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 if we could give photons some mass?

I was reading an article and these paragraphs got me wondering... Before I list the replies, here is some background. The Higgs mechanism describes an invisible field that, it is argued, split one ...
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Space expansion effect on wavelengths across two points in space

Is the expansion of space taken into consideration when calculating light or any (Radio to Gamma) wave length distance and speed? I know C is a constant, but my concern is if "space expansion" is ...
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Seeking chiral anomaly EFT example

If an effective field theory has a chiral anomaly it means that chiral symmetry isn't a symmetry of the underlying theory which has been cut off to make the EFT. My question is whether there's a good ...
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If LHC searches of a Higgs boson won't be a success, what consequences for the theory of electroweak interaction it can bear?

Whether it is necessary to search still for variants of an explanation of spontaneously breaking gauge symmetry, giving masses for a W, Z-bosons? Goldstone bosons are bosons that appear necessarily ...
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Are there any reasonable attempts at explaining the OPERA result

as there's so many papers on the opera result and it's a struggle flicking through them all combined with my limited knowledge meaning I cannot well differentiate silly nonsensical papers from ones ...
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Superconformal Multiplet Calculus in 6D

A convenient method for dealing with off-shell formulations of supergravity theories is provided by the superconformal multiplet calculus. This calculus was originally constructed for 4d ${\cal N}=2$ ...
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What is the smallest distance between a decaying vertex and an interaction point a detector can measure?

A short lived particle is created at the interaction point and then decaying a distance $d$ away, in some detector. My question is what is the smallest distance $d$ that can be measured experimentally?...
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Are quarks and leptons actually fundamental particles? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are quarks made of? Are quarks and leptons actually fundamental, or are they made up of even more fundamental particles? And is it true that many consider quarks and ...
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Classic mass predictions from Left-Right models with discrete symmetries?

I am covering the classic literature on predictions of Cabibbo angle or other relationships in the mass matrix. As you may remember, this research was a rage in the late seventies, after noticing that ...
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How do we know Dark Matter isn't simply Neutrinos?

What evidence is there that dark matter isn't one of the known types of neutrinos? If it were, how would this be measurable?
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Why the pion does not get mass under Spontaneus breaking of chiral symmetry, but the quarks do?

Some sources state that when the mass of a quark goes to zero, it allows for Spontaneous Breaking of Chiral Symmetry and gets a constituent mass of about $200\, \mathrm{MeV}$. Other sources state ...
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Which arguments for $m_u \approx 0$ are still in the market?

The RPP note on quarks masses has traditionally carried, and it is still there, the comment that It is particularly important to determine the quark mass ratio mu/md, since there is no strong CP ...
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What's the potential of the LHC's heavy ion experiment?

RHIC has been the dominant player in heavy ion physics, producing tantalizing evidence in support of the entropy/viscocity formula from AdS/CFT. What's the potential of the LHC's Pb ion collsions? ...
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GUT predictions for charm mass?

Most GUT models have some relationship between down-type quarks and leptons, that more or less agree with the observed values after running the renormalization equations. But, what about up-type ...
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“Slightly off-shell”?

I'm not new to QFT, yet there are some matters which are quite puzzling to me. I often come across the statement that real particles (the ones we actually measure in experiments, not virtual ones) are ...
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status of +4/3 scalar as explanation of $t\bar t$ asymmetry

One of the early proposals for the Tevatron asymmetry on $t \bar t$ was a "fundamental diquark" with a charge (and hypercharge) +4/3, either in a triplet or a sextet colour. I am interested on the ...
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Where to find experimental/theoretical value of (charge) radius of particles?

Where to find experimental/theoretical value of (charge) radius of particles like proton, neutron, $\pi^+$, etc.?
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Is the force between solitons with same charge always repulsive?

I know the one-dimensional case in which the force is proportional to $e^{-R}$ and the force is attractive for solitons with opposite charge and repulsive for solitons with same charge. I was ...
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Speed Distribution of The Particles

I want to know the distribution of the particles's speed. The particles what I mean are nucleons and electrons of element. Consume there is 1kg of iron on room temperature and it's shape is sphere. ...
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What is the dominant interaction in elastic collision pi- + neutron -> pi- + neutron?

What is the dominant interaction in elastic collision pi- + neutron -> pi- + neutron? Is it strong nuclear interaction or electromagnetism? Edit: sorry I meant to say "elastic". There is no matter - ...
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What final states can proton-proton collision generate?

What final states can proton-proton collision generate? Where to find listing of possible final states of a particle interaction, for example proton colliding with proton?
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Understanding P-, CP-, CPT-violation etc. in field theory and in relation to the principle of relativity

I can never get my head around the violations of $P-$, $CP-$, $CPT-$ violations and their friends. Since the single term "symmetry" is so overused in physics and one has for example to watch out and ...
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How do I rearrange dE/dt to find an electron's 'half-life' due to synchrotron radiation?

I know that $-\frac{\mathrm{d}E}{\mathrm{d}t} \propto E^2$ for an electron losing energy to synchrotron radiation, but I can't find how to arrange this to give the time it would take for the electron ...
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What is lepton number?

