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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Uses of the accidental isomorphism $SO(5)\sim Sp(2)$?

Some of the accidental isomorphisms of low dimensional Lie algebras have very important applications in physics. The theory of angular momentum makes use of the fact that $SO(3)\sim SU(2)$. ...
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What is the limit of directly detecting a resonance?

Some resonances are extremely short-lived. With a lifetime of $10^{-23}$ seconds, they would travel just about the size of the proton ($10^{-15}$ m) even if they traveled at the speed of ...
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What does the phrase 'muons are brought to rest' mean?

I have a physics question in a text sheet. I am currently doing work on relativity where calculations of rest frames and laboratory frames are being completed. The formula: $t(\text{laboratory frame}) ...
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Calculation of removing a nucleon from a nucleus

I would like to calculate the energy needed to remove one nucleon - proton or neutron - from a nucleus. What is the equation to be used?
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Special Relativity - three body problem

I have a problem with solving three-body problem in special relativity. I know that in general this problem doesn't have good solution, but I have a specific case when it should be good answer. ...
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Why Does Electron Revolve around nucleus? [duplicate]

Actually why does electron revolve around nucleus. Considering Simple atom, hydrogen atom where a single electron revolves around the nucleus. It is said that the electrostatic force of attraction ...
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How to theoretically determine electric charges of $W^{\pm}$ bosons?

I just realised that I don't remember how to conclude theoretically that $W^{\pm}$ bosons have electric charges of $\pm 1$. After some searching I'm quite surprise that I couldn't find a satisfying ...
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Summing up independent mass measurements to recover $Z$ boson mass

I am trying to calculate the $Z$ boson mass from a list of $\mu^+\mu^-$ data (momentum). We have been asked to make five blocks of data from the total amount of 10k. Then calculate the mass via ...
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does electron - positron pair annihilation occur when E is negative?

Suppose I release an electron-positron pair from rest at a distance of $r$. Then the particles attract each other and collide. The total energy $E$ is $$E = 2m_ec^2-\frac{e^2}{4\pi\varepsilon_0r},$$ ...
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If we rub glass particles with paper , will there be any charge induction in glass particles?

If we rub glass particles with paper , will there be any charge induction in glass particles ? I know if you rub with silk they do get charged, but i want to know specifically for glass and paper.
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Convolution of Gaussian with exponential decay?

I need to convolve an exponential decay (defined as the exponential $Ae^{-\lambda t}$ from $0$ to $+\infty$) with a Gaussian of known standard deviation $\sigma$, in other words I need to compute the ...
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Materials on charged black brane

everybody! Does anyone know some good materials on charged black branes in AdS/CFT and the role of chemical potential in theses cases?
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How positron and electron annihilate forming photons? [duplicate]

Electron is a particle with momentum $p$ and it spins up. Positron is its antiparticle having momentum $-p$ and it spins down. "A positron is an electron travelling backwards in time" said by Feynman. ...
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When optically pumping a lasing gain medium with another laser, does Stimulated, or Spontaneous emission dominate?

Much of my reading seems to indicate that laser pumping results in a fluorescent stokes shift but somehow photon vector is maintained. I've seen the phrase "Spontaneous Fluorescence by Stimulated ...
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Is there a machine readable format of the data tables in Particle Data Group PDFs?

Is there a machine-readable format of the tables of data in PDG documents such as this one? http://pdg.lbl.gov/2011/download/rpp-2010-booklet.pdf Something such as JSON, XML, CSV, HTML, or anything ...
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Inclusive and exclusive searches [duplicate]

Please, I would like to know what means inclusive and exclusive searches in High Energy Physics. Fábio.
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Nuclear Interaction Stopping Power

Hello again question board. I'm in need of some help with my b) question for homework I have. Following question is verbatim: "How thick should a wall of shielding iron be to absorb a 10 GeV/c pion ...
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Size of an elementary particle [duplicate]

Do we have a well defined mathematical expression denoting the size of a fundamental particle with no internal structure (electron for example) ? If we do, how does it fit in with the uncertainty ...
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Mathematical formalism to include wave and particle perspectives of light

Does the exist any mathematical formalism (model) describing the behavior of light and incorporating its particle character (divisibility, quantization) and wave character? (i.e. quantized wave model) ...
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What would be measured, under current technology, of a particle moving faster than light? (Somewhat duplicate)

Sorry, since the question has been posed, but I insist that others posed not from this position. Can any listener deduce whether we could measure, by analyzing electromagnetic disturbance, a ...
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Could there be massive gravitons and in our spacetime? [closed]

My question is: Could there in principle be sub-groups of gravitons (if they existed) that has mass (and in our spacetime dimensions) such as those affected by electric or by strong force or other ...
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Could elementary particles join to create bound states?

I recently had question, can 2 elementary particles be "attached" together using Strong and weak nuclear forces to create a bound state. For example can Electron and some other stable elementary ...
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Quantum Hall Effect Dark Matter Detector?

Has anyone used a Quantum Hall effect detector to detect dark matter? I was looking at the following animation on wikipedia: ...
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What is the most fundamental peice of matter? What is it that thing which can no more be sub-divided?

