A model of the basic particles and forces featuring six quarks, three charged leptons, three massless neutral leptons and four fundamental force carrying bosons. The twelve fermions are arranged into three generations, while the bosons serve to explain the electromagnetic interaction plus the strong ...

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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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Up/Down Quark Color and Isospin

I'm reading some notes that say the reason that the strong interaction conserve isospin is because the up and down quarks have the same color... but I'm not very convinced. Is this a universal truth? ...
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Do quark charges repel one another?

Positive electrical charges repel other positive charges, and negatives repel negatives. But does that happen for quarks, too? I never saw mention of it, but if so, that would mean the up quarks in a ...
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Why do particle physicists use the $h\rightarrow{\gamma\gamma}$ decay mode rather than $h\rightarrow{b\bar{b}}$?

Just wondering, the $h\rightarrow{\gamma\gamma}$ decay mode is often quoted as being most sensitive to measuring the mass of the Higgs particle, why isn't the $h\rightarrow{b\bar{b}}$ decay channel ...
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How come two protons create top-antitop quark pair? (A question regarding CERN courier May 2016)

I am not very well versed in particle physics lingo but as much as I know $p$ stands for proton and $t$ stands for top-quark. Then, how could this be possible? I hope I am wrong about what is ...
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Can glueballs, consisting of massles gluons, get a mass without reference to a Higgs field? [duplicate]

Glueballs, the by the standard model predicted combinations of short-lived combinations of massless gluons, have a mass between 1.4 and 5 (MeV). But where is this mass coming from? From interaction ...
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standard model classical limit [duplicate]

"The Standard Model of particle physics is a theory concerning the electromagnetic, weak, and strong nuclear interactions, as well as classifying all the subatomic particles known". Since it includes ...
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Neutron to antiproton decay

Would it be possible for a neutron to lose a positron and become an antiproton? Or would would it need to be the decay of an antineutron to antiproton instead?
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Symmetry breaking with adjoint matter, departing from vacuum in different way

$$L=-\frac{1}{4}TrF_{\mu\nu}F^{\mu\nu}+\frac{1}{2}D_\mu\phi D^\mu \phi -\lambda V(\phi)$$ Say we have a potential $V(\phi)=(|\phi|^2-v^2)^2$, and 3-component real scalar field $\phi=(\phi_1, \phi_2, \...
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What particles do these Feynman diagram lines represent?

What particles could be represented by A and B (labels I have added myself - this is not a homework question)? For A, it looks like it's supposed to be a photon, but I was under the impression that ...
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Raising and lowering operators for a composite isospin $SU(2)$ system

Consider pion states composed of $q \bar q$ pairs where $q \in \left\{u,d \right\}$ transforms under an $SU(2)$ isospin flavour symmetry. These bound states transform in the tensor product $R_1 \...
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Why can an electric chargeless Z-particle decay in three photons?

The Z-particle that is supposed to convey the weak force has no electrical charge. So how is it possible the particle can decay in three photons. Because the weak and e.m. force are more or less ...
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Conservation of $C$-Parity and $P$-parity

Under what situations are $C$-Parity $C=(-1)^{L+S}$ and/or $P$-parity $P=-(-1)^L$ conserved? ( $L$ here is the relative angular momentum and S is the total intrinsic spin). It would make sense that ...
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Why is the $D^0$ oscillation so different from the $K^0$ and $B^0$?

I have looked for this answer into many articles and books but I am not able to figure out why $D^0\to\bar{D}^0$ is so highly suppressed if compared to the $B^0 \to \bar{B}^0$ and $K^0 \to \bar{K}^0$ ...
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Why don't we call the fermions in the standard model force carriers?

Maybe this is a chicken-and-egg problem, but couldn't we call all the bosons fundamental and treat the fermions as force carriers between them? EDIT: After all we never see the asymptotic states of ...
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Are quadrilinear weak boson couplings possible?

