Questions tagged [bosons]

Bosons are integer-spin particles that obey Bose-Einstein statistics. Two bosons can occupy the same quantum state.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
18
votes
4answers
9k views

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, ...
20
votes
3answers
2k views

Why are all force particles bosons?

All of the force-particles in the standard model are bosons, now my question is pretty short, namely: Why are all force particles bosons? This can't be a coincidence.
9
votes
2answers
1k views

Is electric charge truly conserved for bosonic matter?

Even before quantization, charged bosonic fields exhibit a certain "self-interaction". The body of this post demonstrates this fact, and the last paragraph asks the question. Notation/ Lagrangians ...
9
votes
4answers
3k views

Elementary Particle of Magnetic Field

If gravity - a field force - has an elementary particle, the graviton, why don't other field forces like magnetic fields have their elementary particles? I mean, why isn't there a magneton? Or, what ...
1
vote
3answers
2k views

Why bosons have integer spin and fermions have half-integer ones?

Due the fact that the fermions are the "block particles" and the bosons are the "carriers" I just came out with the question that, why the "block particle" have half-integer spin and the "carriers" ...
5
votes
1answer
6k views

Atoms: boson or fermion? [duplicate]

The spin of fundamental particles determines if they are bosons or fermions. The atoms also have bosonic or fermionic behavior, for example $\require{mhchem}\ce{^4He}$ has bosonic and $\ce{^3He}$ has ...
13
votes
3answers
20k views

Meaning of the chemical potential for a boson gas

My lecturer told me that the mu is the Chemical potential is zero or negative, in the following example, mathematically it acts as a Normalisation constant. But is there any Physical insight about why ...
10
votes
3answers
4k views

Is there a reason why the spin of particles is integer or half integer instead of, say, even and odd?

It seems to me that we could change all the current spin values of particles by multiplying them by two. Then we could describe Bosons as even spin particles and Fermions as odd spin particles. Is ...
9
votes
2answers
855 views

Is there record of a bosonic Stern-Gerlach measurement?

I cannot seem to find any peer-reviewed (or other) reference to an integer-spin Stern-Gerlach experiment. It shouldn't be too hard to do: just find you friendly neighbourhood Deuterium ion and shoot ...
2
votes
1answer
4k views

Neutrino-Neutron Interaction Feynman Diagram (W Boson Direction)

I am currently studying differential cross sections for my Nuclear Physics module. I'm looking an experiment where muon-neutrinos are interacting with nucleons in a scintillator producing muons (which ...
0
votes
2answers
148 views

Why $\delta F = B\epsilon$ and not $F=B \epsilon$ in supersymmetry?

We can express supersymmetric transformations as $$\delta F = B\epsilon, \tag{1} $$ $$\delta B = F\bar{\epsilon},\tag{2}$$ where $B$ and $F$ denote the bosons and fermions, respectively, in the theory ...
7
votes
1answer
205 views

Are composite bosons always bosonic (e.g. the pion-cloud surrounding the nuclei)?

The $\pi$-meson is a boson, but consists of quark-antiquark (fermions). It seems to me that at some energy level (equivalently distance) the inner structure (fermionic nature of the quarks) of the ...
13
votes
1answer
2k views

How can a massless boson (Gluon) mediate the short range Strong Force?

I thought massless particles were mediators for long range forces such as electromagnetism and gravitation. How can the massless gluon mediate the short range strong force?
12
votes
1answer
437 views

Who added $\frac{3}{2} \partial^2 c$ to the virasoro BRST current (and why)?

I've been looking at the literature on quantizing the bosonic string, and I noticed that there was a change made in the definition of the BRST current around 1992. However, I haven't found any ...
5
votes
2answers
1k views

Spin-statistics theorem proof details

Recently I have read one book where there was some incomprehensible proof of the Pauli's spin-statistics theorem. I want to ask about a few details of the proof. First, the author derives ...
2
votes
2answers
458 views

Charge operator and the Goldstone boson

Can you explain a question on the Goldstone theorem about the charge operator: what does it mean that "the charge operator annihilates the vacuum" and even it creates new vacuum state, different from ...
6
votes
2answers
1k views

Why zero chemical potential does not allow the Bose-Einstein Condensation of Phonons?

Here I report the reasoning from which my question comes. According to: O.V. Misochko, Muneaki Hase, K. Ishioka, and M. Kitajima. Transient bose–einstein condensation of phonons. Physics Letters A, ...
15
votes
4answers
15k views

How do particles become entangled?

A person asked me this and I'm just a lowly physical chemist. I used a classical analogy (how good or bad is this and how to fix?) Basically, light has a net angular momentum of zero, insofar as ...
6
votes
2answers
1k views

Bose Enhancement Factor

How may one explain the fact that the probability of a boson transferring to a state with an occupation number n is 'enhanced' by a factor of (1+n), compared to the classical case? (In the classical ...
6
votes
6answers
1k views

Fermion vs. Bosons and particle vs. wave: is there a link?

