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How can a detector distinguish between a photon and a gluon

Considering that both gluons and photons have no mass, no charge and spin 1, I was wondering how one can tell the difference, if they hit a detector after a collision at the LHC. I know that gluons ...
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Could the universe have non-vanishing net colour charge?

I've heard that the strong force doesn't decrease in strength with increasing distance, and that's why quarks must be confined within hadrons. But could there be, say, a single quark out there, so ...
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Color-charge conservation in proton decay

In some extensions of the Standard Model of particle physics (Supersymmetry with R-parity violation being a prominent example), the proton is allowed to decay, e.g. via $p\to e^+\pi^0$: While this ...
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Color factor for squark-quark-antiquark vertex

I am trying to do a tree level calculation of cross section in a process that involves sbottom exchange. There is a $ \widetilde{b} q \bar{q} $ vertex, where $q$ and $\bar q$ are quark and anti-quark ...
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How to sum over final, and average over initial color states?

Consider the $s$-channel mediated top quark production process $$ d + \overline d \rightarrow t + \overline t$$ Using the Feynman rules for QCD, the amplitude contains a color factor $$[c^\dagger ...
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Tool for Born-level Cross Section Generation with Color Decomposition

I'm looking to find a tool, like CalcHEP, that calculates basic cross sections and allows for symbolic output which is decomposed by color. I understand that MADGRAPH 5 will decompose amplitudes by ...
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406 views

Why is color conserved in QCD?

According to Noether's theorem, global invariance under $SU(N)$ leads to $N^2-1$ conserved charges. But in QCD gluons are not conserved; color is. There are N colors, not $N^2-1$ colors. Am I ...
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What IS Color Charge?

This question has been asked twice already, with very detailed answers. After reading those answers, I am left with one more question: what is color charge? It has nothing to do with colored light, ...
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1answer
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Does the color of a quark matter in a meson?

QCD and confinement specify that hadrons must be color-neutral. My understanding is that this means you can have mesons (quark + antiquark) or baryons with 3 quarks, one of each color: ...
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Is there an explanation for the 3:2:1 ratio between the electron, up and down quark electric charges?

I understand that the NNG formula relates $Q$, $I_3$, and $Y$ and can be derived in QCD; does this unambiguously predict the electric charge ratios without making assumptions about the definitions of ...
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Mathematically, what is color charge?

A similar question was asked here, but the answer didn't address the following, at least not in a way that I could understand. Electric charge is simple - it's just a real scalar quantity. Ignoring ...