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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Are there more bosons or fermions in the universe?

The question is in the title: are there more bosons or fermions in the universe? Or is there the same number of bosons and fermions? I think there is the same number but I don't know why exactly.
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Enlightening experimental physics books/resources

Most book recommendations I've seen are usually geared toward theoretical understanding. It would be nice to know at least one or two classic experimental physics books. e.g. from Carl Brannen's ...
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What's the difference between “evidence of a new particle” and “discovery of a new particle”?

Today’s exciting press release from Tevatron on the Higgs boson keeps its head cool and say that physicists saw a “hint” of the Higgs boson because the signal is barely above the two-sigma level. In ...
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Are elementary particles actually more elementary than quasiparticles?

Quarks and leptons are considered elementary particles, while phonons, holes, and solitons are quasiparticles. In light of emergent phenomena, such as fractionally charged particles in fractional ...
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What is the reason behind specific values for charge of electrons, protons?

Why do things like protons and neutrons have specific values. Also speed of light is a speed in which even if you go towards it, the speed does not vary. But why does light have to travel at speed?
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How are fundamental forces transmitted?

How are the fundamental forces transmitted? In particular I wonder, are all "processes" local, i.e. without superluminal distant interactions? But if they are local, then particles would have to ...
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In SUSY why does electroweak symmetry breaking only happen in the SM sector?

This is a difficult question to phrase succinctly, so I hope the title makes sense. What I want to understand is what seems like a lack of symmetry (besides SUSY-breaking) between the SM sector and ...
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What is “charge discreteness”?

I assume it is some kind of quantity. Google only made things more confusing. I get that it has something to do with circuits. I also get what a discrete charge is. In fact, I thought charges ...
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What barriers exist to prevent us from turning a baryon into a anti-baryon?

At present the only way we can produce anti-matter is through high powered collisions. New matter is created from the energy produced in these collisions and some of them are anti-matter particles ...
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Proton flux model or data at energy range up to 100 keV

I am looking for a model or at best the database of proton fluxes (solar p+) at a energy range of some eV up to 100 keV. I have already found the SOHO database: http://umtof.umd.edu/pm/ But the ...
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Cosmic radiation cutoff at LOW energies?

The energy spectrum of the cosmic radiation (not CMB) is limited to both sides. I know about the GZK-cutoff at high energies. Basically the interaction probability for photons of energies above 10^20 ...
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Why is there a limit to the intensity of cosmic rays at low energies? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Cosmic radiation cutoff at LOW energies? The energy spectrum of the cosmic radiation (not CMB) is limited on both sides. I know about the GZK-cutoff at high energies. ...
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Neutrino Oscillations and Conservation of Momentum

I would like to better understand how neutrino oscillations are consistent with conservation of momentum because I'm encountering some conceptual difficulties when thinking about it. I do have a ...
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$WW\to t\bar{t}$ growth

I was told recently that "it is well known that processes like $WW\to t\bar{t}$ ($t$ being a top, or any massive fermion) grows linearly with the energy in the absence of an Higgs boson." Does anyone ...
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What is meant by the rest energy of non-composite particle?

When talking about the rest energy of a composite particle such as a proton, part of the rest energy is accounted for by the internal kinetic energy of its constituent quarks. But what is physically ...
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What is the upper-limit on intrinsic heating due to dark matter?

Cold dark matter is thought to fill our galactic neighborhood with a density $\rho$ of about 0.3 GeV/cm${}^3$ and with a velocity $v$ of roughly 200 to 300 km/s. (The velocity dispersion is much ...
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Similar masses and lifetimes of the $\Delta$ baryons

Why do the four spin 3/2 $\Delta$ baryons have nearly identical masses and lifetimes despite their very different $u$ and $d$ quark compositions?
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Is the mass to energy physical process an exact mirror of the energy to mass process?

For my level of understanding the only explanation of mass to energy, ie nuclear weaponry, is limited to a simple summing game where a mass deficit is expressed as energy. For the 'reverse' process, ...
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Do particles and anti-particles attract each other?

Do particles and anti-particles attract each other? From the very basic understanding that they are created out of nothing mutually and collide to annihilate each other seems to indicate this happens ...
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Could LEP II have discovered a 125GeV Higgs?

LEP II eliminated the Higgs up to 114.5GeV. If it had been run for longer could it have detected a Higgs at 125GeV? I Googled for this without any luck, though I did find a comment that LEP II topped ...
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Colour decomposition of $n-$gluon tree amplitude

I have here a $SU(N_c)$ Yang-Mill's theory and let the index $i$, label the $n$-gluons, and $\{k_i, \lambda_i, a_i\}$ be its momenta, helicity and colour index and $\cal{A}_n^{tree/1-loop}(\{k_i, ...
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Stability of neutron [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How come neutrons in a nucleus don't decay? It is known that free neutron decays in 15 minutes on average. Why is it much more stable when "placed" in nuclei? Edit: ...
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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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Is there any idea why the electric charges of electron and muon are equal?

