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 did it take a long time to discover top quark?

In high school physics, I learned that it took a long time before the top quark was discovered. One of the reasons that was given in my book was that the top quark has a large mass, much larger than ...
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Probability of forming mesons vs baryons

When a heavy quark hadronizes it has some probability of forming a meson vs forming a baryon. I suspect there is a well known branching ratio for each type of hadron. Does anyone know what the ...
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Isospin and Energy

I would to know if there is a correlation between isospin and energy. Consider for example the $\eta$ meson ($I =0$) and the pions($I=1$). The $\eta$ turns out to be much heavier then the pions ...
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No valid Feynman diagram for processes

This will likely be easy for anyone experienced in particle physics, but I'm not. I'm asked to explain why it is impossible to construct a valid Feynman diagram using Standard Model vertices for the ...
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flavor splitting of quark masses

It seems pretty clear that flavor symmetry splits the quark masses. It seems extremely odd that a global gauge symmetry of the Standard Model fields could or would produce such extreme splitting as ...
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Spinor inner products

The spinor inner product in particle physics is given by $\overline{\psi} \psi = \psi^{\dagger} \gamma_0 \psi $, where I take the convention that the zeroth gamma matrix is hermitian while the rest ...
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Higgs field in space around us?

Is the higgs field in space around us? I understand it as that the higgs field has a constant value on every space time point, is that right? And this value is the vacuum expectation value. This ...
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Fermion mass Higgs mechanism

How get fermion like a electron a mass through the higgs-mechanism? Can someone explain me this with formulas (Lagrangian)? I know that the Yukawa interaction has something to do with, is that right? ...
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If the electron is point like, then what is the significance of the classical radius of the electron?

What is the physical meaning/significance of the classical radius of the electron if we know from experiments that the electron is point like? Is there similarly a classical radius of the photon? The ...
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Why are the Z boson and photon different?

If I understand right the Z boson and photon are both a mix of the same two bosons, the W_3 and the B boson of weak isospin. If the Z boson and photon are both made of the same bosons, then they ...
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Polarization vectors of massive and massless particles

I read from Mandl & Shaw that when quantizing massless vector particles such as photons in Lorentz gauge, there are 4 linearly independent polarization vectors (2 of them being able to "gauged ...
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Equations of motion from the Standard Model

For some time now I have been wondering if you could not derive any sort of equations of motion from the Standard Model: ...
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Virtual Higgs boson?

Can particles emit a virtual Higgs boson in a similar manner to the way a virtual photon is emitted?
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Is the standard model so full of holes it is time to start again? [closed]

I have read a lot about dark matter and dark energy, the fact that we are spending a small fortune trying to detect their presence, but the only reason they have been postulated it is an effort to ...
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Applications of quarks or string theory? [closed]

We wouldn't have computers if we didn't know about quantum physics. I understand understanding of general relativity is needed to make GPS work well. Has knowledge of quarks or string theory resulted ...
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Why is Standard Model + Loop Quantum Gravity usually not listed as a theory of everything

I have often seeen statements on physics.SE such as, The only consistent theory of everything which we know of to date (2013) is string theory. Why exactly is this so? Adding the Loop Quantum ...
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How is a Higgs boson created?

I have read a lot on Higgs bosons, yet I do not fully comprehend how they are created and how they are "flicked off" the Higgs field. I have also had trouble comprehending why a Higgs boson quickly ...
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One-loop beta functions of the Standard Model

For my master's research on energy scale independent combinations of renormalization group equations in supersymmetric theories, I need an overview of all the one-loop beta functions of the Standard ...
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Why is it possible to expand the SM Higgs field in its second component only

In the lecture, the professor said something along the lines of: "After a suitable gauge transformation, the standard model higgs field can be expanded as $$\phi =\left(\begin{array}{c} 0 \\ v+H(x) ...
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What are the Generators of the electroweak interaction after symmetry breaking. (SM)

In the standard model (omitting the QCD part), we start off with the set of generators $T_1$, $T_2$, $T_3$, $Y$ for the four-parametric gauge group $SU(2)_L \times U(1)_Y$. We then define a new ...
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The difference between Z boson couplings for quarks and antiquarks

I am trying to work out the difference between Z boson couplings for quarks and antiquarks. I know that for quarks the Z has the following couplings: $Z_u^- = \frac{1}{\cos \theta_w}(0.5 - ...
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why is dark matter the best theory available to explain missing mass problems?

Why is dark matter the best theory to explain the missing mass problem? Why is dark matter mathematically necessary to explain the missing mass problem? On a side not I believe dark matter is ...
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Why does the Standard Model predict Neutrinos are massless?

Why are neutrinos massless in the Standard Model? Is it connected with experimental fact that neutrinos always have only one direction of projection of spin on motion direction?
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Are there any exact solutions in the Standard Model of particle physics?

I wonder if there are any exact solutions to any equations of the Standard Model (SM)? Do we always have to use perturbation methods to solve anything within the SM? Are there any simple cases where ...
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Anomaly cancellation and fermion number violation

In the standard model, an axial $SU(3)$ currents has anomaly which after quantization leads to the fermion number violation. However, taking all the fermions into account we note that the anomalies ...
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What is the difference between 'running' and 'current' quark mass?

