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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 is there no fundamental force following from the $SU(4)$ symmetry?

I've understood that the three fundamental interactions described by the Standard Model (the electromagnetic, the weak and the strong force) are thought to correspond (roughly) to gauge invariances ...
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How do Higgs field provide mass to other particles? [closed]

I know this question has been posted so many times here but still I have some confusions about Higgs mechanism. I watched some videos relating to Higgs mechanism and they says the Higgs field provide ...
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Where does the square root of two in the conversion between the Fermi constant and the weak coupling constant come from?

As in the title, where does the square root of two in the conversion $$ G_{F}=\frac{\sqrt{2}g^{2}}{8m_{W}^{2}} $$ between the Fermi constant and the weak coupling constant come from? I was able to ...
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Origin of Mexican hat potential in Higgs mechanism

I have recently read a layman's version of the Higgs mechanism with a Mexican hat potential. The only thing I don't get is what actually causes the Higgs potential to have a Mexican hat shape?
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How is each neutrino associated with a specific charged lepton?

For instance, why is an electron neutrino called that and what is its relationship with an electron?
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Why only left-handed neutrinos have been observed yet?

This is what I understood (it may be wrong, so please correct me): since every particle is "divided" into a lefthand and a righthand partner, which is what guarantees the particles to have mass, and ...
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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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Computing the pole mass from a given $\overline{MS}$ mass?

Given a Yukawa coupling as a function of scale $\mu$ and a vev, therefore $m_R(μ)=Y(μ)⟨ϕ⟩$, how can I compute the corresponding pole mass $m_p$? Relations I was able to find are (page 39) $$m_p=m_R−Σ(...
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Why do we say that gluons carry color charge?

We know that gluons are Lie algebra $su(3)$-valued one-form fiels $A_{\mu}$. And because of $[A_\mu,A_\nu]$ does not vanish generally for the non-Abelian case, gluons have self-interactions. Now how ...
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How is an electron “recycled” in a neutron?

A proton is made up, they say, by 2 up and 1 down quark, drowned in a sea of virual paricles: when an electron is captured this process thereby changes a nuclear proton to a neutron and ...
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Does the Peccei-Quinn (PQ) mechanism require fine-tuning?

The strong CP problem: the QCD theta parameter can not be arbitrarily small due to 't Hooft's doctrine of naturalness (a parameter can be arbitrarily small only when putting it to zero provides an ...
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Mass of an imaginative stable top quark at low energies? [duplicate]

Masses are not fixed quantities, but change with energy because of the renormalization group running. These can be calculated in a given renormalization scheme, for example, the MS scheme: Imagine ...
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Top quark mass $m_t$ at energy scales $\mu < m_t$?

Edit - Maybe formulated differently: Does it make sense to talk about the top mass at energies below $m_t$, although in all processes the corresponding energy scale is above $m_t$, because of the rest ...
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What maximum energy can be stored in a gluon field flux tube

Question is as clear as stated in title. What is the maximum energy that can be stored in a gluon field flux tube without production of an quark anti-quark pair? And how much it usually store in a ...
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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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Baryon number violation in the Standard Model

Anomaly cancellation in the Standard model requires $B-L$ to be constant, which is done using perturbative diagrammatic expansion. Secondly, baryon number is conserved as an $U(1)$ global field ...
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Couplings of fields in the Standard Model

Could someone please explain what this task implies: Calculate coupling of fields: $\bar{e}_{R}e_{R}Z, HW^{+}W^{-}, W^{+}\bar{c}_{L}d_{L}$? (Exercise refers to the Standard Model Lagrangian). What do ...
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Feynman diagram, which virtual particle?

Hi I have been asked to produce the lowest order Feynman diagram for the following scattering process: $$a.~~~ \mu^-+\mu^-\rightarrow \mu^-+\mu^-$$ $$b.~~~ \mu^-+\mu^+\rightarrow \mu^-+\mu^+$$ The ...
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Why do mesons like the J/Psi or Y exist? Shouldn't the quark/anti-quark pair annihilate? [duplicate]

q/qbar->photon is part of Drell Yan, so it's kinematically allowed. Is this somehow related to the difference in speed phenomenologically between a strong and a weak decay? As in is this annihilation ...
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What are the remaining obstacles to low-energy quantum gravity?

In a 2003 review Burgess outlined how the QFT perturbative methodology is being extended to gravity, and described some effective quantum gravity expansions that reproduce general relativity in the ...
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Help me understand Lepton universality

I understand that we have three pairs of Leptons (generations). $(\nu_e , e^-), (\nu_{\mu}, \mu), (\nu_{\tau}, \tau^-)$ But what is this principle of Lepton universality? I have obviously tried ...
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why does the higgs mechanism need to exist?

I feel like this is kind of a pleb question but I'm gonna ask it anyway. As far as I know, mass is fundamentally the property that a field has when it can have energy without having momentum. But why ...
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750 GeV diphoton resonance: KK graviton?

As everybody of you may know at LHC they found this probable resonance (https://cds.cern.ch/record/2114808, https://cds.cern.ch/record/2114853?ln=en). It may be a scalar or a KK graviton mode. Now, ...
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SU(2) confinement picture

Preamble: In section 2 of these lecture notes (Gerard 't Hooft, 1998) an alternative interpretation of the weak interaction is presented, in which the weak force is confined, much like the strong ...
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Quark composition of the neutral pion

I wonder why the neutral pi meson is $$ | \pi^0\rangle = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}\left(\vert u\overline {u}\rangle - \vert d \overline{d} \rangle \right) $$ and not $$ | \pi^0\rangle = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}...
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Is it true that the standard model does not predict the mass of the electron?

I read that the standard model has parameters that have to be put in such as the mass of the electron, because nobody has been able to calculate the mass of the electron. Is this true?
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Charge Conjugation for $SU(N)$?

For $SU(2)$ the charge conjugation operator $C$ reads explicitly $$ C \Psi = i \sigma_2 \Psi^\star ,$$ where $\sigma_2$ is a Pauli matrix. What is the generalized charge conjugation for $SU(N)$?
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Is there any stable hadron?

Neutron can decay into proton and I think some hypothesis claim that proton can also undergoes decay into subatomic particles... Is there any hadron that never decays?