$ZZ\rightarrow ZZ$, $ZZ\rightarrow W^+ W^-$, etc. Are these interactions possible?
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Standard-model flavor symmetry

If we consider the chiral Lagrangian after the spontaneous symmetry breaking, we have got fermion masses and Yukawa couplings to the physical Higgs boson. So it follows global symmetries in flavor ...
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Mixing of quarks, neutrinos… and leptons?

This is a quite simple question: quarks do mix (through the CKM matrix), neutrinos do mix (through the PMNS matrix). Then why do charged leptons not mix?
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What gives a particle its identity?

A lot of very smart people have stitched together the standard model, and I accept it. I don't understand it, but I assume there should be a mechanism of sorts that gives a particle some fundamental ...
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Can quarks be considered real and elementary?

In our current theories all hadrons are made up of quarks and gluons. This view reduces considerably the big family of hadrons by providing a very logical structure in which all quantum properties ...
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What is the most natural definition of the weak hypercharge coupling constant if grand unification is wrong?

A tricky question. Here is the famous graph of the running of the three coupling constants in the standard model: The graph shows, in its top curve, the running of the coupling constant $\alpha_1$. ...
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Is the standard model a quantized gauge theory?

I have studied some quantum field theory and gauge theory but I am definitely not an expert. I am aware that in quantizing electrodynamics one has to fix a gauge. I have read that for general gauge ...
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Why is Quark Mixing forbidden in the Lagrangian (pre CKM)

The corresponding term in Lagrangian for the coupling of quarks to gauge fields reads: $$ \sum_{i} \bar Q_i D_\mu \gamma^ \mu Q_i .$$ Considering the Yukawa terms, it is generally stated that no ...
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What is the meaning of SU(2) triplet scalar field? [closed]

The following is an about a Left-Right Symmetric model. $SU(2)\otimes SU(2)$ $(2\otimes 2=3\oplus 1)$ will generate a triplet, which in Left-Right Symmetric model is $$\vec{\Delta}=\begin{pmatrix}\...
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Why is the charmed eta meson its own antiparticle, but the neutral kaon is not?

I have a limited understanding of antiparticles, so this may be why I am unable to explain why certain mesons are their own antiparticles, while others are not. My understanding is that antiparticles ...
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What are all charge-like quantum numbers?

What are all charge-like quantum numbers? In particle physics there are often things (like charge conjugation) that apply to all charge like quantum numbers. Everytime I read something about charge-...
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Why do the different lepton generations have different masses?

I've been reading Mark Srednicki's book on Quantum Field Theory, and toward the end (Chapter 88), he describes how the different generations of leptons acquire mass via Yukawa interactions. However, I'...
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Interpreting the Cross Section Ratio R

Below is experimental data for the ratio $$R=\frac{\sigma(e^+e^-\rightarrow hadrons)}{\sigma(e^+e^-\rightarrow\mu^+\mu^-)}$$ as a function of the centre of mass energy $\sqrt s$. I am interested in ...
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What is the difference between the generation of mass for Fermions compared with Bosons in the standard model?

I've seen a few questions asking how the Higgs mechanism generates mass for particles of the standard model. However, I haven't seen any which specify the differences between Bosons and Fermions in ...
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Lepton and strangeness conservation [closed]

Do I have a misunderstanding here at all? The question states: One of the following equations represents a possible decay of the K$^+$ kaon. \begin{align}\mathrm K^+&\to\pi^++\pi^0\\\mathrm K^+...
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Can a massless quark exist?

Is there any possible way to extract all the mass of a quark? Probably under extreme Gs or heat or pressure?
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Identical Particle Wavefunctions

Consider the process $$\rho^0\rightarrow\pi^0+\pi^0$$ The $\rho^0$ has $J=1$ whilst the two pions have $S_{tot}=0$ and thus require $L_{tot}=1$ by conservation of angular momentum. Consequently this ...
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How can $\Lambda^0$ and $\Sigma^0$ both have $uds$ quark content?

