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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Stopping power diagram

I'm currently looking at this figure, but I'm not sure how to interpret it. If I'm not mistaken, the energy loss of the muon (This is a muon that penetrates copper) is on the y-axis. But does that ...
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How do physicists find the speed of neutrinos?

I have heard that there is evidence for neutrinos traveling close to the speed of light, but how is that done? Since neutrinos barely react with anything, and the only evidence for them is indirect ...
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What shape does magnetic dust take under the influence of its own magnetic field?

Recently, I came across some very powerful neodymium magnets (the flat cylinder kind), and I accidentally broke one by snapping two of them together quickly. What I noticed is that the two halves ...
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$W^{++}$ / $W^{--}$ Bosons in theory and experiment

I wonder whether there is any theoretical interest in and/or experimental search for double charged bosons, probably to be called $W^{++}$ and $W^{--}$. The latter would obviously turn an electron ...
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Total Angular Momentum of Hadrons

Hadrons are made of 2 or 3 quarks. Quarks have spin 1/2, so Mesons can have spin S = 1 or spin S = 0, and Baryons can have spin S = 3/2 or spin S = 1/2. Is there orbital angular momentum of the quarks ...
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Mystery $p^0$ particle

Some exercises in my physics book mention a particle denoted $p^0$, but I can't seem to find any information about this particle, neither in my book nor on the web. I've been able to deduce from the ...
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Which 'annihilation' processes dump energy to the cosmological plasma?

I have been considering a generalisation of the cosmological process involved in computing the temperature of the cosmic neutrino background. It is well-known that (simplistically) this temperature ...
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How do (special) groups such as U(1) and SU(2) do represent the electromagnetic and weak forces? [on hold]

I don't see how groups, such as the circle group somehow representing electromagnetism, represent the fundamental forces. Where is this connection between maths and theoretical physics? Also, as a ...
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Does a cathode ray tube emits electromagnetic waves from a steady DC electron beam?

In cathode ray tube, heated cathode emits stream of electrons but when I wrap a coil around tube a current will be inducted in that coil? after all electron beam is a steady DC current? so no emf?
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Electro megnatic field and ghost [on hold]

What is electro megnatic field ? How and where it is generated ? I've heard that science doesn't believe in ghost. Is it true ? Is that emf what the science believe to be ghost. Please tell me. Thanks ...
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Why is quark flavor just a SU(N) group?

In the standard model one has U(1) for electromagnetism, SU(2) for the weak sector and SU(3) for the color sector. One could say that in the quark part of the fermions, there are $$ ...
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Could be calculated radius of proton from its mass [on hold]

$r_p m_p = 2 h / π c$ , $r_p = 8,4123 E-16$ m or $r_p = 2L_p^2 c^2 / G m_p = 8,4123 E-16$ m close enough to experimentally determined radius: $99,96\%$ references :DOI: 10.1126/science.1230016 ...
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Could Dark Energy just be particles with negative mass?

Title speaks for itself. Dark matter: We see extra attractive force, and we posit that there are particles which create such a force, and use the measure of that force to guess their locations. Dark ...
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What is the most essential theoritical constrains should be imposed on arbitrary potential's parameters?

I'm little confused about the unitarity and perturbativity constrains which imposed on a potential's parameters, like 2HD potential. Look for example: [arXiv:1507.03618v3 [hep-ph]] First, I'd like to ...
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A Take on Dark Energy [closed]

Extreme over-simplification alert (the full proof is hundreds of pages long and it’s quite unfinished as of yet). Okay, I have a simple (enough) explanation of what dark energy is, but I am not sure ...
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What causes a charged particle to follow circular motion in a magnetic field? [duplicate]

I would like to know why particles follow a circular path in a magnetic field, what path they trace and how this path is measured and controlled?
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Physical limits to number of particles per collider bunch

Currently, colliders work with around $\sim\!10^{11}$ particles per colliding bunch. Recently LHC has increased this number to $10^{13}$. I would like to know if there are, in principle, physical ...
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Singlet neutrinos decaying to Higgs bosons during leptogenesis

(i) The Lagrangian of electroweak model extended with right-chiral singlet neutrinos $N_{iR}$ contains the Yukawa coupling term+ the bare Majorana mass term $$f_{\alpha ...
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If cathode rays travel from the cathode to the anode how do they make zinc sulphide glow?

So I basically learned about cathode rays today, and I had a lot of questions in mind. So my textbook says cathode rays travel from the cathode to the anode. So it further says that to observe ...
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Can you pass cathode rays in a non vacuumed tube [closed]

Is it possible to have a cathode ray discharge in a non vaccumed tube while having a low pressure?
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What is $p_T$? (transverse momentum?)

I've been looking at a few papers in experimental physics (from the ATLAS collaboration, for example) and I've often run across phrases such as "high-$p_T$ electron." What exactly is $p_T$? Is it ...
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Transverse momentum [duplicate]

I'm having an introduction on detector systems in particle physics. The sources I read constantly talk about the measurement of "transverse momentum". However, I cannot find a definition of what is ...
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Which elementary particles have been seen up to now?

Which elementary particles have been shown up to now? which one except Graviton, haven't seen? I need an update one, I am searching but I couldn't find. If anyone could answer me, I am so thankful.
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Helicity angle of electron in $B^0 \rightarrow K^{*0} \gamma$, with $\gamma \rightarrow e^+ e^-$?

