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Proton scattering off electrons

I'm looking at a question which starts off as: A proton is travelling through a material and scattering the electrons in the material. Express the scattering angle in terms of the impact parameter, ...
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How might we measure the size of a proton? (Without high energy collisions) [closed]

What methods could we use to measure the diameter of sub-atomic particles. Please think of something inventive, like an indirect technique. Or name some of the lesser known techniques that have been ...
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Intrinsic structure of electron

The electron contains finite negative charge.The same charges repel each other.What makes electron stable and why does it not burst? Is it a law of nature that the electron charge is the smallest ...
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Do subatomic particles have finite size?

We know atoms are mostly "made" out of empty space, so the nucleus and all the subatomic particle are very small in compared to the magnitude of the atoms. We also know that atoms are incredibly ...
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Are there unobservable, undiscovered atoms?

Is it possible that there is a network of atomic activity that our current scientific instrumentation cannot detect? In other words, could it be possible that there are unobservable, undiscovered ...
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Why does mass in the universe have no limit in large size, but has a limit in small size?

We found VY Canis Majoris, a star so big it can't even be seen in scaled illustratations with the sun itself. However, we stop at particle physics, or quantum mechanics, i.e. particles, subatomic, ...
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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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Are all electrons identical?

Why should two sub-atomic (or elementary particle) - say electrons need to have identical static properties - identical mass, identical charge? Why can't they differ between each other by a very ...
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What does it mean for two objects to “touch”?

If you've ever been annoyingly poked by a geek, you might be familiar with the semi-nerdy obnoxious response of "I'm not actually touching you! The electrons in the atoms of my skin are just ...
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Is there a repulsive force between neutrons at all distances or just real close?

With particles of the same charge there is a repulsive force at all distances and physicists talk about neutrons repelling each other. Does this repulsion occur at all distances like with charges ...
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Why do neutrons decay after 6 minutes?

If I understand correctly, Beta decay only occurs when an atom (or in this case subatomic particle) is unstable. Are neutrons consider unstable? If so why? And if they are not unstable is there is ...
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What evidence is there for quantum leaps?

I find this very strange that an electron can 'teleport' from one energy level to another. So what evidence suggests this?
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Has a photon or electron ever been observed in a state of superposition?

Has subatomic particles ever been seen in a state of superposition or do we just detect information like qubits about the state of the particle? So is actual matter in superposition or is it just ...
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Where does the mass of a nucleon originate in an atom?

The mass of the three quarks in the nucleons make up only about one to two percent of the mass of the nucleons. What makes up the other 98 percent?
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Is there a limit to what we zoom into if it is in fact infinite

I read that recently we were able to view the first atom (hydrogen) under a microscope. This got me thinking about the idea of measurements and zoom lenses. Say hypothetically we were able to build a ...
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New subatomic particles

In reference to the findings talked about here http://online.wsj.com/articles/two-new-subatomic-particles-found-using-large-hadron-collider-scientists-say-1416409980 and other similar articles ...
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Why does not electron cloud collapse over Nucleus? [duplicate]

Gravitational Force & Electrostatic Force should have attracted electron cloud & collapse it over positively charged nucleus.But it doesnot happen One rationale I find behind the phenomenon ...
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Anti-Matter for Neutrons

The anti-particle corresponding to a proton or an electron is a particle with an equal mass, but an opposite charge. So what is the anti-particle corresponding to a neutron (which does not possess a ...
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Miniature Neutron Stars?

Is the nucleus of a carbon atom, for example, as dense as a neutron star? I read that neuton stars also contain protons. Thinking more broadly, are we surrounded by quadrillion of quadrillions of ...
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Physical -> Chemical -> Nuclear -> (what comes next)

If a splitting atoms / fusing isotopes (fission bomb, fusion bomb) yields more energy than chemical changes (TNT, et al) yields more energy than physical change (hydrogen bonds forming during water ...
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How many subatomic particles can absorb/emit photons?

Is the electron the only subatomic particle that can absorb and emit a photon?
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What does temperature look like at the subatomic level?

I am trying to get a better understanding of the definition of temperature at the subatomic level. I have a background in molecular biology with some college physics, but no deep quantum mechanics ...
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Atomic physics question - exciting of electrons during bonding

As I have learnt, when bonding takes place in an atom, such as carbon, the electron in its $s$-subshell gets excited and jumps to the open spot in the $p$-subshell. This is why carbon is able to form ...
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Are subatomic partices n-dimensional hyperspheres or another n-dimensional shape?