Is there any idea explaining why the electric charges of electron and muon are equal? Edit: The total charge of a particle is proportional to the integral of its own electric field flow through the ...
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Is there a connection between the fluctuation-dissipation theorem and the Green–Kubo relations?

Is there a connection between the fluctuation-dissipation theorem and the Green–Kubo relations? I have a hard time finding out if there is a relation and what it is, because the ...
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Derivation of the effective potential between a quark and an anti-quark

Typically in particle physics books (not in QFT books!) I have often seen this statement that the potential between a heavy quark and its anti-quark can be "empirically" represented as $V(r) = ...
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How does one pronounce this particle's name?

How would you read the following particles' names in a conversation in English? I am looking for some "proper" way of doing it. Say, imagine you are reading a technical description in a semi-formal ...
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Strong Decay and Parity Conservation?

The following decay is possible according to the PDG and according to my notes it is a strong decay: $$\omega(1420) \to \rho^0 + \pi^0$$ The JPC values are: $\omega(1420)$ 1-- $\rho$ ...
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Electron shell bombardment

If you bombard an electron shell with a photon below the critical level to promote the electron to a higher state, will the shell absorb nothing and the photon get deflected with the same amount of ...
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Advantage of doing research in theoretical high energy over other fields?

I am undecided about the field I want to do my PhD in, in graduate school. I am asking because the applications that I am filling ask me to write the intended field of study. I found the people who ...
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Why does electron-positron annihilation prefer to emit photons?

If gravitons are massless, and neutrinos nearly so, why aren't pairs of either of them normally expected products of electron-positron annihilations? Are they possible but simply unlikely, or is there ...
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Why has the ether been disregarded as a valid medium through which light can propagate? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Ether theory acceptance Although the Einstein's theory of relativity seemed to make the concept of an ether obsolete, did it necessarily invalidate it? Are there any ...
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What un-ionizes an electron after the photo-electric effect?

In an x-ray tube, the atoms in the anode are ionized by incident electrons "knocking" their K-shell electrons out of orbit. Following this, an outer-shell electron decays to fill the vacancy. Now: ...
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Nonabelian gauge theories and range of the corresponding force

Do all nonabelian gauge theories produce short range force?
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Can the charge of particles spontaneously flip from positive to negative or vice versa?

I'm thinking of matter antimatter annihilation, are there reactions where normal matter converts to antimatter?
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Is the stability of the nucleus due to pions or gluons? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it pions or gluons that mediate the strong force between nucleons? (I'm currently studying particle physics in my physics classes at high school so simple language ...
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why is there no ninth gluon?

A teacher of mine told me once that there were no ninth gluon because such a one should be white and interact infinitely far, and no one has been observed. Is there also a theoretical reason?
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How are particle simplices associated into complex particles?

Nonfundamental particles are seen as made up of fundamental particles (in whatever specific theory). consider the simple case of 2 simplex particles (subscript 1 and 2) which form a complex particle ...
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Where to find cross section data for e- + p -> p + e-?

Where to find cross section data for e- + p -> p + e-? PDG's cross section data listing does not include it.
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Can different species of particles annihilate with other species

Obviously electrons annihilate with positrons, but can a muon annihilate with an positron, or can an anti-taon cancel with a muon? similarly for quarks of different species, e.g. u and anti-strange. ...
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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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QCD corrections in W boson production

The book "Collider Physics", by barger and Phillips, deals with hadronic W and Z productions, and includes the $K$ factor which represents QCD corrections. However, when dealing with the hadronic ...
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Why mass, charge and spin are good labels for elementary particles?

Why mass and charge are good quantities to labels elementary particles? [I know that what qualifies to be a good label must be a quantity that is invariant under some kind of transformation, but why ...
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Kinetic energy transfer in matter annihilation?

What happens to the kinetic energy of matter when it is annihilated? Is it released in the resultant explosion? In that case shouldn't it be $E=(mc^2 + \frac{1}{2} mv^2)$ ?
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What is p_T? (transverse momentum?)

I've been looking at a few papers in experimental physics (from the ATLAS collaboration, for example) and I've often run across phrases such as "high-p_T electron." What exactly is p_T? Is it simply ...
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What are the advantages of the ILC over the LHC?

USA Today has an article on Japan's interest as the site for the $10 billion future International Linear Collider. This accelerator will utilize electron/positron collisions (like CERN's former LEP ...
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What is the symmetry that corresponds to conservation of position?

We know that conserved quantities are associated with certain symmetries. For example conservation of momentum is associated with translational invariance, and conservation of angular momentum is ...
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The Particle-Antiparticle Problem in Relation to Special Relativity

Prelude: Let’s consider a pair of events $A(t_1,x_1)$ and $B(t_2,x_2)$,having a spacelike separation wrt an inertial frame denoted by K.In the frame K’ moving along the positive x-x’ direction with a ...
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hadron jets from quark-antiquark in colliders

The observation of hadron jets from electron-positron collisions (LEP) is explained (e.g. Wilczek, The Lightness of Being, p 55) as follows- e,p collide and produce a virtual photon. the photon goes ...