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 Cronin Effect Happens?

I'm looking for explanation on Cronin effect but unfortunately there's no Wikipedia entry or self-contained paper to start from. The statement of this effect is that: "At leading order, multiple ...
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What will happen to matter if there is a Higgs metastability decay?

Previously, on Save us from swallowing baby universes, please!, I pointed out the dangers associated with false vacuum decay. I wish to be more specific here. Suppose the Standard Model remains a ...
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More forces at low energy?

Just a quick question: In high energy experiments, the fundamental forces are thought to merge into a single force. My question is, in very low energy experiments (very low), do the forces we know ...
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Possibility of stable muonic structures?

In an analogy to the neutron, which decays rapidly as a free particle, but when bound in a nucleus it is stable, would it be possible to crease a structure that permits the stability of muons - be it ...
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Partial waves and the velocity expansion of a scattering cross section

I'm confused about the relation between the velocity expansion of a scattering cross section and the angular momentum (partial wave) expansion. For example, for dark matter annihilation, we write ...
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Charge of the muon

In the Wikipedia article of Muon, it says ...with unitary negative electric charge of roughly -1 and a spin of 1/2, What are they trying to convey with the "roughly"? Aren't the allowed values ...
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Is the Higgs particle the final one predicted by the Standard Model? [duplicate]

Are there any other particle predictions by the standard model?
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Anomaly cancellation and fermion number violation

In the standard model, an axial $SU(3)$ currents has anomaly which after quantization leads to the fermion number violation. However, taking all the fermions into account we note that the anomalies ...
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Importance of MHV amplitudes

Why are MHV amplitudes so important? How/where are they used and why do people keep trying to rederive them in many different ways?
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Running chargino/neutralino masses in MSSM

Consider the plot below, showing the running of different masses due to renormalization for a certain point of the (c)MSSM. I am able to exactly reproduce the plot, including the running of M1, M2, ...
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What is the chemical symbol for Mu-mesic atoms?

Is there a convention for chemical symbols of mu-mesic atoms, at least for ones bound to light atomic nuclei?
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Mass is rigidity?

In General Relativity, a totally rigid body cannot be accelerated. It will behave like something of infinite mass. Similarly a body of two separated particles which connected to each other with a ...
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What sorts of complications do massive neutrinos bring to the Standard Model?

Naively, I'd just think of considering them as any other massive fermions (but without electric charge), including the appropriate chiralities (and neutrino-higgs coupling when necessary). ...
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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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Anti-matter as matter going backwards in time? (requesting further clarification upon a previous post)

I understand this question has already been asked here, however, I don't have enough reputation points to place a comment (I suppose that's the reason) on a specific answer to request a reference. A ...
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Why do we need to find 5 Higgs Bosons to prove the existence of the dark matter?

I was recently watching a show that say we need at least 5 Higgs Boson to prove the existence of the dark matter because it will strengthen the concept of symmetry. Why is that so? Because, I am not ...
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Lower bound bound on the mass of scalar bosons

Is there any lower bound bound on the mass of scalar bosons in nature. I know that a massless scalar boson would lead to a fifth force which would violate the equivalence principle. But is there any ...
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Do the particles made in a collider exist outside the collider?

Below is the transcript of a section from Demystifying the Higgs Boson with Leonard Susskind. Around 1:02:23 Susskind says that the heaviest of the fermions is called the top quark. Top quark is ...
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Might HEP production of “exotic” particles like superparners and dark matter be impossible?

In reading a lot of articles about HEP and what the LHC could detect or what it has excluded (like low-mass superpartners) it seems every author essentially assumes that things like low-mass ...
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How can the Higgs have so many different Yukawa couplings?

How can the Higgs have so many Yukawa couplings? Isn't this about the same as saying the Higgs has a force or charge for each different coupling? Is this some indication of substructure for the ...
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Deciding what to collide at particle accelerator

Different particle accelerators use different types of collisions. For instance at the LHC they investigated p Pb collisions while its predecessor (LEP), used to collide electrons with proton and at ...
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Bathroom photons from the edge at the universe [duplicate]

I was looking through my bathroom window this night and I was wondering if any of the photons my retina is hit with are from 13 (40) billion light years away ?! I was looking through it a few ...
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What determines the shape of the WIMP cross-section vs mass limit curves?

In figure 5 of http://arxiv.org/abs/arXiv:1310.8214 (PDF: http://arxiv.org/pdf/1310.8214v1.pdf), the experiments all seem to reach the lowest cross-sections when the WIMP is in the $40-100\, ...
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Charge neutrality of the Universe: evidences and theories

I've always wondered why the number of protons in the Universe exactly matches the number of electrons. They are such different particles with totally different cross sections. So, first of all, is ...
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What determines the probability of a pair of photons interacting, and producing a positron and an electron?

