u$-quark and $u$-antiquark in the initial state (eg.: $u \bar{u} \to e^- e^+$). I have a standard parton distribution ...
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What particles carry various forms of energy?

If I didn't get this wrong, light or heat energy consists of photons and they in turn effect electrons' behavior and thus responsible for chemical and electrical energy. What kind of similar particle ...
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Quantum mechanics - how can the energy be complex?

In section 134 of Vol. 3 (Quantum Mechanics), Landau and Lifshitz make the energy complex in order to describe a particle that can decay: $E = E_0 - \frac{1}{2}i \Gamma$ The propagator $U(t) = ...
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How to determine predicted CP violation for a given SUSY point?

I'm currently studying at the spectra of some supersymmetric models, and would like to know whether the parameter points I'm looking at are ruled out due to excessive CP violation. I am using SPheno, ...
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Exploiting the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle as a means to communicate

It seems as though I've come across a rather unusual conclusion that could either simply be a misinterpretation or a contradictory discovery. I seem to have found a way to utilize the Heisenberg ...
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Final-state baryons in $p \bar p$ collisions in Pythia

I'm trying to simulate inclusive $\chi_c$ production in $p \bar p$ collisions at very low energies (~ 5.5 GeV) using Pythia8 event generator. Leaving aside problems bounded with applicability of ...
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How deep can my knowledge of particle physics go without the maths?

By no means do I have the mathematical background to understand most of the math used in elementary particle physics. My current knowledge is of all the elementary particles and how they interact ...
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So there are 6 quarks, what are anti-quarks considered then?

I just recently got into particle physics and the quantum world and I love it. So my first big question is. I watch all these videos and people explain the quarks (up, down, top, bottom, strange, ...
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What if a faster-than-light particle is found?

What will be the consequence (severe ones) on laws of physics if a particle that travels faster than light is discovered? I am looking for a more general answer so that a high school student would be ...
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Can Joule's First Law of Thermodynamics be Applied to Atomic Charges?

James Joule established that all forms of energy were basically the same and interchangeable. My question is if thas law is relevant in particle physics. Can a positive charge and a negative charge be ...
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Minimum $E$ of $p\bar{p}$-collision for $q\bar{q}$ pair with mass $m_q$

I am currently working out the energy required to create a particle anti-particle pair from a collision of a proton travelling along the x-direction with an anti-proton which is at rest. The particle ...
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Do particles travel backward and forward in time? [duplicate]

All these classical ideas are pointless and obsolete today, because in quantum mechanics, the particles are completely different objects, defined by quantum motion of fields, not by the location of ...
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Did the Feynman heuristic of “simple effects have simple causes” fail for spin statistics?

Someone here recently noted that "The spin-statistics thing isn't a problem, it is a theorem (a demonstrably valid proposition), and it shouldn't be addressed, it should be understood and celebrated." ...
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Why are electrons consider waves?

I know the wave nature of electrons was evoked to explain why atoms are stable but I thought waves could be put in the same state like photons yet electrons can not exist in the same state.
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Do neutrinos of any flavor get trapped in black holes?

This question has been bothering me a bit. I know that neutrinos have super small mass and they interact via the weak force. Since they have a non-zero mass, they should be affected by black holes and ...
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If helicity can suppress weak decay of $\pi^{\pm}$, doesn't that make chiralty observer dependent?

I have been under the impression that chirality is at least in part a way to sneak in a Lorentz invariant version of helicity for particles that mass. Flip Tanedo seems to espouse this view in a ...
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Are oscillations of electron chirality experimentally observable?

Is there any plausible experiment by which chirality oscillations in electrons could be observed experimentally, such as through some analogy to neutrino oscillation experiments?
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Origin of electric charge

Baryons have charges that are the result of a polynomial calculation of their building blocks (quarks)'s fractional charges. But what gives these quarks electric charges? What interactions do they ...
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Estimate the difference between two sets of atoms

I've been working on amorphous structures derived from a crystalline one (using MD) containing $N$ atoms. I want to prove that these structures are different and to quantify their "differentness". One ...
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Why is electron presented in books, pictures as a sphere?

Why is electron presented in books, pictures as a sphere, when in fact it's not?
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Dalitz plot analysis

I have seen a few Dalitz plots so far and tried to understand how they are useful. So one of the advantages of these plot is that the non-uniformity in the plots can tell something about the ...
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Quantum field theory, particle interpretations and path integrals?

I am trying to find some names or models of a particle interpretation of quantum field theory which isn't a literal path integral approach? Are there any particle interpretations of quantum field ...
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Why is there a linear relationship between charge and isospin?

So the title basically says it all. Something that's really bothering me is the fact that the Gell-Mann Nishijima relationship can be extended to provide a linear relationship between charge and all ...
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What algorithms are used for track reconstruction in cloud chambers?

In particular I'm interested in any algorithms that can separate multiple tracks from one another reliably.
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What causes the mass of Higgs boson itself? [duplicate]

Current theories stipulate that particles mass is due to : Quantum chromodynamics (mutual attraction of quarks, i.e. gluon's kinetic energy, circa 98%) and Higgs field (quarks rest mass, circa 2%) ...
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Does the unpredictability in the “micro world” means that everything is if we can look at it close enough imperfect?

Does the unpredictability in the "micro world" means that everything is if we can look at it close enough imperfect? I mean, there is a saying "You will never stand in the same river again" or ...
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Where do positron and electron get K.E from in Pair production

In pair production, we get a positron and electron from a photon. The photon should have 1.02Mev energy to carry out this process When the energy of positron and electron is added, we get the energy ...