What exactly is a lepton number of a particle? With the charge (eg proton is just 1, not the exact charge), I can understand because it's a physical property, put a particle with charge + next to ...
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The amount of energy required to break the Coulomb Barrier

This web page says that only 3-10 keV of energy is required to break the Coulomb barrier for colliding hydrogen nuclei. Pretty far from what originally said. Is this true? Does this have something ...
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Can particle physics be represented as an algebra?

Possibly the most useful thing anyone could tell me about particle physics: Naively, one could try and make an algebra by enumerating all the types of particles and defining equivalence relationships ...
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Twistors in Curved Spacetime

I am looking for good and recent references to constructing twistor space for curved spacetime. This could be a general spacetime, or specific ones (say maximally symmetric spaces different from ...
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Is there a concise-but-thorough statement of the Standard Model?

I’m a grad student in high-energy physics. I’m familiar enough with the Standard Model, but I’ve always wondered whether there existed a canonical statement of, effectively, “what we talk about when ...
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Why you need a graviton when you have the higgs boson?

Since I studied General Relativity I had this question running on my mind. As I see it (just taking lectures of Quantum Field Theory right now) "Why you need a gauge boson for gravity when the higgs ...
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What is the correct term for the “polarity” of matter (matter vs. antimatter)? Are fractional polarities allowed?

What is the correct term for the "polarity" of matter (matter vs. antimatter)? Are neutral polarities allowed? (1,0,-1) Are fractional polarities allowed?
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Speed of a particle in quantum mechanics: phase velocity vs. group velocity

Given that one usually defines two different velocities for a wave, these being the phase velocity and the group velocity, I was asking their meaning for the associated particle in quantum mechanics. ...
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What are quarks made of?

So atoms are formed from protons and neutrons, which are formed from quarks. But where do these quarks come from? What makes them?
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Do Killing spinors know global information?

The conformal Killing spinor equations on $R\times S^3$ in Minkowski signature are \begin{equation} \nabla_\mu \epsilon=\pm \frac{i}{2}\gamma_\mu\gamma^0\gamma^5\epsilon \end{equation} whose solution ...
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Why should bosons be in the adjoint representation of the gauge group?

Is there a deep mathematical reason for why bosons should be in the adjoint representation of the gauge group rather than any other representation?
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Does the speed of sand flow in a hourglass depend on a height of a sand column above the hourglass neck?

In a hourglass, does the sand flow through the neck depend on the amount of sand in the upper glass? If we consider a sand flow analogous to fluid flow, then it should depend linearly, but in that ...
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realization of: CFT generating fuction = AdS partition function

An important aspect of the AdS/CFT correspondence is the recipe to compute correlation functions of a boundary operator $\mathcal{O} $ in terms of the supergravity fields in the interior of the $AdS_{...
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Any use for $F_4$ in hep-th?

In high energy physics, the use of the classical Lie groups are common place, and in the Grand Unification the use of $E_{6,7,8}$ is also common place. In string theory $G_2$ is sometimes utilized, ...
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Instanton Moduli Space with a Surface Operator

I would like to understand the mathematical language which is relevant to instanton moduli space with a surface operator. Alday and Tachikawa stated in 1005.4469 that the following moduli spaces are ...
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Question about interpreting PDG particle cross section data sets' metadata fields

I have some question about interpreting PDG particle cross section data sets' metadata fields. The data sets I'm having questions for are http://pdg.lbl.gov/2011/hadronic-xsections/hadron.html For ...
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Are lens spaces classified via a Weinberg angle?

I am thinking about Kaluza Klein theory in the 3 dimensional lens spaces. These have an isometry group SU(2)xU(1), generically, and in some way interpolate between the extreme cases of manifolds $S^2 \...
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Fundamental particles with spin > 1

I am in undergraduate quantum mechanics, and the TA made an off-hand comment that currently no one knows how to describe fundamental particles with spin > 1 without supersymmetry. I was curious and ...
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What's jet multiplicity?

That's a basic thing, but, surprisingly, it is very difficult to find concise explanation of: What is the definition of jet multiplicity? Why is it interesting?
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Where did the idea of a neutrino come from?

Exactly what paper by W. Pauli introduced the idea for the existence of a neutrino and how was its existence confirmed experimentally (who did that and in what paper)?
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What is the highest accuracy of measuring time differences achievable today?

I was wondering if it would be possible to shorten the distance between detectors when measuring the speed of neutrinos to, say, 7m rather than the current ~700km? In this way the distance traveled ...
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How is the distance between Geneva detector and the Gran Sasso one measured?

Does anyone know how is the distance between detectors in the now famous neutrino experiment measured? Also, how was the time of flight measured?
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$\frac{1}{(1-x)_+}$ type distributions and parton distribution functions

I am trying to get to grips with Altarelli-Parisi-type equations. In chapter 17 of Peskin/Schroeder, they first develop the equations for a similar problem in QED. Equation $(17.123)$ introduces the ...
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What is the “shape” of atomic/subatomic particles?

I apologize in advance for my ignorance if this is a question with an obvious answer... I am not experienced in this field. But are such particles in the universe points with a charge, or are they ...