A proton is a positively charged particle which is generally considered to be a composite particle comprising of three quarks interacting through the strong force (e.g. in the standard model.)

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Basics questions about the strong force

I have what is probably a bitter misconception about the strong force which I would like to clarify. Here's my (probably flawed) reasoning. The strong forces holds protons and neutrons together at ...
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What is the cause of the minor mass difference between the proton and the neutron?

As known, the proton is from two up and a single down quark, while the neutron is from a single up and two down quarks. The down quark is a little bit more massive and the up, and so the neutron is ...
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Stopping power of charged particles in matter

So I have this diagram of how the stopping power of muons changes with energy: Depending on energy different equations are used to describe the stopping power variation. Now, currently I'm reading ...
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why Rutherford used only gold foil in his famous gold foil experiment?

why didn't Rutherford use an aluminium foil, or a silver foil. Why he used gold foil in his gold foil experiment?
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Can we observe solar p-p fusion reaction somehow on Earth?

What are the properties of proton+proton fusion reaction $p + p → 2H + e^+ + ν_e + 0.42 MeV$ making it hard to replicate on Earth? If we aim beam of protons to a can of water, won't we observe ...
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Can/will a proton escape the nucleus when a force is applied? [closed]

Protons are contained within the nucleus of an atom. Protons carry a positive charge. With an electric field, we can exert a force on the proton. Is it possible for the proton to escape the nucleus? ...
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What happens when fast moving electrons hit hydrogen molecules?

Just like the creation of X-rays. Where fast moving electrons are bombarded on some Heavy element. What happens if the we keep compressed Hydrogen instead of the heavy metals? Surely it will form ...
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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 $r_p=0....
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Arrangement of Nucleons due to Strong Force

I was reading up on the fundamental forces of nature and I was wondering about the arrangements of nucleons due to the strong force. Considering electromagnetic repulsion, having 2 protons "bonding" ...
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Could an ion cannon be in fact a proton beam? [closed]

For a while I have been fascinated with the real science behind some of the most common sci-fi weaponry out there, and I always like to find out which ones make any sense (although we cease ...
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Proton Spread Out Bragg Peak vs. lateral beam broadening (Radiotherapy)

I was wondering. When particles enter a medium it has a finite range until it reaches the Bragg Peak where it deposits most of its energy. Now, heavier ions means less lateral broadening of the beam ...
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Which properties control the strength of strong interactions?

Does the strong nuclear force depend on mass, charge or spin? Accordingly, can we order neutron-neutron, proton-proton and neutron-proton pairs by the strength of the strong force between them?
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In the LHC, how is the proton separated from the electron in the hydrogen? [duplicate]

I know that we use protons in the LHC. So my question is, how is the proton separated from the electron in the hydrogen?
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Why do fundamental particles have charge? [duplicate]

More specifically, what is in the nature of these particles that they carry a charge, and thus repel objects of similar charge and attract those of opposite charge? Also, why would the charge of an ...
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Proton-Proton collision [duplicate]

How are the people at CERN able to exactly collide protons head on? What about the HUP? Do they accelerate many particles and smash them so that at least some of them collide head on?
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Protonic emissions

In a beta emission a neutron decays,into a proton and an electron, and an electron randomly gets ejected from the nucleus due to the phenomenon of barrier tunnelling(correct me if am wrong).But why is ...
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Calculating the number of protons in the sun [closed]

The central density of the Sun is ρ = 150 gm/cm3. Suppose that the center of the Sun is composed only of free protons with a mass of 1.67 × 10−24 gm. What is the number of protons per cm3 at the ...
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What is mass constituted by quarks in a proton?

In a question I read Quarks in a hadron- where does the mass come from "The sum of the masses of the quarks in a proton is approximately $30~\text{MeV}/c^2$, whereas the mass of a proton is $931~\...
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How does a Collider work? [closed]

How does a collider work, explained using various Physics theories (or if there is a main one) . How does the acceleration play a part in the individual sub-atomic kinetic levels. What happens when ...
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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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Protons, electrons and integers [duplicate]

From this calculation (http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080724101956AA4zed1), two protons seperated by the distance of one atom feel the electromagnetic force repelling them 1.239*10^...
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Does change in temperature affect the proton spin of molecular hydrogen?

How come the amount of parahydrogen present increases as the temperature lowers? Does change in temperature play a role in changing its proton spin? Also it lists that "At 0°K, hydrogen contains ...
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Does an atom become positively charged as a result of Beta decay? [duplicate]

Since a neutron breaks down into an electron and a proton, and the electron is emitted as beta particles, the atom has an extra proton (protons>electrons). So, the atom becomes positively charged. But ...
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Could the Large Hadron Collider accelerate one kilogram of protons at once?

Is it possible to accelerate a very large number of protons in a particle accelerator as opposed to only a few as is regularly done? What's to keep someone from accidentally dumping too many particles ...
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Where all those particles come from - proton proton collision

I was reading an article about the "Higgs factory" China is planning to build and it got me thinking about what happens when two protons collide. I am an engineer so I have a good understanding of ...
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Visible light excitation by heavy particles [closed]

Can I excite visible light from an atom by a proton or muon beam? How would that be possible?
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What is the difference between beta positive decay and proton decay?