When looking at the PDG, there is a difference between the 'running' and the 'current' quark masses. Does anyone know which is the difference between these two?
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What sorts of complications do massive neutrinos bring to the Standard Model?

Naively, I'd just think of considering them as any other massive fermions (but without electric charge), including the appropriate chiralities (and neutrino-higgs coupling when necessary). ...
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Explaining chirality for spin 1/2 particle

I found the following explanation for chirality for spin 1/2 particles here What happens when you rotate a left- vs right-chiral fermion 360 degree about its direction of motion. Both ...
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Symmetry and conservation laws related to baryon number, lepton number and strangeness

According to Noether's theorem, Every continuous symmetry of the action leads to a conservation law. For example, conservation of linear momentum corresponds to translational symmetry, conservation ...
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How to understand the QED, QCD and standard model Lagrangians? [closed]

How do you read the QED, QCD and standard model Lagrangians? What do all the symbols and tensors represent? And, how can you derive them by yourselves?
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How do we know that weak isospin is an exact symmetry while strong isospin is not?

It is said in textbooks that if the $SU(2)_f$ or $SU(3)_f$ flavor symmetry were exact for sstrong isospin, then all members of the multiplets would be exactly equally massive. By looking at quark ...
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Quantum Theory as a framework for other theories of nature

We know that Quantum Theory should be considered as a framework in which all other theories/forces (Strong, Weak, EM and Gravity) exist. For example, we have the Quantum Chromodynamics, Quantum ...
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Why does the eightfold way work?

Last year I attended an introductory particle physics course, in which the Eigthfold Way for classifying hadrons has been discussed. The main idea consists in grouping hadrons in multiplets (i.e ...
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Spin of 125 GeV Higgs boson

Can someone please explain to me why (according to decay of Higgs boson into 2 photons) Higgs boson cannot have spin $S=1$?
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Is ch. 2, sect. 4 of The Feynman Lectures on Physics, Vol. 1 still accurate?

The chapter 2 section 4 of volume 1 is on nuclei and particles. Here are a few things that trouble me. Dr. Feynman says that Another most interesting change in the ideas and philosophy of science ...
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Could gravity be an emergent property of nature?

Sorry if this question is naive. It is just a curiosity that I have. Are there theoretical or experimental reasons why gravity should not be an emergent property of nature? Assume a standard model ...
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In SUSY why does electroweak symmetry breaking only happen in the SM sector?

This is a difficult question to phrase succinctly, so I hope the title makes sense. What I want to understand is what seems like a lack of symmetry (besides SUSY-breaking) between the SM sector and ...
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Identification of particles and anti-particles

The identification of an electron as a particle and the positron as an antiparticle is a matter of convention. We see lots of electrons around us so they become the normal particle and the rare and ...
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Have there been more distinctive names suggested for neutrino mass states $\nu_1, \nu_2, \nu_3$?

The different mass states of neutrinos are generally named $\nu_1, \nu_2, \nu_3$. By comparison, the names of quark mass states (up, ...
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What's inside a proton?

What constitutes protons? When I see pictures, I can't understand. Protons are made of quarks, but some say that they are made of 99% empty space. Also, in this illustration from Wikipedia, what's ...
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Is Higgs mechanism necessary in QCD?

As we known, we introduce Higgs mechanism into Standard model to explain mass of Gauge boson, lepton and neutrino(maybe?). Higgs mechanism is necessary for electroweak theory because gauge symmetry ...
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What makes the quarks stay inside the proton?

Inside a single proton for example, what is the force(s) that keeps the quarks together? Why don't they leave the proton? If they do, how does that even happen? And maybe an additional sub question: ...
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Are the second and third generations of matter required or optional?

If the second and third matter families (so-called generations: muon, muon neutrino, tau, tau neutrino, ...) didn't exist, would that affect how the universe runs? Are they optional or required?
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What do the four components of Dirac Spinors represent in the Standard Model?

I've been trying to get my head around the formalisms used in the Standard Model. From what i've gathered Dirac Spinors are 4 component objects designed to be operated on by Lorentz Transformations ...
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Were fermions ever massless?

In a discussion of the Standard model and Higgs mechanism it was claimed that accordingly: "During an early phase of the cosmos all fermions were massless." I wonder whether this claim can be ...
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Conservation of mass-energy and nuclear transmutation

This may just be beyond the grasp of the everyman, but I'm trying, and failing, to grasp how conservation of mass-energy works in cases of beta decay and electron capture. A neutron has a mass of one ...
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Does the decay of the Higgs Boson create up or down quarks?

Does the decay of the Higgs Boson create up or down quarks?
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Proton Radius Puzzle, Is it possible that proton's radius differ depending on how you measure it? What does that even mean?

I just read this NewScientist article, and I was stunned by its results. So I found the original paper here on arxiv. In the introduction of the paper it is stated: The recent determination of ...
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Quark Radius Upper Bound

If quarks had internal structure (contradicting current beliefs), what is the lowest upper bound on their "radius" based on current experimental results? If possible, I'd prefer to only consider ...