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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Chemical potentials of SM particles at high temperatures

Recently I've heard the statement that chemical potentials of SM particles on $T > 1 \text{ GeV}$ are very small, so that Gibbs potential reduces to free energy. How to prove this statement? Does ...
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If mesons were stable could they form atoms?

if there were stable enough mesons similar to protons and neutrons could they capture electrons to form exotic elements. if not why is this not possible?
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Why are $W$ bosons massless above electroweak scale? [duplicate]

Because of the Higgs mechanism, one must replace the Higgs field $\phi$ with $\phi_0 + \phi_1$ where $\phi_0$ is the vacuum expectation value. As far as I understand, the $\phi_0$ gives the mass term ...
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Chiral Fermion Problem and the String Net Model

In Xiao-Gang Wen's book "Quantum Field Theory of Many-Body Systems", he mentions that (the string-net condensation picture)...has a problem: we do not yet know how to produce the $SU(2)$ part of ...
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colliding point particles

when I draw e.g. the diagram of compton scattering I assume that the electron of given momentum gets 'hit' by a photon and interacts with it. How close does the photon have to get to the electron that ...
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What are the parity of particles? [duplicate]

When looking to see if particle collisions/decays are possible and what force they act through, how do you know the parity of particles to know whether they act through weak force? Is there a grouping ...
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One loop effective potential of Standard Model

The one loop Coleman-Weinberg contribution of a scalar field to the effective potential (in MSbar scheme) is: \begin{equation} const. \times m^4(\phi_c) \left( log \left( ...
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Are mass terms forbidden in the Lagrangian because of parity violation or because fermions live in a complex representation?

Normally one argues that we can't write down Lorentz AND gauge invariant mass terms, because of parity violation, i.e. l-chiral and r-chiral fields transform differently. This means that mass terms ...
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Help for project on the basics of the Higgs field

I have a project for my university class on the Higgs fields and how it impacts the standard model. Also I was going to add some information on how the Higgs particle is formed and decays into ...
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Is Witten's claim that gauge group representations get exchanged with its dual under parity correct?

I'm currently reading Physics and Geometry by Witten, which I really liked up to the point where he claimed that we exchange representations $R$ and $\tilde R$ under parity transformations, where $R$ ...
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Can bosons have anti-particles?

Can bosons have anti-particles? In the past, I would have answered this question with a yes, primarily because I can imagine writing down a QFT for complex scalars that has a U(1) symmetry that ...
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Why does the electromagnetic and weak coupling strength do not meet at the electroweak scale?

The running of the coupling strengths is usually visualized on a logarithmic scale like here What surprises me is that the weak and the electromagnetic coupling strength do not meet before the GUT ...
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Experimental determination of $\Lambda_{QCD}$

I have a question about $\Lambda_{QCD}$, the energy scale at which there is a transition from the regime of perturbative QCD to quark confinement. How it is measured experimentally?
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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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For Charmonium, why does the spin-spin interaction mostly affect the $L = 0$ states?

For Charmonium, why does the spin-spin interaction mostly affect the $L = 0$ states? My textbook states that this is because "only then is the wave function at the origin non-vanishing". Could anyone ...
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Where would the dark matter particle fit inside a picture of the standard model of particle physics?

Where would the dark matter particle fit inside a picture of the standard model of particle physics? While I am particularly fond of the Sterile Neutrino, I have not been able to find any example of ...
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How to tell if a particle interaction is strong/weak?

Problem: Prove that the reaction $p+p\rightarrow p+K^+$ is impossible, where $p=\text{proton}$, $K^+=\text{kaon}$. (Side question: Is there a specific name for a positive Kaon, just like a "positive ...
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Higgs mass and EW precision tests

I'm trying to understand how the Higgs mass can influence EW precision tests. In order to do that I'm using the following document (section 4.3): http://arxiv.org/pdf/0706.0684v1.pdf There are a ...
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Why do quarks have a fractional charge?

I am aware that evidence exists that strongly suggests the existence of quarks and do not doubt it. It is just simply really weird to me that they can have a fractional charge. While other ...
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Is the exact form of the Higgs potential known?

Usually the Higgs potential is given as $$ \frac{1}{2}\mu^2\phi^2 - \frac{1}{4}\lambda^2\phi^4 $$ but I never quite understood if this just serves to give us an idea of how symmetry breaking works, or ...
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What is the property of neutrino? [closed]

If mass of a particle is due to Higgs boson, spin is due to Z boson and translational energy is due to photons, what exactly is the innate property of a neutrino? If none exist, is neutrino truly a ...
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Why do we need complex representations in Grand Unified Theories?

EDIT4: I think I was now able to track down where this dogma originally came from. Howard Georgi wrote in TOWARDS A GRAND UNIFIED THEORY OF FLAVOR There is a deeper reason to require ...
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Why are complex fields in the Lagrangian?

I know that a complex field has twice the number of degrees of freedom of a real field, and that fields (in QFT) aren't observables so we don't really care if they are real. But why the need for ...
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Wu experiment and masses of neutrino

Wu experiment have shown that there are only left-handed neutrinos (and right-handed antineutrinos) take part in weak interactions. My question is about the significance of this experiment in a ...
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Why do electrons, according to my textbook, exist forever?

Does that mean that electrons are infinitely stable? The neutrinos of the three leptons are also listed as having a mean lifespan of infinity.
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What is the difference between the Higgs Boson particle and an electron moving through the Higgs field?

