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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Ratio of the isospin of the photon

as known the photon can have an isospin of 0 and 1. However, what is the ratio of both for an virtual photon (in e+e- annihilations)? Next to an 1^-- resonance like J/Psi or Psi' it should be 1 in ...
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Can you recommend me a book on the discoveries and properties of these particles? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Good book about elementary particles for high school students? Some days ago, I've found this: When I was in high-school, They taught me about electrons, protons and ...
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Jarlskog Invariant and its mathematical origin

CP violation is present in the weak interactions if There are no degeneracies in the up-quark/down-quark matrices The Jarlskog invariant $J=Im(V_{us} V_{cb} V_{ub}^* V_{cs}^*)$ is nonvanishing ...
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Relating theta_QCD to neutron EDM

How do I relate the topological $\theta_\text{QCD}$ parameter to the electric dipole moment (EDM) of the neutron? I am very familiar with chiral perturbation theory. I just need to know how to take $...
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Why are atoms particles?

The Oxford English Dictionary definition of particle is as follows: "A component of the physical world smaller than the atom." I read an article in NewScientist and it said "...all particles from ...
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Eq. (5.3.20) Weinberg Volume 1, p. 209

Weinberg claims that it is obvious that the $\sigma = 0$ component of $u^\mu$ at zero spatial momentum points in the 3-direction. This is supposed to follow from (5.3.6). Unfortunately I am not seeing ...
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Do Maxwell equeations change somehow after Higg's boson finding?

When I was in some physics -lesson, probably something to do with Quantum Physics -- the teacher said that certain Maxwell equations would change if the Higg's boson is found. It is also possible that ...
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Hidden particles in higher derivative field theories

Given a higher derivative classical/quantum field theory with say one scalar field, particularly the Lee-Wick standard model. It has been shown that such a field theory encompasses two kinds of fields,...
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What is a Pseudoscalar particle?

Can someone explain to me what is a pseudoscalar particle? And how do experiments figure out that what they're dealing with is a scalar or pseudoscalar?
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Spin polarization of decay products

A relativistic moving particle, e.g. muon $\mu^+$, described by its four-momentum vector $p_\mu$, charge $e$ and with a given spin polarization, ${\bf S}=(S_x,S_y,S_z)$, decays into three particles, e....
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supressing certain decay paths and enhancing others with interference

In a scattering reaction, there are many possible final states for the products, each with different production rates. Question: Is there a way in which we could in general supress certain rates ...
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Higgs Boson: The Big Picture

First, please pardon the ignorance behind this question. I know a fair amount of math but almost no physics. I'm hoping someone can give me a brief "big picture" explanation of how physicists were ...
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Seeking an account of fundamental particle physics sensitive to the issue of theory-laden observation

The hypothesis of confirmational holism ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confirmation_holism ) speaks to all sciences, but seems especially trenchant in fundamental physics, the would-be end of the road ...
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Parity and Helicity of the Higgs Boson

I have been studying how the spin and parity of the new boson discovered at the LHC will be studied and have run into some confusion. The Standard Model Higgs is expected to be a scalar (i.e. have ...
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The observation of a non-SM resonance at 38 MeV

Was reported here. Of course if this is real it is very exciting. It leads me to the question: given that it took so long to find this resonance at a meager 38 MeV, is it possible that all SUSY ...
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Vector Boson Fusion

I have been reading about the production mechanisms for the Higgs at the LHC. It is always mentioned that for Vector Boson Fusion, the initial quarks cause jets that are back to back and with a higher ...
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What is “A” in AGeV?

AGeV means GeV per nucleon. But why A letter is used for such a short cut? Why not NGeV, for example?
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What makes *electric* charge special (wrt. CPT theorem)?

I'm wondering why the 'C' in CPT - charge conjugation - refers specifically to electric charge. Of course you could say that C is just defined as $e^+ \leftrightarrow e^-$... but there has to be ...
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If the electron is point like, then what is the significance of the classical radius of the electron?

What is the physical meaning/significance of the classical radius of the electron if we know from experiments that the electron is point like? Is there similarly a classical radius of the photon? The ...
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Experimental observation of elementary particles?

I posted a similar yet totally unrelated question recently, and got really satisfying responses to it. Thus, on the same theme... How have we come to realize the existence of elementary particles in ...
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Physical -> Chemical -> Nuclear -> (what comes next)

If a splitting atoms / fusing isotopes (fission bomb, fusion bomb) yields more energy than chemical changes (TNT, et al) yields more energy than physical change (hydrogen bonds forming during water ...
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Parton Distribution Functions plot

I was looking at a plot of the parton distribution functions today and had a question. On the y axis, it seems like the value of x f(x) for gluons is greater than one at small x. I was under the ...
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Bigger anti-matter particles

I have learned about the existence of positrons as a decay product from uranium fission - if I'm not mistaken. Is there any evidence for higher 'mass' anti-matter, or is that mere speculation or ...
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Phase space suppression

In talking about production/decay processes, I've heard people speaking of decay modes or cross sections being 'phase space' suppressed. For example, a two body final state is more likely to occur ...
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How are the masses of unstable elementary particles measured?