I haven't been able to find the exact definition of a helicity angle, and the ones that I found don't apply to this particular case, because they'd require to boost to the electrons' 4-momentum to the ...
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Why is diproton unstable? [duplicate]

Diproton is an isotope of helium without any neutrons. It commonly forms in the Sun, where protons are fused constantly. However, it is extremely unstable, and will revert back to two protons almost ...
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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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Excitation energy of carotene using the particle in a box model

I'm practicing for an exam and I came across the following question: The linear, conjugated π-electron system of a carotene molecule comprises 11 atoms and the distance between two atoms is 1.4 Å. ...
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The mass of the proton times its charge radius is very close to 4ħ/c. Is this a coincidence?

The claim is $r_p m_p = 4 L_0 M_0 = 4\hbar/c$, where $r_p$ and $m_p$ are the proton's charge radius and mass, and $L_0$ and $M_0$ are the Planck length and mass. Using the muon measurement ...
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Colliding beams vs static target

In this problem I need to find the threshold energy of a positron-electron collision that creates a Z boson (the reverse of the following picture; Z mass 92 GeV) in two distinct cases: collision ring ...
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A few questions on quarks, gluons and the strong force

I wanted to answer for myself some pretty fundamental questions pertaining to the strong interaction, color charge and quarks, but I'm sort of stumbling on a few. So I wanted to find the ...
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How do particles get their charge?

How does an electron get its charge? And how can it maintain that charge for very long (infinite) periods of time? And how come a neutron has no charge since and a proton does? They are both made of ...
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Why is it called “annihilation”?

The term "annihilate" literally means "turn into nothing". However, when a particle and antiparticle collide, they clearly do not turn into nothing; they simply transform into different particles. ...
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B meson mixing and CP violation

From my understanding of CP violation in the weak interation only the $V_{ub}$ and $V_{td}$ terms in the CKM matrix contain the complex phase terms which introduce CP violation. In B meson mixing, ...
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Schwartz QFT solution

Is there a way I Can find a solutions manual for Matthew Schwartz's "Quantum Field Theory and the Standard Model" book?
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effect of a simultaneous local and a global $U(1)$ symmetry breaking

EDIT : I am trying to figure out the effect of symmetry breaking in a $U(1)_Y\times U(1)_Z$ invariant lagrangian where $U(1)_Y$ is local symmetry of the Lagrangian and $U(1)_Z$ is a global symmetry of ...
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Why can $\chi_{c}$ states not decay leptonically?

I am trying to understand why the $\chi_{c}$ states of charmonium cannot decay to $l\overline{l}$ pairs. I believe it is because they have positive parity, but I'm unsure why this prevents the decay?
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Possible implications of Tetraquark/Quark Quartet

Today on Nature's website appeared a news about the discovery of a quark quartet (formed from two quarks and two antiquarks). They say that this particle containing four quarks is confirmed. This is ...
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Particle interaction kinematics in lab frame

Attempting a question from a past paper on scattering kinematics, fixed particle mass $m$ is struck by another particle mass $m$ with kinetic energy $T$. By evaluating $s$, $t$ and $u$, and their sum ...
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Inverse beta decay; energy of anti-neutrino

Assuming that the target protons are at rest, calculate the minimum energy of the anti-neutrino for this reaction to take place: $$\bar{\nu}_e+p\rightarrow e^++n$$ I know the answer is given by ...
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Perturbativity of SM Higgs quartic coupling [closed]

I'm little confused about the maximal appropriate value for the SM Higgs quartic coupling. I know that the Higgs mass, $m_h= 125 \,\text{GeV}$ and that $ \lambda = m_h^2 / 2 v^2 \simeq 0.1 $ for $v = ...
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Why is the bottom antibottom decay channel for the Higgs difficult to observe? [duplicate]

This is a question from a past paper on particle physics, it asks: Explain why experimentally it was easier to observe $h \to\gamma\gamma$ rather than $h \to b\bar b$ which has the highest ...
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Valence sea quarks parton distribution functions

There's somethin from Thomson (Modern Particle Physics) that I am a little mythed by. Section 8.4.3, eq. 8.3 is given as $$ ...
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How do funnels hinder (help?) detection of dark matter?

I came across some a new (to me) bit of terminology at a seminar recently. In the context of dark matter scattering off of atomic nuclei (but I think it may apply more generally for any particle ...
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Why is this particle interaction forbidden?

Why is this interaction forbidden? $$\nu_e+\bar{\nu}_e\rightarrow K^+ + K^-$$ Lepton number is conserved, charge is conserved, baryon number is irrelevant since these are mesons. Energy is conserved ...
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What is a “Scalar Manifold”?

I'm trying to understand a recent paper working within the context of $\mathcal{N}=8$ gauged supergravity with gauge group $\rm{SO}(6)$. There are a number of statements along the lines of: "...the ...
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Exercise: Calculating Q-value for $D_0 \to \chi_s^-e^+\nu_e$

Question Is the following methodology correct in calculating the Q-value (change in kinetic energy) for the $D^0 \to \chi_s^-e^+\nu_e$ decay process? Steps The change in kinetic energy is ...
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How do point particles transfer angular momentum between each other?

I know that quantum physics says that one can't change the magnitude of spin of a point particle but that still leaves the question of how one changes the direction of spin. One possible way point ...
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Why do physicists say that elementary particles are point particles?

For example, an electron, it has mass and charge, but is considered to have point mass and point charge, but why? Why are they assumed to have charge and mass in a single infinitely small point in ...
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$SU(3)$ Tensor Methods in a Tetraquark

I am trying to understand the Georgi chapter of tensor methods in $SU(3)$ representations, and I don't know how to resolve the tensor product of 2 matrices in a 2 heavy quark + 2 light antiquark ...
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What is the value (order of magnitude) of electric charge density of the atom and the nucleus?

The mass density of the nucleus is constant. But what is the electric charge density of the nucleus and the atom (any order of magnitude)?