I am watching a lecture by Sean Caroll titled "Particles, Fields, and the Future of Physics". I am not a physicist by any means but enjoy the subject in my spare time hoping to understand it. This ...
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What is the general definition of signal acceptance?

Suppose I have a beyond Standard Model theory and want to test it. I want to test if some experiments, say conduced in LHC, show signals of the theory. In this case, what is "signal acceptance"?
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Origin of lepton/quark generations?

What theoretical explanations exist for the fact that there are three generations of leptons and quarks? I'm not so much asking why there are exactly 3 generations, but rather what makes electron, ...
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Why is the “real” gauge group of the standard model $SU(3) \times SU(2) \times U(1) /N$?

In this paper John Baez says the real gauge group of the standard model is $SU(3) \times SU(2) \times U(1) /N$. Can someone explain the logic behind this line of thought? Firstly, does this group ...
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Is color charge a quantum mechanical observable?

If I had 2 pions that were identical, except one was comprised of a red and anti-red, and the other was comprised of a green and anti-green, would I be able to perform an experiment that distinguishes ...
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What is lepton number?

What exactly is a lepton number of a particle? With the charge (eg proton is just 1, not the exact charge), I can understand because it's a physical property, put a particle with charge + next to ...
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Why do we think there are only three generations of fundamental particles?

In the standard model of particle physics, there are three generations of quarks (up/down, strange/charm, and top/bottom), along with three generations of leptons (electron, muon, and tau). All of ...
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Virtual particles and the scaling effect on valence quarks

Inside a proton there are 3 valance quarks. In addition, there is constant creation and annihilation of gluon, quarks and anti-quarks. The number of virtual particles we observe depends on how ...
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Real and virtual photons in the standard model

In the Standard Model, the mass of the photon is zero, while the photon becomes massive if it acts as a mediator between two electrons. Why does this happen? Does it mean that the Standard Model ...
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Origin of the quark condensate VEV

Consider the QCD lagrangian : $$L_{QCD}=-\frac{1}{4}G^a_{\mu\nu}G^{a\mu\nu}+\sum\bar{\psi}_q(i\not{D}-m_q)\psi_q$$ Textbooks explain that this lagrangian is spontaneously broken by the VEV of quark ...
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Experimental evidence for Z boson coupling to right handed fermions

I do have a question about electro-weak interactions. I know the Z boson is an admixture of two fields, one that couples only to the left-handed part of the fermions (the neutral field introduced to ...
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Do any, all, or no adjustments to standard model change the Weinberg angle or it’s relation to masses or coupling constants?

Do any, all, or no adjustments to standard model change the Weinberg angle or it’s relation to masses or coupling constants? If any, which (types of) ones? For the ones that do, what are the relations ...
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Decay Feynman diagram

$$D^0 \to K^+ +\pi^- + \pi^0 + \pi^0$$ cannot occur by first order weak interactions. Could anybody help me confirm this? What I currently have is that the initial charm goes to anti-strange and the ...
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Why does the electric dipole moment of the electron tell us about its sphericity? [duplicate]

There are a bunch of experiments that claim to show that the electron is highly spherical by measuring the electron electric dipole moment. See e.g.: ...
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Feynman rules for SUSY

This might be an incredibly naive question, but I'm wondering if there are a set of rules for "translating" between Standard Model and SUSY. For instance, if I want want to go from a Standard Model ...
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CKM matrix - Unitarity triangles

I currently read an article and they mentioned, that using the unitarity relation between the 1. and 3. column of the CKM matrix, one can easily show that the area spanned of the unitarity triangle is ...
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Number $g(T)$ of relativistic degrees of freedom as a function of temperature $T$

Let us consider the total number of relativistic degrees of freedom $g(T)$ for particle species in our universe: $$g(T)=\left(\sum_Bg_B\right)+\frac{7}{8}\left(\sum_Fg_F\right)$$ Where the sums are ...
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How is the the lower-limit of the proton lifetime measured experimentally?

Wikipedia says : Recent experiments at the Super-Kamiokande water Cherenkov radiation detector in Japan gave lower limits for proton half-life, at 90% confidence level, of 6.6×10^33 years via ...
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What are the “generations of matter”?

After a series of clicks on New Scientist and Wikipedia, I ended up on the Wiki article for "generations of matter", and I didn't quite understand it. I believe (and this may be wrong) that different ...
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Understanding $ee\to h \to ff$ process

can anyone tell me where to find a good reference that talks about $$e^+ e^-\rightarrow H \rightarrow f\bar{f}$$ where this describes an electron-positron annihilation into a Higgs that in term ...
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Difference between Higgs mechanism and Higgs decay

What is the difference between Higgs Mechanism and Higgs decay? I know that Higgs mechanism is a process which provide the mass to gauge boson. In general, many literature explain Higgs mechanism ...
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About $SU(2)_L \times U(1)_L = U(2)_L $

In the many textbook of standard model, i encounter the relation \begin{align} SU(2)_L \times U(1)_L ~=~ U(2)_L. \end{align} Here $L$ means the left-handness. (It is a physical ...
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What are the alternatives to the Higgs mechanism?

Can someone summarize, with references if possible, all of the alternatives to the simplest model (that requires only a single scalar Higgs field with the Mexican Hat potential) of spontaneous ...
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Why has the Higgs potential the form it has?

The potential for the Higgs field is a quartic one (Mexican hat). Is this done for simplicity or are there fundamental reasons for this choice? I can imagine further contributions to this potential ...
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What is the difference between leptons and baryons?

I am learning about the formation of the first atoms and, from what I am reading, before heavy particles, like neutrons and protons could form, there were already other types of particles, called ...