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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Relation among anomaly, unitarity bound and renormalizability

There is something I'm not sure about that has come up in a comment to other question: Why do we not have spin greater than 2? It's a good question--- the violation of renormalizability is linked ...
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Lepton masses in the Standard Model

Some simple questions regarding leptonic masses in the Standard Model (SM): Why there is not an explicit mass term in addition to the effective mass term that arises from the Yukawa terms after ...
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Dual Resonance Model: Fermions

I am going through Ramond's 1971 paper Dual Theory for Free Fermions Phys Rev D3 10, 2415 where he first attempts to introduce fermions into the conventional dual resonance model. I get the 'gist' of ...
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What is unification, unified interactions, or dualities between interactions?

Scientists succeeded in unifying EM with the weak force, then with the strong force to achieve the standard model. They then studied supersymmetry and GUTs that showed improved gauge coupling ...
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Is particle number a problem for formulating statistical physics in a mathematically rigorous manner?

Quantities like the chemical potential can be expressed as something like $$\mu=-T\left(\tfrac{\partial S}{\partial N}\right)_{E,V}.$$ Now the entropy is the log some volume, which depends on the ...
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Looking for a list of possible subatomic particle collisions

This is going to be a strange question, but here we go. I'm working on a computer puzzle game that will simulate subatomic particle collisions. I am not a physicist by training, but I do dabble. I ...
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Charges of quarks and leptons

Are there any theoretical restrictions within the framework of QFT that fix the relative sign between charged leptons and up-type quarks? We know that in our universe, they have opposite signs -- ...
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How do we distinguish between virtual particle exchange and particle decay?

The difference between virtual particles and unstable particles is discussed at length in this question (namely, virtual particles correspond to internal lines in Feynman diagrams and are not ...
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Coefficients in V-A interaction

To account for parity violation the weak interaction matrix element is written in the form $$ M \propto \sum_{i} C_i (\bar u_p O_i u_n) (\bar u_e O_i (1 + {{C'_i}\over{C_i}}\gamma^5)u_\nu) $$ Why ...
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particle accelerators and Heisenberg uncertainty principle

In accelerators we shoot very high momentum particles at each other to probe their structure at very small length scales. Has that anything to do with the HUP that addresses the spread of momentum and ...
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Historical: Natural vs unnatural parity mesons

Quick question: In the old papers and text I occasionally see authors referring to mesonic states as having 'natural parity' or 'unnatural parity'. What was their motivation for classifying mesons ...
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Effects of a non-Lorentz-invariant vacuum state

I'm here asking about real or though experiments (i.e., physical effects) where, at least in principle, one can see some consequence of a non-Lorentz-invariant vacuum state in an otherwise Poincare ...
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How convincing is the evidence for dark matter annihilation at 130 GeV in the galactic center from the Fermi Satellite data?

I listened to Christoph Weniger present his results at SLAC today. See his paper is here: http://arxiv.org/abs/1204.2797 and also see a different analysis here: http://arxiv.org/abs/1205.1045. The ...
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Computing an average escape distance for a particle

Somewhere in a two dimensional convex bulk of particles (pic related) on a random position a reaction takes place and a particle is sent out in a random direction with a constant velocity $v$. What ...
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What entities create a gravitational field?

It is well known that masses create a gravitational field. Photons are affected by gravitation, but do they generate a gravitational field as well? What about the other gauge bosons? Do gravitons ...
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On the naturalness problem

I know that there are several questions about the naturalness (or hierarchy or fine-tunning) problem of scalars masses in physics.stackexcange.com, but I have not found answers to any of the following ...
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Inverse square law in 2+1 dimensional universe from a Yukawa coupling?

There is a nice result that in 3+1 space time, a Yukawa coupling leads to an inverse square law force as the mass of the scalar field goes to zero. I was wondering what the corresponding force in a ...
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Why are particles different sizes?

Is it correct in saying that a particles size is it's rest energy, and that particles don't actually have size (in the way you get different size objects)? What defines what sizes a particle can be? ...
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Use of Monte-Carlo simulation in High-energy Physics

I've been doing some research into the analysis used in particle physics when determining the significance of a finding (e.g. the recent Higgs candidate was announced as a boson in the 125-126 ...
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random triggers

I understand that a small proportion of events at the LHC that would not trigger on any deterministic trigger are saved on what might be called a random trigger, so that, amongst other uses, proposed ...
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Atomic structure and corresponding superpartner behavior

If all quantum particles have a superpartner, what happens, if this has been able to be speculated based on theory, to the superpartners when the corresponding partners start forming atoms? Is there ...
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Higgs boson and other properties of particles. [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why do we need Higgs field to re-explain mass, but not charge? Why have scientists been looking for something to give mass to particles, but not looking for something to ...
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Are scalars starting at around 1300 MeV analogous to some kind of sound in the vacuum glue?

Are scalars starting at around 1300 MeV analogous to some kind of sound in the vacuum glue? Background: There are scalars starting at around 1300 MeV which are probably some combination of ...
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How does Annihilation work?