The second answer to this question describes how this process might occur, and I'm curious for more details about it: What is the probability distribution of the interaction producing ...
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Is total angular momentum conserved in particle interaction?

Imagine that two electrons interact by exchanging a virtual photon. I know that the total energy and linear momentum of the two electrons is conserved by the interaction. Is the total (orbital) ...
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Spinor representation restricted under subgroup, a formula from Polchinski

The question is about the spinor representation decomposed under subgroups. It's a common technique in string theory when parts of dimensions are compactified and ignored, and we are only interested ...
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Particles from String theory

I understand that the strings in string theory are posited to be many, many orders of size smaller than say, a quark, electron or any other particle. But if this is so, how does the string "expand" to ...
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Number of decays in a chain reaction

It is widely known that the probability of $n$ decays from one system to another $A \rightarrow B$ (e.g., electrons decaying from one atomic energy level to another or muons decaying into neutrinos ...
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Any known relationships among quark masses?

Here is some numerology: Gen 1 Mass(d)/Mass(u) = 2 = 2 * 1 Gen 2 Mass(c)/Mass(s) = 12 = 4 * 3 Gen 3 Mass(t)/Mass(b) = 40 = 8 * 5 Does standard model make any predictions of relations? Do any GUT ...
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momentum conservation and gluons

The process is the following: $$e^-e^+ \rightarrow photon \rightarrow quark + antiquark$$ Regarding the momentum conservation law, how come we have a photon of spin 1 and at the end some meson with ...
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Møller scattering: twisted?

I am studying the Møller scattering, but I don't know how to get the twisted diagram from the S-matrix. Has anybody a good explanation?
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Classical EM neglects electron recoil?

Imagine two electrons $A$ and $B$ at rest. Electron $B$ is at a vertical distance $r$ above electron $A$. Let us assume that the electrons are constrained to move on horizontal rails. At time $t=0$ ...
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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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Have we found a Higgsino?

In supersymmetry, for each particle (boson/fermion), there is a symmetric particle which is a fermion/boson. The MSSM predicts five Higgs bosons: two neutral scalar ones (H and h), a pseudo-scalar ...
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Simple photon recoil question

Imagine two charges A and B separated by some distance. Charge A emits a photon which is absorbed by charge B. Is the recoil momentum received by charge A always equal and opposite to the momentum ...
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Operator that describes particle detector

In non-relativistic QM, the position of a particle is an observable. In QFT, fields are the observables. However, particles must have some sort of position, otherwise we wouldn't see pictures like the ...
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Pair production of neutrinos

I learned that neutrinos have a much lower energy than electrons. Pair production of electrons occurs when the photon energy is above 2 times the energy of an electron. So I am wondering if pair ...
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Statistics followed by Neutrinos [closed]

What does the neutrino particles follow- Dirac or Majorana Statistics?
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Can two photons annihilate?

This is a question about definitions. When two photons interact to create an electron/positron pair, does this process 'count' as annihilation of the photons? I've struggled to find a good ...
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Identification of particles and anti-particles

The identification of an electron as a particle and the positron as an antiparticle is a matter of convention. We see lots of electrons around us so they become the normal particle and the rare and ...
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Photon particle/wave question

Imagine a source of photons at the center of a spherical shell of detectors at radius $R$. Assume the photons are emitted one at a time. Now if photons are particles that are highly likely to travel ...
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What is the precise statement of the OZI Rule?

What is the precise statement of the OZI Rule? I've heard that a diagram is OZI suppressed if it can be "cut in two by cutting only gluon lines", but I don't really understand. For example, consider ...
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Question about Neutrino Flavor and Mass Eigenstates

I know the flavor and mass eigenstates are different, but are they related? What I mean is, in a process like fusion where electron neutrinos are created, do they start in the 1 mass eigenstate? My ...
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Muon 3 Body Decay

I'm trying to calculate the maximum energy of the electron in the decay muon >electron + electronantineutrino +muonneutrino in the reference frame of the muon having no kinetic energy. $m_m$=mass of ...
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Why are all force particles bosons?

All of the force-particles in the standard model are bosons, now my question is pretty short, namely: Why are all force particles bosons? This can't be a coincidence.
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Why does mass in the universe have no limit in large size, but has a limit in small size?

We found VY Canis Majoris, a star so big it can't even be seen in scaled illustratations with the sun itself. However, we stop at particle physics, or quantum mechanics, i.e. particles, subatomic, ...
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Why don't we normally see the Higgs boson?

I am a physics student and my dad just asked me about the Higgs Boson. I've told him the little I know, that the Higgs field is a field that is supposed to give mass to elementary particles, and that ...
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Rank of the Poincare group

There are two Casimirs of the Poincare group: $$ C_1 = P^\mu P_\mu, \quad C_2 = W^\mu W_\mu $$ with the Pauli-Lubanski vector $W_\mu$. This implies the Poincare group has rank 2. Is there a way to ...