I know that there is theory that strings are the most fundamental particles. But if it is a string, then it can be 'cut' into pieces, and if it can be 'cut', then it can be cut at infinitely many ...
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Quantum distance ladder

There is a lecture on how facts about the cosmos can be derived form rather simple observation. Is there an analogy for the small scale? Is there a technically simple observation that would imply, ...
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Problem evaluating $C^{-1}M^\dagger C$

How can I show the following? $$\overline{\psi_L}M^\dagger (\psi_L)^c=\overline{\psi_L}CM^\dagger\overline{\psi_L}^T$$ where $\psi^c=C\overline{\psi}^T$ and ...
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Do particles rotate around themselves or they just move while the object rotates?

In this question, I'm not talking about particle spin. I guess, when an object rotates, its atoms also rotate. When an atom rotates, its particles must move in space. I wonder that if the particles ...
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Why is the charge on protons == to charge on electrons? [duplicate]

I am not a expert on physics, just another high schooler, so sorry if the question is obvious. This is something I've been wondering about for a while. Why is the charge on a proton equal but ...
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Born rule and Feynman propagators

Let us assume that we want to describe the full process of photon emission by electron A and absorption by electron B. Therefore electron B must be on the forward lightcone of electron A. In the ...
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References on the LHC experiments

I'm looking for a references / short book which discusses what is going on LHC collider - specific experiments, collision processes, analysis of data, how exactly the facility is operating (not ...
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What would happen if an incredibly high energy photon passed through a human body?

What would happen if an incredibly high energy photon passed through a human body (or any other material)? When I say incredibly high energy photon, I mean higher than any known energy scales... ...
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Lorentz force helix

I have a few questions about the Lorentz force. Is it possible to create a Lorentz force helix in a cloud chamber and if so how would this be achieved? How would the pressure inside the helix be ...
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String Theory- Are strings the end? What are they made of? [duplicate]

Although I have informed myself in string theory through reading books and watching videos, I do not know or understand what superstrings are made of. History has definitely shown us that when we ...
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Yan - Drell process

I'm looking for more information about Yan - Drell process but didn't manage to find a good place to learn from (still looking for one). I understood that this process can help us to understand the ...
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Why do arrows point backwards in time for Feynman Diagrams?

I've been looking into Feynman Diagram for quite some time, and the fact that anti-particles point backwards in time after an interaction has been puzzling me. I understand this to be some convention ...
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Fermi's weak interaction theory

In Fermi's theory, we have energy squared in the numerator of the cross-section which makes it diverge as energy increases. But isn't that the Fermi constant suppresses it with increasing order?
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Elastic collision of photon [closed]

Consider an elastic collision of a photon with 100 eV energy hitting a mirror. How much momentum is exchanged in the collision? Also, can one model the reflection of an elastically colliding photon ...
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What the quantum spin refers to? How we calculate the angular momentum $\omega$ from the spin quantum number?

How we calculate the angular momentum $\omega$ from the spin quantum number, to know how fast a particle rotating on its own axis?
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Reduced graphs and pinch-singular surfaces

I am reading a book on perturbative QCD by John Collins. In Chapter 5, the terms reduced graph and pinch-singular surface are used for the analysis of mass singularities. However, their meanings are ...
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Will the absorption of high energy gamma rays end up heating the absorping material?

By high energy I mean 100+ MeV gamma rays. I think that at this energy of photons, pair production is the dominating absorption process. So, as known, in pair production an electron and a positron ...
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Neutrons in nucleus

When I asked here why neutrons in nucleus (with protons) don't decay I was told that it would require energy for the neutron to decay, it wouldn't give energy. And since that wasn't really what I ...
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Pair annihilation - how to generaly solve these types of problems?

Simple question regarding pair production: Can a collision of an electron with a positron result in two photons? I have this problem to solve and I doubt this is even possible. Please provide some ...
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Mass and Higgs Field and Inertia [duplicate]

I'm starting to wonder if the description of Mass given to us when we hear physicists talk about Mass created by the Higgs field is the same type of mass we ordinarily think of, like inertial mass for ...
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Preons and 't Hooft condition

If some fundamental particles, like leptons or quarks are composite (e.g.in preonic models), or the same with gauge bosons or the higgs particles. How could it be possible that preons were more ...
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Why aren't there more than three generations of the leptons and quarks? [duplicate]

There are three generations of electrons, neutrinos, and quarks. The second and third generations of electrons and quarks are unstable and decay into lighter particles. Why are there exactly three ...
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the effects of an ln-prime transformation to physical models

I have rather a "toy" type of modelling-problem that appeared to me along a book I am writing on number theory. I would be outmost thankful for any concrete or inspirational answers, including ...
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What causes the mass of Higgs boson itself? [duplicate]

Current theories stipulate that particles mass is due to : Quantum chromodynamics (mutual attraction of quarks, i.e. gluon's kinetic energy, circa 98%) and Higgs field (quarks rest mass, circa 2%) ...
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What exactly is the spin of a particle? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is spin as it relates to subatomic particles? I'm having a hard time grasping the concept of spin, my textbook describes it very vaguely: Stable matter contains ...
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why is the modelisation of elementary particle as a two dimensional object in contradiction with General Relativity?

This is asserted by Trinh Xuan Thuan in his book "Chaos & Harmony" chapter String theory.
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atomic friction [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Friction between atoms in spring thanks john:when we apply a stress within elastic range of metal/spring,due to flow of atoms the particular void(defect) region getting ...