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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Why neutrinos are weakly interacting? [duplicate]

I recently attended a talk on neutrinos, where the speaker said there are billions of neutrinos passes through our body every second, but in our lifetime the probability of alteast one neutrino ...
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Do physical entities with one dimension equal to 0 exist?

Within mathematics, a lot of entities with one or more size equal to zero exist and are fluently manipulated. For example, within $\mathbb R^4$, the entity defined as $z=0, t=2$ is a plan, the one ...
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What physics does the Super Proton Proton Collider intend to explore in the $\lesssim 100\:\mathrm{TeV}$ range?

Chinese scientists have completed an initial conceptual design of a super giant particle collider which will be bigger and more powerful than any particle accelerator on Earth. With a circumference of ...
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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 ...
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What is the best software to simulate the tracks of muons in matter?

What is the best (free) software to simulate the tracks of muons in matter? I have done some simulations using SRIM/TRIM (www.srim.org) by modifying their proton model to have the mass of a muon, but ...
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Where else than Atoms do Photons Disappear and Reappear from? [closed]

Where does photons come from and disappear to? Can photons be destroyed and created? Without atoms would photons exist? What other ways then from atoms can photons be made?
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What is the physical intuition behind the Bragg peak?

The wikipedia page says: Energy lost by charged particles is inversely proportional to the square of their velocity, which explains the peak occurring just before the particle comes to a ...
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If there are long-lived elements in the Island of stability, why are they not present in Nature?

To my understanding, some (but not many) physicists speculate that the Island of stability may contain long-lived elements, as in a billion or so years. But couldn't we rule that out just by the ...
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What are the preferred subsystems of the universe? [closed]

I am not a physicist but I am interested in philosophical implications of theoretical physics. My understanding is that many physical properties like mass, volume, temperature etc. - are emergent ...
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Feynman diagram, which virtual particle?

Hi I have been asked to produce the lowest order Feynman diagram for the following scattering process: $$a.~~~ \mu^-+\mu^-\rightarrow \mu^-+\mu^-$$ $$b.~~~ \mu^-+\mu^+\rightarrow \mu^-+\mu^+$$ The ...
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Energy dependency of the total cross section for different species

Comparing the plots for the total (inelastic) cross sections as a function of the centre of mass energy for $pp$ and $e^+e^-$ collisions: one notes that the trend at high energy is opposite: the ...
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Does the Higgs Field positive value correlate with “giving mass”?

I understand that the Higgs Field has a positive average value, while the average strength of (almost?) all of the other particle fields is zero. Does that positive value relates specifically to the ...
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Effective collision energy at LHC

The proton is not a fundamental particle, so in high energy proton-proton collision we actually collide proton's sub-constituents: quark-quark and (mostly) gluon-gluon. LHC operates now at 13 TeV ...
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Could there exist (and if not: why?) non-elementary particles composed of gravitons?

I read about glueballs, which should be particles made purely out of gluons. This is a quite theoretical thing but its existence has at least been theorized. Now, I don't know so much about ...
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Open-source code for computing response functions

Summing Feynman diagrams to compute the response functions of a microscopic model is common in many areas of physics. While conceptually straightforward, the task can be computationally intensive. ...
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Showing the annihilation of an electron-positron pair [duplicate]

How to show that the annihilation of an electron-positron pair under emission of one real photon (mass zero) is forbidden by energy-momentum conservation, the emission of two photons is allowed?
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Are the leptons in $\beta^-$ decay already present in the nucleus in some form?

In beta minus decay, beta-minus particle and anti-neutrino are ejected, leaving behind daughter nucleus. $\beta^-$ and anti-neutrino both are leptons. Were the leptons already present in the ...
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Why couldn't the decay $\pi^- \to e^- + \bar\nu_e$ occur if electrons were massless?

If we assume that electrons (just like neutrinos) are massless, why can’t the decay $\pi^- \rightarrow e^- + \bar{\nu}_e$ occur under the weak interaction?
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Is muon muon annihilation already realised?

As muon colliders do not yet exist, has muon-muon annihilation already been realized experimentally?
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Internal energy + energy of electron

Internal energy of a system composed of molecules or atoms is the mean energy of all these particles in the system (energy as kinetic energy, potential energy etc..). But what I am seeing that we are ...
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How do we know that elementary particles possess definite parity?

As I was reading Griffiths' "Introduction to Elementary Particles" Wiley 2008, on chapter 4 "Symmetries", the question stroke me. The same as Parity operator (inversion in 3-dimensional space) we ...
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Does the electromagnetic force “split” at lower than normal energies?

Since we have working models for forces "combining" or being describable via a single framework at higher energies (such as the "electroweak" force and the aim of GUTs), does electromagnetism split ...
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Second order Fermi mechanism. Is there a mistake in the Claus Grupen book?

The second order Fermi mechanism describes the interaction of charged particles with magnetic clouds. This model leads to a collision-less acceleration of cosmic rays up to ultra high energies. A ...
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Obtaining an angular distribution from the Klein-Nishina formula

I'm having trouble on how one might obtain an angular distribution from the Klein-Nishina formula for compton scattering of polarised photons, more specifically on how this report is obtaining it. ...
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Why don't antiparticles have antispin?