I'm puzzled since several years on this basic aspect of quantum mechanics. Quantum theory is supposed to describe particle-wave symmetry of our world. It also describes our universe in term of bosons ...
3
votes
2answers
1k views

Canonical partition of a boson gas

I have a 1D gas made of $N$ particles placed in a harmonic potential well, so the Hamiltonian is: $$ \mathcal H = \sum_{j=1}^N \left ( \frac{p_j^2}{2m} + \frac{1}{2}m\omega^2 x_j^2 \right )$$ The ...
3
votes
2answers
158 views

Why do composite bosons form a BEC?

I found this question here but it does not fully answer my question. The answer there was that "composite bosons can occupy the same state when the state is spatially delocalized on a scale larger ...
3
votes
1answer
731 views

Decay of a particle

Would someone please explain the following found on P. 125 of these notes? On the other hand, two $π^0$’s cannot be in an $l = 1$ state. The reason for this is that pions are bosons and so the ...
2
votes
1answer
890 views

Where this polarization vector is coming from?

When dealing with vector fields in his QFT book, Schwartz writes the classical field in terms of a basis which I don't know how he is getting. He first introduces the Proca Lagrangian $$\mathcal{L}=-...
2
votes
2answers
511 views

Why are composite fermions either bosons or fermions but not neither?

The question is getting at something subtle and not necessarily obvious to me. It is often claimed that an atom being composed purely of fermions is either a boson or a fermion itself. I interpret ...
2
votes
1answer
713 views

Adding versus multiplying identical photons' wavefunctions?

I am currently confused with understanding many identical photons' wavefunctions. I think that photon wavefunctions are supposed to be multiplied together to describe the total state of all bosons. ...
2
votes
1answer
71 views

Mass eigenstates and occupied physical volume?

I recently read about atom lasers and it made me wonder about something I recalled from my limited experience with quantum (two undergraduate and two graduate level classes). I recall that some ...
2
votes
2answers
152 views

Why is boson spin number related to attraction and repulsion?

The accepted answer to this question says Since the electroweak interaction is mediated by spin 1 bosons, it is the case that "like (charge) repels like and opposites attract". Another answer ...
7
votes
1answer
670 views

Operator norm of creation and annihilation operators

Are the creation and the annihilation operators $a(f)$ and $a^{\dagger}(f)$ for the bosonic Fock space bounded? What is their norm? So far I did not have found any note about this in the linked ...
4
votes
1answer
2k views

Vectors of polarizations from vector boson field solution

Let's have the solution for vector boson Lagrangian in form of 4-vector field: $$ A_{\mu } (x) = \int \sum_{n = 1}^{3} e^{n}_{\mu}(\mathbf p) \left( a_{n}(\mathbf {p})e^{-ipx} + b_{n}^{+} (\mathbf p )...
3
votes
1answer
295 views

Almost identical fermions fighting for the same state

In quantum 101, we all learned that identical particles behave strangely, even in the absence of interactions: no two fermions can be in the same state, but bosons love to be in the same state. But ...
3
votes
0answers
295 views

Can the mass of longitudinal and transverse W bosons be measured separately?

Some higgsless unified models of particle physics predict that the mass of longitudinally polarized W bosons and the mass of transversely polarized W bosons are different. In those models, a ...
2
votes
1answer
81 views

Time of flight images of Bose-Hubbard model

on the website of Immanuel Bloch, you can find time of flight images of bosonic particles inside an optical lattice for different values of the depth of the lattice. (http://www.quantum.physik.uni-...
2
votes
1answer
144 views

How are computed Branching decay modes (for Higgs boson and from a general point of view)

I would like to know how are computed the branching decay diagram, like for example with Higgs boson represented below (source): It seems there are 5 ways of decays for Higgs boson. I suppose there ...
2
votes
2answers
752 views

How to obtain the Bose-Einstein distribution from the canonical ensemble?

In the wikipedia page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fermi%E2%80%93Dirac_statistics#Canonical_ensemble the Fermi-Dirac distribution is obtained from the canonical ensemble in the following manner: ...
1
vote
1answer
107 views

Can we measure the energy of one of several identical particles?

Suppose we have a many-particle system described via a many-particle wavefunction that involves single-particle states $\lvert\lambda_{a}\rangle$, $\lvert\lambda_{b}\rangle$, $\lvert\lambda_{c}\rangle$...
0
votes
2answers
316 views

Can both types of W boson be responsible for a neutron-neutrino interaction?

My textbooks lists the exchange particle for a neutron-neutrino interaction as being the W- boson. Is this the only option, or can it also be a W+ boson? Nothing jumps out at me that would suggest it ...
0
votes
1answer
939 views

Eigenvalues of the exchange operator determined by the particle type (boson or fermion) in a two particle system

While dealing with a two particle system in QM (the particles are identical), the net wave function of the system would be simply the product of the wavefunctions of the individual particles in the ...