How does annihilation work? I'm wondering why matter and antimatter actually annihilates if they come into contact. What exactly happens? Is that a known process? Is it just because of their different ...
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How can coupling with the higgs field slow a particle down?

Quantum Diaries has an interesting introduction to the higgs. It makes it seem like the way that the higgs field gives mass to particles is via all of the interactions with virtual higgs particles. ...
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Can colliders detect B violation?

I think there is some theoretical uncertainty whether high-energy collisions can violate B. It is known that at high temperature (higher than the Higgs scale) you violate B by SU(2) instantons. But in ...
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Quantum spin in a rotating reference frame

Rather predictably, I'm having a hard time understanding quantum spin. I know that it has units of angular momentum and relates to rotation, but that it can't be thought of as the actual spin of a ...
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Why is the (free) neutron lifetime so long?

A neutron outside the nucleus lives for about 15 minutes and decays mainly through weak decays (beta decay). Many other weakly decaying particles decay with lifetimes between $10^{-10}$ and $10^{-12}$ ...
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What has been measured at the Higgs experiment and what do we know now?

Explained at the level of a 5$^{\text {th}}$ semester physics student (i.e. pre QFT, but far beyond the level of a news article for non-physicists, which avoids all details and only deals in ...
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How to define a field? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is a field, really? What are electromagnetic fields made of? What is a field ? What is magnetic field or other fields made of or what it is, How do u define it ...
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From where this number of 14 Tev has arised for proton-proton head on collision in LHC?

I am interested in finding out, why are collisions at 14TeV done in the LHC, instead of some other energy?
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Why did Standard Model never sense a requirement to include gravitational quantum? [closed]

Standard Model is advanced (lorentz invariant) version of Quantum physics. It tried to include everything which came in the way while understanding quantum world. It even didn't bother to include ...
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Is the Higgs mechanism a fundamental interaction?

Is the Higgs mechanism a fundamental interaction of the same standing as the strong, weak and electromagnetic interactions? If not, is it mediated by the weak interaction? It seems that all the ...
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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 happens to matter in a standard model with zero Higgs VEV?

Suppose you reset the parameters of the standard model so that the Higgs field average value is zero in the vacuum, what would happen to standard matter? If the fundamental fermions go from a finite ...
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How to calculate Rest Mass practically with Standard Model?

With relativistic physics, we can apply force to see resistance against acceleration. It'd give us relativistic mass and we have well established formula to get to the Rest Mass as long as we know the ...
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How do you find spin of a particle from experimental data?

So I was wondering, with all this Higgs talk going on, they just detected a particle with a mass of 125 GeV (CMS) or 126.5 GeV (ATLAS). But they still don't know what it is, since there is tons of ...
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What good is extraordinary matter to the consumer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Practical matter of the Higgs-Mechanism This video claims that for everyday matter you only need electrons, upquarks, and downquarks. So are all these other fermions ...
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Measuring tensor rank of the Higgs resonance

The Higgs boson is the first scalar field ever measured that is fundamental rather than composite. How do high-energy physicists determine that a given resonance in the statistics is either a scalar, ...
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The Large Hadron Collider produce material residues?

In the LHC particles are accelerated until they collide, producing energy and this make new particles. My question is what happened after this. What happened to new particles and to old particles ...
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What does the discovery of the Higgs Boson mean for physics?

Will this unite some theories, or cause some other change in physics, and perhaps our undertanding of the universe?
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What is the winding number of a magnetic monopole, and why is it conserved

I had asked a similar question about a calculation involving the winding number here. But i haven't got a satisfactory response. So, I am rephrasing this question in a slightly different manner. What ...
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Why not accurate masses of elementary particles?

In the standard model of particle accuracy in calculating mass is very low. And you can not predict the upper limit of Higgs particle mass accurately. Why not accurate masses of elementary particles?
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Higgs Boson mass in Electron volts?

Im no physics genius here, I was just interested in the Higgs Boson so I was reading this article : How the Discovery of the Higgs Boson Could Break Physics I came across this Furthermore, ...
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How many sigma did the discovery of the W boson have?

When the W boson was discovered in the 1980s, nobody spoke of sigmas. How many sigmas was it at that time?
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Batting averages of the Large Hadron Collider

As I understand it, the Large Hadron Collider's function is to throw particles into each other while avoiding hitting the nucleus? If quantum mechanics dictate the position of a particle can only ...
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Naive question on quantum mechanics and uncertainty principle

This is a follow up on this question, the answer of which points towards Quantum Mechanics. As stated I am not a phycisist so please forgive my ignorance. I will try to understand the issue by going ...
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Do other particles besides scalars admit tachyonic solutions?

Do other particles besides scalars admit tachyonic solutions? For example fermions or gauge-boson tachyons? The picture in my head is that a tachyonic scalar simply rolls off some unstable potential ...
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What would happen after the collision matter and the anti-matter [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What actually happens when an anti-matter projectile collides with matter? Suppose 1 kg of a stray meteorite anti-matter moves to the earth. What would happen after ...
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Negative and positive energy and Hawking [closed]

I don't have any physics background (except the material we did in high school-long time ago). I was watching a documentary with Stephen Hawking about whether God created the Universe and I could not ...