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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What shape does magnetic dust take under the influence of its own magnetic field?

Recently, I came across some very powerful neodymium magnets (the flat cylinder kind), and I accidentally broke one by snapping two of them together quickly. What I noticed is that the two halves don'...
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How do funnels hinder (help?) detection of dark matter?

I came across some a new (to me) bit of terminology at a seminar recently. In the context of dark matter scattering off of atomic nuclei (but I think it may apply more generally for any particle ...
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What is a “Scalar Manifold”?

I'm trying to understand a recent paper working within the context of $\mathcal{N}=8$ gauged supergravity with gauge group $\rm{SO}(6)$. There are a number of statements along the lines of: "...the ...
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Difference between 'merging' and 'matching' procedure

For combining scattering processes with different jet-multiplicities in the final state, higher order corrections and parton shower, merging/matching procedures need to be applied to avoid double-...
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Semileptonic decay amplitude

I'm trying to do past exam papers and I am absolutely failing understand some things. I would very much appreciate any insights/intuition you have. The part I'm struggling is here: In the first ...
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Colliding beams vs static target

In this problem I need to find the threshold energy of a positron-electron collision that creates a Z boson (the reverse of the following picture; Z mass 92 GeV) in two distinct cases: collision ring ...
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Decay kinematics of Higgs boson

So I'm looking at a two-body decay question for the $h\rightarrow\gamma\gamma$ decay channel for the Higgs Boson. I am asked to find the invariant mass of the Higgs boson. I'm not too sure how to ...
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Trinification lepton Yukawa interactions

We have a trinification model of $SU(3)_c\otimes SU(3)_L\otimes SU(3)_R$, where the first is the usual colour group, the second a left $SU(3)$ and the third a right $SU(3)$. As usual, leptons and ...
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Do all particles have radiative transitions?

Everybody knows that excited electrons can emit photons upon relaxation. A nucleus too (which is not an elementary particle), can be in an excited state and emit gamma rays upon relaxation: (source) ...
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Decay rate and differential cross-section

If I have a $pp-$beam producing an on-shell particle $A$, which then decays into particle $B+C$, then I can find the total cross-section $pp \to A \to B+C+Y$ ($Y$ being inclusive particle which should ...
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Voltage drop along electron beam

A focused electron beam represents a current and unless the charges (electrons) meet no resistance to their movement there should be a voltage drop along the length of the beam. So, assuming the beam ...
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Can a photon be captured in a grid space representation at a fractional Planck position?

Consider a photon, positioned in space in a finite portion of a grid. Any point of the grid is vertically or horizontally aligned, each distanced by a Planck unit. $l_P = 1.616 199(97) × 10−35 m$ ...
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Feynman diagram; $\pi^0+\pi^0\rightarrow \pi^++\pi^-$

For the reaction below draw three Feynman diagrams, one that proceeds through exchange of a gluon, one through a photon and one exchanging a weak W-Boson. $\pi^0+\pi^0\rightarrow \pi^++\pi^-$ Which ...
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When is the spin of an electron changing?

An electron can have a half spin up or down. The up spin can become a down spin to lose his weak charge. But when are electrons changing their spin?
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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 as:...
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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} \left|M_{a}...
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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) \end{...
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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 \phi^...
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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 Geant4....
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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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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 sea ...
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What are the differences between the Jetphox, Pythia and Herwig event generators?

I know Jetphox is a parton-level event NLO generator program. But I want to know more about other generator programs such as Pythia and Herwig. What are the differences? I am undergraduate student so ...
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What are these arcs in bubble chamber photos?

In photos such as this one, or this one (too large to fit inside post), what are the highly frenzied arcs that are really prominent in these photos? Are they simply physical walls in/of the ...
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Total cross section of particle decay

Suppose a particle A travelling along the $z$-axis and decays into particles B and C. The cross section is given by $$\frac{d\sigma}{d\cos\theta^*} = k(1+\cos\theta^*)^2$$ where $k$ is a constant ...
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What does conservation of strangeness imply for the nature of interaction?

If the conservation of strangeness holds for a decay, then the possible interactions are Strong, Electromagnetic and Weak. But how does one determine which one is it, out of the three?
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Why doesn't the decay mode of negative omega conserve rest mass?

There are 3 modes of decay via which a $$\Omega ^{-}$$ particle can decay This is one of the decay: $$\Omega ^{-} \rightarrow \Xi ^{0} + \pi^{-}$$ Baryon number is conserved. Strangeness number is ...
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Is gauge invariance essential to a theory be renormalizable?

Let's consider a model of New Physics in which all operator have dimension smaller than four, but which breaks explicitly $SU(2)_L$ gauge symmetry. Is this model necessarily renormalizable? ...
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What theory is used to describe photonuclear reaction and photodisintegration?

Assumption: electroweak interaction Background: I am interested in interactions of photons with matter. I just like to know at what point we can purely use the limiting case of QED and where we have ...
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How many quantum fields are there?

I'm just an aficionado, but my understanding is that in QFT, the photon is an excitation of the electromagnetic field, the electron is an excitation of the electron field, and so on. Is there a ...
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Pion decay exercise in Griffiths books

I have questions about pion decay problem. In Griffith "Introduction to Elementary Particles" 1st edition, 1987, question number 10.10 : Analyze $\pi^-$ decay as a scattering process, using the ...
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Is there a typology of different fundamental physical objects?

As I understand it (and of course, I may be wrong!).... In classical mechanics, all objects are basically the same in the sense that They are composed of atoms bunched together. These atoms occupy ...
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Understading triplet Majoron model

In the Higgs triplet Majoron model, the spontaneous breakdown of ungauged lepton number gives rise to two Numbu-Goldstone bosons. But isn’t the SU(2) symmetry also broken? I mean when the neutrak ...
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How to calculate D0->K+K- decay with QCD factorization?

I am studying the decay of D0->K+K- and I calculated the result of Branching Ratio by Naive QCD and I wrote all the equations for amplitude and branching Ration and Hamiltonian and... for this decay ...
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How come plasmon resonances of metals are capable of being tuned to different wavelengths?

I read in this article that plasmon resonances though being a pre-determined property of a metal are capable of being tuned to other wavelengths when these same metals are made into tiny ...
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Radiation Safety of some Particle Accelerators in CERN?

I am trying to study the radiation safety and what kind of roles are required there with particle accelerators. Radiation safety groups of CERN is here. I contacted their a few members of them. I ...
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Techni-Higgs Particle

I read online that a professor from Denmark alleged that the particle that was found in Cern is not necessarily Higgs Boson, it has many characteristics that match with the "god particle" , but it ...
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Upper bound to annihilation cross section into heavy particles

For a process in which two relativistic particles annihilate to produce two or more heavy(er) particles of mass $M$: Is it true that the cross section $\sigma_{ann}$ cannot be larger than $\sigma_{...
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Why do weak interactions give such slow decay rates, if the analog of the fine structure constant isn't signifigantly small?

Intuitively, it seems as though the reason would be a small value for the coupling constant, as the probability for emitting $W^{-}$ bosons would be low. However, it's value is almost the same as the ...
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Charge Conjugation Operator in Supermultiplet

Consider an $\mathcal{N}=1$ left-handed chiral supermultiplet. The particle content is $$L = (\phi\quad e_L) $$ where $\phi$ is a complex scalar and $e_L$ a left handed Weyl fermion. People usually ...
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Mechanism of Supersymmetry Breaking (F-term, D-Term, Mediated)

I will make my question clear. SUSY is broken symmetry because we haven't seen superpartners. As far as I know, there are two mechanism of SUSY breaking, F-term and D-Term. Besides, there are some ...