I am interested in knowing how (Q1) the particle's masses are experimentally determined from accelerator observations. What kind of particles? They must be as far as we know elementary and unstable (...
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What is Higgs transition?

In recent publications there is a frequent mentioning of the so-called "Higgs transition" in connection with magnetic monoples. Can anybody please describe the phenomenon in simple terms? For example,...
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What is Dalitz decay?

What is Dalitz decay? I know there are Dalitz $\pi^0 \to e^+ + e^- + \gamma$ decay, $w \to \pi^0 + e^+ + e^-$ decay, may be more. But is there a rule to say which decay is Dalitz and which is not? ...
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Why is it that protons and electrons have exactly the same but opposite charge? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why do electron and proton have the same but opposite electric charge? Doesn't it seem very curious that one is an elementary particle and the other a subatomic particle ...
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How can one know if one has a Majorana fermion?

If the Majorana fermion is a fermion that is it's own antiparticle and exactly the same as its fermion counterpart, then how do they know that it's not just a fermion?
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Mechanism of pair production and annihilation of matter

Pair production is where an energetic photon on its interaction with strong electric field surrounding a nucleus produces an electron-positron pair. Annihilation is its converse where an electron-...
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Can the Klein-Gordon Equation represent Particles with non-zero spin?

Every Solution of the Dirac Equation is also a solution of the Klein-Gordon equation. So the K-G equation does not necessarily represent particles with non-zero spin. Would it be incorrect to ...
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Is Joule heating only between charged particles?

The Wikipedia page for Joule heating explains "It is now known that Joule heating is caused by interactions between the moving particles that form the current (usually, but not always, electrons) and ...
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What does the concept of phase space mean in particle physics?

I came across the concept of phase space in statistical mechanics. How does this concept come about in particle physics? Why was it introduced and how is it used? What does it mean when ...
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Bound states in QCD: Why only bound states of 2 or 3 quarks and not more?

Why when people/textbooks talk about strong interaction, they talk only about bound states of 2 or 3 quarks to form baryons and mesons? Does the strong interaction allow bound states of more than 3 ...
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Why not using cosmic rays to study HEP, since they are way more energetic than LHC?

Cosmic rays energies can exceed $10^{8}$ TeV, way higher than the energy scale achieved in the LHC or that can be achieved in the near future. cannot we just use them to study fundamental ...
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Photoelectric effect without light rays

For electromagnetic waves we have the photon association, one imagines light as particles "flying around". What is the analogy for a constant electrical field, one which doesn't change in time ...
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The notion of bounded states in quantum mechanics and their characterization with operators

Is there any case of potential $V$, such that the continuity of the operator $H=c\ \Delta+V$ is not spoiled? And I don't know any non-differnetial operator examples for continous spectra. I ...
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Existence of creation and annihilation operators

In a multiple particle Hilbert space (any space of any multi-particle system), is it sufficient to define creation and annihilation operators by their action (e.g. mapping an n-particle state to an n+...
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A basic confusion about what is an atom

Wikipedia defines atom as The atom is a basic unit of matter that consists of a dense central nucleus surrounded by a cloud of negatively charged electrons. and defines electron as: The ...
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What are hadrons anyway?

I'm new to this particle physics field. What are hadrons and does they have any relation with Higgs Boson, which is now being talked everywhere as "THE GOD PARTICLE".
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What is the relationship between Luminosity, Intensity, and Flux?

I am always confused by the terminology: In high energy particle scattering, and in particular, in the context of collider physics, what is the relationship between luminosity, intensity and flux? ...
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What would the universe be like if Electroweak symmetry were unbroken? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What happens to matter in a standard model with zero Higgs VEV? What if the Higgs did not have a "Mexican hat" potential and the therefore it's vacuum expectation value ...
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Very basic question on spin

Can anyone give a simple explanation for what the fractions and integers mean in particle physics when describing spin? I've seen on another forum (the naked scientist) that it should not be thought ...
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Hypothetical very massive particles

I'm looking for a table or compilation of hypothetical very massive ($m\gtrsim 1$ TeV) particles and their expected masses (or bounds on them or relation with other scales). All I know is (please, ...
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4th order feynman-diagrams for $e^- + \mu^+ \to \nu_e + \bar{\nu}_\mu$

The task is to draw the two 4th-order Feynman diagrams of: $$e^- + \mu^+ \to \nu_e + \bar{\nu}_\mu $$ I drew the first one as (time left->right): ...
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Some very basic questions on the Higgs Boson

What exactly is a boson? Is the Higgs boson the cause of gravity or a result of it? Does the collision of particles at the LHC create a gravity field or waves or somehow interact with the gravity ...
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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 ...