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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Higgs mechanism preserving supersymmetry

It is said that if supersymmetry was unbroken, masses of the superpartners would be equal. But at least for MSSM there are no SUSY-invariant terms that would allow the electroweak SSB, as far as I ...
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General framework of Supersymmetry [on hold]

Even the people who are skeptical about SUSY are happy with the SUSY searches going on at LHC because they recognize that SUSY's general framework is quite flexible and the search strategy used in ...
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Singlet neutrinos decaying to Higgs bosons during leptogenesis

(i) The Lagrangian of electroweak model extended with right-chiral singlet neutrinos $N_{iR}$ contains the Yukawa coupling term+ the bare Majorana mass term $$f_{\alpha ...
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Finding the vacuum which breaks a symmetry

I will start with an example. Consider a symmetry breaking pattern like $SU(4)\rightarrow Sp(4)$. We know that in $SU(4)$ there is the Standard Model (SM) symmetry $SU(2)_L\times U(1)_Y$ but depending ...
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How close does a particle-antiparticle pair need to be for annihilation to happen?

I've most often seen the statement that the annihilation of a particle and its antiparticle occurs when they 'collide' with one another. So in other words when they get very close to one another ...
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Why do electron and proton have the same but opposite electric charge?

What is the explanation between equality of proton and electron charges (up to a sign)? This is connected to the gauge invariance and renormalization of charge is connected to the renormalization of ...
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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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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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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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How do symmetries break in cosmology?

The way I understand spontaneous symmetry breaking in thermodynamic systems is that the symmetry is actually explicitly broken by an infinitesimally small field. The system chooses one of the ...
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What Do We Get From Having Higher Generations of Particles?

Background: I have written a pop-science book explaining quantum mechanics through imaginary conversations with my dog-- the dog serves as a sort of reader surrogate, popping in occasionally to ask ...
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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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Can all laws of physics derived by a single or lists of more general laws?

(This is actually my first question - please understand my lack of knowledge and bad English..) I have always been curious about deriving thousands of laws from more general ones.. Can general laws ...
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Fermion mass Higgs mechanism

How does a fermion, like an electron, get its mass through the Higgs-mechanism? Can someone explain me this with formulas (Lagrangian)? I know that the Yukawa interaction has something to do with ...
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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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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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How quark electric charge directly have been measured?

How quarks electric charge directly have been measured when quarks never directly observed in isolation? (Due to a phenomenon known as color confinement.)
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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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Equation of everything

Is this equation in the image true? Can you give some topics that I can cover the equation? Similar equation from http://www.preposterousuniverse.com:
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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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How do I know the proton isn't made of 3 anti-down quarks?

I have a proton, how do I know that it is made of 2 up quarks and 1 down quark or if it is made of 3 anti-down quarks, each with different color charges? This question is also applicable to the ...
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Has CERN recently found evidence for a Z-prime boson?

In the recent Higgs seminar at 73:38 Guido Tonelli the spokesman for CMS, makes a mistake and refers to a Z-prime in a context that would imply that they see them frequently. He swiftly backpedals ...
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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 = ...
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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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How can neutrinos oscillate though the lepton flavors have differing masses?

Since the total mass-energy for the neutrino presumably does not change when a neutrino changes lepton flavor, though the mass is different, what compensates for the gain or loss of mass? Does the ...
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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?
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Is there a connection between gluons and photons?

I was wondering if there is any sort of connection between a gluon and a photon since they are both considered massless.
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What exchange particles can change lepton flavor?

So I know that in the standard model $W^+$ and $W^-$ can change lepton flavors but $Z^0$ cannot. I don't think photons can (is this correct?) and gluons can't because they would not interact with ...
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Is $SU(2)$ really broken by the Higgs VEV or just hidden?