This guy derives the formula for the volume of an n-dimensional hypersphere, which can also be found here on the Wikipedia page, and he shows that it is equal to this equation: $V_n = ...
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Why is water blue (on a quantum level)

OK, lets formulate it differently and say water works as a blue passing / red restricting filter. It is actually observable. Just do a dive in a swimming pool with white light (maybe even at night) ...
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Nuclear fission mechanism: neutron capture

Consider this nuclear fission reaction: $\mathrm{^{235}U+{}^1n\to{}^{236}U \text{ (excited)}\to{} ^{92}Kr+{}^{141}Ba+3{}^1n}$ I have not understand why a thermal neutron ($^1$n with $E\simeq 0.025$ ...
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quarks annihilation process

I am appreciating particle physics and I read about mesons. In quark's model, mesons are pairs of quark-antiquark. Now I think that in general matter-antimatter annihilate and so I don't understand ...
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Subnuclear physics vs wave function

This question is more a philosophical question than a physics one. When we appreciate particle physics we study that in order to explain some experimental results we have to introduce a new particle ...
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Are nodes and orbitals in atoms simply probability distribution clouds or are they of any physical relevance?

I fail to understand what the electron clouds actually signify. Such as the $p$ orbitals, which have a dumbbell like shape. Now I am aware that they aren't actual trajectories of electrons, but what ...
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How we can manipulate the momentum of a particle?

Is there any way to affect a particle's momentum value?
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Definition of momentum-entangled particles

When we can say that two particle are momentum entangled ? I just read an article where it's said that two momentum entangled particles share the same momentum value in opposite directions no matter ...
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What does energy represent in $E= mc^2$?

Due to energy-mass equivalence, any object with mass can be said to have a corresponding amount of energy. So in a 5kg object there are 450,000,000,000 joules. A joule as i understand it is the ...
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What does it mean for a subatomic particle to “have” energy?

From my limited classical interpretation of the universe, i've always found it convenient to think of energy as what happens when an object isnt in its equilibrium position in the universe, and thus ...
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Huge confusion with Fermions and Bosons and how they relate to total spin of atom

I am supremely confused when something has spin or when it does not. For example, atomic Hydrogen has 4 fermions, three quarks to make a proton, and 1 electron. There is an even number of fermions, ...
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Source of electrons in Crooks tube experiment (Inside the Discharge tube)

In the experiment, gases are put at low pressure inside the discharge tube. Now the issue that arises is a very simple one. ...
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How exactly do protons and electrons interact with each other?

How do these particles exchange information about charge and position between themselves, even though there's mostly empty space between them? Also what happens if a free electron passes closer to a ...
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Fluidic gravity, TOE, what's your oppinion on this research? [closed]

It's interesting because we don't normally consider the "vaccuum of space" as a fluid, but it's becoming more apparent that it's an ocean of subatomic stuff. Here's a link to a book: Unified Fluid ...
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Why don't we have more elements?

By looking at the number of subatomic particles there seem to exist, there should be thousands of element configuration combinations possible. But we have found just over hundred elements to exist. ...
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Does the fact that protons and neutrons have larger mass than electrons mean they're bigger in size?

and so if a proton is so larger than an electron doesn't that mean it has a shape? What would be the shape of a subatomic particle? are they spherical?
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Why does amount of protons define how matter is?

My question might sound convoluted but my mind is twisting right now so my apologies in advanced. Why is it that when I have one proton and one electron it is Hydrogen a clear flammable gas, and ...
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What is the reason for the electrons in a given subshell to orient in certain preferred regions?

My text book says: "Magnetic quantum number describes the behavior of electron in a magnetic field. We know that the movement of electrical charge is always associated with magnetic field. Since ...
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Explanation on Atomic Orbitals and Molecular Orbitals

We were reading about atomic structures and bond making and my teacher told me that when two atoms are fused or when they make bond, two orbitals are formed. 1-Bonding Molecular Orbital & 2- ...
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Why aren't quarks free? [duplicate]

According to latest modern theory on subatomic particles, electrons and protons are further divided into quarks, having fractional charges. My question is, why can't they exist independently? and ...
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The Nucleus of an Atom

We know that the protons in a nucleus are positively charged, whereas the neutrons do not possess a charge; we also know that unlike charges attract. So why does the nucleus stay intact, even though ...
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How can I calculate out the 'specific charge' of an atom? [closed]

I know that it's charge/mass. But what steps do I take to calculate the specific charge of say, carbon-12? What about ions too?
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How to determine how many atoms are in something?

I want to know if it's possible to find out how many atoms are in something, and how one would do that. For example, how many quarks are in my brain(easy to find out once you know how many atoms there ...
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Do nanoscopes exist?

We are mostly all familiar with a microscope, and know that it helps to see MICRO components, like stuff that is photolithographically etched on silicon semiconductor die. (The latter can also be ...
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Looking for a list of possible subatomic particle collisions

This is going to be a strange question, but here we go. I'm working on a computer puzzle game that will simulate subatomic particle collisions. I am not a physicist by training, but I do dabble. I ...
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What did Marie Curie do for atomic theory?

There appears to be a distinct lack of agreement in the physics community on what exactly Marie Curie did for atomic theory. Many journals state that Curie was responsible for shifting scientific ...