Though beta positive decay's have been observed, in which a proton decays into a neutron, positron and an electron- neutrino; the why is it not the same as the exotic proton decay which is ...
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Does the proton wobble due to the electron's orbit in a Hydrogen atom?

In a hydrogen atom the nucleus only has one proton and no neutrons so the electron to nucleus radio is higher for hydrogen than that for any other atom. Does the orbiting electron induce a wobble on ...
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Which particles have helicity?

I know electrons have helicity but can particles which are not fundamental i.e.protons have helicity?
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In which experiments the charge to mass ratio of proton was determined?

Are there experiments where the charge to mass ratio for protons have been determined in the same way as in Thompson’s experiments (where he determined the charge to mass ratio of electron) but with ...
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Can a photon be absorbed by a proton?

When incident light passes through a hydrogen gas, for example, does it have 50% chance (since it's a 1:1 ratio of protons to electrons) of getting absorbed by the proton? Any chance at all? If no, ...
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Why can protons collide?

Electromagnetic repulsion is inversely related to the square of the distance between both objects. Shouldn't this mean that the integral of the force between two protons is infinite if the distance ...
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What happens to mass during beta decay?

Sorry for being ignorant, but I'm in high school and our chemistry teacher barely went over beta decay. I decided to do some research and learned that in β+ decay, positrons are emitted from protons ...
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Is there a $\mathrm{p}^0$ particle?

In the following equation of a reaction $$\mathrm{p}^0 + \mathrm{n} \to \mathrm{K}^+ + \Sigma^-$$ What is the quark composition of the $\mathrm{p}^0$ particle? Or is it supposed to be $\rho^0$? ...
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Why is the charge of a proton positive? [duplicate]

Is there a reason that a proton has a positive charge while an electron has a negative charge? Are these just names that were given to the charges or was there a reason for making a proton have a ...
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What should be the anti-particle for proton? [closed]

In alpha decay (electron emission), the particles emitted along with electron is anti-neutrino. On the other hand, the particles emitted by beta decay (positron emission), is neutrino. Neutrino and ...
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The (relativistic) mass of a proton in the LHC

What would be the (relativistic) mass of a proton, in grams, as it is traveling at the maximum possible speed in the LHC?
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Quarks in a hadron- where does the mass come from

We know that the sum of the masses of the quarks in a proton is approximately $9.4^{+1.9}_{-1.3}~\text{MeV}/c^2$, whereas the mass of a proton is $\approx931~\text{MeV}/c^2$. This extra mass is ...
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Does core of a proton exist? [duplicate]

I understand a proton is made up of quarks/gluons. I want to know if a proton has an actual core? Also whether protons have a core/surface temperature.
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Nucleon-meson interaction

Suppose interaction lagrangian between neutron-proton doublet and $\pi$-mesons: $$ \tag 1 L_{\pi pn} = \bar{\Psi}\pi_{a}\tau_{a}(A\gamma_{5} + B)\Psi , \quad \Psi = \begin{pmatrix} p \\ n\end{pmatrix} ...
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What makes neutron heavier than a proton? [duplicate]

The mass of proton is 1.672*10¯²7 kg while it is 1.675*10¯²7 kg. Both are made up of 3 quarks each. Then what makes proton lighter than a neutron?
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About the flow of current

Generally it is said that current is due to the flow of electrons; how can we make this claim? I mean, generally we say the atom contains a nucleus which consists protons (positively charged particles)...
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Is the Higgs field responsible of only 1% of the proton mass?

This post is a sequel of: Where does the majority of the mass of the usual matter come from? The following answer of @hft: Your question asks why the "current quark masses" [see http://pdg.lbl....
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How can i only shine/shoot one proton/electron per second? [duplicate]

I would like to test out the two slit experiment but only one electron or proton at a time. This question is different from the rest that people are saying are duplicates as I am clearly asking how ...
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What is the kinetic energy of a proton as it is falling towards the core of the star?

Given: Star's mass = $1.99e10^{30}kg$ Type II supernova occurs (in a simple form: the outer layers of the star fall into the now inactive core at speeds of 126000km/s) $10^{44}$ joules of energy is ...
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Total energy of neutrons and protons

In a stable nucleus, are the total energies of neutrons and protons same?
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What do moles and moles of various subatomic particles gathered together look like?

I wonder whether it is even possible to find the answer. If it is impossible to find out, why? Do moles of neutrons basically look like a neutron star? If so, what does one look like? How about ...
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What processes are involved in proton proton collision?

There is a lot of advanced materials at the internet but nowhere can I find brief introduction to the topic of proton-proton collisions in collider experiments (such as the large hadron collider). Can ...
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How many different experimental configurations does the Large Hadron Collider have?

I understand that the LHC can collide protons with protons, heavy ions with heavy ions, or protons with heavy ions, giving three main configurations. But, I'm wondering: is that the only property that ...
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Where does the majority of the mass of the usual matter come from? [duplicate]

I apologize in advance to experts for the naivety of the question. It should be a duplicate but I didn't find any satifying question or answer about that. The proton is composed by two up quarks ...