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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Double slit experiment observation

In the double-slit experiment, if you shoot particles through the slits one by one and observe which slit they travel through, is there still an interference pattern on the screen behind the slits? If ...
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How does matter know to obey physical laws? [closed]

First of all, you may say that, this is a "why" question and in physics we don't ask such a question and instead we ask about "how". However, I want to discuss this with you. We model the behavior of ...
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Representation of SU(3) generators

Let's discuss about $SU(3)$. I understand that the most important representations (relevant to physics) are the defining and the adjoint. In the defining representation of $SU(3)$; namely ...
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Decay width average in the isospin invariant limit

Suppose we have the following experimental values for $\eta' \rightarrow \eta \pi \pi$ decay width: $\Gamma_{\eta' \rightarrow \eta \pi^+ \pi^-} = 0.086 \pm 0.004$ $\Gamma_{\eta' \rightarrow \eta ...
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$L^{1}$ energy-momentum tensors in general relativity; semi-classical gravity

I was unsure whether to pose this question in a physics or mathematics forum, but it is an interesting idea I have been thinking about for some time. In any (semi-)classical field theory it is often ...
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Foundations of the notion of elementary particle in the Standard Model

According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_particles, the list of elemetary particles includes more than 30 particles (bottom of the page). Does the Standard Model explain (if yes, then how) ...
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Can someone recommend good resources to self study physics please? [duplicate]

I have a goal to educate myself up to the current level of knowledge we possess about the universe. I've tried textbooks, wikipedia, lectures, but i find each of them fundamentally flawed in ...
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Higgs boson production via positron-electron collision

One of the suggested diagrams for the Higgs production is the following: so basically an electron-positron pair annihilates and forms an (excited?) Z boson, which then decays into another (less ...
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B-mode and circular polarization in BICEP2

In the case of the B-mode detected in BICEP2, at first they assumed there was no circular polarization and then the Q and U stocks parameter of the CMB is given by E-mode and B mode. If we have ...
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Can an electron and a positron annihilate to form a Z_0 boson?

I guess that, since the Z boson is more massive than both the electrons, they need to go pretty fast (so that their kinetic energy is large enough), but is annihilation a property of the ...
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What is the difference between these two Feynman diagrams?

In which direction is time flowing and what reactions do they represent? EDIT for Gigi (I could not add a comment to your answer): 1) Do Feynman diagrams by definition only show fundamental ...
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Scalar field divergent mass correction interpretation question (hierarchy problem)

Simple power counting tells you that a scalar field coupled to some fermions at one-loop picks up a correction to the mass of the order $\Lambda^2$. Based on this people say things like "it's natural ...
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Is the neutral pion a singlet?

In Griffiths' Introduction to Elementary Particles, it is mentioned p. 179 that the $\pi^0$ is a singlet under $SU(2)$ isospin. But it is also part of the $\pi^-,\pi^0,\pi^+$ isospin triplet. How can ...
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Alpha particle deflection by 180 degree in Rutherford's gold foil experiment

Did some of the aplha particles back trace their path after hitting the gold foil ? (Turn by 180 degrees.) If so, how were they detected ?
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How to calculate relative branching fractions of the $Z$ boson to specific pairs of “neutral lepton and anti-lepton”?

The PDG is listing values of "$Z$ couplings to neutral leptons" as $$ \begin{eqnarray} g^{\nu_{\ell}} & = & 0.5008 \, \pm \, 0.0008 \\ g^{\nu_{e}} & = & 0.53 \, \pm \, 0.09 \\ ...
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Can we squeeze atoms?

Lets consider few water molecules (or monoatomic noble gas or $H^+$ ions or electron gas) to be present inside a vessel, now if we enclose the vessel with certain hard material which could act as ...
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Need help solving a task - laws of conservation (leptons, baryons, charge)

We got a task from our teacher, a multiple choice task; and here it is: Which of the following reactions is correct, considering the conservation laws? Note: We have only learned to use the ...
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Why are neutrino and antineutrino cross sections different?

Particularly in the case of Majorana neutrinos, it seems a little odd that the particle and antiparticle would have differing cross sections. Perhaps the answer is in here, but I've missed it: ...
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Virtual particles and physical laws

Recently, I was reading about Hawking Radiation in A Brief History of Time. It says that at no point can all the fields be zero and so there's nothing like empty space(quantum fluctuation etc.). Now, ...
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Effective theories and dimension six operators

What is the importance of dimension six operators in the study of physics beyond the Standard Model? Are these operators more relevant than dimension five operators like $HHFF$ or operators with ...
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Rigorous mathematical formalism of particle physics

Can anyone provide me with a rigorous mathematical definition of the fundamental particles (all fundamental bosons and fermions), reflecting the analogy of action of groups with interaction of ...
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What is the meaning behind the neutrino oscillation parameter?

As far as I can tell, there are 6 parameters that describe how a neutrino oscillates: 2 mass squared differences, 3 mixing angles and another parameter I don't understand at all (delta). Thus I have ...
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Entropy of Reeh-Schlieder correlations

Any state analytic in energy (which includes most physical states since they have bounded energy) contains non-local correlations described by the Reeh-Schlieder theorem in AQFT. It is further shown ...
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$\mathrm{d} \Omega_{CM}$ for a $1\rightarrow 2$ particle decay?

The differential solid angle is described in e.g. Srednicki's QFT text but only for the case of scattering. Because in the case of scattering it's defined with respect to the incoming three-momentum ...
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How use the Higgs branching ratio plot to extract information about the Higgs mass compared to experiment?