Title says it all: How can $\Lambda^0$ and $\Sigma^0$ both have $uds$ quark content? Doesn't this make them the same baryon?
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Gluon to quark scattering

I am trying to calculate the $g g\to q \bar q$ amplitude but am finding it intractably complex. I have determined that there are only two independent polarizations that contribute non-zero ...
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Do Standard Model Yukawa couplings depend on the gauge choice?

In the standard model and the Unitary gauge, we write the Higgs field as $ \phi = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}} \begin{pmatrix} 0 \\ v + H \end{pmatrix}$ and the Yukawa couplings (leaving out the neutrino ...
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Shouldn't there be 6 fundamental forces? [closed]

I'm listening to Leonard Susskind's The Black Hole War. In it he states (paraphrased) that a string wrapped around a compact dimension once imparts one unit of charge. Wrapped one way, it's a ...
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Are the pions really all that light?

I'm studying the sigma model where the pions are identified as the (pseudo) Nambu-Goldstone bosons of chiral symmetry breaking ("pseudo" from mild isospin symmetry violation). This argument usually ...
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$G$-parity in an electromagnetic decay

I am looking at the decay $\eta\rightarrow\pi^+\pi^-\gamma$ and I would assume that the decay itself (ignoring the $\pi\pi$ final state interaction that is obviously strong) is electromagnetic since ...
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Why don't all the gluon's get converted into energy in an uranium atom undergoing fission?

I have following questions and arguments. why do only gluons get converted into energy in an uranium atom undergoing fission? why don't all the gluons get converted into energy? which conditions ...
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Pion decay: V-A vs. V coupling

For the Decay $$ \pi^- \to \mu^- \bar{\nu}_\mu $$ the Feynman rules for this tell us that the vertex couples with $\gamma^\mu (1-\gamma^5) / \sqrt{2} $. This gives me the reduced amplitude of $$ M = \...
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Why did it take so long to find the Higgs?

The $W$ and $Z$ boson took a long time to be discovered because they were so heavy; we couldn't produce them in a particle collider until the 80's. But the Higgs boson isn't that much heavier than the ...
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Few questions regarding String-Net theory and the Standard Model

A friend today showed me this post and after reading Prof. Wen's answer, few questions came to my mind. Prof. Wen says: all fermions (elementary or composite) must carry gauge charges (see cond-...
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What's the deepest reason why QCD bound states have integer charge?

What's the deepest reason why QCD bound states have integer electric charge, i.e. equal to an integer times the electron charge? Given that the quarks have the fractional electric charges they do, ...
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Are the properties assigned to quarks meaningful?

Suspect this may have been asked before, but can't find it. My question is: If you can never have a free quark, what sense does it make to attribute properties to them, since you can never ...
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How do I go about understanding particle physics? [closed]

My science project has tasked me in creating a research paper on the standard model of particle physics, but I'm not in highschool yet. I don't know how to go about learning the math and the concepts ...
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The charges of the forces

I am trying to establish a simplified understanding of the fundamental forces to explain them to a young audience. If we say that gravity has one charge (attractive), electromagnetism has two charges ...
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Why are quarks fundamental particles? [closed]

A neutron decays into a proton by changing one of its down quark into an up quark and releasing energy, positron and neutrino particle. So, a down quark can decay into an up quark. If a quark decays,...
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The process $\mu^+\mu^-\rightarrow hh$

I am doing some calculations in the Standard Model. I have a question that seems rather simple but makes me think a lot. I want to compute the cross section of the following process at the leading ...
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Computing box diagrams with non-vanishing external momenta

I'm trying to explicitly compute the following box diagram in the Feynman-t'Hooft gauge: If I neglect the impulsion of the $s$ quark, then the final amplitude is given by $$\mathcal{A} \propto [\...
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Is there a standard resource that lists all understood particle-particle relationships?

I am just starting to dig a little deeper into particle interactions, and just have an introductory college physics background (no quantum mechanics). But I am interested in the conditions of the ...