Antiparticles are often said to particles moving backwards in time. However if they are moving backwards in time shouldn't they also "spin backwards", meaning they should have negative or antispin? ...
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What is “mass” in particle physics? [duplicate]

It's clear, from reading pop-science articles about the Higgs boson, that particle physicists have something very specific in mind when they say "mass". In classical physics the mass of a particle is ...
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Hierarchy problem and quadratic corrections in the Standard Model

In this paper, the third paragraph of the “Introduction” says that the Standard Model by itself is a natural theory. As I understand, they say there is no quadratic divergence in the Standard Model ...
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Physics : Formula involving density, Mass, temperature and pressure [closed]

A set of dryers has a mass 40kg and density of 16kg/m3 at temperature of 40°C under the pressure 760mmHg. At what temperature will the mass be 50kg with density 20kg/m3 under a pressure of 700mmHg
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How should we understand the value of a recent theory published on Phys. Rev. D? [closed]

I would like to know what to make of this paper, published on Phys. Rev. D on the 11$^{th}$ of January: Quantum field theory of gravity with spin and scaling gauge invariance and spacetime ...
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The magnetic moments of Hadrons

So I am very confused about how to find the magnetic moment of a arbitrary hadron. I have found out that the magnetic moment of a quark is given by: $\mu_q = \frac{e_qM_p}{m_q}\mu_N$ Where: $e_q, ...
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Why is the top quark mass reconstructed too high when the bottom quarks were swapped (semileptonic decay of a ttbar pair)?

I use a dataset containing simulated events of semileptonic $t\bar{t}$ decays ($t\bar{t} \rightarrow W⁺b W⁻ \bar{b} \rightarrow q\bar{q}bl\nu_l\bar{b}$) at CMS, LHC. For each event, the four-momenta ...
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Conservation of quantum information [duplicate]

Bosons occupy the same quantum states, even if fermions obey Pauli's Exclusion Principle. Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle rules out determining the quantum states occupied by two close fermions, ...
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Why do we need to “create our own” Higgs boson in order to see one?

I understand that the LHC found the Higgs boson by pumping so much energy into a tiny space (via near light speed proton-proton collisions) that a Higgs boson appeared momentarily, then instantly ...
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The mass of X Boson (and Y Boson too)

I was reading an article on Wikipedia about the hypothetical particles called $X$ and $Y$ Bosons. Looking at their "calculated" masses, I felt quite weirded. Their mass should be $$m = 10^{15}\ ...
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Why are the elements of the periodic table stable? [duplicate]

I apologize in advance for the stupid question, but I was wondering about neutron decay and elements. Taking for example one of the most simple elements, Helium. Helium is made by 2 neutrons and 2 ...
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Four momentum in particle physics

I have seen four momentum defined in two different ways. One is $P =(E,\vec{p}c)$ and the other is $P =(E/c,\vec{p})$. Which one is correct and if they both are then why and when is it more convenient ...
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Can an atom be formed from a combination of subatomic particles other than electron, proton and neutron (or their antiparticle)?

I have read that there are plenty of elementary particles. Can some of them form some species other than proton and neutron that are able to form a stable atom together with an electron or an electron ...
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Is there any Higgs Model that has 4 Charged Higgs and 1 Neutral?

There is a 2HDM that predicts 3 neutral and 2 charged Higgs particles. There are also many more models out there. I already did some searching, but there is a large body of work here, and various ...
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Why do mesons like the J/Psi or Y exist? Shouldn't the quark/anti-quark pair annihilate? [duplicate]

q/qbar->photon is part of Drell Yan, so it's kinematically allowed. Is this somehow related to the difference in speed phenomenologically between a strong and a weak decay? As in is this annihilation ...
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Does quantum mechanics break causality? [duplicate]

If quantum mechanics is probabilistic, there is no reason for a particle to be in one place and not the other, but particles do make up their minds... but how?
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Could the universe be accurately simulated with an infinitely powerful computer? [duplicate]

This would mean that every event happens because of what has hapened before it and there is no randomness factor. At a microscopic level, the motion of atoms is a result of the motion of other atoms ...
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Why is 7 TeV considered as a big amount of energy?

Considering that $7$ TeV is more or less the same kinetic energy as a mosquito flying, why is it considered to be a great amount of energy at the LHC? I mean, a giant particle accelerator that can ...
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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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Why is a nearby nucleus required for Pair Creation?

I was recently studying Pair Production and Annihilation. The author mentions that a nearby nucleus is required when the photon materialises into a particle and an anti-particle. The explanation given ...
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Can we have Bremsstrahlung emission of particles which are heavier than the initial radiating particle?

Lets consider a light particle in a high-energy process. Can this light particle radiate "Bremsstrahlung particles" which are heavier than the initial light particle? In this context I don't refer ...
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Doesn't the subsequent change in effective nuclear charge and atomic radii disrupt the standing wave in which electron moves?

Electrons move in standing waves around the nucleus. However, as the Atomic No. along a period increases, the effective nuclear charge on the valence electrons increases and the atomic radii decrease. ...
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How would you build a small cyclotron (particle accelerator)? [closed]

I heard Michio Kaku built a small cyclotron when he was young. I bought a book called "Principles of charged particle acceleration" where it explains the basic functioning of particle accelerators. ...
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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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Baryon - Anti Baryon scattering

Is it possible, for a strong interaction of the above described type (baryon - anti baryon), to exist? $$B + \bar B \to \ldots $$ (Where $B$ is a generic baryon and $\bar B$ the anti-) Namely like ...
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A doubt in special relativity

I read in the Feynman Lecs about muons. They are created in the upper atmosphere and hav a lifespan of about 2.2 micro seconds and if there was no relativity, they can travel as much as 600 metres ...