What does the plot of higgs branching ratio (see figure below) say about the higgs mass anyway? How can one use it as a guide to find the higgs mass experimentally? If we e.g. go to $M_H=126$ GeV ...
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How can a pion with neutral charge exist? [duplicate]

A $\pi^0$ consists of an up and anti-up quark. However, I also learned that when a particle and its anti-particle meet, energy is produced. So, my question is that how can $\pi^0$ exist? Won't it ...
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Mandelstam variables 1 positive 2 negative

The three Mandelstam-variables are defined as: $$s=(p_A+p_B)^2=(p_C+p_D)^2,$$$$t=(p_A-p_C)^2=(p_B-p_D)^2$$$$u=(p_A-p_D)^2=(p_B-p_C)^2.$$ Where A and B are the incoming particles and C and D are the ...
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Which is the heaviest elementary particle? [closed]

Which elementary particle has the greatest rest mass? (For the sake of this question I'll call a photon's rest mass 0, whether it is or isn't (actually, tell me if this is the right thing to do)).
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Can a neutrinos mass oscillate in a similar way to its flavour?

So I've been reading up on neutrino oscillations and I think I'm making some progress in understanding it, but I'm still a long way off. As I understand it, you can 'classify' neutrinos in two ways; ...
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Multiparticle generalization of $\langle \vec k \vert E,l,m \rangle$ spherical harmonics.

From Sakurai eq. 6.4.21a we have that $$\langle {\bf k} \vert E,l,m \rangle=\frac{\hbar}{\sqrt{M k}}\delta\left(E-\frac{\hbar^2 k^2 }{2M}\right) Y_l^m({\bf\hat k}),$$ where $M$ is the mass of the ...
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what is QCD Background?

I am looking at some papers in particle physics and came across 2 terms called QCD Background and ABCD method (control region and signal region). When I searched them on Google, could not get much ...
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Feynman Toy Model Constraints on Number of Each Kind of External Lines

(From my homework) In our toy model we have three kinds of spinless particles: $A$, $B$, and $C$. The primitive vertex of decay/interaction is shown below: My actual problem statement says: ...
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Under what circumstances is observing a superposition possible?

According to Ian Stewart's 2013 Symmetry: A Very Short Introduction (pp. 119-120), Experiment and theory suggest that superposed states should not be observable as such; only individual ...
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Pion decay in particle physics

I'm taking a particle physics course and we're using Perkins Introduction to High Energy Physics as the text. I am looking at problem 1.7. It asks whether $$\pi^0\rightarrow e^- + e^+$$ is allowed or ...
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How does an electron adjust itself to fit in an excited state that is completely filled?

According to quantum mechanics each state has a specific shape. So, how does the electron get into that shape of the orbital?
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Lepton number conservation in standard model

Why is it said that in standard model lepton number is conserved? How do I know that Lepton number is an abelian charge? Why is this conservation not as sacred as electric charge conservation. How ...
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Unitarity of PMNS matrix

Why should the neutrino mixing matrix (PMNS matrix) be unitary? Is the unitarity dictated by experiments or is it a theoretical demand?
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Entanglement entropy and area law

I am currently reading a review "Area law for the entanglement entropy" by Eisert, Cramer and Plenio (2010). From what I understand: In one dimension, for local gapped models, we have an area law ...
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Majorara mass and fermion number violation

How can it be shown that the Majorana mass violates the fermion number by two units? Can even a Noether charge be defined in presence of Majorana mass term?
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Why does Matter occupies space? Matter and space are two things… If Space does not has mass, why should matter have space-ful nature?

This thought has completely changed my perspective towards matter. If the matter in a star can collapse to a point to form a Black hole, surely the true nature of matter should be able explain this ...
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Is the singlet state $\eta '$ stable under the strong nuclear force?

According to group theory, the $SU(3)$ flavor symmetry for two quarks decomposes into an octet and a singlet. Is the prediction of this decomposition that the particles in the octet can only transform ...
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Can we say that nanomaterials have higher cohesive energies compared to coarse-grained counterparts?

Can we say that nanomaterials have higher cohesive energies compared to coarse-grained counterparts?
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Moseley's Law Conceptual Question

From Young & Freedman, Univ. Phys. p. 1394 about Moseley's law: Suppose one electron is knocked out of the K shell. This process leaves a vacancy, which we’ll call a hole. (One electron ...
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How are anti-matter atoms created?

What is the reaction, or reactions that make anti-matter? I don't understand how anti-matter is created by CERN if interaction with normal matter causes annihilation.
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Why does grinding steel create sparks but aluminium doesn't?

Grinding steel produces sparks. Grinding aluminium does not. Why? I found this article about why grinding steel produces sparks but would like to confirm if it is true. I would also like to know why ...
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Is there a finite frequency of physical interactions?

If particles use gauge bosons to convey information about various forces then is there something like a finite "refresh rate" at which they update information about themselves?
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Fluidic gravity, TOE, what's your oppinion on this research? [closed]

It's interesting because we don't normally consider the "vaccuum of space" as a fluid, but it's becoming more apparent that it's an ocean of subatomic stuff. Here's a link to a book: Unified Fluid ...
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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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Fuel and heated iron?

If I have a pile full of fuel (gasoline) - and I also have heated iron ( very very hot - color orange) and I put the Iron in the pile , Would the gasoline will burn ? I mean - does gasoline need ...
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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 ...