It's generally stated in the textbooks that whent the Higgs field acquires a certain vev the corresponding symmetry is spontaneously broken. For example in A. Zee - QFT in a Nutshell: But none of ...
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Feynman amplitude for electron-positron annihilation and $W^{\pm}$ production

I'm working with this interaction Hamiltonian density $$ H_{int}(x) = ig\bar{\Psi}_{\nu_e}(x)\gamma^\rho P_L \Psi_e(x)V_\rho(x) + igV^\dagger_\rho(x)\bar{\Psi}_e(x)\gamma^\rho P_L \Psi_{\nu_e} $$ ...
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Negative Mass Square

I'm reading a book about neutrino physics (from 1997). In the chapter about neutrino mass they list results of certain experiments. All of them get a negative value for $m(\nu_e)^2$ but a positive one ...
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Why are quarks elementary 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. If a down quark can decay into an up quark, why is it ...
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Is there a name for leptons that are not neutrinos?

Is there a name for leptons that are not neutrinos? Not sure if its exists, its not particularly easy to search for. Is there a name for the set of charged leptons (or leptons that are not neutrinos)? ...
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Are there weak force waves?

In the same way as there are electromagnetic and gravitational waves that update the information on their respective field, is there an analogue for the weak and strong forces?
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Interpretation of 4-vector quantum field operator

Peskin and Schroeder, on page 24, quotes the following expression for a generic (scalar) field operator: $$ \phi(\mathbf{x})|0\rangle = \int ...
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What is the form of Higgs potential, when written using higgs mass and quartic coupling.

Usually we write Higgs potential as $V=-\frac{1}{2}m^2 \phi^2 + \frac{1}{4}\lambda \phi^4$ What are the present reliable values of parameters '$\lambda$' and '$m$'? Is '$m$' used here Higgs mass? If ...
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What is the difference between toy models and normal models?

Here is the short description of scientific model: an imperfect or idealized representation of a physical system And the definition of toy model: a simplified set of objects and equations ...
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Measuring expectation value in quantum field theory and in quantum mechanics

There is a way of calculating the vacuum expectation value $\langle 0|\hat\phi|0\rangle$ theoretically in a quantum field theory like there is a rule to compute expectation value of any operator A ...
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Was the Higgs mass correctly predicted by asymptotic safety of gravity?

This paper was published in Phys Lett B in 2009, and predicted the Higgs mass to be 126 GeV based on the asymptotic safety of gravity. Is this prediction taken seriously by the theory community, or is ...
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What is the relationship between the Higgs field and quarks?

I have some difficulty considering the relative size of each and the meaning behind the shape of Higgs boson. I ask relating to the structures of both the Higgs field and quarks. How is it that the ...
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Subnuclear reactions: combining quarks

When you try and pull two quarks apart, you don't get two separate quarks, but instead: the energy stored in the field between them gets high enough to create more quarks, and instead of two ...
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Are antimatter particles made of ---?

Consider some particle P, and the antiparticle aP. Is it the case that: aP is made of the "usual" elementary particles, and indeed the same elementary particles as P, but arranged (or something) in ...
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Feynman diagram for attractive forces

I’m looking at Feynman diagrams for attractive forces and I'm thoroughly confused. Below are three diagrams from HyperPhysics: These all illustrate instances where the forces are attractive. ...
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Why aren't all possible VEVs of the Higgs field in (quantum) superposition?

It is is usually said the the Higgs field chooses a Vacuum Expectation Value (VEV), around which we now expand our field operators. From this a mass term emerges, and one or more gauge fields acquire ...
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What is the gauge field in Bose-Einstein condensation?

The Hamiltonian for bosons has $\phi^{\dagger}\phi$ terms in it which makes it U(1) invariant. Bose-Einstein Condensation apparently breaks such symmetry by choosing a definite phase, even though I ...
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Change in the half-life of a neutron

What would happen if the half-life of a neutron was much more less than it is now? How could this affect the nuclei?
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What does the discovery of a pentaquark signify?

at a particle collider a pentaquark was discovered. My question in short is what does the discovery of a pentaquark signify? Is there a theory that it supports or something like that?
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Pair annihilation - can annihilation be moderated?

I recently asked this question: How close does a particle-antiparticle pair need to be for annihilation to happen? And that received a good answer. But there was a second part to my question that ...